Monday, May 30, 2011

Crusaders away: Week Two

Grimsby Gentlemen 0: Oakville Crusaders IV 29

Venue: Crusader Park in Oakville their second pitch which was a lot muddy and very smelly

Referee: It definitely was not Steve Scott as advertised but Rose Labresche ***

Weather: not raining, cloudy about 18 degrees (the sun was shining after the game to watch the Crusader Firsts play.

Attendance: Andy had an extended group of encouragers and Mary was there (she must have found it chilly but the supporter's bus must have broken down.

Team: (18 players!) Nick Howe (20 min), Dylan Kinch, Nathan Rowbottom, Bob Mavro, Dean Gibson, Brendan Sculland (first game) Dan Wolfrack, Kyle Wilson, Nick Lemieux, Andy Breuls, Vic Blaney, Alex Millar (60 min), Jamie Scully, Trevor Trotman (60 min) , Derrick Weber,Jon Millington (60 min), Wally Cone (40 min), Martin Van Den Hurk (40 min)

President's Report: Crusaders IV were a bit of a surprise in that they are made up of some very good players who are still interested in playing but not in practicing as regularly with the club as they would need to. In fact this team is stronger (they claim) than their third team which plays in the TRU. So they had some talent with a lot of experience and a lot of players as the thirds did not play. We let them replace freely but are keeping track when we need to do the same. We are certainly not bitter even though this is the second loss and have not scored any points yet and we had to play a team with ugly uniforms.

Coaches Report: The Crusaders came out fairly confident and were much more ready for the game than we were. They moved the ball down the field until Tyler Legatt (who played a couple of game for us last year) let loose a drop goal after 3 min. We took the ball down the field and made an attempt for a kick at goal but missed. The Crusaders came back down the field and we spent much of the second half in our end. Tyler scored at about 10 min and again at 25 min. One more try was scored in the first half.

Half time score Grimsby Gentlemen 0: Crusaders IV 24

The second half was a little better for Grimsby and we were able to play part of the game in their end and came close to scoring a couple of times. Crusaders finished their scoring with one more try in the second half at about 65 min. Overall the Cru had players who moved the ball more quickly and got into position faster. We had trouble getting a continuous offence going and our defense was slow getting into position. They found gaps and took them with speed. We had some good runs and tried several plays but could not keep it going. Depending on how well they travel we could have difficulty with them when they come to our place unless we get more organized and fitter. Maybe we can blame the loss on their camouflage suits.


Closer - but no cigar
The captains choice for man of the match was Trevor Trotman
Their choice was Andy Breuls for his tackles but they settled for Dean Gibson
We picked Tyler Legatt.

Next week (June 4) is our first home game this season and it is a derby game against St. Catharines and we are without our tree.

Note: Frank Shilte and Chris Brown have taken the Beamsville girls to their third OFSAA in three years and the Beamsville boys are going on Wednesday to Belleville to their first. Their coaches are Darren Moore and Dave Franklin have one of our signed up players on the team, Martin Colyn and hopefully a few more.

Warning : Do not get on a bus with the following man no matter how nice he is to you. Weird things will happen !!!!

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