On Sunday the Moree Junior Rugby Union club travelled to Quirindi for their Gala Day.
The U8s entered one team. The first two games against Tamworth and Walcha saw good wins for Moree. The third game was against Scone. The Moree kids received a rugby lesson from Scone who were very well drilled. Moree were tending to support the play however there was some sideways running. Moree did defend well in this last game.
They continued to improve with shoulders starting to be used more effectively in tackles and kids thinking about the team. Best were Jack Rogers, good tackles and some excellent direct running, Roger Vickery again played outside his weight, with Will Gillingham and George Diprose stealing balls all day. Thomas O’Shea worked hard in the mauls.
The U10s nominated two teams for this carnival. They played six games of quality rugby. They saw some great attacking play with strong runs being made by a number of backs, gaining good metres, eventually resulting in tries. The back line talk and position set is really starting to sink in.
The forwards worked well, taking the ball up strongly with good talk and leadership. The defence and commitment at the breakdown as well as the cleaning out shown by these young men is worthy of mention.
"Every player can take a bow this week. You listened to your coaches and did your very best on Sunday - thank you lads, I'm very proud,” coach Craig Warby said. Special mention goes to Max Fernance, Harry Barwick and Angus Manchee who all played well.
The U12 team were depleted due to illness and were slow to get into the first game against Barraba letting in two soft tries early in the first half. The team sparked into gear however on the back of some opportunistic play from Kaylan Prince taking an intercept try. From then on the Moree forwards dominated the ruck and were able to starve the Barraba side out of the game.
The second game against Gunnedah was a even affair with Moree coming home the stronger. Gunnedah tested Moree's defence quite often but some good scrambling ensured that the try line was not crossed.
The third game saw Moree take on the Northwest State Primary School side. This was a very good side and as expected dominated the Moree side. Encouragingly, the U12 boys did not give up and kept trying. Best players for the day were Billy Finlayson, Sam Lamey and Sam Gall who worked hard in the forwards. U6s had a skills day.