Second Grade (Colin Caird Shield)
Second Grade: Sydney University 25 (Jock Merriman 2, Samuel Barclay tries; Byron Hodge 2 goals, 2 pen goals) defeated Warringah (Timothy Poynting, Jack Wheatley tries; Josh Gillard goal, 2 pen goals) 23 at Sydney University Football Ground.
Third Grade (Henderson Shield)
Third Grade: Sydney University 21 defeated Warringah 14 (Finlay Hillicks, Braydon Witham tries; Jordan Meredith 2 goals) at Sydney University Football Ground.
Fourth Grade (Henderson Cup)
By James Cameron (Coach)
4th Grade got the job done against Warringah with a 31-14 win. We started strongly with some patient defence resulting in a turnover. Some controlled possession saw Stuart Mill cross and we had an early 7-0 lead.
We made it hard for ourselves after that with simple mistakes preventing us from extending our lead. Some uncharacteristically poor defence allowed Warringah to score and level things up at 7-7.
Alex Macdonald put us back in the lead with a fantastic individual effort down the right flank. We stayed in front for the rest of the match although the lead was never really comfortable until the end. We scored 5 tries but it could have been 10 with the amount of ball that was dropped.
None the less the boys got the 5 competition points and that’s what was required of them so we can be pleased about the result. This coming week against Easts we will have to make sure are more clinical in converting our chances into points.
Special mention to Alex Macdonald who was called up from colts after injuries at training on Thursday; he had a fantastic game, scored 2 tries and picked up 2 best and fairest points. Stuart Mill showed he is still a force to be reckoned with in his first full game back after a head knock, with a try and 3 best and fairest points.
Fourth Grade: Sydney University 31 (Alexander McDonald 2, Sam Harris, Stuart Mill, Jack Stanford tries; Tom Wilson 3 goals) defeated Warringah 14 (Jackson Stariha 2 tries; Tim Dalecki, Mackenzie Entwhistle goals) at Sydney University Football Ground.
First Colts (W. McMahon Memorial Shield)
By Rob Taylor (Coach)
It was a tough win against a very promising and rugged team at Pittwater, it is not an easy place to win for any club up there. Even with a winning scoreline of 38 – 17, we had to fight for every point and metre made. We had dominance in the scrum and a very effective lineout which grinded Warringah down and ended with one of their props getting yellow carded for repeated scrum infringements.
Will McDonnell who was our player of the match, contributed in all parts of the game and was a constant danger with ball in hand for the Warringah defence. Will has been a big part of the 1st Colts backline all season and has been influential in most games he has played in. An aggressive, well balanced runner who can throw a flat ball with high level of accuracy while running square is a danger to any opposition backline. Patrick O’Doherty made his debut at loosehead prop in the weekend and had a dominant performance playing in a new position and therefore was awarded two points. Luke Lough was awarded one point for his dominant go forward carries and robust play.
First Colts: Sydney University 38 (Pen try, Max Girdler, Samuel Renton, Eddy King, William McDonald, James Kane tries; James Kane 3 goals, Samuel Renton 1 goal) defeated Warringah 17 at Pittwater Rugby Park.
Second Colts (Shell Trophy)
Second Colts: Sydney University 19 (Benny Watt, Lachlan Argiris, Ahmad Elbatoory tries; Ethan Miller 2 goals) defeated Warringah 19 at Pittwater Rugby Park.
Third Colts (Bill Simpson Shield)
By Gabriel Enright
A narrow victory for the young Students over Warringah by 12 points to 10 kept their chances for a minor premiership alive with three rounds to go and and two points adrift of leaders Randwick at the top of the table.
A mammoth week of study and exams had drained the mental energy of the players and although not playing at their best the team had to draw on its character to overcome a pumped up Warringah outfit to seal victory late in the second half.
Once again Sean O’Byrne was the difference and best on ground for the 3 points. In his last game before heading overseas Davis Jenson bagged the two points with a tradesmen like performance from Dane Stephens securing the point
Third Colts: Sydney University 12 (Dane Stephens, Connor Farnell tries; Daniel Poletto goal) defeated Warringah 10 at Pittwater Rugby Park.