Back-to-back wins over Gordon at Chatswood Oval and
Unbeaten Eastwood head the competition with 42 points after nine rounds, with Eastern Suburbs (32), Manly (31), Sydney University (29), Gordon (23) and Southern Districts (23) making up the top six.
Played in front of a members of SUFC’s undefeated 1991 USA-Ireland tour group, who were holding a 20-year reunion, Sydney University had Randwick’s measure from the fifth minute when the young host pack walked the Randwick scrum over their tryline resulting in University number eight Trent Dyer scoring. Five eighth Dan Kelly converted the try and added a penalty goal soon after for a 10-nil lead.
Despite the conditions,
The Wicks attacked again from the restart and after setting up camp near the University quarter line, they shifted the ball to the left with fullback Shaun Foley entering the backline to crash over in the Grandstand corner for a 12-10 lead.
The first half saw some fierce exchanges, with referee Angus Gardner issuing yellow cards to
The Students engaged another gear to start the second half, and their enthusiasm and aggression brought possession and field position, resulting in Kelly landing another three penalty goals for a 22-12 lead after 60 minutes.
The young University pack continued the momentum with pick-and-drive play and in an attempt to stem the tide,
With eight minutes on the clock, the Students’ halfback and captain Matt Schwager and five-eighth Kelly shifted the attack to the left. Kelly’s cut-out pass found a straight runner in winger Michael Hodge, who ran through a big gap to score next to the posts. Kelly landed the extras for a telling win.
But the McGann-Hickey battle within a battle continued and with the clock ticking down they went toe-to-toe, resulting in a second yellow card (an automatic send-off) for Hickey.
Having put a clean-sweep on Gordon, the Students lost just the one match – Second Grade – against
All roads will lead across the Harbour this Saturday, when
Sydney Premier Grade competition – Round 9
Second Grade: Randwick 44 (Ethan Ford 2, Jack Tovey, Adrian Duchini, Tom Joseph, John Tamanika tries; Jai Ayoub 4 goals, 2 pen goals) d Sydney University 26 (Jack de Guingand, Tom Boidin, Levi Dodd, Tom English tries; Michael Gallenetti 3 goals).