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Dudley Jones Cup - Major and Minor Semi-Finals

Finals action kicked off at last over the Weekend at Mike Carney Toyota Park and the games were as exciting as it gets. The Major Semi-final was played on Saturday with Minor Premiers Teachers West facing an in form Brothers Outfit, while a Beautiful Sunday afternoon hosted Ross River and North Ward Old Boys for a place in the elimination final.

A trademark start from Teachers West in the Major Semi-final set the pace for a dominant but frustrating first half for the Club. While The Bulldogs seemed to get the upper hand in most aspects of the game there was limited return for their efforts, as continuity throughout the half was lacking. A stop-start affair the game didn’t really get going until the second half. By that time, Teachers West, through the handy boot and decision making of Josh Fletcher as well as a couple of great team tries had earned themselves a comfortable 20 point lead. Brothers however, just like the previous week showed why they are contenders and shouldn’t be taken lightly, as they were able to capitalise on Teachers West’s errors to bring the score to 20-10, 25 minutes into the Second Stanza. A hushed Brothers Crowd suddenly came to life as the team started to show signs of hope. Teachers West regained control of the match however poor decisions and execution didn’t allow them to shut out the game. A few key subs came on for Brothers which boosted the team and a wider style of play created opportunities to score, with another try coming with 3 minutes left to go taking the score to 20-15. A brilliant comeback story was completed with a last play midfield bomb put up by Brothers reserve halfback Scott Doulis who regathered an awkward bounce and passed to winger Tyron Harvey who scored his second next to the posts to cap off a fairy tale ending for the Boys in Blue and White, coming away with the 22-20 win. Teachers West finished the game poorly dampening their otherwise outstanding season. The Club took away the Pickles Auctions Senior Club Championships, with 3 of their Senior Grades taking out Minor Premierships and Teachers Lock John Vinson taking out the Dudley Jones Player of the Year.

 

In the Second Semi-final Ross River looked to book their spot in the Elimination final this weekend when they came up against a North Ward Old Boys Team that has impressed in the second half of the season. After dropping eight of their first ten games of the season a resurgent side put in the work and were able to make the finals with a game in hand. The Old Boys dominated Territory early, due to ill-discipline from the Redskins pack. North Ward Old Boys were able to convert their opportunities into points scoring two tries after sustained pressure in the Ross River half. A couple of penalties extended North Ward Old Boys lead, before a Joe Tania try put the Redskins within reaching distance. The teams went into the half 18-7 in Old Boys favour. It was a similar start to the second half and perhaps the turning point of the match came when Hadlee Conroy turned a nice counter-attack into a spectacular try to bring the score to 25-7. Ross River didn’t curl over however as a fitter side than previously seen this season started to make headway through the Old Boys pack. A dominant set piece and strong running through the middle provided the platform for three Ross River tries in 15 minutes, the game starting to look reminiscent of the night before. To North Ward Old Boys credit they were able to stem the flow of Red Jerseys and hold out for the last 5 minutes, scoring a penalty to secure the 28-22 win and book their spot alongside Teachers West in this Saturdays Elimination Semi Final. Ross River capped off their season with a performance to be proud of.

This Week see’s Teachers West play North Ward Old Boys in the elimination final where the winner will face off against Brothers for the Dudley Jones Cup Grand Final on Saturday the 12th of September. Kick-off is at 5pm at Mike Carney Toyota Park.

 

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