Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
3 days ago
The final round of the Jim Beam Cup Competition arrived on the weekend and in our final encounter in the competition proper we took on Woy Woy Roosters at Redfern Oval.
Having been beaten previously by Woy Woy in Round 5 of the competition our boys were not taking the game lightly. In a tough and often spiteful first half both teams tried to out muscle each other and went into the half time break locked up at 10 points each.
After Joe Thomas addressed his players at the break a different team emerged in the second half. Woy Woy lost their composure and found themselves having two players in the sin bin.
In a crazy 8 minute period we piled on 24 points and asserted our authority on the match. We ended up running out convincing 44 points ? 16 winners. Troy Bushby, Darrell Trindall and Lydan Maitua each crossed the line twice while Aaron Aitken and Quinton Silva grabbed a try each.
Captain Clint Cooke returned to form and had an outstanding match and was rewarded by taking out the man of the match award. Half back Darrell Trindall once again showed his experience and guided the side around the park and played a sound game of football.
Nathan Ford who was picked from Coogee Wombats A Grade team came into the side during the week and did nothing wrong in his debut for Souths Juniors Jim Beam Cup Side. Gerald Symonds, Nick Ashley and Lydan Maitua made their contributions and played sound games.
Our next task is Wentworthville Magpies in the Major Preliminary Semi Final being played at Leichhardt Oval. This had been our bogy side so far this season with Wenty claiming victory twice to date. The Winner of this game will take on The Entrance Tigers who have been the yardstick of the competition.
Meanwhile our team is just starting to hit its straps and with players returning from injury a strong side should be fielded for this weekend?s Major Semi Final.
We wish the team the best of luck as they do battle in the Semi Final?s of the Jim Beam Cup Competition and represent our Club Souths Juniors. It is an enormous achievement for a team which was put together two weeks before the start of the competition to compete the way they have through out the season and too finish in third position in the competition is a credit to the players and coaching staff.
For further information about Souths Juniors Jim Beam Cup team, game times and/or venues visit our website at www.southsjuniors.org.au/league