FootballHistoryNSW SamTones 30th

The Drive for Five

1The first cab off the rank in 2016 was the new “Nines” com- petition which the Tones had taken Aout in it’s Inaugural year.

As defending champions, the Tones set the bar on what was to be an extraordinary year.

The Drive for Five had begun.

2The Melbourne 7s is without doubt one of the hardest tour- naments to win.

The Tones are also the team to beat having won 10 in their 3 decades. Penrith Gaels had provided stiff opposition in the past and this was no exception. The Tones pre- vailed in a very tough encounter.

3 The Tones again travelled to Sydney to participate in the annual Central Coast “Gosburn” tournament AKA “NSW SAM” – this time to extract retribution for 2015 when they were knocked out dispite not losing a game.

After a hard fought game the Tones came out on top against a very strong MacAnallens team.

4 The League Final pitted a resurgent Garryown outfit. The Tones had been in dominant form throughout the league campain but Garryowen would prove to be worthy competition. The Tones proved to be too strong in the end.

5 Garryowen again provided the opposition in the Cham- pionship. It was one for the ages. Garryowen dominated the first half with the aid of a strong wind and had a lead of 9 points with just over 12 minutes remaining. All seemed lost. But the Tones rallied to get within a point, with a last sideline kick to come – Kevin Rog- ers obliged. Tones won by 5 in ET.