Last Saturday Narooma Devils hosted Round 6 at home on Bill Smyth Oval against Tathra Sea Eagles. Tathra came with a depleted squad not being able to contest U’10s, U’16s and International Girls given disappointing registration numbers for these teams.
It resulted in a smaller program but the teams who attended made up for this shortfall being some of the strongest and most competitive teams in Group 16.
Minis again provided entertaining clashes with no lack of enthusiasm in hard hitting attack and solid defence with stand-out performances from Cooper Hastie in Nigel’s U’7 White, Kloe Naylor in Eddie’s U7 Red, Mac Lavis for Robert’s U’8s and finally Cooper Matters dominating in Nigel’s U’9s.
Special mention again must go to U8’s for their continued improvement under Robert and to Nigel’s U9’s who showed sensational defence after a vigorous Friday night training session on the tackle bags.
Mod Girls started the scored games off with a seesawing encounter against a fast Tathra squad. Devils were undefeated up to now and this was to be a real test of their ability.
They scored in the first minute taking Tathra by surprise. Tathra struck back in the forth minute and they remain tied 10 all to the break. Devils pulled ahead 18-10 but with 6 to go Tathra stuck back with a try to take the lead and with another one, finished 20-16 winners.
A great game for our girls, Kate was pleased with their performance even given the loss and Tara Naylor took out Devil Mod player of the round.
Ross’s U12’s again proved they have what it takes to grind out a win against a formidable Tathra side with an 18-10 victory displaying tough defence and penetrating attack. Noah Martin a master class performance in both attack and defence taking out best on the day.
The day finished with the long awaited clash between the U14’s. Both teams have demolished most of their opponents to date with many runaway wins so coaches from both sides were keen to see what this clash would bring and how their players would stand up to what would be an extremely solid encounter.
This game did not disappoint. Devil’s parents and supporters held their breath and crossed their fingers with our smaller pack showing great determination to contain the larger Tathra squad, putting together a thirteen player on field effort to result in a 24-4 win. Curtis Jack was awarded Devil player of the game for his solid defence on the day.
Next week, Round 7, we again play at home against Eden, another exciting day of Junior footy, all welcome.
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