ROUND 16- Cessnock -v- Central
Cessnock def Central
Sunday 11th August 2013
A win was vital today to keep our hopes of not only a top three position alive, but also to keep in the hunt for a semi-final spot with some of the other weekend results going the opposite to what most people probably anticipated. And against a Central side who have provided some great football this year and quite a few upsets, the task was never going to be easy.
We spoke about starting well and we were able to achieve this with some early completions and this allowed us to build some pressure. This led to some early tries, to jump out to a commanding lead and by halftime the scoreline was 30 points to 0, after a hatrick of tries to Alan Lantry and one each to Brendan Hlad, Shaun Metcalf and Callum Orchard.
Certainly the 1st half highlight was the introduction of Jordan Stratton, who at 18 years of age made his 1st grade debut. More of the same was required in the 2nd half to go on with the job and despite a slow start and a more determined effort from the Central side who never gave in, we were able to run out convincing winners with a scoreline of 46 to 6.
Second half try scorers were Alan Lantry who finished with four, what a fantastic effort from one of the most consistent players week to week, Alec Fata and Beau Ryan. Beau was successful with 5 from 9 with the boot.
In a great team effort, best fot the goeys were Alan Lantry, Rley Brown, Terrence Seu Seu, Alec Fata and Jordan Stratton who displayed he can certainly handle 1st grade. Now we have to turn our attention to Kurri in a must win game to keep our hopes of a top three position alive. With it being Old Boys Day, there is no doubt a huge crowd can be expected against our traditional arch rivals. Should be great LOCAL DERBY
ROUND 10- Cessnock -v- West Newcastle
Cessnock 36 def West 16
Saturday 22nd June 2013
A home game against West and a win to start the 2nd round was the perfect tonic needed for our side. Despite West scoring in the opening set of the half, the 1st half was our best for the season. We built pressure, defended strong and agressive, and chased hard.
We scored some great tries in the 1st half, 3 to Brendan Hlad and 1 to Chris Pyne to lead 26 to 4 at half-time. West came out in the 2nd half a very determined outfit and started strongly. If not for an unlucky bounce of the ball we could have scored and led 32 to 4, but this was not meant to be.
With several back to back sets on our line West scored two quick tries, but as in the past our strength in defence was great as we held strong to run out winners 26 to 16. Our attitude and effort today is what we need to reproduce on a consistant basis, and if we can, I have a no doubt that we can be a challenger at seasons end. All players played great but the "Best for the Goeys" were Brendan Hlad, Ronny Alovilli (a fine debut), Chris Adams, Riley Brown and Terrence Seu Seu.
What made the win even more impressive is that we were without Junior Afu, Brendan Worth, Joel Brown, Craig Hunt, Andrew Telea and Matt Ireland.
All the best to Riley Brown, Terrence Seu Seu, Brendan Hlad, Chris Pyne and Brendan Worth in the Country Championship Final at Dubbo next Saturday representing Newcastle Against Illawarra at 3pm.
ROUND 9 - Cessnock -v- SouthSaturday 8th June 2013
Cessnock 14 def by South 30