Ormiston’s pre-season rugby program is in full swing heading into Trimester 2. Last weekend, the boys faced off against local club side Redlands Muddies in all grades up to Year 10, whilst our First XV squad came up against TAS rival St John’s Anglican College. It is great to see the relationship with Muddies continuing, with a number of Ormiston boys also plying their trade at Muddies every Sunday morning throughout Term 2 and 3.
Our Year 6 and Year 7 teams travelled to Redlands, where the Year 6s proved far too strong for their opponents. This is certainly a team of the future and we look forward to seeing how their season goes in Junior TAS this year. The Year 7s have found a lot of new talent this year and it was pleasing to give them all a taste of rugby before the season proper starts. Unfortunately this team lost by two tries but can be proud of their efforts. Cameron Douglas had a wonderful debut for OC.
The Year 8, 9 and 10 teams all hosted Muddies at Ormiston with the Year 8 and Year 9 teams having dominant wins. The Year 8s were capably led by standouts Jaden Gilbert and Aaron Fisher, both of whom backed up and played for Muddies later in the day against our very own Year 9s. In that particular fixture Max Goldsbrough was the star bagging an astonishing five tries. New coach Jack Frampton will be thrilled with how this team performed. The Year 10 team, however, came away with a disappointing loss, going down by two tries. Cade Elliott and Ryan Harmer (filling down from Year 11) were OC’s best, with Ryan Harmer scoring an electrifying solo long-range try. A few lessons were learned by our Year 10 boys in this fixture that will help them develop this year.
Unfortunately Muddies did not have an Under 16 or 17 team to take on OC’s Firsts and so instead St John’s Anglican College took up the challenge. It was clear from the outset that Ormiston was a little bit more battle hardened after a solid block of preseason training and this showed on the final scoreboard as OC ran out 26 – 5 victors. Standout performers were Brock Kurz, Oscar Witham and Marcus van Wessem, with Chris Metcalfe also showing his scintillating pace on the way to scoring a very good try. The only downside was a few moments of lost focus that will need to be corrected moving forward.