Paddington Colts v Concord Wolves, Goddard Park, 29 April, 2018
Result: 60-6 Victory
The 3rd round of the season saw the boys travel west to take on the Concord Wolves at Goddard Park.
Expectations were high after a promising first up effort the weekend before, and I got the sense during the warm up that the boys were building confidence both as players and in the team. This will be the focus over the next few weeks, building confidence, as well as learning some basic structures and new skills. And it’s not just the boys who are learning…I learnt that you can’t access the cross city tunnel if you’re coming in from Anzac Parade.
After our forfeit in Round 1 and a 26-24 loss in Rd 2, it was important that we climbed off the bottom of the ladder so that we stay in touch with the competition front runners, and that’s exactly what we did on the weekend. It wasn’t long into the game before the Wolves were howling for all the wrong reasons, as the Colts settled into their game plan and began to pile on the points. The boys should be congratulated on the way in which they adopted the new left and right playing structure, although it will take some time before it becomes second nature. I was also impressed with the low error count from the team which can be partly attributed to a lack of pressure from the opposition, but also a good warm up before the game.
With Max and Harry steering the team in the first half, our forwards led by Cy, Alex, Tommy, Fynn, Jasper and Lochie set an excellent platform for our backs to attack, and they certainly took advantage. Angus, Peter, Jamie and Kubi all looked dangerous and bagged a bunch of tries between them. We are certainly blessed with some blistering speed which is such a fantastic asset to the team and one that we will look to exploit during the year. Special mentions must be made to those boys who played their first game this season; Kubi and Harry who are both new to the club, and Peter and Jamie returning from last year. All four had fantastic games, and if they weren’t scoring tries they were setting them up.
Our round 4 clash this weekend is shaping up as our first real test for the season as we go head-to-head with the current competition leaders and traditional rivals of the Colts, Bondi United. I am confident that if everyone does their job as best as they can, commits to making their tackles and we use our speed out wide, we can play a great game and win.
Finally, l’d like to welcome Max O’loughlin to the team. Max is super excited to join the Colts and can’t wait to take on United this weekend. Welcome to the Colts Max!