The Illawarra District Rugby Union has made the bold decision to reinstate “amateur” status to the 2018 competition and for this scribe it can’t come quick enough.
With a bus load of Tech players literally pulling up at Tech-tahs home field on Saturday 10 minutes before first grade kicked off the signs didn’t look good.
With the injury count getting out of hand, four of the second graders backed up straight from their game.
Bernie Denmark, Ned Jefferies, Pablo Dransfield and the ever youthful Hobo Harris literally head down and got on with the game.
Tech started strongly running in a quick succession of trys. But in a super effort Bob Dallaglio who had a guest appearance in seconds barged over for a try reducing the first half to tech 15 Kiama 7.
The inspirational speeches from the coach at half time got the players in the right set of mind. Kiama quickly added a couple trys with the flying Fijian, Zack zigging and zagging to score a great individual one. The conversions where a miss with the kicker blaming the kicking tee.
Tech eventually ran out winners 29 to 22 in a hard fought win. Kiama was best served by Mick Kauter and Andrew Saulter in the forwards and Leighton Cowley on the wing.
Seconds got belted but not from a lack of trying. Débuted Dale Albatross played well in his first game for the club at 5/8, Ben Osmond was strong until a friendly head clash ended his day and Nic Mcgee made his first tackle to everyone’s surprise.
Kiama has the bye next weekend but will play Shoalhaven on July 22 at the annual Diggers day. Helicopters, the red berets parachuting team and VC’s will be introduced.
On July 29 Kiama will play their last home game against Camden followed in the evening by the Mouse Races