Injuries hampered Pickers

I'LL TAKE THIS: Anna Hall tags a SouthCity player last weekend in Wagga. Photo: Rebecca Goodlock.
I'LL TAKE THIS: Anna Hall tags a SouthCity player last weekend in Wagga. Photo: Rebecca Goodlock.

First grade

It was always going to be a struggle for the Cherrypickers going up against SouthCity last weekend with no players on the bench and a few playing through injury the boys did the best they could against the side that sits at the top of the ladder.

“SouthCity are a quality side,” coach James Woolford said. “With Young being low on numbers from the start of the game we just couldn’t go with that quality for 80 minutes.”

Aaron Slater stepped up playing the whole 80 minutes in the front row for the Pickers, however it wasn’t enough to stop the Bulls from ramming home.

“We were down 10-nil early but kept hanging in and managed to go into half-time 16-6 down,” Woolford said.

“SouthCity scored first in the second-half but we hit back soon after making it 22-12.”

It was after that point that the injuries started to stack up for the Young players.

“That’s as close as Young got with a rising injury toll SouthCity ran away with the game in the last 25 minutes,” Woolford said.

The boys will play at Alfred Oval this weekend taking on Albury Thunder who are sitting just above them in the ladder.

“We’re back at home this week, it’s been a tough year for all involved in the first grade squad,” Woolford said. “We’ll keep banding together as a tight group and as a team and turn up for each other every week and we will get plenty of rewards from that to finish the year.”

Reserve Grade

The Reggies had a shocker of a weekend in Wagga going down to SouthCity 30-6.

The Reggies had been on a winning streak over the past couple of rounds, taking out the Brothers, Blues, a forfiet from Temora and then smashing the Tigers, however their form seemed to be off last weekend against the top of the ladder SouthCity.

“SouthCity scored a try in the first two-and-a-half minutes of the second half due to our error and we were unable to get back in the game,” the Reggies coach said.

The boys have dropped to third on the ladder after the weekend but their spirits won’t be broken when they take on the Albury Thunder this weekend at home.

“It was a disappointing loss as it was essential win that we needed to cement an equal top position as a team,” the Reggies coach said.

“We will look to regroup and get a good win against Albury at home.”

League Tag

The result wasn’t any better for the ladies as they fought and played hard last weekend but couldn’t find the traction they needed to bring home the win going down to SouthCity 18-16.

“I couldn’t fault the effort of these girls knowing we were down a few players but some defensive slip ups made us pay in the long run,” coach Saul Lealeaitafea said.