Narberth Advances to State Semi Finals
Before getting into the Narberth match report let’s take a moment to congratulate Roman Catholic on a strong season. Roman came into the year with a young side and the guys developed quite a bit as the year went on. In their state semi-final match against Father Judge they were narrowly defeated by a score of 27-24. Roman’s try scorers were Stermel, Conway, Wiggins and Kuneck with Stermel hitting 2 conversions on a rainy and windy day.
We’ve seen some of the Roman guys come out and run with our U-19 7s program. They have a ton of young talent and the potential to make a serious run at the D2 single school state championship next year. We are happy to have had the opportunity to work with some of their kids this year and we hope to continue to do so well into the future.
Experience is almost everything in high school rugby and Narberth’s 10 seniors really made a difference in their 61-14 victory over a very physical and tough Blackthorn side. Credit to Blackthorn’s players, and their parents, they had a good turnout on a rainy day and kept their enthusiasm up throughout the match which did end up them scoring 2 late tries.
Narberth’s forwards got things off to a strong start for the Otters with Captain Cameron making a punishing run off of a penalty tap and scoring a try which put him into double digits on the season. Next up was George breaking the gain line and finding Nate for the finish and then a 70 meter break from Ifeyan which led to a try for Phil to put the Otters up 19-0 early on.
Midway through the first half Nick started having a lot of success kicking off the deck, the first time leading to a try in the corner for Jack and the second time leading to his own try following a great pickup of a rolling ball. Jack and Nate ended the half strongly with tries to give the Otters a 47-0 halftime lead.
In the second half Jack scored off of a scrum to complete his hat trick and put the Otters up 52-0. This try was also significant for the fact that as Nate lined up to take the conversion kick he was sitting on 99 points for the season. Nate’s kick was up and good and he crossed the century mark while putting the Otters up 54-0.
Blackthorn’s big second row scored the next try with some really powerful running. I don’t have this player’s name but he deserves credit for battling hard all match. Evan scored next for the Otters followed by another try for Blackthorn to make for a 61-14 final.
Narberth next plays Hempfield at 10:30 AM on Saturday May 19 in the state semi-finals at Cumberland Valley High School.
Tries: Jack (3), Nate (2), Cameron, Evan, Nick, Phil,
Cons: Nate (8)
Season Scoring Total:
Tries: Cam (10) Evan (9) George (9) Nate (9) Jack (8) Nick (6) Mason (5) Ifeyan (4) Antonio (1) Phil (1)
Cons: Nate (29) Cameron (1) Nick (1) Owen (1) Wyatt (1)