Fine ambassadors for code
ON Friday May 20 the Grafton Bush Pigs Under-10s and Razor Backs Under-12s junior rugby union teams played Bellingen at home.
A bit of rain was not going to dampen the spirits of all the teams involved.
The Bush Pigs played the Bello Valley Tigers it was great to see such magnificent sportsmanship and camaraderie of the players on both teams.
A great fight was put up by Bello but the Grafton Bush Pigs came out victorious.
Bill 'The Bull' Whalen was the first to score just after the game got underway.
There is no stopping this young man when he gets hold of the ball and gets the try line in his sights. Zac Cotton was like a brick wall, he stopped and blocked and then ran away unstoppable in scoring three tries in a magnificent effort on the night.
Thomas Dougherty flew past the opposi- tion like a runaway train and scored an effortless try.
Jake 'Crowie' Kronhert yet again put his body on the line and touched down for two beautiful tries.
Sam Rosser scored a runaway out wide try. There wasn't anyone on the Bello Tigers who could have stopped him.
Like true professionals Thomas Grainger and Barney Howard each converted a try.
They were skillful conversions under the drizzly weather conditions.
Hallie Foulstone ? the only girl on our team played great tough union and was a perfect match for the other girl on the Bello Tigers ? go girls.
Riley Furlan played like he has never played before. I am sure if the Waratahs are short they could even call him up for the game this weekend.
Sean 'Mullet' O'Reilly was always in the thick of all the hard play, his brother Lachlan 'Blocka' O'Reilly made plenty of hard hitting play making Bello shake in their boots.
Isaac Creagh and Thomas Smith put the speed on making the Bello players work hard and do a great deal of chasing.
Zac Sullivan and Jake Sopchack and their fleet-footed moves all contributed to the overall score. The brute force of Ryan Cotton stopped many players in their tracks.
In the last few minutes of the game Justin 'Bruiser' Donoghue scored a magnificent try and then kicked a wonderful conversion.
We missed Jack Morrissey who was away celebrating his mum's birthday. Happy Birthday Anne.
This Friday the Bush Pigs and the Razor Backs are playing home games at South Grafton, 6pm kick off.
nTHE Razorbacks Under 12s were gallant in defeat against Dorrigo going down 30-12.
The boys showed a great display of rugby and look to be developing into a quite a team.
Darcy Wratten had a huge game with storming runs and big tackles as did Brendan Cotton.
Connor Norris stood out on the wing with strong defence and Josh Turcato had a good knock in the forwards.
The two tries were scored by Tom Tooth at breakaway and one of these was converted by Jake Sullivan.
A few more names worth mentioning for good play are Michael Finlayson, Steve Iaucone and Jack Faulstone.
Overall the Razorbacks showed a lot of promise and will be worth watching when they take on Coffs Harbour Crusaders to- day at Grafton Rugby Park.