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A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Open Boys Rugby Pre-Season
By Mitch Absalom & the Bench Press Team
James Nash’s Open Boys’ preseason kicked off in Hervey Bay with a sevens tournament at the Fraser Coast Anglican College fields. Nash went up with high hopes for the tournament based on their preseason. The Opens competition featured six teams, two pools of three teams. The team had a possible four matches for the day if they were able to play well.
Jackson Spencer, the Nash Captain of the day was quite confident in the ability of the squad, despite their inexperience. However, this wasn’t evident in the first game of the day with Nash taking on Shalom Catholic College where they dominated the match from start to finish. Nash scored early on off a well-placed kickoff that allowed them to regain possession. Their execution throughout the game was high quality, allowing them to post 38 unanswered points.
For Nash’s next match they faced who looked to be the toughest team in the competition, St Johns College. This match would go on to test both the skill and toughness of the Nash team. Nash took to the field with confidence and scored first through Talyn Croker-Sorongan. The fast start caught St Johns off guard, however it wasn’t long before they claimed ascendency. Nash would end up going down to St Johns 30-5.
However, due to Nash’s dominant victory over Shalom, it meant they would still progress to the finals where they would face Chanel College for a spot in the Grand Final. Unfortunately, the match was a repeat of their earlier effort against St. Johns. Despite scoring first Nash were outclassed for the remainder of the match.
The boys last match of the day was against Bundaberg SHS and with the third-place trophy on the line there was a buzz within the group. Nash was down but not out, exhausted but still wanting to finish on a high. Bradley Jensen got the team fired up and they carried this enthusiasm onto the field. It was a dominant display to finish the day with impressive performances from Mitch Absalom, Jackson Spencer and Brad Jensen resulting in a 17-10 win for Nash.
Nash had finished third for the carnival, highlighting the talent on show while also reinforcing that there is hard work still to come for the season ahead.
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