The Broulee Moruya Giants are now six games in to the 2018 season and are reporting mixed fortunes across the grades, an indication of a tight competition for most teams. The U12s team has had a tough start and is yet to record a win, but the team has been competitive in most games and a win is surely just around the corner. Will Stone is having a great season and Zeb Clare and Ben Turner Collins are among the best most weeks with Max Colbourne dangerous up forward scoring weekly goals. The team is 7th on the ladder.
The U14’s are showing great promise, currently sitting 3rd on the ladder, and coming off a hard fought three goal win against a spirited and talented Merimbula team last Saturday. The team is improving every week and is looking towards playing a big role in the SCAFL U/14s finals. Starting the season with ten and four goal victories against Bega, the team had a tough patch with a four goal loss to Pambula and an eight point loss to Tathra.
Above: Billy Williams clears the ball against Merimbula in the U16s
Above: Jake Brogan wins a ruck against Tathra in the U14’s Sam Thomas and Oliver Dolphin have been dangerous in the forwards, although there is a spread of goal kickers which will be difficult for other teams to counter as the season progresses, with Brock De Winter hitting his straps with three goals last Saturday against Merimbula. Jake Brogan has been dominating the midfield and Seb Giri, Tasmyn Symons, Tom Cashin and Charlie Jones have all had great seasons so far.
The U16’s team is showing great promise although a ladder position of 5th is reflecting losses in the first two rounds that should have been wins. Defeated by Pambula and Narooma in the first two weeks of the competitions, the team reversed those results in weeks three and four defeating both Pambula and Narooma in the return home games. Last Saturday saw an undermanned team post a disappointing loss to Merimbula (BMG 3-2-20 to Merimbula 10-5-65), although the score didn’t reflect the balance of the game . With Theo Turner sitting equal second on the U/16s goal kicking ladder and Jack Hirst, Dylan Golden, Billy Williams and James Cashin having good seasons a move into the top 4 is expected over the next few weeks.
The Reserves men’s team is doing it tough in 2018, yet to record a win, but put in competitive performances against Merimbula and Narooma and sitting 5th on the ladder. The SCAFL has recently cracked down on teams dropping first grade players to reserves if the firsts have a bye so that may assist in some more competitive games for the rest of the season. Captain Adam Tilyard, Blake Paul, Declan Pascoe and Brendan Winter have started the season well, and the team has been usefully bolstered by U16s players helping out notably Billy Williams and Jack Hirst.
The Women’s team is having a great start to the season, and moved into the top four with a comfortable win over Merimbula last weekend, 5-10-40 to 0-1-1. They opened their account with a crushing win over Bega, but followed that with successive losses of twenty points, four points and five points, before turning it around with a 10 goal win over Merimbula the weekend before last. Sophie Wetzell, Sophie Alves, Jillian Lurda, Charlotte Walker Crystal Staunton and Zoe Vandenbergh are leading the way.
The club has a bye this coming Saturday 9 June, and travels to Tathra for its next games on 16 June.