The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales on August 5, 1990 · Page 61
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The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales · Page 61

Sydney, New South Wales
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Sunday, August 5, 1990
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f i ryw '-: ' , .... J- I . , " TtmrfBrr "HnA rUlr imrm '' 1" " " - ' " j.JJjAm -1-1 irmnn .! 1 r... 11 11 1, 1 -11 EASTWOOD'S CMrt(tandin 20-rear-oM fullback Tim Kelaher oh the barst in the Woods' 24-9 ipttt of Cordon at Millner Field yesterday. Kelaher scored the Woods' only try in their win of the year. Photo STEVEN SIEWERT riontliern shock sleepy Rebels NORTHERN Suburbs pulled off a spirited 23-7 flogging of Southern Districts at North Sydney Oval yesterday. After some tough games and a great win over Randwick last week. Southern went on holidays in the picture postcard setting. But Norths thoroughly deserved the win. Their determination in the first half paved the way. Captain and prop-sized lock Justin Sampson led the charge, making some great runs and pulling off some crucial tackles. He showed surprising pace and a no-nonsense fend in setting up a try for halfback Dominic Vaughan to give Norths a commanding 11-3 first-half lead. Not far behind was NSW centre Richard Tombs, who sealed the game with a fine try minutes before fulltime. NORTHERN SUBURBS 23 (C Tracv. C Mark. D Vawehan. R Temtoi tris: M Keartn 2 soars: Tombs Mi aoal) scat SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 7 CA Mnmin try, pan ooal). STEPHEN SKINNER from the boo!( AN opening 20 minutes of copybook Rugby set the platform for premiers Randwick to post a 28-15 win over Western Suburbs at Concord Oval. Randwick played their distinctive brand of Rugby as they posted four tries to lead the Black and Whites 18-3 midway through the first half. Randwick supporters were starting to talk in cricket scores, but Wests had other ideas. Their forwards found strength and, helped by some complacency from the Greens, brought their team back into the game. At balftime they had narrowed the lead to 20-9. Wests opened the second half in similar vein but after 25 minutes Randwick scored next when fullback Stu Cook crossed for an easy try which he converted. RANDWICK 28 (L Walker M CHdka A NruoMa 2 S Cook D PritHiDS tries: S Cook 2 goals) d WESTERN DISTRICTS IS (D Narlor B Metros tries: B Metros 2 goals. 1 pen). OAVIN CANTLON University end Pcrra square it SYDNEY University and Parramatta battled to a 16-all draw at Granville Park. University five-eighth Tony Merlo had a chance to snatch victory after the bell when Parra's forwards were penalised for over vigorous play. Merlo struck the ball well from 38 metres out but it just faded to the left. It was a good effort for the Blues to claw back as University led 16-9 midway through the second half. SYDNEY UNIVERSITY 1C S RocMort R Eoerton A Merlo tries Merlo 2 goats) drew PARRAMATTA 16 (S Mcintosh M Nakauta tries I Sni pen goal A Horman pen goal goal). By PHIL WILKINS hungrier, harder. Their 9-0 lead at half-time through Roy Saunders three penalty goals stretched to 12-0 with Scott Johnson's field goal on resumption. But the Highlanders were not finished. John Mulvihill's blind side weaving run and cut-out pass sent Andrew Parkes careering 25 metres to score on the angle in near the posts for 12-6. Twenty-year-old fullback Kelaher, last year's Australian Schoolboys representative, an international in the making, gave the Woods the try they deserved. Scorching after his drive down the right wing, Kelaher zeroed in on Mulvihill as he was pressured by number eight Harry, and was able to rip the ball and dive in for the try. If Bob Dwyer is searching for a fullback and five-eighth for the last Test, he should send for Kelaher and Mulvihill. But both were overshadowed by breakaway "Space" Houston, who jumped fearlessly, smash-tackled everything that moved and could still run after being king-hit by a Gordon forward. The game was watched by the touring Welsh Schoolboys, who play Combined High Schools at Concord Oval at 2.30 today. They should have been inspired by the Woods. Gordon's loss was a major setback after four successive wins. They are now in sixth position on the table with 22 points. The win kept Eastwood in the four, trailing only Randwick and Manly with three rounds remaining before the semi-finals. CASTWOOO 24 CT KHatwtrv: Savndcn ocul S pan vojls S Jatanon ffM ffoaO M GORDON 9 (A Partes try: J Mul.rtr.tll coal w goal). THE bluegrass of Rugby Union's most famous breeding ground at St Joseph's College emerged in Eastwood's stunning 24-9 defeat of Gordon at Millner Field yesterday. With six Joey's products wearing Eastwood colours, rangy flanker Mark Houston towered over the game while exciting fullback Tim Kelaher scored his team's only try. This was a game which should have been impossible for the Woods to win. Four Wallabies were in New Zealand, and the pack was devastated by the loss of skipper Geoff Fenton, hooker Andrew Watts and flanker Mark Collison. Yet through the superior mobility, spirit and tenacity of a smaller pack, especially second-rowers Tony Carter and Steve McDonagh, originally an omission with an ankle sprain, makeshift hooker Tim Dal- ton, and number eight Richard Harry, the Woods clambered to third position in the Skyroad Express premiership. Although both teams scored a try each, the fortitude and spirit of Eastwood captured the admiration of everyone at the ground. Woods coach Geoff Johnson, the quiet member of the panel with the more vocal club coach Peter Fenton, was delighted. "The forwards were terrific they wore Gordon down," he said. "With the troubles we've had, this was our best win of the year. We proved again that we've got rid of the monkey. The players showed they don't give the game away any more." From the start, the Woods were By JIM WEBSTER owls, Manly trample Rats' hopes D2 WARRINGAH'S chances of making the semi-finals of the Skyroad Express premiership might well have been trampled under the muddy hooves of Manly's David Hooper and Vili Alaalatoa yesterday. In the neighbourhood scrap at Warringah Rugby Park, Manly were ahead only 6-3 midway through the second half, and no matter which end of Pittwater Road your allegiance lay, nobody was feeling safe. But then Hooper, Manly's English second-rower, made two crashing charges and came up just short of Warringah's line. No sooner was he stopped to the green jerseys of the lower grades as punishment. They proved worthy of the white strip again yesterday, for the forwards finally showed some of the fire and commitment which made them such a feared unit in recent seasons. None gave more than captain Matt Foldi, and should this powerhouse back rower ever be given the chance he deserves, he could well play for Australia. The pity was that the hard work of the forwards came undone too often MANLY 12 (V Alaalatoa try: O Grim, mond penalty goal, goal: M Skene penattv goal) M WARRINCAM 3 (O Wavling penattv goal). Phillip Cox and Glen Ella, called the tune. Squeezing praise from Taylor is hard, but after this initial Bayfield Cup match (played for when the two sides meet at Rat Park), he conceded: "Deep down, I'm very pleased with them." Warringah's semi-final hopes may have gone, for their three remaining games are against Eastwood, Gordon and Randwick a daunting prospect. But at least they might finish the season wearing the white jerseys of first-grade, which coach Grant Andrews denied them after their last loss to Parramatta, making them revert W D L F A Pts RANDWICK 14 - 3 416 23S 32 MANLY 12 - 5 343 239 28 EASTWOOD 10 3 6 311 250 25 EAST SUBS 10 - 7 327 270 24 WARRINGAH .. 1 7285232 23 GORDON 9 340 354 22 SOUTH DISTS .... 7 2 9 264 214 18 NORTH SUBS.. t - 11 217 349 16 WEST SUBS i 2 11 259 356 14 SVDNEYUNI ... 4 2 11 256 376 14 P' MATT A 3 2 12 182 322 12 Two points for bye for all teams Two points for second-round bye Colleagues' 18-0 romp INSIDE centre Hugh McFarlane dominated the mid-field as Colleagues defeated Lindfield 18-0 in the Kentwell Cup match at Woollahra yesterday. Half-back Paul Johnson ignited Matraville for a 23-12 victory over St Patricks at Matraville. St Ives breakaway Nigel Press inspired his team to an upset 6-6 draw with Forest at Dee Why. :THE SUN-HERALD; August -5, 1990 'el than prop-forward Alaalatoa carried on the momentum and broke the last resistance, providing Manly's victory scoreline of 12-3. It was an imposing performance by Manly, and full credit must go to coach Barry "Tizza" Taylor, who has every team member performing to maximum capability. Men like Hooper, who has been around a long while, played with as much drive as the newest breakaway replacement Clint Chadwick. Manly surprised by shading the Rats 29-22 in lineouts, and behind the forwards the wise old x-r-: !

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