MATCH REPORT - Lane Cove vs Terry Hills

MATCH REPORT - Grade Lane Cove (8) vs Terry Hills (13)

 

Supporters were out in force on Saturday in recognition of Cliff Harvey, former player and coach, and the club patron of Lane Cove Rugby, who was pleased with the quality rugby displayed by both Grade and Colts alike. In his cohort, a band of 'old boys' who won Kentwell Cup competitions in the 60's and 70's, who made short work of the sausage sandwiches and slipped in a sneaky VB or two during the game. All those present on Saturday would agree that the LC boys dominated the game and were unlucky to not only win, but put some serious points on the opposition. The unstoppable Lane Cove scrum was led a the front by the self-professed "mouth of Lane Cove", Simon 'Ricky' Jarvis, and big units Hamish 'Animal' Guinn, and Steve 'Rex' Turnbull, The referee treated the opposition like scared kindergartners in every scrum, depriving LC of critical turnovers and plenty of penalties. Even the front row of Terry Hills were overheard saying, "just give them the ball, there's no point in scrumming against these guys, we keep getting pushed off the ball". However, even with plenty of possesion there was a slight case of white line fever. The back line made plenty of line breaks but somehow Terry Hills always just managed to hold on and put our finisher into touch just before the try line, then kick their way out of danger. The pendulum of the back line, Zouir, Jono Gibson, and Pete Taylor had exceptional returning runs all game, making 30-40m every time, crashing through traffic and setting up the next phase. The standout of the day was Lane Cove newcomer Liam Carmody, who seemed to have a shoulder in every tackle, a head in every ruck, and was a strong ball runner. Jamie crossed the line with a big effort from the little bloke, taking a few with him on the way to put Lane Cove within one converted try of the win in the last 10 minutes, but Terry Hills scrambling defense managed to hold out...just. Another promising game from the Lane Cove Grade team who are sure to be a force in a close competition this year.