Ants vs. J/Ville Cripples
Result: 19-6 loss (5-3 half-time behind)
Venue: 1:15pm Newlands Park
Another 'truly competent ref
Injuries: Nil - update on Erin 'Ernie' Palmer: Knee Ligaments-remainder
Non-contesting scrum made for a open game of skilled footie. This
was the Dead Ants best performance for season to date, also the
enjoyment factor with smiles and camaraderie developing. The opposition
comprising of a collective of ex 90's senior and won the Reserve
3 Competition consecutively in late 199o's had not lost the winning
spirit. It looked ominous having conceded that we had now props
to lean on theirs...generously they allowed game to compete, and
play for full competition points. Fair spirited call, we didn't
let that sentimentality begrudge our earnest to show our potential
First half was percentage football played between respective 22's,
ascendancy of lineout and touch finders, allowing set plays to
be established. Defensive lines we solid, turn-overs in tackles
average to both teams, but difference of first 40min of game (2
x 30min halves) was Mazza, Matt O, and Joshua + 'acting-prop'
Tommy turning their inside backs past our attacking advantage
line. Opportunities out wide from 3-4th phase ball will produce
Tex, at half back with cover and size was passing clear and further
to allow Matt C to produce a player-of-the-match performance....sure
our scarifies lads will celebrate in earnest over the week.
Standout solo defence from Phil 'Frodo', at fullback showing some
Kokatahi (east of Hokitika) flair with 50/50 kicking volleys that
effortlessly turned to gem yardage.....Swede Caroline if ever
goes out in the full.
Extended welcome to Steve 'Scoobie' Cutfield playing first game
in 7 years on wing, tentative at first but tall enough to see
through the fog to tackle and clean up opposite in second half.
New stealth looking lock - Ray Kearns, shaded colouring and swift
moves to compliment college Jeremy 'J-Man'.
Sideline support resembled a A.E infirmary.....injuries in recovery
to Shane 'Dog', Graham 'Shady', Hamish 'Mr T', Greg 'Dansky',
and season-ended effort to Erin 'Ernie' Palmer. Knee reconstruction
surgery hopefully before new team jerseys arrive!!
Matt C $40, Joshua $20, Harry $50, Pete $50, D.M $50, Tommy $100,
Frodo $100, Jamie $100, Johnno B, Ray, Scoobie yah. yah ...cash
Ants vs. OBU Yardies
Result: Lost 17-8 (3-5 half-time behind)
Venue: 3pm McAllister Park, firm footing and strong and
gusty southerly, cool temp.
Tommy Karaitana (again!)
Luke Harrison (1 x try), Shane Wahl (40m penalty)
Injuries: Erin Palmer (wrenched knee), Shane Wahl (shoulder tissue),
Matt Oliver (calf strain), Mark 'DM' Sutherland (back)
Not best structured first quarter with playing injuries to front
row to Ernie and D.M. Consequently the shuffling of 'non-playing
reserves' Matt O and Danksy, was added reliance to continue for
60min, this they managed amicable given their injuries and the
Flu respectively. Only to see a shoulder injury to pivotal player
Shane 'Dog' Wahl at 1st 5 at the 30min first half mark.
The pattern of play settled with neither team showing ascendancy
till the establishment of new players on the field + reshuffling
of Matt Carter. Matt C playing his best game of season, and displayed
his lateral an attacking skills at this position. Combinations
with Tex running the blind gaining processional yardage well into
the second half. Turning their inside backs and loosie, exposing
the Yardies lack of training to defend going backwards. This was
reward to a good Dead Ant forward pack with 'pick-n-run' by Zeus,
Tommy and Danksy!!
Dead Ants playing with the strong wind to their backs, did not
take the opportunity for field position (nor affirmed discussed
game plan). Resulting first half score of 5-3, set for a well
poised second half.
Variation with passing game by Matt C, straightened the Yardies
backline giving width for outside backs. Stu 'Little' and Luke
getting at least half a dozen run down the flanks with cover defence
the difference to not scoring those much needed points (bonus
points apply in this grade). Frodo safe under the bomb and covered
the wipers kicks setting counter attack with the reliable cardio/stamina
fitness of the Dead Ant 'scarfie patrollers' - Luke, Zeus, Cater,
Danksy and Tex (need to have these lads tucked away before 12am
one Friday soon?).
The concession of penalties for infringements by 'yours-truly'
stopped the temple, that allowed the Yardies to consolidate and
regroup their limited 2nd half possession. Lessons learnt from
futile hunting 'high' expedition is a bloody sore body and pride
factor for not quick enough up on defence and inability to provide
variation of a pass to inside/outside Ant loosies and backs....will
enjoy being to back up as a reserve, welcome Aidan and Harry from
injuries soon. Damn good to get that weeks aggression out though:)
Sweet to see Supporters braving the cold and offering words of
welcome wisdom. Ray 'Waterboy' Tidy, recent dad to Cullen and
Brooke - looking fit and for a donor kidney! (offers?). Clint
'Coach' - Sheryl and himself to be parents in December. Graham
'Shady' Bundle - acquired a second crutch to hobble around corners
safely? Adrian Bathgate, Larry 'Team Chaplain' Greco - offering
discount lords prayers to any believers that the Chiefs would
make to finals (oh yeah does a deal for funerals - group booking
need only apply).
Dead Ants 'Casino Evening' - 120 + guests, 3 x tables, live music,
late in June (Saturday evening preference), $50/head (6 x tickets
per player). food, wine and beer. venue: upstairs 'The Brewery'.
Organisers - Jeremy Gardiner, Aidan Shattock, Nick Moodog - assistance
by 'Oscar'/Dennis Rodgers.
Subs, subs, subs, please, please, please..will be naming individuals
unless with reason from next week!!
Ants vs. Wests
8th of May 2004, 1:15pm
@ Ian Galloway #3, 3pm
Weather: Perfect fine and dry field
24 - 0 loss (5-0 halftime)
Injuries: Fat Pete (soreness around neck..prop with neck?), Dave
Prentice (Hamstring - after 5min and 1 missed tackle), Luke Harrison
Dead Ant Best team line-up, best first-40 minutes of rugby by ANTS.
Opposition were youthful and yet another well drilled (trained)
Led onto Mazza, spirited from sidelines by ole ANTS, mates and miss/mrs
etc the sideline support no.s in excess of 30 - green/black/gold.....like
The forward pack, dominated scrum, secured 'next-phase' ball, lineout
cleaner, saw the delivery of Tex's best passing & running half
to date. Yardage gained from back of the scrum and rucks by Mazza
delivered the backs with plenty of time to compose and structure
(recycle) for next phase of play. West got only twice into our 22,
for which they scored the only points of this half. Pleasant to
outside backs Jamie, Luke and Ben Gardiner return the ball back
to the advantage line and linking with loosie Tim, Mazza and Zeus
to set next controlled phase plays!
Half time chat was in how to continue the forward dominance and
converting to points. Deliberate to keep 'TEAM STRUCTURE' with same
first half play on the The direction offered was to tie up on fringe
with use of maul, and selective kicking using the by now strong
cross field northerly. This was not implemented by any player. Ensuing
player changes (fatigue and ALL players to get playing time..sorry
Dave!) meant our half-time strategy was never to be executed as
a team. There seems a theme to this season, that we can defend extremely
well, but lack confidence 'want' to score points. Our backs have
the majority of physical attributes i.e speed, stamina, strength
and proportion (size a concern?!), but lack the mental attitudes
of scoring point, and seem focussed on defensive abilities (current
strength). Rather score points than defend a game at 24-0, or 31-3.....we
shall focus on OUR attacking game over the next month. With linkages
to our hard working forward pack!!
Ants vs. Pare Plim
1st of May 2004, 3pm
@ Ngatitoa Domain #1, 3pm
Weather: not soo good
31-3 loss (13-3 halftime)
Ants vs. Para-Plim
Result: 31 - 3 loss (13-3 half time)
Scorer: Jamie Brundell (penalty)
Player-dejour: Hamish Turner
Swede Caroline: Matt Oliver for tea trolley efforts with fluids
Injuries: Aidan Shattock (Dislocated Finger)
The result was disappointing. This was shown on the players faces
after the game in the changing rooms. Should have been 13-10 at
half time but a dubious mis-allowed call from a ref 30m from the
kick and chase. However the fact we had for 2/3rds of the game in
the oppositions half and 1/4 in their 22 the Para-Plim defensive
line was solid. Also their clearing kicks finding touch, and really
the final score flattering with 3 late try to a tiring ANTs pack
whom had tackled to a stand still for 70min.
Chins up as the support from sideline and reserves is echoed in
the post-match discussion to keenness and enjoyment, hence a successful
start to season 1 win, 1 loss.
A full to many lads late home that morning. Carter, Potaka, Palmer
and Kamo. It showed on the field the fragile 'heads' from set plays
(previous weeks strength). The back line did not allow any line
breaks from second phase. But a miss communication between flanker
and half back allowed there no.8-half back to score first from set
scrum on 22. Reply was near immediate with line breaks from re-hydrated
Matt Carter and Jamie Brundell. Penalty for offside play that continued
relentlessly by Plim backs. Late in half try from bollicking No.8/flanker
burst to tryline with conversion from sideline. Well chased down
by ANT loosies (Zeus, Tommy and Johno Browne) and locks (Mazza &
With the wind behind our backs, intention was to force positional
plays from kicks to corners, and set plays. this was effected with
long periods in opposition half's. The Para-Plim lineout was resolute.
Their scrum fallible with 4 tight heads and a 1-1 over-the-mark
scrumage. But a well sized backline with fresh reserve legs soon
paid to the attack. The 3 tries were from defensive lapses from
errand kicks still in the field of play. Final result 31-3.
We have yet to deliver on out potential with individual skills,
we will have the depth of players. Welcome return of Johno Browne
(Lock) Erin Palmer(Prop), Jeremy Gardiner(Loosie) and Phil Lucy
(1st-5). Recruited a sizeable 2nd-5 in Harry Mete and winger Luke
(Potaka and Carter efforts).
NOTE: Working Bee is 9am on Sat (3 hours) and Sun 10am on 8-9th
May at 92 Mortimer Tce. Gardening gear required for approx 5 guys
for 8hours max. RSVP myself for reduction in subs. Hope to earn
$600 or so for efforts. Anyone with a Chainsaw 14-17inch suffice?
2 x small trees (3-4m height).
Subs to be paid prior to 15th May. $100 each in cash to 'Dead Ants
Rugby Team' to Oscar or Ben Potaka. Pays for subs, after match beers,
discounts socials, medical kit etc.
Ants vs. OBU Righteous Bros
24th April 2004, 3pm
@ Prince of Wales Park, Mt Cook
Weather: suberb!! 18 degrees
22 - 17 win (17 - 0 halftime)
Player of the Day:
Swede Caroline: Joshua 'Zeus' Cairns (going next week for a three-peat)
Good to get a first up victory against the new OBU social team of
'Christians'?. Should have been the Ants in the role as the lions
feeding on the church-goers, bugger me they had a 16th man on the
field and it wasn't the pedantic pr*** of a ref...it was team structure
change. The Bro's came back from 17-0, to within winning at 17-17
and the Ant lacking puff. But as the team had shown all first half.
The potential and belief in winning remained, with Jamie Brundell
pushing off two defenders after a brilliant backline move from set
piece line out.
Nervous moments with a restart and counter attack resulting in a
defensive scrum on our 5m try-line. Danksy and D.M's comments was
that there obese props game them the best two scrum 'knocks' at
the final whistle. Rugby, a 80 min (90 min on the field) game.
The combinations are going well, sideline support from Ants encouraging
with past-timers enquiring to the new fella's and how recruited?
Thanks to Disco Stu (Flag Man), Graham 'Shag' Bundle, Taki, Ming,
Scotland,Wilbur (Harry), Lisa & Jessie (Dog), Olivia K and others.
They were treated to some real entertaining football.
Shane Wahl on the openside from 4 phases from half way (5min into
game), Dubious two flag say conversion successful, ref over ruled?
Aidan ' Raggs' Shattock ran onto backline counter attack started
by Phil 'Frodo' Patterson in our 22 (15 min) - Virg-ANT try No.1.
Stuart 'All Guts' (72kg?) Meikle-John ran the line from attacking
22 to score virg-ANT try No.2 (25 min).
Conversion by Jamie 'Boogie Nights' Brundell from sideline.
Half-time (17-0), points to note was the defensive line was only
broken twice. Special mention to Tommy and Matt O defensive tackling...resolute!!
Succession of rolling mauls from inside Bro's half saw forwards
and back committed to the fringes, gaps exposed out wide resulting
in great team try to the God Squad.
The last quarter, saw the ANT's use their hearts rather than individual
heads. A line take, with succession of pace of the pass, created
space for Stu M, to offload to Jamie who shrugged one and fend the
other to win the game.
Second half notes, Tight-five fitness superior than opposition gave
the ideal platform for explosive backline. Zeus got a fair 10 mins
for killing the tackled ball, but unfairly singled out with inconsistent
'judicator's by ref. Mazza captains effort with clarity of decisions
and upfront yardage. Tex passing game, and zico overhead kicking
bodes well for harder teams to come.
A note, training is NOT compulsory. It is however for fitness, team
comms, and fun (touch mixed with drills). Wed, 6-7pm at Nairnville
Park. All welcome to sweat it out.
Ants vs. Poneke Hammers
17th April 2004, 3pm
@ Cobham Park, Kilbirnie
Weather: windy & overcast, 12 degrees
39 - 12 loss (27 - 0 halftime)
grading game, that was deservedly (strategically?) lost? The first
20min as a period of first-game nerves, with over-enthusiastic plays
to pass at may and means. This period resulted in 4 tight-head scrums
lost, and only 2 lineout takes out of 6. This put pressure on our
defensive line which held each time up to 4-5 phases. The end result
saw the Hammers score 3 tries (conversions also successful). The
game plan was based on our team structure i.e. playing in your position,
playing in a forwards and backs with phase ball. This plan was well
adhered to by the 'forwards'. But our 'backs' whom where either
new, out of position, or too slow feet was exposed early given the
amount of possession and time in position inside our 22 for that
half saw the wind to our back. A positive and focussed attitude
to playing cohesive and patient rugby. Both tries were established
by the tight-five mauling and rucking quick ball for inside backs
to bust through the advantage line and rest the next phase. Passing
was to had and ran onto by respective player. Can
confirm the recruit of 2 'hardened' backs available this week. Also
the return of absent (holidays) of Ernie, Mazza, and Jeremy. Good
support on side lines from the Retire-ANTS - Taki and Crossy. Also
partners and friends of players. Virg-ANTs included Tim Stevens,
Tommy Karaitaina, Stu Meikle-John, Joshua Cairn and Harry.
Those that witnessed the Jug Stacking ANT-ics at the Cambridge on
Saturday night, now also get to view there state of appearance?
We've got a Player Profile set up on our web page (cheers to Simon
and Matt Carter). Please email to me your Height, weight, suburb
origin, position, fav quote etc. We'll be taken other player/supporter
photos as when available...and sober I hope?