Hawkesbury Valley and HAC open their seasons with local derby round

Local rivals Hawkesbury Valley and Hawkesbury Agricultural College (HAC) kicked off their seasons with a derby match at College Oval on Saturday, April 27.

Both teams were excited for the day and wanted to get a big win to start their season, but it was HAC who got up the most on the day.

Local derby: Hawkesbury Ag College and Hawkesbury Valley players shake hands after their First Grade match on Saturday, April 27. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Local derby: Hawkesbury Ag College and Hawkesbury Valley players shake hands after their First Grade match on Saturday, April 27. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Third Grade started off well for HAC, who crossed for the opening try under the posts but were unable to keep up with a dominant Valley team. They dominated for the next 60 minutes taking home the win 41 - 10, scoring seven tries.

Man of the Match was Valley's openside flanker, William Seuseu.

Next up was the Colts, with Valley getting off to a strong start before HAC came back and jumped out to a three point lead, 8 - 5 heading into the half. HAC came out firing in the second half scoring two big tries in the corner that put their team up 20 - 5.

Valley fought back and scored two quick tries of their own, pulling the score back to 20 - 17 before HAC knocked over a final penalty to secure the win 23 - 17. Man of the Match went to HAC fullback Atticus Strong.

Second Grade was a more one-sided affair as HAC dominated from very early on, crossing for three early tries.

Though Valley slowed them down and put in a try of their own, HAC ran away with it as the final score was 50 - 7, including 8 HAC tries. Man of the Match went to fly-half Grant Durrington.

First Grade rounded out the day as the two teams played for the Lieutenant Harold Watkins Cup. A tightly contested match early on with two penalty goals to HAC put them out to an early lead.

But then they took over scoring four big tries to push the lead out to 32 - 0.

Valley then crossed for their only points of the match before HAC came back to score three more.

The final score was 51 - 7, including hat-tricks to HAC's outside centre Tully McPherson and winger Jack Fleetwood.

Man of the Match was HAC's Jack Fleetwood.

Next Saturday, May 4, HAC will come up against Redfield Old Boy's at Redfield College and Hawkesbury Valley will face Beecroft at home at McQuade Park.

Try scorer: HAC First Grade winger Jack Fleetwood slides in for one of his three tries on Saturday helping his side get the win. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Try scorer: HAC First Grade winger Jack Fleetwood slides in for one of his three tries on Saturday helping his side get the win. Picture: Geoff Jones.

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