MATCH REPORT - ROUND 17 - SUNDAY 12TH AUGUST 2012
UNDER 18/2’s: Games between these two teams are much looked forward to by both sides, and supporters because they are cracking good games, and this game would be no different. Warragamba went into this game full of confidence, from the last gasp win last time they played. They scored early from a kick Moss Vale failed to control, to lead 6 - 0. With plenty of possession and field position, it wasn’t long before they scored again to lead 12 - 0. Mossy made a lot of Nervous Nelly mistakes, but weren’t playing badly. The Wombats just seemed to have a lot more possession, and taking full advantage. Moss Vale finally had a chance from a Warragamba mistake, with a scrum on the 20 metre line. Kerrod Morris took the ball from the back of the scrum, and with great determination, steamed towards the try line to score a good individual try. Warragamba 12 - 4. Unfortunately for Mossy, they made a mistake soon after and the Wombats scored their third try, Warragamba 16 – 4. Moss Vale had a couple of chances before half time, but Warragamba held them out. Mossy began the second half with confidence that they could claw their way back into the game. The Wombats started making mistakes while in possession, and it was Mossy getting plenty of ball, capitalising, by scoring a great back-line try to Blake Parker, who ran powerfully and pushed his way to the line to score, Warragamba 16 – 8. Kerrod Morris was again in the action minutes later, scoring his second try, with powerful running. The Wombats must have been wondering how to stop him, but when you run straight and hard, you’re always harder to stop. Mitch Fitzgerald edging Moss Vale closer, with a terrific sideline conversion, Warragamba 16 – 14, and very nervous leaders. Soon after, Mossy had a chance to draw even, with a penalty in front, but the boys decided to go for the win. It turned out to be the right decision, when Nick Tuddenham scored in the corner and Moss Vale hit the front for the first time in the game, Moss Vale 18 – 16. Really good, positive footy, boys. Warragamba had a chance down the sideline, as the siren sounded, but a great cover tackle by Kerrod and the game was Moss Vales. A really good game between two good teams, it had everything. Well done boys!
2ND DIVISON: The game was tight early, but a mistake from Moss Vale saw Warragamba attacking Mossy’s line, the Wombats scoring a try out-wide to lead 4 - 0. Mossy had their chances at the Wombats line, but couldn’t control the ball, throwing passes to no-one and dropping the ball early in the set. Warragamba were again on the attack, and scored again to lead 10 – 0, Moss Vale looking shaken, stirred and ready to be poured. The saving grace was that the Wombats were making as many mistakes as Mossy. A great run by Josh Champion, saw him screaming away from defenders to score under the posts, Warragamba 10 -6. With possession going Moss Vale’s way, big Matty Bourke ran hard onto the ball from five metres out, to score, and with the conversion, Mossy hit the lead 12 -10. Moss Vale players were going down like flies, and the bench became a hospital ward. Kerrod Morris was called on to make his debut in grade. He had a good debut and looked right at home, except when he copped a coat hanger, with his legs going one way and his head the other, but he got up, dusted himself off, and got on with it. Good one Kerrod! Moss Vale 12 – 10 at half time. Mossy were on a roll after the break, with Iron Jay Bruce scoring early. A good conversion, by Ryan Knight, from out-wide and it was Moss Vale 18 – 10. However, a mistake from the restart by Mossy, saw the Wombats score an easy try, right up the centre, which made Moss Vale look foolish. The Wombats scored again soon after, and then again, to lead a stunned Moss Vale, 28 -18. Mossy boys don’t give up so easily though, and a great short re-start kick by Jordy Grey, saw Damo Barton regather and head for the line, being pulled down short. Ryan Knight scored a good try from the lead up work done by Damo, Warragamba 28-24. The mistake rate was climbing for both sides, and the score board was copping a hiding, with still more to come. The Wombats scored again, making it very hard for Mossy, but Aaron Cumming found the strength to force his way over out-wide, and with a terrific sideline conversion by Knighty, it was Wombats 32 - 30 with 5 minutes to go, plenty of time for the game to be won or lost. Moss Vale played catch up footy, and the pressure caused errors, and the Wombats just held on to win a high scoring game, with not much emphasis on defence. A good comeback by Warragamba, after getting caught in the turnstiles, as Mossy ran past them last time they played. Written by M. Sutherland.