Exed on top in rugby league
Having recorded their first victory of the season in the Intercollegiate Rugby League 13s Championships, coach Roy Calvert of Exed Eagles says that his team is feeling a lot more confident that they can win this year’s competition.
The Eagles, who are last year’s runners-up, defeated defending champions GC Foster College Lions 36-28 in a closely contested game at the Courtney Walsh Oval on Saturday.
Exed, who are seeking their first hold on the title, were led to victory courtesy of two tries from Owen Linton and Akeem Murray.
Daniel Graham, Cliffton Anderson, and Tu-wayne Dawkins were the other scorers for Exed.
Exed’s record now stands at one win and one defeat, but Calvert said that they are growing in confidence as the season progresses.
“It is a big morale boost for us,” he said. “The thing is we are taking it one step at time. GC Foster is always a hard team because they beat us in the final last year, but we try not to make a big deal of it.”
“We have a lot of new players, so it is about keeping them grounded and keeping them working on the basics because it is a long season,” Calvert said.
He added that he was very happy with his team’s performance against the Lions because they played well.
“I think we stuck to the game plan where attack is concerned because to score over 30 points against GC Foster is no easy feat,” said Calvert.
Marlondo Anderson, coach of the Lions, was gracious in defeat.
“We are a fairly young team because most of the seniors have left, so we are in the rebuilding mood, and as such, they gave a good account of themselves,” said Anderson, whose team was suffering its second defeat of the season.
“Two loses is always painful, being the defending champions, but going forward with the development of the players, I think that we can bounce back,” he said.