UQ Med Rugby vs Easts’ 1/08/14

The final round of ‘Home and Away’ matches has snuck up on us and we find ourselves at the ground where our UQ Med Rugby team won the Premiership just 3 years earlier.

Needless to say – those involved and/or who were present that evening – still remember fondly – the greatest sporting comeback in Rugby history !!

(Hey – this is my column – and as far as I’m concerned – that’s 100% correct!!) 😀

As we made our way onto the paddock in East Brisbane, the ladder positions were already locked away – but we could join our opponents in a tie for 5th place if we managed to not only beat them – but score 4 tries in the process.

Who knows – but we were definitely up for it.

With Coach Ev called away at the last minute for family reasons, several players unavailable due to injuries – including Jimmy who was bored stiff at home resting the ankle – Med still had a great opportunity to finish in style and remember those absent this evening, who helped make this a memorable season.

As I looked over at Easts going through their warm-ups – they were certainly here to play and with a full reserves bench – this was going to be an even bigger ask of the Med boys.

UQ Med headed out onto David Wilson Field with just 2 reserves – but there was no doubting the enthusiasm for a massive tilt tonight by the boys.

Within minutes of the game being underway, we knew this was anyone’s. Our huge opponents seemed intent on playing the game in our half as they put boot to ball on several occasions. What they didn’t bank on however was our sensational kick-returns and we started frustrating them with quick turnarounds’. Before long we found ourselves camped on their line and managed to score out wide – capping off some great forward play and quick passing from the scrum base.

A penalty goal moments later and Med were in front 8 points to nil. From that moment on – we completely dominated the game – but couldn’t quite convert that into points unfortunately. Some friendly fire saw Robbie ‘s night end early with a gaping hole appearing above his left eye (we still love you Leon !!). When Easts had a sniff though – they piled on the pressure – backed up by 6 straight penalties – but the Med line held – all the way to the half-time break.

Buoyed by the defensive efforts, we still knew that the margin wasn’t enough and that we could’ve been another 20 points head had the some luck gone our way.

But the confidence was there, the usual pressure we’ve felt in previous matches (at the main break), was quickly replaced by enthusiasm and optimism and as we raced back out – everyone had bought into the plans for the final 35minutes of Normanby Cup Rugby for 2014…. Enjoy yourselves, tuck the pill under your arm and go for a gallop – support each other and let’s finish on a high !!

What was witnessed for the entire second half – was exactly that. We clearly saved our best game til last as we ran in 3 second half tries and were unlucky not to score more. There were scintillating length of the field runs, short sharp bursts and plenty of courage shown in defence. For the whole 70 minutes, the larger Easts outfit did not cross our line once, and they gave it their all. Meds defence was rock-solid and our attack – some of the best we’ve produced in years.

It was so great to see Lucy having to race the kicking tee out onto the field – so often – in the same match.

On one raid – we started from our try line after saving a certain 5 pointer by Easts; we kept the ball in hand and it appeared as though every single player touched the ball in the lead up at some stage as we bolted downfield; running, drawing, passing, supporting, – it was simply brilliant running rugby and a joy to watch. Had the final pass have stuck – it would have been contender for try of the year – for any level of rugby for 2014 (yep – it really was that good!!)

By the time the final whistle blew, the mighty Med Rugby boys had score the 4 tries we were hoping for, slotted a couple of conversions and a penalty and marched off triumphant winners 27 points to nil.

Whilst the nil score line was incredibly pleasing – the greatest result was seeing the camaraderie built up over the match (and season) and the huge smiles as the boys left the ground.

The cheers were plentiful and the team song was BELTED out – more than covering the missed opportunity last week after the win over Beaudesert. Everyone was thanked – from Ev and Lucy, Alex and the players missing, the extras, our fantastic sponsors and of course Jimmy – who we were hoping we could win for tonight.

A great way to finish the season and while we still have Griffith to face later in the month for the ProLENDING Cup (23rd August – has been mooted), it was time to savour the victory this evening and celebrate it properly.

Congratulations to all involved – a might effort from our diehard legends!!

Stay fit gentlemen as we have a big game ahead – then the spit roast following.

Good times ahead and we’ll see you all soon.

Best wishes and Go Med!!

Mark

 

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