13's v Nambucca 1/4/17

In a extremely close match closer than the score of 16 - 8 suggests bowra went down to Nambucca , our players efforts gave the coaches and parents alot to be happy about with a strong showing in the 1st game of the season . Our whole forward pack really dug deep and took it to the more fancied Nambucca pack with Wyatt Rouse , Tristan Mcelvie and Malcolm Noble leading the way .

We went into half time 8 - 6 in front but with tiredness setting in and 1 or 2 lazy moments Nambucca finished in front on the scoreboard , try scorers were Tristan McKelvie and Luke Leonard

vs Coffs Harbour

The Bowra 13's played host in a top of table clash against the undefeated defending premiers Coffs Harbour Comets in their final home game for the year. The Tigers didn't start well, with some handling errors, silly mistakes, and losing Tyrell West early, you can't give a team like Coffs that much ball and they capitalised and raced out to a 28-0 lead. It could've been more if not for some great tackles from fullback Sam Bekis and centre Steve Borg. The Tigers finally got some ball and looked good, some nice passes in the backline saw the dangerous centre Keith Donovan go on a strong run, only to be brought down metres short. With the Comets defence rushing the Tigers playmakers, smart hooker Brady Atkins fooled them all with a dummy and crashed over the try line. Simon Walker converted from out wide.

Halftime 32-6. The boys were angry at themselves and were keen to turn things around. As they knew they could.

The 2nd half was a much more promising one for the Tigers, with some bruising defence. Coffs struggled to get out of their own half on several occasions. Atkins, Logan Jones, Himayet Robinson and Toby Kinnear got through a mountain of work once again. The Tigers pressured the comets line and a determined Jones crashed through 3 defenders and slammed the ball down under the posts. Walker converts. Jones then split the defence with a backline play, sprinted 50m, and with the Comets chasing, showed some acrobatic skills to score in the corner. The sideline conversion from Jones even got the Comets fans clapping.

With the boys having to play the final 6mins with only 12 players, fulltime read 50-18 Coffs. The 2nd half was only 18-12. The team really has to be credited for not giving in, they fought till the end after a rough start. This team can match it with the Comets, and by the end of the game , they were believing it themselves.

It's now Semi Final time and bring it on!!!! There's something very special building with this team..... Go Bowra Tigers!!!!!!!

v Woolgoolga

A win in this home game against the Woolgoolga Seahorses would secure a semi finals birth for the Bowra 13's. That must've  given the boys a bit of extra motivation for this game, they trained hard, and really need to be commended for their performance, with the result ending in a 52-0 win. With this score line, it brings the Tigers total in the last 2 weeks to 110-0!!! Every player is showing real commitment to each other and coming and doing their jobs for the team.

The Seahorses came out and tried really hard, but the Tigers weathered the storm and gave them no answers. The defence, led by forwards Himayet Robinson, Toby Kinnear, Tyrell West, David Styles, and Brady Atkins, and supported by Jacob Gardner, Zac  Single and Luke Fitzgerald was like a brick wall, with some really hard tackles on display. Woolgoolgas backline could not get through or around  the Tigers Steve Borg, Keith Donovan, Logan Jones and Clay Perkins.

In attack, the Tigers looked sharp, as they scored some spectacular team tries. Alex Howard was involved early with some strong runs. Atkins got the 1st try sneaking his way over. Sam Bekis, who is looking more and more dangerous every game, did some great work to not get trapped in his own in goal, which helped Jones get a length the field try.  Himayet Robinson who had a massive game, carried 3 players, offloaded with a flick pass to send Tyrell West, who was great in his comeback game, down the sideline. Then he tipped on to Jones, who threw a cut out pass to send Big Toby Kinnear on a 40m barnstorming run to the try line. Charley Townley made a long weaving break from a kick return to get us out of trouble. Halftime read 20-0.

After the break Robinson shrugged off defenders and raced 40m to score. Keith Donovan and Steve Borg look dangerous whenever they touch the ball with their damaging runs. Simon Walker who helped organise the team around well, scored a brilliant try, stepping and determinedly reaching and slamming the ball down. Atkins and Finn Stephens fooled everybody from dummy half and scoring tries. O'shay Tyreman backed up well to score a fine try.

Let's carry this great form, dedication and commitment into the semi's.

A big Thankyou to the U12's Luke Fitzgerald, Zac Single, O'shay Tyreman and Finn Stephens for backing up.

BOWRA 52(B. Atkins 2,H. Robinson 2, S. Walker 2, L. Jones, T. Kinnear, F. Stephens, O. Tyreman tries. S. Walker 5, L. Jones goals) def Woolgoolga 0.

v Smithtown Rd 11

The U13's produced one of their best ever all round performances in their 56-0 victory at home against Smithtown.

Right from the start the Tigers showed a lot of aggression and urgency in defence. The boys were getting up off the line quickly and communicating with each other well, which is something they have been trying to improve. Everybody turned up, and there were some real big hits on display.

In attack, there were some real impressive moments. Clay Perkins, Charley Townley and Steve Borg made strong runs all day with Perkins a big line break. Sam Bekis continues to impress at fullback in both attack and defence. Forwards Jacob Gardner, Alex Howard and David Styles made big runs. Himayet Robinson continually combining with Toby Kinnear, with either a tip on, hit and spin or offload, saw Kinnear go on some long raids down the field. Brady Atkins and Simon Walker produced their best games of the season, with Walker taking the line on and making some darting runs. Logan Jones had a field day scoring 6 tries and having a hand in 4 others. Some of the tries even put a smile on the coaching staff's face. Jones' combination with U12's Finn Stephens really shone, with Stevens diving on a Jones grubber kick to score the 1st try, and then to back up and run onto a Jones offload to score in the corner.

A big thankyou to the U12's, Finn Stephens, Zac Single, Lachie Craggs, Luke Fitzgerald and Oshay Tyreman for backing up and playing outstanding!!!

Great work from the team, this is the 2nd time this season the Tigers have kept a team to zero, now let's keep it rolling!!!

Bowra 58(L. Jones 6, F. Stephens 2, B. Atkins, Z. Single, O. Tyreman tries. S. Walker 6. L. Jones goals). Def Smithtown 0.

Round 9 v Kempsey

The U13's were very slow out of the blocks to start their home game against Kempsey, and Kempsey capitalized by scoring the first points of the match, 4-0.

Then Brady Atkins won the race to a Logan Jones grubber kick to score his first of the day. Simon Walker converted the goal, to lead 6-4. But the Tigers fell asleep again and Kempsey were in, to lead 10-6. Then Jones found a gap and out paced everyone to level the scores 10-10.

But the errors continued for the Tigers, and the solid, committed defence that we'd seen the previous weeks wasn't there as the Dragons scored another easy try. 14-10. Jones scores from a very determined long distance run to bring the scores level at halftime 14-14.

The Tigers were happy it was a draw, as they knew they weren't playing their best, but were still in the game.

The 2nd half got underway and Jones grabbed his 3rd for the day and everyone was hoping the Tigers had turned the corner as they lead 18-14. But the lacklustre defence continued and Kempsey blew the score out to 34-18. Hooker Brady Atkins gave his team some hope, as he got his 1st ever hatrick by scoring the Tigers next 2 tries, very sneakily barging over from dummy half. 34-28. But the Dragons sealed the victory with a try on Fulltime to win 40-28.

Logan Jones, Toby Kinnear and Himayet Robinson worked tirelessly the whole game, with hit up after hit up and tackle after tackle, trying to lift their teammates. Centre Steve Borg also worked hard in defence out wide and came in to have some runs and gained valuable meters.

A debutante for the Tigers, Sam Bekis was very impressive in his 1st ever game of Rugby League. Playing at Fullback, Sam was very safe under the high ball, made some great tackles and looked dangerous in attack. Another debutante, Jacob Gardner also showed great potential and once settled in, will be valuable team member.

If you can score 28 points, you should be able to win the match. We know we can score points, The Tigers need to show more commitment and urgency in defence like they have in recent weeks and they will be back in the winner's circle.