Brady yet again plays pear­ler game

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

McPher­son Con­trac­tors Hin­uera 17 South­ern United 7

Played at Weal­leans Park, the gold and blacks weath­ered a spir­ited chal­lenge from the South­ern team.

The vis­i­tors took ad­van­tage of the strong west­erly in the first spell to pin the lo­cals in their half with long kicks.

When­ever Hin­uera were gifted penal­ties, Toby O’Reilly’s kicks for touch made it safely but not with ground achiev­ing re­sults. Sev­eral play­ers were un­avail­able be­cause of work com­mit­ments, sorely strain­ing Hin­uera’s re­sources.

One player who week in, week out plays with high in­ten­sity is Ja­son Brady. Play­ing at No. 8, he of­ten pro­tected his half back Travis Eg­gink when Hin­uera’s un­der-weighted scrum went into re­verse.

Both play­ers sur­prised their op­po­nents with speed off the mark, for­ays deep into en­emy ter­ri­tory.

But it was the vis­i­tors who struck first with a well-weighted chip kick in be­hind Hin­uera’s de­fence to score and con­vert 7-nil South­ern in the 15th minute.

South­ern per­haps over­did the long ball kick and chase tac­tic. They also helped Hin­uera’s cause with knock-on’s, for­ward passes, dis­cussing mat­ters with the touch judge and kick­ing the ball dead.

Run­ning the ball out of their own 22 proved costly, es­pe­cially with bur­glar O’Reilly on the prowl. Twice he gath­ered in balls, once in each half. Hin­uera’s fit­ness was also a telling fac­tor.

Matt Ring made a telling burst, Nigel Ross was thwart­ing South­ern’s at­tack with solid tack­les which lead to in­dis­cre­tions. From one of these O’Reilly pounced, rip­ping the ball from his op­po­nent, turned, sprinted for the line and scored. Ring con­vert­ing, seven all at half time. A no arm’s tackle on player of the day Noa Madanawa meant a 10 minute spell for a South­ern player from which Hin­uera launched their at­tacks.

O’Reilly goaled from the en­sur­ing penalty, 10-7 Hin­uera in the 46th minute. He also nailed a seven pointer when in­ter­cept­ing a South­ern pass to wrap up the game at 17-7.

The last 20 min­utes were a scrappy af­fair. At one stage all three O’Reilly broth­ers made it to the field. Next week away to Leam­ing­ton.

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