Wellington Pounce on Trangie Tigers
Trent Forrest in action against Trangie.
The Redback’s have beaten Trangie in their first competition game 36-16. The score made it look like it was an easy victory but we done it the hard way. With a lot of ball handling errors and the giving away of easy penalties, it made it really hard to further the score in the first half with Trangie taking the easy penalty conversions in our own 22. We held most of the possession early on and with the forwards working together seen Wellingtons David Sturman cross for the first try. Nick Forrest scored off his own chip n chase then not long after Nick’s brother Trent scooted in under the posts to give Wellington a minor lead at half time.
Jake Newman scored his first try on debut for the first grade side. Ali Beale the fastest man in Wellington produced a great try which left the Trangie backs standing there scratching there heads.
The game was not the best from both sides but at least we know the areas we really have to work on. The back line was faster then ever and Trangie had no answer for our plays that broke their advantage line nearly every time. The Wellington forwards scrum looked pretty good most of the time and Trangie not once looked like pushing the boys back.
There were a few little injuries come out of the game but nothing that will stop the boys from lining up next week, although rumour travels from the North that Coonabarabran are struggling for numbers. Thanks to the “ring ins” that have been training with us since January. Not sure who rang you guys but cheers again and I guess we will see you at training and the other games for the rest of the season.
Thanks to all the supporters who turn up season after season and here’s to a speedy recovery to Dick Collins who is in hospital after being attacked by 2 dogs.
Tries scored for the day: Dave Sturman, Nick Forrest, Trent Forrest, Jake Newman, Ali Beale
Conversions: Dan Baxter 2 from 4 Ali Beale 1 from 2
Jane McGrath Charity Day Huge Success
Thanks to everyone that helped make this day go as well as it did. Without the help of everyone this day just wouldn’t have gone ahead. I’m still amazed at how such a little town can produce such a large result. Check out the all the photo’s in the gallery.
NEW BOARD FOR 2013
The AGM for senior rugby was held last Thursday and even though numbers were a bit disappointing there was still a lot of interest for improving the club in 2013 if the world has not ended by then! With the team coming away with a Grand Final finish any position was up for grabs but the main spot we need to fill is coach. The team really want Chris George back as a coach considering we went from a struggling team with only a few wins a season to only a few losses and a Grand Final finish to top the season off! Chris if you read this don’t let us down!!!!!
The new board members for the year are as follows:
President- Dave Grant
Vice President- Paul Bradford
Secretary- Tammy Batho
Treasurer- Tanya George
Register- Malcolm Brown
Publicity Officer- Mel Matheson
Central West Delegates- George Holland & Brett Conn
MINOR PREMIERS FOR 2012
Wellington have secured the Minor Premiership for 2012 with an unbeaten round in the ANFD cup. The Redbacks travelled to Trangie to battle out for the top spot with Trangie sitting in second position. Although it wasnt the best of games we played we still got the job done. With one of the strictest refs we have had all season it made it really hard to adjust to some of his calls. Trangie kicked off the points by converting a penalty from in front od the sticks. Wellington responded with some quick ball work about ten minutes later to put Mitch Brien in the corner to take the lead to 5-3.
With a lot of dropped ball and the wind making it hard for our kicking game Trangie took advantage of the mistakes and soon broke through the Wellington defence after the Redbacks defended the line for atleast ten minutes. Trangie’s kicker for the day was not on the ball which is a saviour for the Redback’s missing several easy attempts from in front but still lead 10-5 at half time.
Trangie once again started off strong after the break but at not one stage did we drop our guard, the Ref was still making questionable errors but that’s the way it goes, you win some you lose some. After Wellington gave away another penalty in front of the uprights, Trangie furthered their lead 13-5. Wellington recovered with quick ball through the back’s to hit Kim Dorin out on the Wing to further our score to trail 13-12. Tension was getting to the Trangie side and pressure was being applied more and more as Wellington gave it there all to try to take the lead with only ten minutes remaining.
Wellington seemed to have wanted it more as we turned there scrums one after the other and the more we won the ball the more determined we got as Trangie were nearly out of answers. The Wellington Forwards kept digging deeper and deeper as they worked the ball closer to the line every hit up. Sam Frogley was hitting the line and making good meters to get us closer to winning that Minor Premiership. Just as the ball looked like it was going left and a lot of the Trangie’s defence swept out to defend, Wellington changed there direction swept right and caught Trangie off guard which led to the ball quickly going right into to the hands of Jack Redfern to score four minutes from full time. Dave Grant was having an off day on the boot with the strong winds but the job was done winning 17-13.
Wellington has not been in this position for a lot of years and have really worked hard to get to where they are at the end of round two. While Wellington sit in top spot it gives them two weekends off due to a last round bye and then getting the first weekend off of the finals, letting a few niggly injuries heal and letting Coach Chris George work his magic to prepare us for our Home Final on the 8th September. Wellington will not know who they play till Mudgee 1 and Trangie battle it out on the 1st of September in the first round of the Finals.
Three points for the day went to Simmo , two points Sam Frogley and one point Keiran Brien. Players Player Jack Redfern and Chicks Pick Dave Grant. Thanks to all the supporters who travelled over to the game and thanks to Anna Stanford for taking some photo’s. It really makes a difference when you have to travel that far and all you can hear is you guys cheering us on. We might not show it but it really lifts the team and we always appreciate your support. Stay tuned for updates on this site and Facebook over the next few weeks. See you all at the Finals!!!!!
SAM FROGLEY IN ACTION AGAINST MUDGEE