The Albury-Wodonga Rugby Union Football Club – A.W.R.U.F.C

Situated on the New South Wales and Victorian border is the Twin City region of Albury-Wodonga. Nestled amongst the foothills of The Great Australian Alps on the banks of the Mighty Murray River, The Twin Cities are home to The Steamers Rugby Club.

From humble beginnings in 1978, The Steamers have grown to become a powerhouse club of The Southern Inland Rugby Union (SIRU). With Men, Womens, Juniors and now Foxtel 7’s Touch Rugby. The Steamers continue the tradition of welcoming everyone. An all inclusive, family orientated Club.

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We are excited to announce the new and improved Super 7s for 2019.

This years event will see a change in the format, new divisions and a full weekend of rugby 7s in the heart of the Southern Inland.

The Super 7s event which was once played over a number of weekends throughout the Brumbies regions with the finals being played in Wagga Wagga, will now be played over the one weekend from Saturday 9th November and Sunday 10th November at Paramore Park, Wagga Wagga.

Men will join the program for the first time, playing along side the women on the Saurday 9th November and the Youth space will have a change with the divisions going to 17s and 15s for both the girls and boys.

With limited spots available for all divisions, dont miss your teams chance to compete in what will be a fantastic event.

For more information contact d.tyson@brumbies.com.au
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Aiden Alexander

Subject: Steamers Match Reports Albury Versus Tumut 20th July

Sorry No Report last week I slacked off and went shopping in Melbourne. Here’s this week’s instalment.

We travelled up the Hume to take on the Bulls at Jarrah Sportsground. It was our last bus trip and we were entertained by DCD and Blake running a trivia quiz on the way. For a change Tumut turned on a pearler of a day with Blue skies and forecast max of 15 degrees.

Steamers Womens 10’s

The ladies were a bit short and Tumut have a pretty strong side , so we were always going to be up against it. Our scrum was under a bit of pressure and Tumut took full advantage running in a couple of tries to be 15-0 up after 10 minutes. Both sides had a case of the dropsies and fortunately for Steamers Tumut dropped the ball over the line . When the ladies did get possession , Tumut’s defence was more than willing and we found it difficult to exit our half. We succumbed to a couple of more tries and our girls did manage to get into Tumuts end just before half time. We went for the oranges at 27-nil down. The second half was a similar pattern with Tumut’s defence putting all sorts of pressure on our girls. In the last 3 minutes of the game , Steamers received from the kick off and made a good break by Ally Read and got the ball to Tumut’s 22 with a strong run from Jade Batton. A Tumut player copped a yellow card for a high tackle and from the ensuing penalty Steamers finally got over the chalk to leave the final score at 51-5.
Points went to Jade Batton, Ally Read and Alice Driver. Players player went to Mel Smith who is unfortunately leaving the area and in a nice touch the girls presented her with an Indigeneous Jumper at the Pub. The girls have improved in leaps and bounds this year and are coming to grips with patterns and drills, it is now just a matter of more training and practicing the cores skills- passing, tackling and the occasional kick.

Steamers 2nd XV

I had a good feeling about second grade as we had a pretty reasonable squad ( Although we only had 2 reserves – courtesy on 1 of the Deni Props staying back to help.) The first play was a pearler- we had a lineout in our half- straight off the top from Jack Elder and perfect exit. However we couldn’t maintain pressure and Tumut showed some good continuity with ball in hand after a tighthead scrum win to score and go to a 7- nil lead after 5 mins. At this stage we lost our hooker Luke Driver and the ever reliable Tyno ( Subtitles) went to hooker.
Wakey was again making his presence felt with some good low tackles and good ball tearing hit ups that were taking some stopping. Tom Harvey was shifted from the forwards to inside centre and made a pretty good fist of it, cutting anything down and making some pretty good breaks . About the only area Tumut were dominating was the scrums. Steamers were forced to defend for long periods and eventually Tumut went in again to go to 12- nil at about the 25th minute.
Our blokes started to kick into gear and after a Jack Elder charge down and pretty solid return run by Aiden Shaw we were into Tumuts half. Tom Harvey made a penetrating run and Lachie Smith waltzed over to get us to 12-7 at about the 33rd minute. Robert Tullberg ( bloke we found at Lockhart Pub) has been a tower of defence and a couple of his bone jarring hits turned ball over to us. Tumut had one last go at us before half time and will be kicking themselves as they dropped the ball over the line. We went to the break 12-7 down.
We went to uncontested scrums after the break which caused some consternation with Tumut.
Swanny and Rax were combining pretty well out wide and Rax was in a running mood , giving some Tumut blokes a good don’t argue and making good yards out wide. On the back of some sustained pressure and a penalty- Wakey took a quick tap and scored next to the posts. We were all tied up at 12 all. The next phase of the game was crucial. Steamers performed a perfect exit from Burnsy to get us nearly up to Tumut’s 22. From a penalty and a good Lineout- Rax went over in the corner to get us to 17-12 with about 5 minutes to go. At this point Tumut were having a real crack to even up and Steamers d held on. First grade cheered on during their warm up and Steamers went onto win their third game for the season 17-12. The points went to Jack Elder, Tom Harvey and Lachie Smith. Rax was players player. An excellent effort from the boys.

Steamers 1st XV

Steamers received the kick off and both sides traded blows in the first five minutes, in the normal softening up period. Steamers looked a better team and defence and attack looked sharp. Unfortunately the Steamers made some unforced errors and were not mounting enough constant pressure to break through. House Kora ( Assistant Coach) started at tight head and with Boyley and Tim Carrol, it was a pretty formidable front row. I think we won 3- 4 tight heads and had Tumut on the back foot. Adam Clements was also applying the blowtorch to his opposite number at the back of the scrum. Eventually we scored after a penalty and Willmore off-loaded for Benny Ried to go over and get us to 7- nil after 16 minutes. Tumut hit back in the next 10 minutes and after their Number 8 made a good charge, they went over in the corner and made an excellent conversion to even things up. It was 7 all at about the 30th minute. Steamers secured the ball from the kick off and Noah( Quadzilla) and DCD combined for what would have been the try of the year, but the touchy ruled Noah was into touch. From the lineout Ryan charge down the kick but Laurence was judged to be off side and a try disallowed. Finally the Steamers went over through Simon Clements after a well executed rolling maul from a lineout. We went to the break 12-7 up and probably a bit perplexed as to why we weren’t up by more.
The coaches ordered that the ball be spread quicker- wider from the rucks. This paid immediate dividends and Sam Allen was in under the posts 2 minutes after half time. We duffed the kick receival and from an exit Tumut had the ball on half way-Krautzy steals and Willmore chipped through for Ryan to go under the posts- 26-7 . Then Willmore took matters into his own hands and scored in the corner. We had scored 19 points in about 15 minutes !!. Score was 31-7 at the 60th minute. At this point we had a few injuries and made subs, reshuffled backs and forwards and Tumut took full advantage scoring 2 converted tries and we were all a bit stressed. Ryan O’Sullivan showed he is the” swiss army knife “for the Steamers, playing #8, 10 and 12 all in the space of 20 minutes. In the end we defended our line and a one legged Tom Harvey somehow managed to smack their winger who fumbled the ball and we were home 31-21. Our points went to Ryan O’sullivan, Blake Le Cornu and Noel Coel. Willmore got Players player and Best Wizard Costume on the bus.
I don’t think we have had a win at Tumut since 2015. Tumut has been cruelled with injuries this year , but they never give up and have pretty good defence and attack. They are fielding 4 grades and are a strong club. The boys and girls enjoyed a Wizards and Fairy theme bus trip home and first grade still remain in the hunt for finals. Next Sat 27th we take on Boiled Lollies who we will be fighting out fourth place with. So it is a Grand Final for us.

For all players- please get to training, second grade and first grade have some injury niggles and we need all hands on deck to keep our finals hopes alive.

In other games yesterday
Tahs flogged Reddies 76-5
Phantoms beat Wagga City 43-25
Aggies touched up Griffith 31-22.

So the comp is pretty open I think, For all our supporters and club members – we have 2 home games over the next weeks- Get down and support us and cheer on the boys and girls.

Go Steamers
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