Feathers flew at Campbelltown last Saturday as the Asquith Magpies accounted for the Western Suburbs Magpies 38-26.
Suburbs opened the scoring on their first set of possession, with a
left spread finding Mason Harrison in space, who dummied his way past
Asquith custodian Kieran Vale to touch down under the posts. David Attua
added the extras for a 6-0 Wests lead after 3 minutes.
didn’t take long to reply, with a dropped ball from the kick-off by
Wests allowing Aaron Groom to dart across and around the Wests defence.
Sione Ala slotted a booming touchline conversion to level the scores
after just six minutes.
A long raking kick from Wests was dropped
by Kieran Vale after seven minutes and from the ensuing set of six,
Wests Tigers Holden Cup powerhouse Soni Paasi was too strong for four
Asquith defenders. David Attua hit the post with his conversion attempt,
Wests leading by four after ten minutes.
Asquith very nearly
found space in the Wests line, only for referee Phil Sung to call back a
forward pass. Asquith paid dearly for their error, with Wests winger
Amanono Tovio recording his first of the season after a neat passing
exchange. David Attua added the conversion to put Wests ten up after a
Both sides lacked for discipline and handling for
the next 20 minutes, but it was Wests who broke their funk first, with a
grubber through from Amanono Tovio missed by both Kieran Vale and Tala
Mapesone, with new Wests signing Paul Simona on hand to ground the ball
just inside the dead ball line. David Attua pushed the tricky conversion
attempt wide, Wests taking their 20-6 lead through to the interval.
handling woes of Wests continued into the second half with their second
set of six being turned over to Ina Papera, who dodged and weaved his
way to the line. Sione Ala added the two to close the gap to eight with
35 minutes to play.
Asquith backed up their good start with
halfback Aaron Groom running into dummy half with Asquith on the Wests
line, Groom darting across the field, leaving Seffa Silafau unable to
keep up as Groom touched down. Sione Ala failed with the conversion,
Wests holding an ever-decreasing four point break.
to let their records across previous weeks come back to haunt them and
new halfback Eddie Paea showed enormous determination to muscle his way
through the much bigger Asquith defence to register his first try for
2013. David Attua successfully converted, and Wests extended their lead
Asquith needed to hit back quickly and halfback Aaron
Groom showed why he is in the frame for Fijian World Cup selection at
year’s end, bamboozling the Wests defence with another jinking run to
score an acrobatic try. Sione Ala potted the two, and Wests lead was
back to four.
The Wests defence was starting to show its’ now
customary fatigue, and Asquith five-eight Jack Hawkins exposed some
flimsy marker defence to touch down adjacent to the posts. Sione Ala
added the simple conversion, and Asquith found themselves in front for
the first time of the afternoon.
Asquith looked far more
dangerous and a Jack Hawkins bomb was neatly plucked out of the air by
Curtis Johnston, who managed to ground the ball despite the attention of
his opposite number. Sione Ala pushed the tricky conversion wide,
Asquith holding a delicate six point lead with as many minutes to play.
held their six point lead into the dying stages as Wests flung the ball
wildly as the siren sounded. However, Adam Kalcina was on hand to pluck
Dean Rysko’s no look pass from the air and race away to seal the game.
Aaron Groom was successful with the conversion attempt, Asquith 38-26
For Asquith, Aaron Groom played with spiders on him,
while Jack Hawkins and Mark Meredith also made big contributions, while
for Wests, Dean Rysko, Paul Simona and Soni Paasi were the best among
Next weekend, Wests take on Kingsgrove at
Leichhardt Oval on Saturday, while Asquith head back to Storey Park to
face off against Guildford on Sunday.
ASQUITH 38 (Aaron Groom 3,
Ina Papera, Jack Hawkins, Curtis Johnston, Adam Kalcina tries; Sione Ala
4 from 6, Aaron Groom 1 from 1) defeated WESTERN SUBURBS 26 (Mason
Harrison, Soni Paasi, Amanono Tovio, Paul Simona, Eddie Paea tries;
David Attua 3 from 5)
Penalties: Wests 4 Asquith 7
Halftime: Wests 20 Asquith 6
5. Amanono Tovio
11. Jerome Mose
19. Paul Simona
21. Michael Mate
4. Tala Mapesone
7. David Attua
15. Eddie Paea
18. Soni Paasi
9. Joel Jasmine
8. Dean Rysko (C)
12. Mason Harrison
13. Tom Morrison
20. Adrian Haangana
10. Seffa Silafau
14. Matiasi Toutai
16. Sonny Bristow
17. Matt Jones
1. Kieran Vale
2. Curtis Johnston
3. James Workman
4. Adam Kalcina
5. Sione Ala
6. Jack Hawkins
7. Aaron Groom
8. Dylan Montgomery
9. Luke Jay
10. Mark Meredith
11. Brendan Hurd
12. Joel Latham
13. Ryan Wheeler
14. Ina Papera
15. Mat Hurd
16. Josh Nichols
17. Greg Nichols
By Keith Topolski