Sunday, September 7, 2014

Finals Week One - Ron Massey Cup - Match Review

Guildford ended Western Suburbs’ season last Sunday at McCredie Park, winning a physical, thrilling encounter 24-20.

Guildford opened the scoring after four minutes, the home side taking advantage of a Magpie error to spread the ball wide, Harmony Hunt crashing his way over despite the Wests cover defence. Jason Gray was unsuccessful with the conversion attempt, the Owls hitting a 4-0 lead early.

The Magpies responded after 18 minutes of play, Sam Aiga’s  short ball putting Daniel Abou-Sleiman away down the touchline, Abou-Sleiman regathering his own kick after Jason Gray was unable to handle near his own line. Dayne Craig was successful with the conversion from alongside the uprights, the Magpies ahead 6-4 after 20 minutes.

Rather than look to settle the play, Wests continued to explore their options, Dayne Craig choosing to run rather than kick on the last before offloading for Sam Aiga, who crashed through Jason Gray to touch down. The golden touch did not continue for Craig, the conversion swinging wide to leave the Magpies’ lead at 10-4 after 24 minutes.

It was yet more expansive football on the final tackle which saw Western Suburbs notch their third try at the 34th minute, Trent Jennings going to the line on the fifth tackle and slipping a short ball for Tom Morrison, the offload finding Tala Mapesone who dove over. Craig swung the kick across the face, the Magpies ahead 14-4.

Guildford needed to score to stay in touch and they did so in the final minute, Bevan French wrapping around his winger to touch down by the narrowest of margins. Jason Gray sprayed the kick wide, and at halftime, Wests led the Owls 14-8.

Guildford opened the second half scoring with a jinking try to halfback John Brady after Guildford regathered a bomb put down by Wests. Jason Gray nailed the kick from next to the sticks, and the scores were knotted at 14 just four minutes into the second half.

Guildford cut through from the restart, John Brady backing up to go over the line, only to somehow be held up by Nu Akeripa, who came from the clouds to execute a tackle which was nothing short of miraculous.

Guildford hit the lead after being the beneficiary of a dreadful missed knock on call, John Brady threading the needle for Dylan McKeown to score. Jason Gray needed the assistance of the right post, but he added the extras to put the Owls ahead 20-14 after 52 minutes.

Wests refused to be pushed around and, with Guildford’s markers on the back foot through some fast play the balls, Dayne Craig scooted 15 metres through the Guildford defence to grab Wests’ fourth of the day. Craig converted his own try, and the scores were again level, 20-20 after 56 minutes.

Guildford finally found a way through the Magpie line, but needed a pass which was marginal at best to put Shane Hunt away down the left. Jason Gray, from less than a metre in from touch, sprayed the kick across the face, the Owls heading into the final eight minutes ahead 24-20.

Wests looked to have lost their final chance as Guildford dove on a kick, but Dayne Craig stole the ball one on one for one last raid. However, Damian Briscoe ruled a double movement against Tom Satterthwaite to end the game, Guildford successful 24-20.

GUILDFORD 24 (Harmony Hunt, Bevan French, John Brady, Dylan McKeown, Shane Hunt tries; Jason Gray 2 from 5) defeated WESTERN SUBURBS 20 (Daniel Abou-Sleiman, Sam Aiga, Tala Mapesone, Dayne Craig tries; Dayne Craig 2 from 4)

Penalties: Wests 5 Guildford 6

Halftime: Wests 14 Guildford 8


25. Daniel Abou-Sleiman
2. Tala Mapasone
5. Jerome Mose
1. Sam Aiga
14. Tom Satterthwaite
6. Trent Jennings
4. Nu Akeripa
12. Mason Talolua
9. Dayne Craig
10. Tunui Maurangi
11. Tom Morrison
3. Rusty Bristow
13. Luke Williams

8. Fred Tevago
15. Jacob Folent
16. Ronnie Palumbo
22. Cruise Iosefa


1. Shane Hunt
2. Jason Gray
3. Harmony Hunt
4. Leslie Ngaluafe
19. Fou Tagiilima
15. Bevan French
7. John Brady
16. Paula Kaufusi
9. Ben Ellis
10. Casey Ellis
11. Dylan Mckeown
12. Chris Saab
13. Luke Fahey

8. Jared Clark
17. Paul Tuigamala
20. Craig Field
21. Mitch Burt

1 comment:

Corey said...

Sorry but that last try from Wests was a TRY not a double movement