In another great double-header put on by the BSDRL and the BRL, the Hounds hosted Valleys at home.
The Whippets – Premier Grade
Normanby Hounds took on the Valley Diehards in another home game double
header on Saturday 16th of April. The game was fought up the middle, but won on the edges. The Premiers side had a stellar start with a try off a couple of completed sets. Winger, Andy Launiuvo was on the receiving end of a cut out pass from Marc Webb. One broken tackle later, Andy found himself over in the corner. Unfortunately the sideline kick proved to be too difficult to convert. Valleys fought back with the assistance of Hounds mistakes and penalties. After 20 minutes, Valleys has worked their way into 10-4 lead. Once the Hounds regained possession, they built momentum with three quick scoots and finishing the set off by being handed a penalty. Pressure started to build as the Hounds continued to attach Valleys line. Two penalties later the Hounds produced a try off another back line in play which Frosti Tikinau wrapped Josh Woods and fed it out the back to David Smith. David Smith performed a simple draw and pass to put James Caslick across the line in the corner.
Unfortunately the Hounds points dried up for the half, while the Diehards crossed for a couple. One off an 60m intercept and the other from capitalising on a few Hounds missed tackles. The half was called 18-8 to Valleys. The second half started in an arm wrestle. The Diehards were the team to break the points drought 20 minutes into the half. Further effort was exerted in defence to keep the Diehards to one try in the second half, which was drawn to a halt early due to the Diehard's halfback breaking his leg in the middle of the field. The referee called the end of game. with 9 minutes to go since there was no way to remove the back from the field without further damaging the break.
Normanby Old Boys Points: Luke Chaplin 3, David Smith 2 & Jade Warentini 1
FINAL SCORE Valleys 24 defeated Normanby Hounds 8 (tries Andy Launiuvao, James Caslick)
The Hounds – BRL
The Normanby Hounds BRL side posted their first win of the 2016 season with a 26-16 win over Valleys at Purtell Park. The Hounds backed up a strong showing from the previous week, with an outstanding defensive display led by stand-in skipper Tyson Skyring and new recruit Tikiko Noke. The Hounds dominated the first half but were only able to cross the stripe twice through BRL debutante Etipuke Collins and Beau Ryan, to go in at half time ahead 10-0.
The Hounds started the second half with an early try to Mitchell Hallinan of a towering Jacob Thomas bomb. The Hounds scored again through veteran Michael Crosby before clocking off with 20 minutes to go. This gave the opposition a sniff, running in 2 quick tries but the Hounds settled to score again through Mitchell Hallinan to run out 26-16 winners.
Normanby Old Boys Points: 3. Mitchell Hallinan, 2. Tyson Skyring, 1. Michael Crosby.
FINAL SCORE Normanby 26 (Mitchell Hallinan 2, Beau Ryan, Michael Crosby, Etipuke Collins Tries; Jacob Thomas 3 Goals) Defeated Valleys 16
This week’s game
The Hounds face Waterford in Premier Grade and Ipswich Jets in BRL in a Double Header at Purtell Park, Bardon. These will be tough but very winnable games for the Hounds so please get down and show your support!
Whippets Premier Grade v Waterford – 1.15pm
Hounds BRL v Ipswich Jets – 3.00pm