We began well with two early tries after good lead up work and raced to a 10-3 lead but relaxed in defence only to see the visitors take full advantage of our soft up front tackles and score the next two tries and take the lead 10-15 with a conversion and penalty to add to their tally.
A penalty try to the Beasties forward pack after repeated scrum infringements saw us leading at half time but the defensive efforts of the opening forty minutes coupled with seven errors in possession in strong attacking situations were the focus points at half time.
The players responded early in the second half with a lot more sting in our tackles and a great deal more integrity in our defensive line as Parramatta mounted several multi phased attacking raids which ended in a turnover under pressure from the Easts defence. On several occasions the try colours counter attack swung into action with Jack Maddocks showing his class in scoring tries from broken play as well as setting up others in a dominant performance.
Parra kept trying but the Beasties were showing a far greater commitment to the task and continued to apply attacking pressure with direct attack and accurate passing which the two blues could not cope with and when Sam Fogarty crossed for his third try of the afternoon on the stroke of full time, the final score 52-23 reflected a dominant second half performance.
2nd grade really did build on last weeks win over West Harbour with a huge win over parramatta at the weekend. Although the score finished 68-12, it was a really tough opening 30 minutes to the game.
Early tries to Liam Moylan and Charlie Clifton couples with some good early defence allowed us to set a good platform for the rest of the game. By half time Liam Moylan had grabbed a Garrick, Lynsey Stevens, Jack Grant and Jake Turnbull had all crossed the line. The second half was similar as a tired Parra side fell away, Scott ferris picked up a couple of tries along with a try to Baz Jullian.
It was good to see the boys get over the line and enjoy their day in Centennial park, hopefully we can finish the season in the same fashion this weekend at Gordon.
Third grade played a Parramatta side that was largely the same as the side that fourth grade played.
As a result, we were expected to win fairly easily and that is how things panned out.
We led 38-0 at the break and finished up winning 93-7 with 15 tries and eight conversions.
There was some good ball movement and support play .
This week we take on Gordon who are in the semi finals. It will give us a good indication of where we are. I look forwad to the game with a great deal of confidence.
We began this game quite well, scoring a couple of early tries against a Parramatta team that seemed very disorganised
In the early stages it looked as though we might finally notch a decent win, scoring 3 first half tries, to Nick Parrelli, Andrew Mather & Tom Clifton, that saw us take a 19-5 lead to the break
But Parramatta are an opportunistic team that if given a chance they will get you (as they did to us earlier in the year at Granville)
And this is exactly what happened !!
With an intercept try early in the second half to Parramatta the momentum certainly shifted.
Another try mid-way through the half and all of a sudden it was 19-17 and we were in for a grandstand finish.
To our credit we hung on (when in previous games this season we might not have)
With the fulltime bell ringing in the background, Jake Tierney nailed a 40m penalty goal that saw us go out winners 22-17
A gutsy win !!!
We return this week to the scene of our only other win this year, Chatswood Oval against the Highlanders, where we will be looking to repeat the dose