19th March, 2017
This was a weird match and Bond would have won, if the referee hadn’t blown the whistle early. Really, who cares of the Premier match starts a few minutes late, when there’s no TV coverage? Anyway, if we’d been good enough we should have won, but we didn’t.
Norths dominated the first half, scoring four tries, using the full width of the field to lead 22-0. Flying winger Veresa Mataitini, who’s played plenty of Premier Grade, used his speed and skill to notch a couple. But coach Jed Hogan instructed the boys to keep calm, use the breeze and the points would come. He was so right. The momentum changed completely from the moment big “Argie” Exe Olivieri crashed through three defenders to score. Then young Struan Robertson, in his first senior match, showed skill and determination to weave through the defence for the second. Norths scored again to increase the lead to 29-10. But fresh legs came on, in the shape of Force Under 20 rep, Lachie Currie and the enthusiastic Kieren “Tassie” Van Brecht. Bond then scored the try of the match, forwards and backs combining in a bewildering interchange of passes, before Justin Bernstein strolled over under the posts, to make it 29-24. But incredibly, JB missed the conversion. So we needed a converted try to win.
Norths were exhausted and Bond dominated the last ten minutes but somehow couldn’t score. Oh for a Josh Fui (now retired) or Nick Turner (on the bench) to run an effective “Nobbys” move near the line!
But it wasn’t to be and, asked for a comment after the game, Jed Hogan said simply : “Discipline, execution and frustration.” In the losing side, there were outstanding efforts from Sam Wood, Jameson Quirk and Helleman Samuela in defence, while Justin Bernstein, Exe and Struan Robertson shone in attack.
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