Casuarina U13s rule the rugby roost
THE Casuarina Beach Rugby Club's under-13 team completed a fantastic season by winning their Gold Coast Junior Rugby Union grand final, 38-0 over Surfers Paradise.
The Casuarina tight five, once considered to be the team's weakness, has now developed to be the equal of any forward pack in the competition.
During the grand final, their ball retention and driving mauls really set the platform from which the backs could launch their attack.
Good solid play by the tight five was supported by damaging running with the ball from Nick Anderson and Jesse Thomson.
Every player in this team can tackle. This ability and their work rate in defence made it very difficult for oppositions to effectively attack and retain possession of their own ball.
Captain Fred Dorrough had an outstanding game at inside centre and was voted Man of The Match by visiting Red's players.
Perhaps the find of the season was Liam Beattie, who moved to the fly-half late in the season and showed tremendous calm when under pressure.
Great handling in the second half allowed the side to spread the ball wide to its fast-running wingers and really test the opposition's defence.
The Casuarina U13's are blessed to have some very talented players, but their real strength is their ability to play as a team.
Every player contributed to the team's performance.
They play a very exciting brand of running rugby that kept the ball alive and definitely entertained the crowd.