By Jack Books
The St George Dragons Harold Matthews and SG Balls sides faced opposition on both sides of the continent on Saturday.
The Dragons Harold Matthews team (U16) faced the South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS) at Kirkham Park and started the game lively with an 80m dash in the first set.
However, despite their penetrating attack and strong defence, the visitors continued to make small mistakes, costing them possession and penalties.
SWSAS went in for three tries during the first half, pushing them into the lead 16-0 before half time.
The Dragons went into the second half stronger than the first.
While mistakes continued to plague the team, the Dragons dominated the second half with tries from Usaia Lovuda and Anthony Romanovski bringing the Dragons up 16-10.
Unfortunately, the Dragons fell short of a victory with two tries being disallowed.
Dragons Harold Matthew Coach Graeme Wynn, while disappointed with the mistakes, was happy with the Dragons’ second half.
“We dropped too much ball, and made too many silly errors that really hurt us in the first half,” said Wynn,
“Good to see the determination to comeback from 16-0 at half time to finish with a 16-10 ending”.
The Dragons SG Ball team (U18) travelled to Charles Riley Reserve to take on the West Coast Pirates in Perth.
The Dragons dominated most of the match with two tries from Lachlan Hughes and one each from Joe Lovodua and Reece Robson while the Pirates only scored one try.
The final score being 28-4.
St George Dragons 10. Tries: Lovodua, Romanovski. Goals: Clift (1/2).
Central Coast Centurions 16.
St George Dragons 28. Tries: Hughes (2), Lovodua, Robson. Goals: Aufaga-Toomaga (4/4).
Central Coast Centurions 4.