The Cherrypickers made the trip down to Albury on Sunday where they continued their winning streak.
The game started fairly slowly by both teams with handling errors creeping in just as the rain set in. Albury put the first points on the board through poor Young defence.
Young’s defence progressed through the match with attack stepping up their game too. Some great passing led to a great try out wide to Riley Manwarring that was unfortunately not converted.
With the score at 4-6 the teams went into half-time with no points added to the score line.
The second half started with errors but things quickly got back on track. The forwards got the ball out wide to Manwarring who scored his second try.
Jesse Corcoran converted. The forwards managed some great metres up the middle.
Matt Murray put up a high kick which the Albury fullback dropped. Jesse Corcoran regathered to score near the posts and converted the try.
Albury got frustrated over their errors, Young gave away two penalties that Albury capitalised on with a late try in the corner, fortunately it wasn’t converted. Young then held Albury out to end the game 16-10 to Young.
Young Reserves travelled to Albury on Sunday very undermanned with only two forwards on the bench. Albury running second in the competition were always going to be a tough ask at home with a very large team right across the paddock.
The days weather forecast was for rain and storms and didn’t disappoint with a very cold and blustery day all round. Because of the conditions the reserves went in with a plan to keep it simple with short crisp passing and to turn the big Albury pack around at every opportunity.
To Young’s credit they produced a very impressive first half completing seven from nine sets and really unsettling the Thunder boys with some solid defence. The smaller Cherrypickers pack were a bit lighter on their feet and constantly produced yards up the middle frustrating their opposition and were able to produce some mistakes from the usually well drilled Albury outfit. It was through one such mistake that produced Young’s first try when Will Dunn dived on a loose ball and a few sets later Jayde Cowled crashed over for the first points of the game. Mick Stallard converted and after 18 minutes into the first half The Pickers led 6 to nil. To Albury’s credit they re grouped and scored two quick tries to go in at half time leading 12 – 6.
The second half continued the slog fest with both sides not giving an inch in the first ten minutes. Young were again on the scoreboard first in that half when clever half Jake Norton darted through a gap to offload to a rampaging Wais who scored out wide.
From then on Albury kicked it up a gear and Young, fatigued through lack of numbers, were unable to hold the big Thunder outside backs who crossed for three quick try’s to take the match 24 – 10.
It was a great effort from the Young team. Players player points went to Will Dunn, Jake Norton, Mick Stallard, Bailey Coombes, Jayde Cowled, Rob Plain and Angus Smith all receiving two votes each. This just showed how keen the team was to play for each other which was very pleasing and something that was missing in the middle part of the season.
Young travelled to Albury to face the first placed Albury. Young got off to a good start with an outstanding try to Oliver Pettit, his first of the season, with Jacob Lucas converting to make it 6-nil. Young were travelling well until they lost Will Hills to a jaw injury which seemed to spur Albury to score two quick tries making the score 12-6. Right on halftime with a clever backline movement Harry Fitzpatrick scored in the corner to make the score 12-10 at half time. The second half went end to end for 26 mins before Josh Baker scored to get the lead back and Jacob Lucas once again converting making the score 16-12 Young's way. Young made a mistake at kick off giving the ball back to Albury with them attacking to score their third try giving them the lead and the game 18-16 at full time.... players player was Tom Jenkins and Oliver Pettit.
The weekend saw the Cherryettes put in a tough fight as they took on first place Albury Thunder. The weather conditions didn't help the game of football, there were some changes to how the game went through the weather playing a significant part of the ball movement. The first half was tough, the girls just couldn't get a roll on attack, simple one on one missed tags resulting in them getting a 16 point lead in the first half. The girls came out firing in the second half, they put in some great sets and made valuable metres, continually putting us on the defensive in this game. The girls continued to defend well and hold their line which allowed Albury to only score twice in the second half. Elevations players player; was Annie Turbo Turner - who ran the ball well, threw her body around in the mud to save some valuable tries. A special mention must go to our wings, Bridget Maloney, Sophie Meeting and Emily Richens for their constant talk and direction to assist in controlling the weekends game.
In the Pickers under 18's they came up against fourth place Albury who were tough competitors at home on Sunday. In the first half the Pickers played well and muscled up against a big Albury side to make the score at half time 10 - 6 to Albury. In the second half Young played well in the first ten minutes, but giving away a few penalties put Albury back in our half to score a couple of tries. Unfortunately Young couldn't get any points in the second half, making the final score 36-6 Albury's way. Best player for the Day went to Jonah Potts for defence and attack.