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Joondalup Bros wrap up Phuket tour

Joondalup Bros wrap up Phuket tour

RUGBY: A youth team from the Joondalup Brothers Rugby Club are heading home from Phuket to Australia after a week-long rugby and cultural tour of the island, hosted by local youth team the Phuket Lomas.

Wednesday 24 July 2013, 05:55PM

Phuket Lomas Uner 16s captain Lek (Charin Dawtong) takes the ball in a match against the touring Joondalup Brothers FC youth team from Perth, Australia.

Phuket Lomas Uner 16s captain Lek (Charin Dawtong) takes the ball in a match against the touring Joondalup Brothers FC youth team from Perth, Australia.

The Joondalup team played two 15-a-side games against the Lomas, and rounded off the tour with a 10-a -side tournament held on Saturday, which also featured a team from Krabi.

Between games they did some charity work at the Asia Centre Foundation, went dragon-boating with the Phuket Dragons team from Rawai, sailing with Sail in Asia at Ao Yon, and Muay Thai training at the Maximum Gym in Patong.


Phuket Lomas 12 Joondalup Brothers 39

In the first game of the tour, the bigger and well-drilled Australian side used their forwards to set up a half time score of 29-0 and it looked like a hiding was on the cards for the Lomas.

The second half was a turnaround as the Thai lads realised that they could compete and some great drives by Fair from the base of the scrum gave the Lomas a chance to go forward.

That allowed Captain Lek to get the backs into action, which led to two tries for the Lomas by Troy and Sombat.

Joondalup finished off the scoring with a great break from the half-way line by captain Conrad to win 39-12.

Sombat was voted the Lomas’ best player by the Joondalup coaches.

Lomas organiser Pat Cotter said the game was a a huge step up in class for the Lomas, who will have learned a lot from the encounter.


Lomas 12 Joondalup Brothers 57

The second full game was an altogether different affair, with the Joondalup lads taking a more serious approach to the match in a hard hitting and feisty encounter which saw players from both sides leave the pitch due to injuries.

Things were pretty even with the Joondalup side up 14-12 at the 20 minute mark, and they had stretched their lead out to 26 - 12 by half time.

By now the Joondalup lads had worked out to keep the ball tight in the forwards, to deny the Lomas any quick ball to utilise their quicker backs.

The tactic worked and the Joondalup side kept the Lomas scoreless in the second half, while adding to their score to win 57-12.

Sombat was once again voted Lomas player of the day.



Joondalup Brothers Challenge Trophy

The final 10-a-side tournament was held at the Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club, featuring teams from the touring Joondalup side, the Phuket Lomas, and Krabi.

In the first game Krabi surprised the Joondalup A side with a fast expansive game to win 22-10.

In game 2, the Lomas turned on the style against the Joondalup B team to win 29-5.

This was the Joondalup boys first introduction to 10s rugby and they were struggling with the pace and heat of the day.

Next up Lomas played Krabi and ran up a 19-0 score line at half time.

They scored again after the break to make it 24-0, but the Lomas then took their foot off the peddle and three converted tries from Krabi made for a tense last few minutes.

An all Joondalup game fast saw the A team take bragging rights over the B team in a game that ended 15-5, and in the final round of group games the Lomas were able to hold off a determined Joondalup A side 19-10, while Krabi saw off the Joonodalup B team in a feisty game that 22-5.

The tournament final was an all Thailand Affair and gave the Lomas the opportunity to gain revenge over their recent loss in the Krabi national 7s final.

All started well with the Lomas scoring a converted try, but the following kick off didn't go the distance, and from the resulting free kick Krabi ran through the Lomas defence to score under the posts.

With the score on 7-7 the Lomas went back on the attack and scored again under the posts, only for Krabi to hit back just before half time to make it 14 all.

The game was still wide open and Krabi scored out wide but missed the conversion, putting the score at 19-14.

The Lomas under pressure but wouldn't be denied and scored again under the posts, 21-19.

As the clock ticked down Krabi upped their game but couldn't break down the Lomas, and with the last play of the game an intercept by the Lomas saw them race away to score under the posts for a final score of 28-19 final score.

Lomas Captain Lek was voted player of the tournament, and was presented with the Joondalup Brothers Challenge Trophy.

It's hoped the tour and tournament will become a regular event between the two clubs.

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