The Gosford Kariong Storm junior rugby league teams headed into the long weekend break having done the club proud during the first half of the 2017 season.
The Storm’s sole premier division team, the U11(1)s have had a tremendous opening to the season; more than holding their own against the best talent the Central Coast has to offer in this age group.
During their most recent outing, the Storm boys trailed 2016 premiers Erina, 16-0, before fighting back brilliantly and were ultimately edged out 22-18, in a high quality game of rugby league.
On the previous weekend, another superb display from fullback, Benji Keene-O’Keefe, who scored a hat-trick of tries and pulled off a number of vital tackles, inspired his team to a hard fought 24-12 win over powerhouse club Wyong.
Gosford’s undefeated U12(3)s side has blitzed the field to date and despite taking to the field with just a dozen players in Round 7, they were able to account for The Entrance 26-6.
The Storm U10(3)s are a curious amalgam of under tens and under nines players, boys and girls, large and not so large, and who have outperformed expectations by recording five wins from their opening seven games.
A fortnight ago, they supplied the boilover of the season when they toppled the previously undefeated Tigers, winning 30-22 at Erina.
They followed this up, in their most recent game, with a comprehensive 40-12 victory over Warnervale.
The U14(2)s began the year disastrously with four successive losses, however, they have turned it all around by winning their next three games on the trot.
The U16(2)s and the U13(2)s have been most unlucky during recent weeks having each suffered a brace of narrow losse, while the U15(2)s showed true Gosford grit, despite falling 22-8 to the highly placed Kincumber in Round 7.
The Sean Wise coached team took to the field without half a dozen regulars who were all missing due to injury, but never gave up against an impressive Colts side who ultimately prevailed by four tries to two.
Media release, Jun 7
Andrew Stark, Gosford Kariong Storm RLFC