Randwick take home 5 wins against West Harbour at Coogee Oval
Coming off a narrow loss to Gordon last week, Randwick faced West Harbour at home. In the first round, Wests got the better of the Wicks in an upset. Randwick promoted Morgan Steyn to the position of fly half for his first grade debut and he worked well with experienced half back Mitchell Short to direct traffic around the paddock. When asked after the game how he enjoyed his maiden run in first grade, Morgan said, “Loved it.”
Despite what may appear to have been a one-sided game, the boys worked hard as there we were no easy points to be given away by Wests. Randwick started off well with left Winger Joshua Gordon scoring in the corner for the first try, and the Wicks never looked back from there.
Randwick 51 West Harbour 22
In second grade, it was top of the table verse bottom. Despite the apparent mismatch, Wests scored first and made Randwick work hard. It wasn’t until midway through the second half that Randwick gained a significant lead, with Left wing Matt McTaggart responsible for three tries. Outside centre and Northampton Recruit, Fraser Strachan, stepped in to show his goal-kicking skills, converting two of the last three tries.
Randwick 41 West Harbour 6
1st Colts, also playing at Coogee Oval on a Super Saturday, faced a determined West Harbour who, despite their bottom of the ladder position, made it hard work for Randwick and at one stage led 7 points to 5. Randwick ran out winners and remain undefeated.
Randwick 51 West Harbour 26
In third grade, Randwick dictated the terms to Wests from the outset, scoring 26 unanswered points before Wests were able to open their account. An indiscretion by blindside flanker Dave Akkersdyk sent him to the sin bin, giving Wests another opportunity to score their second try. Solid performances were contributed by half back Dimitry Chipizubov and fly half Harry Tyson, who both controlled play around the paddock well; Randwick disposing of Wests convincingly.
Randwick 45 West Harbour 17
Fourth grade were slow to get started conceding two quick tries to Wests. However, they recovered well, securing a 4-try bonus point on half time. A lapse in concentration by Randwick enabled Wests to get within 7 points, but Randwick were able to regain composure to run out winners. Coach’s praise went to No. 8 Ethan McGuiggan who played well returning from injury.
Randwick 52 West Harbour 26