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The Rock-itt : May 2012
Review For April 2012 Beacon Hill Bears kicked their season off on a rain free Sunday afternoon in April against Pennant Hills Stags. The Stags had come to Bear Park eager to take home with them the two competition points and although our Bears put up a determined effort to stop it from happening, a very dominant Stag side eventually outplayed the Bears winning by 30 to 4. Beacon Hill kicked off and were straight away on the defensive as Pennant Hills threw the ball around, working their way down field toward the Bears’ line. Though Beacon Hill tried earnestly to hold them out Stags finally cracked the defence and scored the first try of the day. The try was converted giving the visitors a lead of 6 to nil. Stags with their tail up, wanted to go on with it and pressured Beacon Hill’s line. After raid after raid, the Bears’ defence once again was breached and Pennant Hills went over again for the second try. This was converted making the score line 12 to nil. The half tim e siren sounded and oranges were taken. Pennant Hills kicked off the second half and to the dismay of a shell shocked Beacon Hill side, managed to run in 3 tries in a time space of 15 minutes, bringing the score line to 30 points to 4. But it was never say die for our Beacon Hill boys and though decimated by the large score margin, managed to put it all together to allow half back Connor Moran to plant the ball over the line with the final score Pennant Hills 30 Beacon Hill 4. In the words of Browny, “Lord, please give us a break.” The following week saw the Bears at W illoughby Park and up against W illoughby Gold. Beacon Hill took the kick off and the Golds straight away went on the attack. Bears moved up well frustrating Willoughby as they tried to take the ball to the Bears’ end of the field. Again, though desperately trying to hold the Golds out, their hard work was in vein as W illoughby cracked Beacon Hill’s defence to score an unconverted try. Willoughby could smell blood after their first points and soon went on to score another unconverted try. The score was now 8 to nil Willoughby and despite their dominance in the early stanza of the game, Bears weren’t ready to hang up the gloves and began a resurgence which soon paid off with a unconverted try scored by five eighth Brett Allpress. Now it was Bears turn to turn up the heat as they began throwing the ball around and testing Willoughby’s defence with some great forays into Gold’s territory. Keeping the pressure on soon paid off as Chris Percival lumbered across the line, planting the ball down. Centre, Kyle Metcalfe converted and as the half tim e siren sounded the score was 10 to 8 in favour of Bears. This was more like it with our Bears hitting the front at half time. It was possible and now it was a matter of holding onto the narrow margin and to notch up their first competition points of the season. But unfortunately things didn’t go the way they had hoped it would in the second half as Willoughby knocked up a further 2 unconverted tries to win by 18 points to 10. There’s something to be said about our Beacon Hill Bears as they don’t know the word give up. I’ve no doubt we’ll get beat again this season but I bet we win more than we did last season. Keep playing your hearts out, Bears.....that’s how champions are made. See you next month........Paddy McClellan