On a bright day at the Davey field, the U13’s entertained Spalding. Shelford split into two squads, as opposition Spalding only had an accomplished team of 16 players. The Sharks played the first half and were replaced by The Tigers at half time.
Shelford – 4 Tries (20 Points) Spalding - 10 Tries (50 Points)
Billy White: 3 Tries
Shark Match Report by Ben Carey
There was a slow start but Spalding had put their game heads on before we even knew we were in a game. Spalding’s early pressure paid off with 2 or 3 quick tries in succession. The score sheet could have been even worse if it weren’t for Fraser Christie and Vincent yip’s strong tackles. However, Spalding closed off the half with another flurry of tries.
Half Time Score -Shelford -0 – Spalding – 6 tries (30 points)
Tigers Match Report by Zach and Matt Whieldon
An energised Tigers squad took over at half time. Spalding started strongly with some fluid passing that saw them score two early tries and dominate the opening 5 minutes. It looked like the Tigers were in for a difficult match. Then Zach Whieldon received the ball in his own half and went on the attack outpacing the Spalding players coming within a metre of the try line before the combination of a high tackle and a trip brought him down. The referee played advantage and Whieldon set the ball for Billy White to pick up and touch down for Shelford’s opening try.
This score gave the Shelford boys some belief and the match looked much more even from this point on. Spalding did score next to restore their two try advantage but Billy White scored for Shelford again following a dummy and a driving run through the middle. Unfortunately a series of missed tackles again allowed Spalding to score from a long run from just inside the Shelford half.
Shelford were not finished yet though and defensive play improved with strong tackling from Barney Elliot and Felix Brown. Gabriel Donnelly was denied his try from a pull back just as he was about to touch down but the team were rightly awarded a penalty try. At 4 tries to 3 Shelford were now in with a chance and it was that man Billy White again who scored Shelford’s fourth try to tie things up.
As the clock ticked down it was Shelford who looked most likely to score and take the win but the final whistle went and it was honours even in a very enjoyable and competitive match.