Under 14 Round 8 Match report

Under 14s and 13s that back up for us congratulations on one of the most determined and gutsy wins ive seen from you in the 5 yrs ive been coaching you against the top of the table combined Nambucca/Sawtell outfit myself and the coaching staff are proud of every single one of you .

Under 14's Round 7 Match Report

Bowra U/14's vs Kempsey
A perfect day for football out at "God's Country" welcomed the boys after 2 solid training sessions throughout the week. Without the physicality of Tristan McKelvie, the boys knew they had to step up against a very talented Kempsey side. With the focus of winning the ruck and controlling the football drilled into their heads, the boys started strong with some solid runs from prop forwards Joe Young and Jarrod Fuller, putting the Dragons on the back foot with their quick play the balls. Unfortunately, the boys were caught short out wide leading to 2 quick tries from Kempsey's speedsters, 0-12.
With Bowra keeping their heads up, some solid defence from the likes of Malcolm Noble and Wyatt Rouse forced the Kempsey turnover, eventuating to a try next to the posts as Brodie Moore proved too strong once again for his older opponents, 4-12. With Jack Peachman being as safe as ever at the back and halves pairing Brandon Willer and Lockie McEwen directing the troops, Bowra found themselves close to the try line once again with some great running from Blake Spear and Gary Flanders playing out in the centres. Just before the half time siren sounded, Malcolm Noble seen an opportunity at dummy half close to the line and scooted over for Bowra's second try, 10-12.
The second half saw the boys start strong once again with some crisp passes out of dummy half from Jai Wassens and great running from Lincoln Noble and youngsters Zane Jones and Diem Woods. Some good turtling defence by the Bowra boys held Kempsey out for the majority of the 2nd half before the Dragons eventually crossed the line after 3 goal line defensive sets, 10-16. This put the Bowra boys on the backfoot as Kempsey continued to stroll their way up the field crossing for 3 more late tries taking the final score to 10-30 in the away team's favour.
Although we didn't come away with the win, there was a big improvement from all the boys as they slowly creep back into 2017 form. The boys should hold their heads up and look forward to improving even more in next week's game against NamSaw. See you at training.

Under 14's Round 6 Match Report

Bowra 14s travelled to Coffs for last yrs Grand Final rematch , after a disappointing last game the boys were keen to turn their season around . Bowra started really strongly with a mistake free first few sets which resulted in Wyatt Rouse scoring outwide and Blake Spear knocking over a great sideline conversion .
Unfortunately a few errors crept into Bowras game , trying to push passes early in the tackle count and giving away a few questionable penalties allowed Coffs back into the game and they scored 3 unanswered tries , Malcolm Noble through sheer determination scored a try right on half time , converted by Blake Spear which took the half time score to 14 - 12 Coffs way .
After half time the boys seemed to lose their way a little as its been all season we seemed to lack direction and communication and Coffs were starting to role through us a little too easily and looked to be finishing a bit stronger with the rotation of their bench compared to only 1 reserve for Bowra but too our credit we continued to hold them out .
With 10 minutes to go it was still a 2 point game when both Tristan Mckelvie and Malcolm Noble had to be assisted from the field with match ending injuries , thankfully i have been informed both boys have been cleared of serious injuries , this left Bowra with 12 players and Coffs had strong field position eventually crashing over for a 20 - 12 win .
Malcolm Noble and Tristan Mckelvie were outstanding putting in effort after effort and Locky McEwan's kicking game constantly had the Coffs team under pressure and all in all it was a much improved performance from the Bowra boys , with continued good attendance at training the boys are not far off returning to their premiership winning form from last yr
Remember boys best thing about footy is its on again next weekend and with more hard work at training im positive good times are ahead .

Under 14's Round 5 Match Report

Bowra 14's vs Nambucca/Sawtell
A sunny day at Bowraville greeted the under 14's as they faced a strong combined Nambucca and Sawtell outfit. The boys previously lost to this team 3 weeks ago from a try scored on the bell so they knew they were in for a tough game.
Blake Spear led the black and gold out onto the field as the wind began to pick up. Some solid runs from Joe Young had the NamSaw boys on the backfoot early as both teams completed their opening two sets. A few missed tackles saw the oppnonents find space and cross for 3 early tries. Some solid defence from Tristan Mckelvie and the Noble boys (Malcom and Lincoln) wasn't enough to keep NamSaw from finding the line on 2 more occasions before halftime taking the score onto 0-24 as both teams hit the sheds.
After a pep talk from the coaches, we were eager to see what the boys could do as they ran back out onto the paddock. With ball control in the windy conditions as a problem, NamSaw crossed the line once again with an unconverted kick to take score to 0-28
After a couple of penalties and some barnstorming runs from big Brodie Moore, the ball was spread out wide to find the hands of Wyatt Rouse who showed great footwork to beat his defender and cross for a try.
With time running out, it was too late for a fairytale comeback and the NamSaw boys found the line once again taking the final score to 4-32.
A special thank you to the U/13's boys who rushed to Bowra after playing a full game at Dorrigo and arriving at halftime. Brodie Moore, Zane Jones and Wes Brown didn't look out of place with strong runs and solid defence from all the them.
It was an unfortunate loss for the boys but with no game next weekend for the long weekend, the boys will be rested and ready to come out firing against a strong Coffs Harbour side.

Under 14's Round 4 Match Report

Bowra 14s travelled to Kempsey to take on the much improved Dragons , who were confident coming off a big win the week before ,the boys have had an up and down start to the season with their ball handling being an issue , you could really see an improvement in their efforts this wk with all boys working hard to come up with a more determined team effort .
The first 20 minutes was a scoreless event with both sides testing each other out in a real arm wrestle , Kempsey crossed the for the first 2 tries and it looked at one stage they may run away with the game but a determined Malcom Noble try converted by Zane Jones took us to half time 8-6 down .
The second half was a stop start affair with numerous stoppages in play for injuries , plenty of penalties and too many handling errors from both teams really not allowing either team to dominate or get into any sort of groove .
Blake Spear slotted over a penalty to level the game up at 8 all with about 15 min to go and it was game on . Both teams intensity lifted and had all spectators on the edge of their seats , unfortunately Bowra had a player put in the sin bin which made the job a little harder but the boys were digging deep , unfortunately Kempsey snuck over out wide to reclaim the lead 12 - 8 and that was the final score , the last few minutes saw the Bowra boys throw the ball around and run with vigour but to Kempsey credit they held us out .
In a much improved team effort althou only just on the wrong side of the scoreboard Malcom Noble was a constent threat , Tristan Mckelvie bent the line with every run and hit hard in defence , Blake Spear had a much improved defensive game making some telling tackles on the bigger Kempsey pack but our player of the match was Lincoln Noble playing his first game in the forwards , he tore in all game with a no fear attitude .
This comp is so even with all 4 of our games this season being decided by only 4 pts in each game , so their are plenty of nail biters ahead .
A huge thank you goes to Brodie Moore , Wes Brown , Zane Jones and their parents for bringing these boys to Kempsey after already playing earlier in the day at Coffs , what a super effort going above and beyond the call for their club and mates .