Wednesday 17 August 2011
Hale Rugby Club
Master in Charge
1st XV 45 defeated Guildford 8
2nd XV 34 defeated Guildford 0
Year 10 27 defeated Guildford 12
Year 9 43 defeated Guildford 0
Year 8 19 drew with Guildford 19
Year 7 43 defeated Guildford 0
It was a weekend that had been keenly anticipated by the Hale Rugby community for weeks. The sun shone, and it was a suc-
cessful weekend for all teams.
The Year 7s and 9s recorded comfortable wins; the Year 8s conceded a late try to draw, while the Year 10s avenged an early
season loss and ended Guildfords unbeaten run. The 2nds also recorded a fine win, while the 1st XV turned in a polished dis-
play to account for the competition leader- overall a fine weekend.
While the bye was welcome the previous week, we entertained and hosted Fettes from Edinburgh. In the end we won com-
fortably, though the 41-17 score line flattered us. Nevertheless, it was a good hit out and thanks to all those families who host-
ed the Fettes boys.
Please note that the Middle School Rugby BBQ will take place this Friday 19th August after the last fixtures v Christ Church-
see flyer for details, while the Annual Rugby Presentation dinner takes place on Thursday 25th August- again see details of the
dinner in this newsletter. Year reps will also be in contact.
HALE RUGBY RAFFLE- SATURDAY 20th AUGUST
1st Prize - Samsung 43" Plasma TV
2nd Prize -a signed 2011 Emirates Western Force jersey
3rd prize - $100 Bunnings voucher
Tickets are $5 each or $20 for 5.
Raffle will be drawn at the post match speeches after the 1st XV match around 12.30pm
This weekend brings about the close of another season. We host Christ Church with the Year 10s also playing at home on Sat-
urday morning. Should be a good day for rugby
See you at the game!
Hale Rugby Club
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Hale Rugby Annual Presentation Dinner In celebration of our 2011 Hale Rugby players,
and rugby, the game played in Heaven,
Hale Rugby Union Club invites all Parents and Boys
to our Annual Rugby Presentation Dinner
Thursday, the 25thof August 2011 -Tom Hoar Dining Hall
The evening promises an action packed array of entertainment, fun and laughter as we celebrate another successful season of rugby at Hale. Guests can enjoy a 3 course meal which will include soft drinks for the players and beer and wine for parents and over-age guests.
Seating for parents/guests will be arranged by team groups and your cooperation in complying with these arrange-ments on the night will be appreciated. Unfortunately due to space constraints only two guests per player can be ac-commodated (this limit still applies if you have more than one son playing). As a result, seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis with preference given to players in the 1st/2nd XV.
Please return the reply slip with the correct monies (cash/cheque only) to Katie in the Hale Administration office accord-ing to the following dates:
Players/Parents in 1st/2nd XV are to order seats during the week 4th to 11th August
Players/Parents in Yr10 and Yr9 in the following week 11th to 18th August
Seat allocation will be confirmed by email on the 23rd August.
Any queries please contact the Registrar, Lauren Cameron on 0404380220.
Please note: Dress code for Players winter uniform (white shirt, tie and blazer).
Hale Rugby Club Dinner Reply Slip
NB: Email address &contact number:
No. of tickets required:
Adults: Hale Rugby Club Members @ $55 each (maximum of 2)
Adults: Non-members @ $70 each (maximum of 2)
Player(s) @ $45 each
Payment must accompany the return slip in order to confirm
Please make cheques payable to Hale Rugby Club.
1st XV REPORT
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In the deed is the glory
Some exhilarating rugby.
Composure, composure, composure.
Variation in the point of attack.
Suffocating and offensive defence.
Excellent shape to the game.
Intelligent decision making.
7 tries to 1; 45-8
A most accomplished and polished team display- Well done!
Hale defeated Guildford 45-8
Tries- Nick Chapman *2+, Ross Haylett-Petty *2+, Tom Enright, Oscar Backhouse & Voda van der Merwe.
Conversions- Luke Burton 5.
First XV P W L D Pts for Pts agst BP- 4tries> BP loss
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2nd XV REPORT
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As I sit to write this report I am finding it difficult to find the superlatives that would in any way pay just tribute to the
performance of the Hale 2nd XV on Saturday. They played their hearts out. The forwards were challenged by a bigger
and stronger pack but found ways time and again to send the Guildford forwards reeling. The Hale forwards found all
the ball that was necessary and then some. This is an exceptional backline and on Saturday they had great possession
and they turned in their best performance of the year. They were always dangerous and those who saw the game
would have been enthralled by the skill and boldness of their play.
Liam OShea skilfully led the side, as he has done all season, and his team responded on every occasion to the game
that he wanted them to play. He ensured that quality ball made it to the three quarters in good condition on all occa-
sions. This provided to necessary platform for Kyle Cameron, Craig Law, Josh Pervan, and Alex Tsaknis to weave their
As I have said, the forwards were up against it on Saturday but they found all the heart and will to prevail. They were
united in their efforts and each one gave their very best. They were simply superb.
Hale School 34 b Guildford Grammar School 0
For Hale: C Law 2, J Pervan 2 and K Cameron 2 scored for Hale and J Bardsley kicked 2 conversions.
Year 10 REPORT
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There was something just a little bit different when I arrived to dress the field for the all- important return fixture
against Guildford. Gone was the normal cheerful banter, no more the slamming of a car door and the sprint to join the
throng by a slightly late player for the warm up because they were all there muted, tense and energised God help
Guildford because we had come to play!
There was no need to mention that they had played wonderful rugby during the first half of the opening encounter at
Guildford early in the season only to squander their lead to endure the long bus ride home having snatched defeat
from certain victory. They knew that a second half fade out was not an option. Despite a last minute positional change
due to Will Godwin being unable to shake off the flu the team began the game against their undefeated and fancied
opponents. Guilfordians tend to be pretty big blokes on the whole and this team had some very big blokes and we
knew that their game plan would be to bash their way over the line. The opening encounters were vigorous and Hale
had the best of it pinning Guildford in their own half. The pack was relishing the opportunity to drive forward and the
backs constantly crossed the gain line only to fall agonisingly short. The first scrum set the scene for the rest of the
morning as the double blues pushed their significantly bigger opponents all over the park winning a massive 15 tight
heads. Not surprisingly constant pressure from the forwards set the backs loose and Josh Billington eventually strolled
over under the posts for first blood. Chris Lewis added the cream and we were away at the 13 minute mark. Despite
hitting a speed bump two minutes later when we gifted Guildford an intercept try, the boys were relentlessly stamping
their authority on the game and Jason Callow dived over the stripe off the ruck to give Chris Lewis the opportunity to
open up a good lead just on half time.
The boys might have thought they had done enough to put a smile on coach Dallmans dial at lemons but he demand-
ed more team discipline, a better execution of the game plan and more commitment. The boys left the huddle with the
words Get on with it or get out of the way ringing in their ears as six desperate reserves awaited their turn. We were
set for a cracker!
The pack continued to massacre the Guildford forwards in the set pieces and stood toe to toe with them as they tried
to crash their way through. No fade out here as the team played champagne rugby. Chris Lewis popped over a penalty
and Tom Ingram sliced through to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Guildford rallied late in the game to get one back
only to be broken on the wheel as the Mean machine bounced straight back for first gamer Nick McLaughlin to slide
in at the corner. Game over.
Next week Christ Church payback time.
Hale 27 def