The Lions returned with a big roar this week to comfortably dismantle the UTS Tigers before the Queen’s Birthday long weekend break. It was a much needed confidence boost and a strong start to the game showed promising signs heading into the week off.

Our starts have been slow for most of the year, but this week the boys went into half-time with a 22-6 lead. It was a team effort across the park with 7 different try-scorers wreaking havoc all over the field. The huge left-edge combination of Terrence Rameka and Siti Loko were consistently hard to handle as both ran over their opposition, leading to a double for Rameka who made several line-breaks in the first half. While University of Sydney student, Christian Maini, dropped a missed opportunity on the right wing, he bounced back with a momentum-builder from a beautifully set move on the stroke of half time.

The one blip on the game was the opening of the second half, which saw errors and penalties lead to UTS being drawn back into the game. However, the men up front, led by this week’s Captain Adam Vrahnos and Sydney University graduate Kurt Lewis, brought the Lions roar back into the last twenty minutes. Lewis’ palm has always been devastating and since returning from injury his form has improved week-to-week. He and Adam topped their efforts off with a try each and a number of line-breaks between them.

A big congratulations to Sydney University student, Peter Dixon, who debuted this week on the wing for the Lions. Peter is studying Mechanical Engineering at the university and this is his first time playing Rugby League. Our resident whiz kid has really impressed everyone with his work ethic thus far and Coach Srama has felt so proud to see him grow at training each week. Keep it up Pete!

The players voted Adam Vrahnos the Man of the Match in his first game as Captain for the Lions. It was a close vote this week, but Adam is always one of the best on the field each week and proved to be difficult to handle again.

Coach Srama was glad to see the boys pull through with a number of injuries ready for next weeks rest. It’s a week off for the Lions next week with the long weekend, but then a return to Kellyville Park against the TAFE NSW Polecats. Come out and help carry the roar at 3:00pm, Saturday the 17th of June.


NSW Tertiary Cup competition – Round 7

Sydney University 46 (Tries: Terrence Rameka 2, Daniel Rowe, Thomas McCarthy, Christian Maini, Tyson Wade, Kurt Lewis, Adam Vrahnos. Goals: Thomas McCarthy 7) defeated UTS Tigers (B) 16.