Expecting water and mud we were pleasantly surprised to arrive at a dry and sunny Kempsey for our first game of the year. Although stepping up to 13 a side this year Nambucca only turned up with 11 players so we matched them giving us 9 players on the bench, including Liam Cuffe who volunteered to help us when we looked like only having 11 players ourselves.
Brodie Moore returned where he left off last year with great running and crunching defence. Alex Brown and Diem Woods were both also excellent in attack and defence, ably assisted by James Smart, Wez Brown and Chris Lill .
Kurt Stennett and Jye Mulvihill wore the DH vests and worked great getting the ball out with the odd scoot thrown in.
Zane Jones and Finnian Walsh were our first recievers and distributed the ball well, taking a run where it was on and sending the ball out when they could.
Clint West and Jarmaul Tyerman weaved and darted their way around the field with Nick Kenny, Jarrad Fitzgerald, Jake Blanch and Joeli Bula backing up.
Newcomers Nick Brooks, Ayden Sicrist and Zachery Sutton had big games proving they will have a big year of footy. Nick Brooks pulled off the cover tackle of the day, chasing down their biggest opponent and taking him down.
Defence was the thing that won us the game with whole team keeping a pretty good line all game, moving up both sides and getting in the way of the big boys. It was also good to see the ball get out the back line a bit and watching players fill in other players shoes when they were caught out of position or off.
Bowra ended up taking out the game 30 — 4
Bowra needed a win to consolidate a position in the Semi Finals. With their season in their own hands Bowra unfortunately lacked a little bit of passion and determination and played the entire game in second gear without enough urgency. We lacked a killer instinct in defence and our line speed was poor. Fortunately our effort, which was well below our best was enough to secure the victory 24-16 and we move through to the Semi Finals. Jack Peachman continued his late season good form, Tommy Martin got his hand on the ball more and looked dangerous, Brandon Willer, Malcolm Noble and Tristan McKelvie were strong in our forwards. Try scorers were Tristan 2, Jack, Tommy, Malcolm and Connor.
In an important game for Bowra we had to keep our winning run going to consolidate a position at the top of the table, our previous game with Kempsey was a draw so it was always going to be a close game. The boys started the game really well controlling the middle of the field with some good defence and strong running from our forwards, Henry Stranlund, Malcolm Noble, Noah Thompson and Tristan McKelvie. Wyatt Rouse had an outstanding game in both attack and defence and was well supported by our safe as a bank fullback Jack Peachman, with Luke Leonard playing well for his first attempt at first receiver and Blake Spear scooting well in the second half. Try scorers were Jack Peachman 2, Jai Wassens, Wyatt Rouse and Tristan McKelvie Final score 26-6.
Bowra 12s vs smithtown 30/4/2016
1st game of the year for the boys after a bye first up. Against a pretty evenly matched Smithtown, team defence was key for the day. Bowra held a strong defensive line, their line of speed was good and shoulders were being used. Brandon Willer led in defence and was supported by Blake Spear and Baylun Green, while forwards Tristan McElvie, Lochie McKewen and Wyatt Rouse got us going forward and put Smithtown on the back foot.
Final score 12-6 try scorers Wyatt Rouse 2 and Tommy Martin.
Bowra 12s vs Sawtell 7/5/2016
After a great first up win Bowra headed to Sawtell to play the Panthers who have a habit of beating us in tight games. From the outset Bowra looked a more complete and better footy side. Our two first receivers Max Thompson and Brandon Willer both had outstanding games directing our team around and controlling the game. Connor Lockyer playing at fullback pulled off two of the best cover defensive tackles I've ever witnessed, not only stopping two certain tries, but smashing the player in the process.
Final score 20-12. Try scorers Jai Wassens, Tommy Martin, Kye Garzoli and Cody Tyreman.
Bowra 12s vs Coffs Harbour 14/5/2016
Bowra came into this game undefeated but in their own minds didn't give themselves a chance against the much bigger Coffs Harbour team. The score was 10-10 at half time and Bowra were playing badly. The boys only have to believe in themselves and they can challenge the top teams. In the second half heads went down and we were totally out muscled and out played with too much grabbing and not enough desire from the Bowra boys. Stand out player for Bowra was Malcolm Noble who ripped into Coffs all game without much help from his team mates.
Final score 10-34 try scorers were Wyatt Rouse and Connor Lockyer
Bowra 12a vs Woolgoolga 21/5/2016
After a very poor performance the previous week the boys needed to bounce back and they did in great style, winning 32-6 vs Woolgoolga. Wyatt Rouse, Malcolm Noble and Henry Stranlund having his first game as captain laid a great platform for the whole team allowing the boys to play some good footy on the back of big metres.
Try scorers were Wyatt Rouse 2, Connor Lockyer, Kye Garzoli, Henry Stranlund and Malcolm Noble.
Bowra 12s vs Kempsey 28/5/2016
Bowra 12s ventured to Kempsey to try and keep their great start to the season going. The boys seemed switched on and ready to go and this was evident by scoring on the very first play of the game, with a length of the field barnstorming run from Tristan McElvie. This try first up was probably not a great thing as the boys then thought it was an easy game to win and our effort dropped away. Malcolm Noble and Noah Thompson were both very strong in a scrappy game which was not great to watch with the referee only having both sides 3 metres apart, this made playing footy hard with a lot of pressure being on both sides first receivers. In the end a 22 all draw was probably a fair result, with the Bowra boys not really playing to their full potential.
Try scorers were Wyatt Rouse 2, Tristan McElvie and Malcolm Noble.
Bowra got off to a slow start on Saturday, & before the pies in the canteen were even hot, Orara had scored 2 meat pies of their own. 8-0. Bowra then started to get stuck in. Big runs by Riley Mylrea, Caleb Wassens & Rhys Ballard gave their team good field position. Then it was passed out wide to the ever present Oshay Tyerman who crashed over out wide.
Lachie Craggs had the hard kick from the side line. I had a birds eye view of the kick & this is how it went. Craggs lines it up. Its high, its long, its straight, its over!!! What a superb strike. 8-6. Bowra on the attack again just before half time. Finn Stephens on one of his side stepping, jinking, brute strength runs, slams the ball over the line. 10-8.
The second half started like the first with Orara scoring at will. They would have scored even more if it wasn't for a couple of amazing cover tackles from the great fullback, Oshay. Elijah Cooper had the Orara defence back pedalling with some steam rolling runs. Bowra put on another try thanks to a perfect kick from Jake Jones. Jake's grubber kick into the in goal was swooped on by that kid called Oshay (he's every where). Orara now lead 18-14 & it was game on.
The heads went down when Orara scored again but Bowra finished strong with a clever try to Zak Single. Fulltime Orara 22 Bowra 18.
Just need to be a bit more positive. Get behind the line & encourage each other & don't worry about the try that has been scored against you. Instead talk about what you are going to do with the ball (off the tap off). A few things to work on. Have a good week off & then we can prepare for the big games ahead.
GO BOWRA TIGERS