Minute silence for HJB


Sea Lice Match Report - Round 5

14 May 2018

Sea-Lice v Burraneer 12th of May.

Well the build-up of this game was huge, akin to a Semi-Final week with the boy’s scheduled to play of the main field at Foreshaw after the Shute Shield Clash.

All part of Lifesaver Round, a great incentive by Southern Districts, where all those associated with the 4 local and 3 National Park Surf Life-saving clubs were invited and received free entry.

Also featured was girl’s 7s (featuring our girl Libby) and a Nipper relay race, which was won convincingly by North Cronulla.

Both Burraneer and our boys went into the game undefeated, the Sea-lice were confident though but weary given the wet & slippery conditions. Surprise quickly led to annoyance when we realised, during the warm up, that the Burra boys were insistent on wearing their kit which was almost identical to ours. The matter was discussed with the referee who decided to let them wear the jumpers but get them to change into an alternate once it became difficult (this was inevitable folks) given that they were the away side (as discussed and agreed to previously).

Anyway after the boy’s ran on they paid respects to our great Life-member Harry Brown, who recently passed away via minute silence. Club Patron Warren Rennie then provided a wonderful tribute to Harry – it was a fitting gesture to a great surf-club man.

Kick-off shortly after ensued and it became quickly apparent that this was going to be a real contest with the boy’s smashing into each other with gusto. However, it did seem quite confusing at times due to there being 30 blue & gold striped footy jumpers on the one field at one time – the referee quickly realised, what everyone knew, and made the Burra boys change. The willing contest continued and saw the Sea-lice quickly gain the ascendency with 2 great tries to Jacob and Dylan. The latter being particularly good as it was scored after some sparkling backline play. The game then became a bit of an arm-wrestle with the rucks/mauls no place for the faint-hearted. On a number of occasions, the play broke up with a number of push/shove – ‘I don’t like the cut of your Jib’ situations. Appreciation of the finer points of rugby was obviously being taken in by the large number of North Cronulla Boaties who had set-up camp on the newly crowned ‘Sea-lice Hill’ featuring the Ray Shirley proudly sitting in it’s new spot on the grassy knoll. Liquid refreshment in hand they soon provided particular encouragement to our Club Captain – Mitch. This was particularly surprising given he was not on the field at the time.

Given the conditions, Burraneer soon gained a foothold scoring two tries of their own through forward play. This put them in the lead for a period, before our ‘Will of the Whisp’ Centre Sam scored another great try propelling our boys into the lead. Not to be outdone Burraneer scored another of their own again putting them again in front. With half of the shire willing both teams on, the Sea-lice attacked the Burra line relentlessly before being awarded a penalty about 22 out wide of the posts. Rhys then gave our supporters some relief by slotting the penalty again swinging the sea-saw our way.

The last part of the match was sustained pressure on our line by which then resulted in Burra getting over the line, after scrimmage, however they were denied due to the alleged scorer crawling his way over the line in a double-movement scenario. Try disallowed, penalty awarded and Sea-lice hanging onto victory and inaugural winners of the ‘Harry Gibbons’ Plate.

Post-match was a beaut with speeches given and again losing the boat race. Great scenes in the pack Rebels Clubhouse with plenty of back-slapping and critiques provided. Man-of-the-Match was awarded to our prop Jacob with Sam & Holt also picking up some points for in the ‘Tubby Turners’ (our own Dally M’s).

Would like to thank all that came out and supported us, all with a new stubby-holders in hand, in was a great picture. Hope to see you all back soon.

 Frank Bouzounis