The Under 14 team produced a stunning upset on Friday against Kings Christian College to take the 2017 APS Premiership.
Having been beaten in the regular season by Kings Christian College 31-19, the Under 14 team turned the tables on their more favoured and sizeable counterparts.
Playing with the breeze early on the team mounted a few good early raids into the Kings half. Unfortunately this was short lived as a turnover at halfway gifted Kings the ball and two quick passes saw their big Fullback sprint away to score.
The conversion missed and Kings led 5-0. The Under 14 team responded in the best possible fashion through Kye Reynoldson as he spotted an opening on the blindside and scooted 20 metres to score a great hit back try. Will Lynch just missed the difficult conversion and the scores were tied up at 5 all. Kings tried to use their size to their advantage but the Somerset defensive line was resolute from 1 to 15. Patrick Sowerby, Jake Sherrington and Harrison Hall all made crucial tackles to nullify the big Kings boys.
Kings were getting frustrated at not scoring from their usual one or two phases and mistakes came regularly. 15 minutes in Jake Sherrington sliced through the Kings midfield defence to score a crucial try. Will Lynch nailed the conversion and Somerset hit the lead 12-5. With 2 minutes to play in the half Somerset were awarded a penalty just to the left of the posts. The team elected to shoot for goal and Will Lynch again delivered to take the score to 15-5 at the half.
The team knew Kings would come out firing in the second half and would try and utilise the stiff breeze at their backs. However, they did not count on an equally committed defensive effort from the Somerset boys. Kings mounted wave after wave of attack but the boys kept knocking them over and forcing handling errors. The clock was getting away on Kings and they had to find at least two scores to win the match. With just over 5 minutes to play Kings found a hole in our midfield defence after we failed to present a solid kick chase line. They sliced through to score almost untouched and to take the game to a nerve-wracking final 5 minutes. The Somerset boys held their composure despite regular raids from Kings into their half. Kings had one last lineout on the Somerset 22 metre line with time up on the clock. They spilt the ball forward and Somerset hacked the ball into touch for a memorable and brave victory, 15 points to 12!
It was difficult to name a Man of the Match when so many boys stood up on such a big occasion. But it was hard to go past strong running, big hitting, Jake Sherrington who saved his best game of the season until last. Special mention must go to all 21 boys in the squad as it takes a full roster to make a successful team. All 21 boys pushed each other to get better at training and create a positive learning environment. They are to be commended for the way they played throughout the season and the excellent behaviour they exhibited both on and off the field.
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