(picture taken at the end of the game when everyone was there)
Venue: Sherwood Forest Park
Referee: Not sure - did not catch the name
Weather: Very nice day - 26 degrees, probably a little hot for playing - slight wind
Attendance: Hoards of supporters were prevented from attending due to parking issues but Adam and Ben, Marie, Wally and his son, Nick managed to get there on time (even though players did not).
President's Report: Due to all sorts of things we were short at kickoff and managed to get a couple of NOB players (Niagara Old Boys) who had just played to help out. We still only had 13 and despite a lot of effort we were down 12 to 0 by the time we got two players on. We were down 15 to 0 by the time we got all our players on the field and sorted out into the selected positions. Not a good start, but we had a good ending to the first half. with 10 minutes to go Andy sent a probing kick into their corner, good coverage by Chris and Vic allowed us to get the ball back and send Martin C into the corner of the end zone. Chris made an amazing conversion in which the ball flew all over the place before splitting the uprights. A few minutes later, we put together a string of passes including Nathan, Vic, Kyle and a few others to send Chris to score his first try under the posts, which he also converted.
Half time score: Grimsby Gentlemen 14: Burlington Centaurs 15
Unfortunately that was a close as we would get. Burlington who had bulked up for the game had the advantage in the scrums and managed to get a lot more ball which allowed them to score often. They picked on our mistakes and came up with points. Near the end Vic made one of his runs and could not be brought down until he hit the try line.
Final Score: Grimsby Gentlemen 19: Burlington Centaurs 41
Team: 1. Nathan Rowbottom (eventually), 2. Brendan Sculland, 3. Jon Millington, 4. Jeremy Young, 5. Bob Mavro, 6. Philip Sullivan (40 min - first game this year), 7. Kyle Wilson, 8. Vic Blaney 9. Nick Limeaux (had to run from the Go station), 10. Derrick Spencer, 11. Trevor Trotman (eventually), 12. Martin Colyn, 13. Andy Breuls, 14. Chris Short (eventually), 15. Alex Millar. 16. Martin Van Den Herk (40 min)
and two NOBs.(thank you) Pabelo is soon moving to Grimsby.
Martin Colyn 1 T (makes 4 tries this year)
Vic Blaney 1T (Third game in a row)
Chris Short 1 T, 2 C (27 points in his last three games - remember the team only scored 3 points in its first three games)
Coaches' Report: We had an outside chance to move up the table into a playoff position but Burlington had other ideas and put some weight and some quickness into their team. It did not help that were were down players for 20 minutes at the start. The score jumped up near the end as they got some bounces, were less tired and more into the game. Anyway at the start we played hard with the usual great games from Webs and Vic. We had some good support for a while. Alex who attended his first whole practice this week had a good game fielding the ball and counter attacking. Coaches man of the match went to Chris Short for scoring his first try and hitting two conversions. There was no pick of man of the match by the other team as we left fairly early and I don't think they did it for the other games.
This is the crew who put up the fence in Grimsby ( missing Philip Sullivan)
We even got a mention in The West Niagara News by D.I.A. Manager, Leigh Jamkiv, who stated "Special thanks to the Grimsby Gentlemen's (sic: I have always wanted to do that) Rugby Club for their help in the setup and cleanup of the park for this event." We put it up in a record 1 hour and took it down in 15 minutes.
A traditional Greek - Dutch welcome or a demonstration of a Greek wrestling move only they are not naked.
There was a lot of interest in my shoulder resurfacing surgery, mainly by players wondering how long it would be before they will have to have it done. The short answer is I came late to rugby compared to present day players and imports and only started playing in the fall of 1967 at university. Trent University gets to claim me as an alumni only because they accepted me in 1965 after a not so stellar high school career.
One of the reasons my marks were not great is that in those days you had to write departmental exams in each course in Grade 13 for something like 75% of your final mark. Also to get into a university you needed two credits in English (Authors and Composition) and two credits in French (Authors and Composition). AND you needed two credits in mathematics to go to most universities. And if there was one subject I was poorer in than French it was Math, so in grade 13 deciding on Grade 13 courses, I heard the word most when in fact there was only one, namely Trent University in Peterborough. It got even a bit more complicated but basically that is how Trent won me over and eventually introduced me to rugby.
Trent was only in its second year of existence and was smaller than most high schools with an enrollment of about 350. I played football at high school and a couple of partial years of junior with the Hurricanes and Braves. So of course at Trent I had to play on the niversity soccer team who played the local Bible College and Normal (Teacher's) College. We might play some colleges from other universities.
Then in the summer of 1967, Paul Wilson came to Trent as athletic director and he was an English rugby player. Paul started the rugby team at Trent that year, I joined and played two years with Trent as a prop. However, this was not to be a story about me: this was to be a story about what the laws of rugby were back in 1967 when I started. The idea came from Scot Harland who sends out an information page from the North American Caribbean Rugby Association each week with worse pictures than mine. He has been asking specific questions about the laws in various years. These questions if you wish to try them are about the laws as I learned them (or didn't) in 1967. Answers will appear in a near future blog (as soon as I make them up): hey if you want real history; read a book.
1. The object of the game then was to win as it is now. Correct?
2. In 1967, a try was worth 3 points; a goal from a free kick or penalty kick was 3 points and a dropped goal was 3 points. So how much was a goal from a try?
3. The ball, at commencement of play, should be inflated to which of the following?
a) 9 1/2 - 10 lb per square inch
b) 0.6697 - 9.7031 kilograms per square centimeter
c) 65.71 - 66.75 kilopascals
4. What could the referee not do before a match?
5. According to the present laws, a knock on occurs when a player loses possession of the ball and it goes forward or when a player hits the ball forward or when the ball hits a hand or arm and goes forward and the ball touches the ground or another player before the original player can catch it. How was this different in 1967?
6. A referee would move a scrummage only in which circumstances?
7. Who got the scrummage if a forward moving maul was stopped?
8. What was the scrum engage sequence in 1967?
9. A player putting in the ball had to put the ball straight along the middle line of the scrum in a single forward movement so that it first touches the ground immediately beyond the nearer first player. How was this different in 1967?
10. How far did the laws allow a scrum to wheel in 1967?
11. How long did the loose forwards have to stay bound to a scrum at this time?
12. In 1967, what determined the maximum length of the lineout?
13. If a team was awarded a penalty kick on the 50 yard line and a player kicked the ball directly into touch at the other teams 20 yard line, what would happen?
14. If a player in general play at the 50 yard line kicked the ball directly into touch at the other teams 20 yard line, what would happen?
15. Back then a place kick would be used to start the match and on the resumption of play after half time (we use a drop kick now). A place kick would also be used for penalties and when else?
16. What were kicking tees made of in 1967?
17. It is not a law, but who threw the ball into a lineout at this time?
Lately there has been a lot of support in modifying the club crest to include things that are happening right now. We would just like to add two supports to both sides of the escutcheon that is the present shield. We simply need the OK of 75% of the members and Paul Rohner's willingness to add to his tattoo. The new coat of arms would look something like this.
The fly swatters could of course be orientated upwards.
Thanks to Philip who painted the numbers on the lines for those players who get lost on the field but it must have tired him out as he did not play.
Referee: Paul Whaling*** an "international" referee from Rochester. Paul did a very good job; he knew what he wanted and was decisive about it. He might not come back again because of the following picture. There is something defective about this camera and I need a more expensive one.
Weather: A nice sunny evening (7:00 start) mid twenties.
Attendance: A nice evening and relatively well attended although there are a lot of other distractions this time of year. Martin Wolfe was not there and for the first time this year we won without him. Perhaps it was because of Frank Shulte (courageously coming to the game on his 10th wedding anniversary) who encouraged the boys but did not get on the field. Injured players Nick, Dean and Wally came out to support the side along with Elizabeth and some friends.
Thanks to Frank who did the BBQ and Dean who worked the bar.
And below is [insert name here] showing her Dad, Alex Millar, how you are supposed to run with the ball.
Team: 1. Nathan Rowbottom, 2. Brandan Sculland, 3. Jon Millington, 4. S.T. Cath, 5 Bob Mavro, 6. Martin Van Den Hurk, 7. Alex Millar (60), 8. Vic Blaney, 9. Derrick Weber, 10. Andy Breuls (60), 11. Trevor Trotman(40), 12. James Vinneau (40), 13. Martin Colyn, 14. Chris Short, 15. Nick Limeaux and thanks to three players pulled up from the farm club who played in the second half.
President's Report : Overall it was a good game played in good spirit which does not always happen between Hamilton and Grimsby. We have not played them for a couple of years and they obliged by coming to us. They had some fairly large players and we did not play the same level of aggressive defense we had last Tuesday against Niagara. The scoring was back and forth in the first half. Hamilton scored first after about 15 minutes of 10 man rugby. At about 20 min we caught a lineout in their end (not a sure thing this year) and drove the lineout until Nathan grounded the ball. Chris converted. Shortly afterward, Derrick picked up a ball from a ruck and found a gap (I missed it as I was chasing a ball in the bush). Again though we sat back and let the heavy runners from Hamilton do their work and they scored twice, converting one. Five minutes to the end of the half, Chris hit a penalty goal and we reduced the lead to four.
This is Nathan's try off a drive from a lineout.
Half time score: Grimsby 15: Hamilton 19.
In the second half, Hamilton introduced some younger subs and we got away with some runs in the center. Vic took a crash ball through the centers at our fourty and out ran everyone to score. Chris Hladrick ? later crashed center to score . One of these was converted. Hamilton seemed to less offence in the second half and at 80 minutes, Chris got a chance to hit a 40 meter penalty goal, which he slotted.
This is Vic's run through the centers in the first picture to score in the second. The rest of our team was sensibly conserving energy for the restart.
Final Score: Grimsby Gentlemen 30: Hamilton Hornets II 19
Scorers: Nathan Rowbottom 1 T (second game in a row) ; Derrick Weber 1 T; Vic Blaney 1 T (second game in a row); Chris Hadrick? 1 T Chris Short 2 C, 2 P
Coaches' Report: Well done Gentlemen. I suspect they thought it was going to be easier. Pictured is a dejected Hamilton side line. We did well on the scrums again and better in the lineouts. Some good kicking often got us out of trouble in the first half. Hamilton seemed to play a lot of 10 man rugby running with the ball into a ruck at every opportunity. We were slow covering the rucks, ball watching, not communicating and not attacking (taking away time and space). We put together better runs in the second half but I think Hamilton was weaker.
Coaches Man of the Match: A lot of honourable mentions, Webs, Vic and Chris. Chris's record in two games of kicking is 18 points (6/8 conversion goals and 2/3 penalty goals - he has both made and missed a 40 m penalty). The man of the match (consensus on the sideline) went to Nathan Rowbottom for his scrum work, and play around the field (hard tackles).
Hamilton's Man of the Match: Derrick Weber
Some Hamilton players felt we should be higher in our table than we are but I think the A1 teams are not as good as the B.
There is some question if I am a life member in Hamilton since I am on their web site as being one but no one has ever actually officially told me. Tom Edwards, Hamilton president, said he thought that if it was on the website then it must be true but he also thought I had played for Canada. So who knows.
It has been said that football (meaning soccer) is a gentlemen's game played by hooligans while rugby is a hooligan's game played by gentlemen. Thus we are the Grimsby Gentlemen and I am the president of the Grimsby Gentlemen Rugby Football Club for 2009,2010,2011,2012, 2013 and 2014 (nobody wants the job).