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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- South
Cessnock 14 def by South 30
Saturday 8th June 2013
A win here against an improved South side would see us move to 3rd on the ladder at the half way mark of the season after the slow start we had. Unfortunately for us we certainly did not appear to turn up in the right frame of mind. Without having any possession Souths put on two tries to be in a commanding position after eight minutes of play. Once we gained possession and controlled it for brief periods we looked quite good, but this was not often enough against a side like South, who were too good on the day.
A 30 to 14 loss has seen us slip to 5th on the ladder as teams around 3rd to 6th are quite close. In our favour is our for and against which will be crucial to where we finish.
Best for the Goeys were Brendan Hlad and Brendan Worth.
Injuries: Matt Ireland will miss several weeks with a hamstring issue. Hopefully in the coming weeks we will see Junior Afu, Craig Hunt, Andrew Talea and Joel Brown available for selection.

ROUND 8 - Cessnock -v- Kurri
Cessnock 14 def Kurri 14
Saturday 1st June 2013

A very tough game against our neighbours Kurri is always expected and that is certainly what was delivered. We started well in the 1st half and with controlled possession, we were able to score 14 unanswered points to lead 14 to nil at half time after tries from Chris Pyne, Andrew Talea, Al Lantry and a conversion from Joel Brown. 

A nice pass from Riley Brown to Al Lantry would have seen us up by 20, but the play was called back. 

A steady start to the 2nd half by us allowed Kurri to gain confidence and after several incomplete sets (1 from 6 at one stage) in our own 20m zone, Kurri were able to score and build momentum. A further two tries to Kurri seen the scores level at 14 a piece. Our boys kept turning up in defence to defend our errors to keep us in the game. With one final opportunity Joel Brown became the hero of the day with a nice field goal to give us a 15 to 14 win. 

Despite poor ball control in the 2nd half, the effort in defence was enormous under the weight of possession that Kurri had.Best for the Goeys were Brendan Worth, Joel Brown, Al Lantry and Riley Brown. Injuries to Junior Afu and Andrew Talea will see them miss several weeks.

ROUND 7 - Cessnock -v- Central
Cessnock 50 def Central 4
Saturday 25th May 2013

A resurgent 1st grade team looking to continue their winning run started in fine fashion scoring in the first set of the game to lead 6 to nil. Completions with the ball were great in the early part of the game to help us maintain pressure and take a 12 nil lead. Central continued to defend bravely, but we were able to score two more tries to take a 20 to nil half-time lead.

On resumption of play in the second-half it was more of the same with the class of our team able to put on some great tries to run out victors 50 to 4. Pleasingly our defence returned to its stoic best and held strong, as in the past this has been certainly one of our strengths. No doubt more of the same will be required this weekend against our neighbours Kurri, who will look to bounce back after their loss last week.

Best for the Goannas were Kori Barber, Matt Ireland, Riley Brown, Brendan Worth and Terrence Seu Seu.

Fingers crossed that Craig Hunt's knee injury is not season ending and returns to the field soon. Also we should see the return of Chris Pyne from injury and Dan Metcalf from 'suspension' for this weekends clash

ROUND 6 - Cessnock -v- Lakes
Cessnock 34 def Lakes 18
Sunday 19th May 2013.

After returning to the winning circle last week we were looking to come to Cahill Oval for more of the same. Traditionally Lakes are always tough at home and todays game was certainly no different, with a determined Lakes team looking for their first win of the season
As with the past few weeks we have been slow to start and allowed Lakes to take advantage and an early lead. Once we gained an even share of possession we started to mount some pressure and converted this into points and took a slim half-time lead. At the break we spoke about starting well and completing our sets with the ball, and this seemed to have the desired affect as we scored in the 1st and 2nd sets of the half. At this point Lakes could have thrown the towel in as we lead 22 to 6, but this was not the case. Several back to back in-completions allowed Lakes back into the game. In the end we ran out winners 34 to 18 after finishing the game with 12 men after Dan Metcalf was sent off.
Best Players were Gene Brown, Riley Brown, Brendan Worth, Joel Brown, Craig Hunt and Junior Afu who turned the momentum in our favour with some great charges.

ROUND 5 - Cessnock -v- Port Stephens
Cessnock 58 def Sharks 22
Saturday 11th May 2013.

No Report available

ROUND 4- Cessnock -v- Maitland
Maitland def Cessnock
Saturday 4th May 2013

No Report available


ROUND 2 - Cessnock -v- Macquarie Scorpions 
Macquarie 16 def Cessnock 14
Saturday 20th April 2013

Our first home game of the season against Macquarie was always going to be tough, but to reproduce last weeks effort from the Wests clash was a tall order. And to be without the Coach, Brendan Worth, Chris Pyne and Jacob McKendry the task was made a bit harder. 

We started well enough and even though Macquarie dominated possession, once we got some good ball sets we were able to convert this into a half-time lead of 12 to 4. We spoke at the break about being very disciplined with the ball and getting to a kick to play down their end of the field because in the wet and miserable conditions that we were playing in, it is most often who ever controls possession will win the game. 

In a tight second half we got ourselves to a  winning 16 to 4 lead, but we certainly failed to respect the ball continually came up with mistakes and penalties allowing Macquarie back into the game. At one stage we came up with six in-completions in a row, now this makes it hard to win games of footy. 

Though we almost hung on, Macquarie unfortunately scored with two mintues remaining (again 2 weeks in a row) to run out victors 18 to 16. Best Players were Brendan Hlad, Alan Lantry and a special mention to Andrew Talea who played out the game after dislocating his shoulder in the first half. Andrew had played reserve grade and replaced Matt Ireland who went off injured in the 1st minute of the game. After dislocating his shoulder Andrew had it put back into place at half-time and bravely played out the game to be one of the Goannas best and certainly earnt the respect of his team mates.

ROUND 1- Cessnock -v- Western Suburbs
West 24  def Cessnock 20
Sunday 14th April 2013

1st Grade v West at Harker A tough first comp game away in a grand final re-match was certainly a good indicator of where we are as a side.

West dominated possession early and took the lead , but a great try by Al Lantry and a try to Terence Seu Seu just before halftime seen us trailing 12 to 10.

Patience and composure in attack was asked in the second half and to the boys credit this happened, but unfortunately we were unable to hang on with West scoring with 3 minutes to go and running out victors 24 to 20. Both teams finished with 4 tries a piece, with goal kicking proving the difference. 

Try Scorers: Lantry, Seu Seu, Worth, Pyne.
Conversions: D. Metcalf 1, Hunt 1. 

In a game were the effort was outstanding best for the Goeys were Brendan 'Truck' Worth, Kori Barber, Brendan Hlad and Captain Riley Brown.

Unfortunately we will be without Chris Pyne for 4-6 weeks with multiple injuries and no doubt will be missed.

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