Second Grade (Colin Caird Shield)

By Ray Hudd (Coach) 

It was a tough day at the office on Saturday

Gordon played a spirited match to go out victors 28 to 12.

Despite the loss one of the positives to come out of the game was to see returning players to the squad like Alfred Paea perform strongly.

We will go back to the drawing board and train hard this week to prepare well for our next match vs Penrith.

Man of the Match – Alfred Paea

Full time score Gordon 28 def Sydney Uni 12

Third Grade (Henderson Shield)

By Jack Leary (Coach) 

The students took control early in the first half thanks to a sniping run from Banjo Travers who was able to capitalise on a lapse in Gordon’s defence around the ruck. A further try to Ed L’estrange and a textbook kicking display from Jock Merriman meant Uni went into the half time break with a commanding Lead of 17-0.

Unfortunately 3rd Grade haven’t been able to put together a 70 minute performance together this season and complacency set in after half time. Gordon sensing blood in the water were able to shift the momentum in their favour. They managed to accrue 22 points in the second half highlighted by a kick from 40 metres out after the bell (under suspicious circumstances) to come away with the victory. Though it was a disappointing result their was enough in the 1st half to prove that playing at the pointy end is within our control and will depend on and how we choose to respond to mixed performances over the first 5 rounds. 

Full time score Gordon 22 def Sydney Uni 20

Fourth Grade (Henderson Cup)

Full time score Gordon 33 def Sydney Uni 24

Fifth Grade 

Full time score Sydney Uni 17 Gordon 10 

First Colts (W. McMahon Memorial Shield)

By Robert Taylor (Colts Head Coach) 

It was another beautiful day for footy, playing at Chatswood Oval which was in very good condition. The conditions allowed both teams to move the ball around, run hard and score some entertaining tries.

Gordon got the first points on the board with a penalty kick, we followed up with a converted try in the 16th minute, which was created and finished by the fullback Tim Clements, unfortunately Tim took a head knock when scoring the try and had to be substituted. While the score remained the same at halftime, we thought we could have finished a few more opportunities and were not far off from getting a few over their line.  

In the 2nd half, it took until the 7th minute to score from 40m out through a simple set piece play, Ed King making the initial linebreak before drawing and passing to the centre Guy Porter to score. Then shortly after, Sean Hasegawa threw a nice inside ball back to fullback Nathaniel Tamwoy to find a hole on the shortside to score from 15m out. Gordon scored two tries to add to their first half penalty, thereafter we scored another two, a double by James Armstrong, the first being from a Gordon lineout turnover and the second through general play. 

Ed King is awarded the three points, not for his elusive running but his cover tackle and never give up attitude to stop what should have been a certain Gordon try. Ed had to come from the far side of the field to make the try saving tackle. His effort was the perfect example of never giving up, something we constantly emphasis and talk about at training.

James Armstrong is awarded the two points for his constant influence on the game in attack and defence. Peter Fenwicke got through another mountain of work to lead the forward pack around the field. Notable mentions to Miti Tuinakauvadra in only his second 1st Colts game for his workrate, Patrick Calavassy playing a full game in the 2nd Colts match and then playing 60 minutes in the 1st Colts as well as Connor Farnell playing nearly two full games and being a constant threat out on the wing. 

Full time score Sydney Uni 33 def Gordon 17 

Second Colts (Shell Trophy)

By Strath Yeo (player) 

The 2nd Colts where out for redemption against an undefeated Gordon side, after narrowly losing to Norths last week. The team had a few changes in both the forward pack and the back line, which once again pushed the focus towards a dominant set piece, transition speed and set speed.

It was through the dominate set piece that the students were able to have the front foot early in the game with multiple tight-head scrums keeping the Gordon colts pined in their own half. This was a great leap forward from Norths the previous week and Uni were able to capitalize with a 7-0 lead at the end of the first half.

The major message coming from the break was to keep intensity up throughout the whole half and convert pressure into points. The boys in blue and gold took this message on board and accurately penetrated the advantage line with great success tuning a lead of 7-0 into a 21-0 lead in the first ten of the second half. Uni’s pressure continued to wear Gordon down, coming away with more dominance at set piece time and were able to convert this to a 40-0 final score.

Full time score Sydney Uni 40 def Gordon 0

Third Colts (Bill Simpson Shield)

By Gabriel Enright (Coach)

Another trip up the North Shore to Chatswood Oval saw Sydney University Colts 3 continue their winning ways against Gordon Colts running out victors by 32 to 19.

In the first stanza of play the young students scored some very classly tries and went to the break leading 24 points to 7 with Josh Hardie and Bati Koroisau shining individually and the support play finishing it off with a swag of tries.

Gordon to their credit lifted considerably in the second half and scored two tries without Sydney Uni crossing the line. The game was never in doubt as Josh Hardie slotted two key penalties to take the tally out to an unassailable 32 points.

Tavena Bati Koroisau was all class for 3 points in the Centres with many bullocking runs, a stunning solo try and brutal defense that will haunt the Gordon backs should the teams meet again. Josh Hardie controlled the game and was a points machine for 2 points with hooker Adam Goodman chipping in with a polished display for the point.

Full time score Sydney Uni 32 def Gordon 19