Paddington Colts Match Report Semi Final 2

Hi Colts Family,

Paddington Colts V St Charles, Sunday 26/8, Waverley Oval

Victory, 16-10

What a marvellous game of Rugby League it was on Sunday. A truly captivating semi-final battle that was tense, competitive and played in a great spirit between two evenly matched teams. St Charles is a quality side, so our boys should be very proud of themselves for making it through to the grand final this weekend.

The game got off to a cautious start with neither team gaining any real ascendancy in the early stages. As the game went on and the Colts managed to shift the ball to the edges on a couple of occasions, we could see our confidence growing. Harry seized an opportunity close to the St Charles try line and crashed through to register our first points for the match. But to their credit, St Charles fought their way back and capitalising on a few errors from our boys and repeat sets near our try line, posted their first try in the Bondi Beach corner of Waverley Oval.

The second half proceeded in a similar fashion to the first, until fatigue began to take its toll and the game began to open up. Some excellent scrambling defence from our boys defused several St Charles attacking raids, while our defensive line on our try line was strong and more reminiscent to how we were defending earlier in the year. Some surging runs by our forwards in the middle and our speedsters out wide allowed Jasper to take pounce and post two tries close to the ruck, and lock up the game with a 16-10 victory. For me, our willingness in defence was the most impressive part of our game, and what we’ll need to play with again this weekend to be any chance against the strong running Bondi boys. Once again, well done to St Charles for a great game and a successful season.

Which brings us to this weekend, our final match of the season and grand final on Saturday at 11am at the famous Leichhardt Oval. Some of you may have heard about a few logistics issues we have that effects some players due to a timing clash with the AFL grand finals on the same day. We are trying to find a solution to what you think would be an avoidable scenario, but our request to defer our rugby league kick-off time is looking increasingly unlikely. So at this stage please arrive at Leichardt at 10.15am ready for our warm up. Whatever happens, I have no doubt that the boys who take the field for the Colts will be competitive and ready to go.

Training is on this afternoon as per usual at 4.30pm. We’ll also train at 4.30pm on Thursday afternoon but will confirm these details closer to the time.

See you on Sunday

Cheers, Jimmy Vesper
0449 262 475