Monday, June 30, 2014

Japan Trip 2014

We not only made it to Japan in one piece but have also survived the first 3 days with no accidents or illnesses.  The trip over was uneventful, which makes for a long flight (7hrs), and we were all met at Kansai International Airport by the smiling faces of our host families.  While the students were all a little timid to begin with they have all settled in to life in a Japanese home with enthusiasm.  There have been many practices for the students to come to terms with, such as having to take their shoes off at the front door, even at school, and wear inside shoes, socks or bare feet.  The food has also been a challenge for some but all have faced this challenge head on and tried the various unfamiliar dishes.  The host families have all been very welcoming and all took the students out on Sunday to immerse them in Japanese Culture.  Madison Chinn was lucky enough to be taken to Kyoto and dress in traditional Kimono along with her host sister Kotoe.


All are having a great time and looking forward to the next week and a half of planned activities.

Boys QISSRLConfraternity

The Thornburgh  men attended a chilly Opening Ceremony at Aquinas College on the Sunday evening. First game of the carnival saw the boys take on Gilroy Santa Maria.  Unfortunately the boys let them get a  two try start on them before they hit back with a Brennan Leggett try after a good break from Darcy Ginns Larkin. 2nd half saw both teams try again ( John Russo BTC) but  the boys just couldn't close the gap going down 10-16.  Man of the Match was Kael Morrissey.  In the second game of the day, they opposed Shalom Bundaberg. This team used their back line a lot, and scored from a ball  passed out wide. James Freestone called on  Darcy to kick and ran through the gather the ball and dive over to ground the ball for a try which was converted by Tevin Neliman. Thornbugh was ahead 6-4 before Shalom crossed for a try just before the half time hooter. the boys came out ready to put more points on the board and had the crowd on its feet  a few times but Shalom crossed again before Anfernee Henry took a few of the opposition with him and push over for a try. Unfortunately the hooter beat the team who went down  10-20.Man of the Match was awarded to John Russo. The team has an ice bath planned tonight in preparation for tomorrows games.

Day 2
The Thornburgh team took on Chanel College for their first game of the day. While Chanel posted first points they failed convert. Casey Henry sprinted down the side for BTC  and Tevin converted to have BTC leading 6-4 at half time. Unfortunately the wing was hammered  to see Chanel take the lead again. A strong kicking game by Chanel saw the Thornburgh boys put under pressure to go down 6-18. Man of the Match was Roy Fisher. With the boys pool games over , the structuring of the division games saw the boys in the Bowl Division, which had them having to play CCC as their first game in their quest for Bowl Division honours. With CCC coming off a win earlier in the day, the BTC boys had to dig deep to claim a victory.Early in the game Anfernee Henry powered through the  opposition to sprint over half the field to post a try so BTC led 4-0. The next try saw captain Roy Fisher  charge over to post another try with Tevin converting 10-0.  For the hat trick Fred Busley side stepped and swerved to leave the opposition grabbing at air to post one more try with Tom -Barry- McQueen converting. Half time saw BTC leading 16-0. CCC tried to come back in the second half but the boys defended well. Final score 16-10. Man of the Match was Anfernee Henry. After a rest day Wednesday, the boys have to take on ASSG on Thursday. Good luck Thornburgh.

Day 4
The Thornburgh  men took on ASSG in the semi final for the Bowl Division. ASSG started strongly and posted first points 4 nil.  BTC hit back with Roy crossing  to equal 4  all. ASSG hammered our wing to go over again 8-4 . Half time the boys started strong but were again hammered by an on a roll ASSG team .Easy turn overs through dropped ball and penalties saw BTC on the back foot with ASSG crossing twice more. With 10 minutes to go BTC was down 18-4. It seemed a near impossible task to claw back but the boys found something more with Anfernee crossing, Roy powering his way over and Tom "Barry" McQueen claiming a try.  Tevin converted one try. Hooter sounded with scores locked 18 all. Tevin "pressures on me" Neliman had the kick which could have given the blue wall a 2 point win ....but the kick went wide.  In the semi final that meant 5 minutes extra time, each way. BTC got the ball and through strength and determination Anfernee powered his way across the line. The "blue" crowd was cheering.  BTC defended well and kept ASSG from crossing their line. 5 minutes the other way Anfernee did another huge run but just landed short of the try line. The boys really put in a gutsy effort to keep ASSG try-less so when the hooter went the final score was 22-18. Unbelievable come back boys!!!  Friday sees the BTC boys in the final for the Bowl . Put your game face on boys....right from the kick off!  Good luck

Finals Day
The Thornburgh men ran onto the field to take on St Columbans in the Bowl Grand Final. The BTC boys powered to the line at the start of the game but failed to cross before St Columbans took the ball down the other end and crossed wide on the wing. BTC had the ball close to their try line on many occasions but the defense from the opposition denied them the points. the bigger hard running opposition had the Thornburgh men defending for a majority of the game. Some good strong runs from Roy, Anfernee and Brennan  had the crowd cheering but the elusive try line that was so close was just a little bit too far.  The boys tried their best but in the end had to settle for 2nd place....which was still a good result...and finished on top of the other Charters Towers teams. Coach's Award, Players Player and Man of the  Match  was Roy Fisher. Manager's Award went to Anfernee Henry and Supporters' Award went to both Darcy Ginns Larkin and Tom McQueen. Thanks to all supporters for cheering the boys on. It was a great week of footy. Thanks also to Coach Max Batt, Manager Adam Bowden and Leo West and Trainer Seb Phillott for their time and commitment to the team.