SteppingStones found right steps to evade Sidebar’s subtle touches

Furnace hot temperatures greeted the teams for Match Day 3 of the KRyS Global National Mixed Touch Championships 2013 at the South Sound Rugby Club last Saturday.  

The highly anticipated game of the day saw the much vaunted Sidebar NWNT take on the accomplished SteppingStones.  

SteppingStones welcomed Mike McGrath, Ray Galletly and Marc Randall for the first time this season, while Sidebar NWNT were without Chris Palmer, Jyoti Choi and Simon Crompton.  

The first exchanges were suitably intense and when Brandon Smith crossed the line for Sidebar’s opening try.  

SteppingStones returned with four tries, the pick of which was scored by Scott McCarty whose quick thinking at a tap penalty allowed him to run two-thirds the length of the pitch almost unopposed.  

Riley Mullen got one back just before halftime and at 4-2 Sidebar were still in the game although they had to contend with the marauding James Waters, whose acceleration through defensive gaps became increasingly prevalent in the second half. 

SteppingStones ran out 9-4 winners with Simon Raftopolous (3), Marc Randall and Lisa Bird also scoring. James Waters took the MVP award. 

Injuries and absentees to key players left the Heineken Brew Crew with an unfamiliar look.  

Up against a Walkers team buoyant from last week’s victory, they started lethargically and it was Walkers who put up the first score with talismanic Vikki Piaso once again dotting down over the line.  

For the Brew Crew, Biannca Johnson started to exert her influence and Steve Henshaw and Phill Thompson provided the go forward in terms of carrying in the early settles. But it was not the usual fluid performance from the Brew Crew. Heineken relied on the brilliant youngsters Iain Currie, Paul Westin and Mark Westin.  

Three tries apiece for Currie and Paul Westin and a brace for brother Mark as fellow Brew Crew member and injured elder sibling Eddie sat on the sidelines.  

Paul Smith was Walkers’ leading try scorer on the day, notching up his fifth and sixth of the campaign. He’s scored in every match. The final score of 8-4 to Heineken Brew Crew keeps them a’ top the table. 

In the first game below the beating midday sun, Genesis Trust reaped a real harvest of tries against KPMG. Shorn of their leader and leading try scorer Andrew MacKay, KPMG wilted under the intense heat generated by the wily old heads of Genesis.  

Lisa Kehoe and Michelle Bailey ran amok with a vintage display. Time after time, through a series of angled runs and dummy passes they broke the defence. In the next phase of play Genesis linked a few simple passes to score out wide.  

No one benefitted more from this than Jerry “Five Tries” Beck. The other tries scorers were Martin Lang (2), Michelle Bailey (3), Lisa Kehoe (2), Roger Priaulx (2) and Neil Montgomery. 

A final score of 15-1 to Genesis Trust makes painful reading for KPMG but Gauthan Ganeshan was happiest of all as he picked up his first try of the season. 

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