Week 20, Grand Final weekend, was very much a mixed bag for Penshurst RSL. On Saturday, our under 10 Greens defended their title at Oki Jubilee with a superb performance, producing a near perfect first half to lead 20-0 at the break. Despite bombing a couple of chances in the second term, the boys went on to a convincing 25-12 victory over their quality opponent, Kogarah Cougars. This was very much a team effort (throughout the season as well as the Grand Final), and every player richly deserves the accolades for their efforts. Congratulations to coach Darren Campbell and his staff. (See item below)
On Sunday, our under 16s suffered the absolute reverse in fortunes – we were on the receiving end of a 0-58 loss at Leichhardt Oval. It is never easy losing by such a margin, but to cop it in a Grand Final is very tough indeed. Our much bigger and stronger opponents, North Ryde, came out hard and fast (as we expected) and quickly posted a big lead. However, when we did have opportunities to fight back into the game, we wasted them through errors and poor options. It was a very tough day for all the boys and was an unfair reflection of their efforts and achievements throughout the year. As they say in the classics, there’s always next year.
Our last team standing, the under 19s, became our third team into the Grand Finals when they won a tough Major Semi, defeating Coogee Wombats 20-14 at Redfern Oval. The boys overcame pre-game dramas (about player eligibility) to establish a 16-0 half-time lead. As expected, Wombats came back at the boys in the second half and narrowed the gap to 16-14. A late try confirmed victory and a place in the Grand Final for the boys. Please get along to support the under 19s in the South Sydney Grand Final at Redfern Oval, 11.30am on Sunday, 10th September.