A Grade GF Report Provided By Ken Harris
Belying their under-dog status, Penshurst RSL dominated the A grade Grand Final in defeating All Saints Liverpool 40-4 at Campbelltown stadium.
Well beaten in the major semi, the yellow-clad rissoles (wearing the club’s away strip) came determined to compete in the middle of the park with the powerful All Saints pack.
Penshurst were led onto to the field by Josh Baihn, playing his 20th year consecutive year for the green and gold. Features of the Penshurst performance was their tremendous defence (both in the middle and on the line, repelling many repeat sets), good ball movement and a much improved kicking game (that provided good field position, for a change).
The scoring was opened when Michael Winchester burst through the left edge to set up brother Matthew under the posts. Other first half tries included Michael Petrie next to the posts after backing up Glenn Dewitt’s bust out wide on the last tackle; Michael Petrie’s second try off a show-and-go on the last tackle from close range and Dean Tandek’s lead for an Adam Rogers sweep to score under the posts. The under-dogs were up 24-0 at the break.
Penshurst maintained their dominance in the second half, scoring early when a strong kick-chase picked up a clearing kick to send Adam Vrahnos swan-diving next to the posts. All Saints claimed a consolation try in the corner before Michael Petrie claimed his third through some lazy short-side defence and Adam Vrahnos closed the scoring from dummy-half. Glenn Dewitt continued his excellent form with the boot, converting 6 from 7 attempts.
Captain Ryan Tandek proudly accepted the gold cup on behalf of his team mates, and Michael Petrie was rewarded with the Man-of-the-Match award for his excellent performance.