Grimsby Gentlemen 0: Windsor Rogues 20
Grimsby Gentlemen 24: Windsor Rogues 31
Venue: AKO Fratmen Club Field
Referee: David Jameson
Weather: 33 degrees but with humidity it
Attendance: two injured camp followers (Bob and Mike)and Michelle
Presidents Report: For the first time this year we were short players at the kickoff. Actually we only had 12, which included a guest player Levi Rowbottom who was hi-jacked and forced to come on the trip by his brother. Instead of trying to play with a lopsided team we decided to borrow some players who were not going to get into the game for Windsor. Windsor played well in the first half and scored at the seven minute mark with just good hard running and us missing tackles. They continued to score two more tries in the first half mainly due to our poor execution and tackling. However, at the end of half we took the ball into their end and with a lot of work keeping the ball alive by the forwards, Vic finally scored for us on the outside.
Half Time Score: Grimsby 5: Windsor 19
At the start of the second, they brought the ball down and a miss handle in the endzone led to a 5 m scrum and a score for them. However, We did seem to have had some good moments with the ball and had been able to put some pressure on the other team. This led to a couple of runs and a try by Levi followed quickly by another try, this time by Alex and with 10 minutes to go one of the guest Windsor players scored. The score was now 24 to 24. and we were in a game. However for the second week in a row, the opposition scored in the last few minutes to win the game.
Final Score: Grimsby 24: Windsor 31
Team: Nathan Rowbottom, Dylan Kinch, Jon Millington,Scott Walker, Frank Dela Fortuna, Vic Blaney, Jon Jeske, Derrick Weber (C), Jamie Scully, Levi Rowbottom, Alex Stevenson, Nick Lemieux.
Thanks to those players who made the effort to travel to Windsor even though we knew we would lose the points. Not going would have meant us covering their expenses for liquor license and referee. We would have put the onus on next year's team by causing them to travel twice to Windsor. Also it is good for rugby for us to fulfill our fixtures as well as possible. And it turned into a good game whether or not it was for the league or just an exhibition. You don't get to play in many comeback games like that.
Coaches Report: It was an unfortunate set of circumstances that led us to be down players with a couple of unexpected injuries, car problems and work. But with a small team, each person missing is important. Congratulations to all who went, it would make things much more difficult next year if we did not. Thanks? to Bob, who arranged very reasonable rates for a nice hotel in downtown Windsor. Having a player like Levi in the centers who is actually an eight enabled us to set up some runs later on in the game. We worked on some improvements in our play and they seemed to help.
Coaches Man of the Match: Levi Rowbottom
Their Pick for Man of the Match: Vic Blaney
Thanks to Michelle who actually did wash the kit and used a complete package of dryer freshners.