25 rounds, 192 games, #Origin on a Sunday, and a September Grand Final.
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We knew this was always going to be a tough assignment and it was made even harder with numerous players withdrawing in the lead up to the match. The Jim Beam Cup team were not the only side suffering from injuries, South Sydney?s Premier League team have also been battling injuries for a number of weeks which saw the promotion of Garth Wood and Lydan Maitua into the Premier League team for their weekend clash.
Jok Diloi from Coogee Wombats A/Reserves team was promoted into the starting side for our game against Wentworthville Magpies and played a solid game of football.
Although we ended up loosing the game by 8 points it was one of the best efforts by the team so far this season. Our injury woes during the game continued and our bench resembled a War Zone which left Coach Joe Thomas unable to make any further interchanges after the half ? time break and saw the team play the final 10 minutes of the match with only 12 players.
Noah Sete who played 80 minutes of football was our best and fairest on the day, he never stopped hitting the ball up and played a sensational game of football. He was assisted by Phil Ingram who came back into the side at fullback and scored two great tries and never stopped giving up. Nick Ashley who also came back into the side at Hooker played a solid game of football.
Congratulations to Garth Wood who received the best and fairest award in Premier League his perseverance through out the season for our Jim Beam Cup side finally saw him rewarded in being promoted to Premier League and he made the most of his opportunity.
In the final round of the competition proper we take on Woy Woy at Redfern Oval in a must win game for the boys if they want to remain in third position and have two chances come semi final time.
Visit our website www.southsjuniors.org.au for further information in relation to times and venues of semi final fixtures in the Jim Beam Cup competition and come along and support your team Souths Juniors.