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Under 10s in Grand Final

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Under 10s into the Grand FinalAnd there still are two !!! Our under 10s have won a stirring Final to qualify for the Grand Final. They will join the under 9 Greens on Grand Final day next Saturday at Oki Jubilee Oval Kogarah - it will be the first Grand Final for both teams.

In a game of see-sawing scorelines, Penshurst RSL trailed early against their much bigger opponents, Hurstville United, before fighting back to lead at half-time 15-10. Hurstville were able to square the score at 15-15 in a tight and tense second half. It was with only a minute remaining on the clock that Christopher Rigopoluos sliced through the defence and scored in the left hand corner to snatch victory for the Rissoles, 18-15.

Check the website during the week for confirmation of the Grand Final schedule - at the moment, the 9s are tentatively scheduled to play at 9am and and the 10s at 10am. The 9s will be playing Kingsgrove Colts and the 10s will play Earlwood Saints.

Finals Week Two Results

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And then there were 2 !! In a weekend of gripping finals footy, all five Penshurst RSL teams showed their true colours, each team fighting desperately to advance further into the finals series. By the end of the weekend, 1 team had progressed to the Grand Final, 1 team stayed alive to make the Final and 3 teams were eliminated in tense contests.

Despite courageous efforts from the under 11s, under 12s and under 18s, each team was eliminated in a very tight game that was in doubt until the final whistle.

The 11s fought bravely against a much bigger opponent before losing 18-27 to Hurstville United. After leading the defending premiers at half-time, the 12s desperately defended their lead before going down 12-16 to Renown United. And the 18s took their much more fancied opponents, Kingsgrove Colts, into extra time (we had scored 3 tries to 2 in the 14-14 full time score) before losing 14-18.

Congratulations to all 3 teams and your coaching staff for tremendous seasons in which you did yourselves and the club proud.

Meanwhile, the under 9 Greens maintained their unbeaten record in their first year of competitive football with a hard fought 19-10 win over Kingsgrove Colts to progress to the Grand Final. The under 10s defeated Arncliffe Scots 28-16 to push their way into the top 3. They will contest the Final next week in a bid to qualify for their first Grand Final.

Disco Retro Fever Night

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Thanks to all the helpers at our disco nightCongratulations and our thanks must go to our Social Secretary Katrina Russell and the team from Crush Productions, Kellie & Calvin Koch for their efforts in organising and running a fantastic night for us. The prize for best dressed couple went to Glen & Leonie Dufty, while the best hairdo, in a controversial decision, went to our President, Ken Harris! Again thanks to all of those who helped and attended as all funds raised from our events go back to our boys and running the club.

Vale Robert Stone

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Robert StonePenshurst RSL Rugby League is also deeply saddened at the loss of another member of the St George rugby league community. Robert Stone passed away last Monday morning, 1st August after an extended illness. Robert was 49 years of age.

Though probably better known from his playing days with St George in the 70s and 80s, Robert was prominent in recent years in the administration of of rugby league in the St George district. As Executive Officer of the St George Football Club he was heavily involved in the development and welfare of junior rugby league and its players.

Penshurst RSL Rugby League wishes to express its deepest sympathies to Robert's wife, Anne, and his children, Melissa, Belinda and Michael. Robert's funeral will be held at 12 noon Wednesday, August 3 at St John Bosco Church, Engadine followed at 1.30pm by a service at the Woronora Crematorium.

Vale Mitchell Wykes

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Mitch WykesPenshurst RSL Rugby League is in mourning for the tragic loss of one of its own. Mitchell Wykes passed away suddenly last Sunday afternoon, 31st July. Mitchell was only 23 years of age.

Mitchell was a former Penshurst RSL Rugby League player of many years service who was very well regarded and liked by all of those that knew him. He was also a member of a very popular and highly regarded Penshurst RSL family - his parents Jenny and Chris (better known as Gus) have contributed many selfless hours to the club and its players, and his brother, Jordan, is also a former player of many years.

Penshurst RSL Rugby League wishes to express its deepest sympathies to Jenny, Gus and Jordan. Our thoughts are with you throughout this most difficult time.

Mitchell's funeral was held Saturday, 6th August, in the South Chapel of Woronora Crematorium.

Photo Gallery Update

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Some of our tireless & thirsty workersDue to popular demand there are now nearly 60 new pics from 2005 in the photo gallery thanks to the work of CJ and Darren Campbell! There are some great action shots from the mini and mod teams, as well as some familiar old, and I do mean old, faces. Check it out here.

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