South Coast Group 7
Jamberoo Superoos 20
Milton-Ulladulla Bulldogs 18
JAMBEROO Superoos have caused one of the biggest upsets of the VB South Coast Group 7 Rugby League Centenary competition after producing their best defensive effort of the season to eliminate Milton-Ulladulla Bulldogs 20-18 at Bill Andriske Mollymook Oval on Saturday.
With both sides feeling the effects of late-season injuries, the Dogs probably suffered the biggest blow with captain Gary Warburton succumbing to last week’s hamstring injury, however nothing can be taken away from the Jamberoo side, which suffered two heavy losses to their opponents this season.
The game opened at a frantic pace and the visitors were quick to strike when, in just the second minute, Milton prop Shaun Wessel forced a pass and Superoos centre Tim Small swooped and raced 60 metres to score. Jarrod Schodde converted to give his side a 6-0 lead.
Despite the return of star half and last season’s Michael Cronin Medal winner Sam Stewart, the Milton side looked listless in attack and defence and it was no surprise when the Superoos struck a further blow when will-o-the-wisp half Jono Dallas threw a huge dummy and split the defence to race 50 metres to score under the posts. Schodde converted for a 12-0 lead.
To their credit the Dogs then rallied and after some concerted attack and a close shave by hooker Adam Stone, rookie winger Kirren Roughley caught the defence napping to dive over from dummy half and Luke Young converted to get the home scoreboard moving.
Schodde gave the Jamberoo side an eight-point buffer with a penalty goal in the 28th minute before a trademark pin-point kick from Young saw the classy Lachlan Moore soar high and knock the ball back to winger Travis Young who scored in the corner. Young landed the sideline conversion to close the gap to two.
However the Superoos weren’t about to let their good work go to waste and in the 38th minute Schodde chimed into the backline to crash over in the corner then converted from touch to allow the underdogs to go to ‘lemons’ ahead 20-12.
While trailing, the eight point deficit wouldn’t normally be a concern to the high-scoring Dogs, but the steel that remains in this Jamberoo side couldn’t be under-estimated.
The first 20 minutes of the second session developed into an arm-wrestle, with Jamberoo hooked James Asquith seemingly unlucky to have a try disallowed after a smart dash from dummy-half.
The Dogs struck again in the 62nd minute when they scored a thrilling try off another kick that was finished in style by Lachlan Moore in the corner and Young again nailed the sideline conversion. At 20-18 it looked like the Bulldogs may storm home.
But the Jamberoo side steeled themselves and survived a late scare when, with five minutes remaining Milton centre AJ Hatch looked certain to score but was denied by a superb tackle by Jamberoo prop Keiran Kellaway right on the line.
The Superoos then rallied to close out the game and a memorable win.
In a super Jamberoo team effort, prop Luke Gilmore was superb, tallying 23 hit-ups and 34 tackles and was well supported up front by captain Matt Coelho with 44 tackles in an 80 minute effort, while James Asquith, Jono Dallas, Tim Small and Jarrod Schodde also shone.
Despite being below their best, the Dogs were still always dangerous, with Adam Stone, AJ Hatch, Luke Young and Lachlan Moore probably best in a side that while disappointed by the overall result, still had a fine season full of highlights.