Panthers under 15’s return home with two wins

Left to Right: William Brown, (ball carrier) Braydon Taylor, Sam O’ Raferty.The Panthers U15 travelled to a very cold Wagga Wagga for the rematch of the season. Last time Panthers met Wagga Black the final score ended in a bizarre nil all draw, something that is quite unheard of. Wagga Black have remained undefeated with all other games and wanted a win today.

The Panthers U15 team is Cameron McKellar, Rowan Wilson, Ciaran Thomson Jones, Will Brown, Finlay Johnson, Ryan Baldwin, Troy Chapman, Brock Taylor, Kurtis Troth, Charles Slinger, Hayden Lomax, Tom O’Raferty, Sam O’Raferty, Lachlan Pellow, Luke Skidmore, Will Hartwig, Bradon Taylor, Jack Goode.

Wagga Black kicked off first on what was going to be a hard, fierce and fast paced game. Wagga Black just seemed to have it all together from the start and dominated the play for the first 10 minutes or so. The Panthers finally fired up but Wagga found a gap and were in for their first try with no conversion. This really pumped the Panther lads up and worked together to send Charles Slinger over for Grenfell. The angle to kick from was pretty horrid but Will Brown gave it all he could but just missed. At half time the score was 5 – 5.

2nd half started and both teams wanted control. Frustration built for the Wagga Black team as Grenfell defended their territory and pushed play back up to our end of the field. Grenfell kept the attack on and sent Hayden Lomax with a big swan dive over for a Panther try. Once again, a horrid kicking angle for Will, just missing.

As the clock was ticking down, play seemed to get a little messy. Wagga had one last attempt for a try. For a few seconds, nobody on the side line knew if it was a try or not. Finally the ref waved no try – held up! The final whistle blew, the Panther boys cheered and the sideline parents and supporters breathed a sigh of relief.

Final score Panthers 10 – Wagga Wagga Black 5.

Game 2 – Panthers U15 v Wagga White

Once again, another tough game was promised. This game started with the Wagga White boys pumped for a win and set the pace at nothing short of fast and furious. That was the standard of play for this whole entire game. If the Panthers were going to win this game too they were going to have to really fire up and give back as good as they got – and that is exactly what they did. Panthers stayed in control and eventually sent Charles Slinger over for a try. Some scrappy play from the Wagga lads ended resulted with one of our boys getting unnecessarily hurt. It is such a shame when this type of unfortunate incident happens. There is just no excuse. Play stopped and the half time whistle blew with Panthers leading 5 nil.

2nd half saw Panthers out to retain their lead. They remained in tune with each other and in charge of the ball. Luke Skidmore went on a running rampage to score again for Panthers. Panthers were well and truly in charge of their play and followed up with a try to Jack Goode for Panthers. Play turned around and Wagga White dragged play down towards their try line. Eventually a Wagga player found a gap and ran over for a try, successfully converted. The score at this stage was Panthers 15 to Wagga White 7. It was easy to see that Wagga White was building momentum but the Panthers regrouped and sent Jack Goode over again. Finally the whistle blew and Panthers had bagged 2 wins for the day.

Final score for this game was Panthers 20 – Wagga Wagga White 7.

A big thank you must go to team managers Peter Brown Grenfell and Terry O”Raferty from Temora.

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