The Parkview boys rugby league team have narrowly missed the opportunity to progress to the Round 3 of the NSWPSSA Classic Shield competition, going down to Leeton PS 4-12 in the final. Parkview progressed to the final after recording 2 flawless victories over Narrandera PS and Small Schools earlier in the day.
Against Narrandera the boys played strongly in attack to get the scoreboard moving in only their third tackle with Brandon Hollies scoring the first of his two tries. Strong runs from prop forwards Jakyob Williams (5) and Caleb Watson (5) ensured that five-eighth Rhett McGregor (5) and halfback Mathew Axtill (5) were able to give qualilty ball to the Parkview backs at the right end of the field. Tries followed from Jaykob and Brandon which bought the score to 10-0. The highlight of the 2nd half was made from Rhett, who after being strongly tackled was able to take advantage of a stoppage in play and run 30m through strong defence to score. This seemed to lift the spirit of the team even higher! The final score was 16-0
Parkview 16 vs Narrandera 0
Brandon Hollies (2/3)
In the second fixture the side played the Small Schools team. The boys started strongly aided by some excellent go forward through Ziggie Vincent (6) and Paul Poto (6) which resulted in early tries to Brandon, Jaykob and Ziggie. Mathew was excellent at half back and with the result secured after half time he gave ball to Kyle Richards (6) and Zac Hill who ran confidently against a tired defence. The final score blew out to 34 nil on the back of excellent conversion by Brandon who kicked 5/6.
Parkview 34 vs Small Schools 0
Brandon Hollies 3
Brandon Hollies (5/6)
The final match would have added incentive as it qualifed as the 2nd Round of the NSWPSSA Classic Shield. Leeton PS had also won both their previous 2 games to nil and boasted a side with considerable experience and skill. Before the match the team was spoken to about their mindset and believing in their ability to compete for the entirety of the match ahead.
This sparked the boys on who from the outset were determined to play as a team and each player to their potential. The first half began with a lop sided penalty account in Parkview's favour. This highlighted the discipline or the Parkview team who rarely gave the opposition any free possession. On the back of these penalities Ziggie scored to open our account. Brandon narrowly missed the conversion which left the score at 4-0. The early lead sparked the forwards into life who were led by school captain Brayden Ingram (6). His hunger to run the ball hard at the defensive line was infectious!
When Leeton had the ball they always looked dangerous. The Parkview defence mangaged to defend their try line for what seemed like an eternity leaving the half time score at 4-0. The second half was a brutal affair. Leeton came out firing and managed to score and convert early on. The penalties stopped going our way as we needed to defend a great deal more. Brandon and Ziggie were outstanding in defence, however Leeton PS proved to good in the final wash up, finishing deserved 12-4 victors.
Parkview 4 vs Leeton PS 12
Brandon Hollies (0/1)