The TAFE NSW Polecats have kick of the season with 1 draw and a win, down at Kellyville over the weekend.
It was back to their old stomping grounds field 4 for the Polecats when our first grade side took on Asquith in Round 1 in front of a large crowd. Having never beaten Asquith in a regular comp game, the Polecats started strong matching up the field with several unsuccessful attacking raids. Asquith then turned defence into attack to score their first converted try of the match in the 8th minute.
The Polecats didn’t take long to reply, with second rower Alfred Iva crashing over in the 15th minute and with their tails up the Polecats continue to attack with winger Shane Matthews finding the line 9 minutes later, after Shane Miller slotted the conversion, the Polecats were up 10 points to 6. The remainder of the half both sides continued to push each other to the brink, but no one could find that crushing blow and score remained unchanged at the break, with the Polecats going in up 10 points to 6.
After the break both sides got back into the grind, but it was Asquith to wield the first blow in the 42nd minute with their second converted try to once again take the lead over the Polecats. Down by 2 points the Polecats continued to press and when Shane Matthews crossed for his second in the 55th minute, the Polecats were once again up by 4 points after another successful conversion from Shane Miller. 6 minutes later Asquith equalled the score back to 16 all, with their third try of the day and had a chance to take the lead but after their first unsuccessful conversion, the scores remained locked. With the clock ticking down both sides threw everything at each other, but could not be spilt after the final siren, finishing up 16 all.
Polecats coach Dan Jackson “16 all draw against a tough team we went in expecting a grind and we got that for the whole 70 minutes.”
In the 2nd Grade match against Macquarie University, the Polecats lost their captain Scott Brown in the 1st minute, but that didn’t deter the Polecats who went into overload with the side racking up 14 points in as many minutes with Polecats winger Matt Vandervalk claiming a double along with Darren Sunderland also sneaking ove and 1 conversion from Corey Pierce. In front the side didn’t stop there with the Polecats putting another 16 points before the break with tries from Canaan Te Whare, Russell Murtha and Nick Gorst and Corey Pierce and Darren Sunderland both adding a conversion to their tallies.
In the second half the Polecats continued their dominance, not just in attack but also in defence with the boys added another 10 points with tries to Tommy Sarangaya and Beau Sanchez along with a conversion from Raymond Alo. Even with the match well and truly over the Polecats continued to defend strong with the side not letting a point scored, finally taking the match 40 points to 0
“A solid first up win for the boys, the coaching staff set out a game plan & the boys played to it. Hopefully our skipper Scott Brown is back on deck soon after a nasty finger injury.” Polecats Second grade coach Damien Riddle
Next week the Polecats return to their normal field when the take on the old foes UTS in first grade and Carlingford Cougars in seconds.
For more photos from the day, head to 2022 gallery page at www.polecats.com.au/sideline/photo-gallery/2022-gallery/