That basically describes the performance that we all witnessed by the redmen on this fine Saturday! What a perfect morning it was for rugby, the sun was up and not a cloud in the sky! It started with 5th grade up on the top oval off to a great start, out to a handy lead before a try against the run of the play before the break with colleagues ahead at the half. The reddies fought back valiantly in the second half but were unlucky to go down in a close and hard fought battle 20-15.

Then as Bruce Buffer would say IT’s Time!!!! Fighting out of the Red corner hosting a record of 15 wins and 3 losses, weighing in at stern Favorites, fighting out of Ryde International, The Redmen. It wasn’t the ideal start by all means. Down 28-0 at the break. But then it started. One of the best grand final comebacks of all time. 28-7 with about 8mins left on the clock, the game for the taking – and they took it alright. 28-21 with 15 seconds to go. They built some nice phase play together out to the left with a line break on half way, and then spun it back to the right where Lancey broke through to score with a kick to come to tie it up, and Robbo nailed it. 28-28 at full time. Bring on extra time. Mosman boys looked to be out on their feet and our guys were full of running. And then the carnage started. 3 tries to out boys in quick succession. Eventual winners 47-35 and the Barbour Cup champions for 2014. This game will go down as one of the best grand finals period.

What a year by the redmen and especially this performance by the colties!

Lancey GF


2 thoughts on “WHAT A DAY”

  1. Re Colties winning the Big Dance – Honestly it’s one of those games that if you hadn’t seen it, you couldn’t possibly understand the gravity of it or believe in the tremendous feat that unfolded late in the game. Speaking as a proud parent of one in the playing group but trying to temper my bias here… The Redmen were down to 13 men with two in the bin and something deep within must have stirred because those left seemed to think – (in the famous prose of one mighty Reddie Andrew “The Goulburn Fag” Logan stolen from the great WWII fighter pilot & Wallaby Nicky Barr) – “we’re too close for missiles, I’m switching to guns”…nothing to lose here let’s go! And off they went… The Colties had beaten Mosman in the 2 of the past 3 weeks, both in the last round and then 2 wks back in the Major Semi. Both games included blistering braces of tries from our boys, which put Mosman on notice of what could unfold if we held the pill and built some pressure. And unfold it did! 4 converted tries in 10 minutes. Mosman cratered as the Redmen surged. The hits, the support play, the sheer audacity and confidence – it was all thrilling to behold and beckons well for Old Iggies Rugby in years to come.

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