State Union

Pocock among 2010 Academy intake

Friday December 4, 2009 by  

Steven Pocock has joined older brother David in WA after being unveiled in RugbyWA’s 2010 Academy squad.

The 17-year-old is among the 11 players named in Academy coach Geoff Townsend’s squad, which also includes Australian Schoolboys flyhalf Kyle Godwin and Australian Sevens squad member Zack Holmes.

The solidly built Pocock is a backrower like his brother, and knocked back an offer from the Queensland Reds Academy before joining the WA set-up.

Hampered by a back complaint during 2009, the 184cm, 91kg Pocock will train with the senior squad in the period before the trial phase begins in mid-January. Read more

Students claim another Shute Shield

Sunday September 27, 2009 by  

Sydney University have claimed their fifth straight premiership after defeating Randwick 24-19 in the Shute Shield Grand Final at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Tom Carter was named Mirvac Man of the Match after causing havoc in the midfield in both attack and defence, forming a lethal combination with Perth-bound centre Mitch Inman who scored the decisive try of the match.

Grand Final Week’s worst kept secret was revealed shortly before kick-off with Adam Freier’s inclusion at openside flanker for Randwick, lining up directly against NSW Waratahs teammate Phil Waugh.

A break by Carter in the fourth minute set up the first scoring chance for Sydney University however Nathan Charles knocked the ball on over the line from the ensuing phase. Read more

Brothers claim 2009 Hospital Cup trophy

Sunday September 20, 2009 by  

Brothers finally claimed the Premiership win that had slipped from their grasp in 2006 and 2008, when they beat Souths 26-19 in the 2009 Premier Grand Final at Ballymore.

Brothers captain Brendan McKibbin turned in a man of the match performance to claim a personal tally of 16 points in steering his side to victory over Souths, winning the Tony Shaw Medal for player of the grand final.

The Hospital Cup triumph was a fitting end to a magnificent playing career for former Wallaby and Queensland Reds flanker David Croft, a Brothers stalwart with over 100 first grade games to his credit, who announced his retirement.

“I’m just so happy, it’s a magnificent feeling and it’s a good way to go out,” Croft said, as he soaked up the atmosphere for one last time. Read more

Vikings claim title in classic grand final

Saturday September 12, 2009 by  

The Tuggeranong Vikings have scored a converted try after full time to defeat the Queanbeyan Whites 30-28 in a sensational John I Dent Cup (ACT) grand final at Viking Park this afternoon.

The match featured a thrilling final four minutes where the lead changed hands four times and a combined 17 points scored with Tuggeranong claiming the championship on the back of a Tim Curran try and Christian Lealiifano conversion.

Despite scoring three tries to the Whites’ four, the Vikings were kept in the match through the boot of Lealiifano, who sparked a number of attacking raids, set up the Vikings first try and was awarded the Dr Bob Smethills Trophy for man of the match.

Trailing 21-20 at the 76-minute mark, Lealiifano coolly slotted a 30-metre drop goal to give his side a two-point advantage before Whites outside centre Josh Goodall stepped through to score and give his side a 27-23 lead 30 seconds later. Read more