~I'll have a Steamwhistle, best brew created.
~Just got back from our Easter tour to Philadelphia.
~Nothin' says religious holiday like a rugby tour.
~Easter Saturday is a Rugby Day.
~I stayed at home and ate chocolates shaped like rugby balls and drank Steamwhistle. Can you get Steamwhistle in Philadelphia?
~I didn't see any.
~Pity. How did the game go?
~It was exhibition so we didn't keep score.
~That bad eh. Americans really shouldn't play rugby
~Why not? They're good at it. Big boys. They say if America took rugby seriously, they would be the best in the world.
~And they would add commercials, time outs and coach's challenges and the games would last forever.They should stick to football, baseball and basketball Leave rugby alone, you don't have to concentrate for so long.
~We had a few guest players from Coborg, Oshawa and Stoney Creek and a bunch of younger players from Grimsby and brought everyone back. The Northeast Philadelphia Irish just kinda out-muscled us and were a lot more aggressive. Martin Colyn, one of our younger players, got man of the match for his hard running.
~I wonder if that big shot Irishman ever drop kicked a rugby ball?
~Ah! Ya heard it before.
~ Ya well its old, besides I heard he was Kenyian.
~ Well they're good rugby players, especially at Sevens. Did you see anything of Philadelphia?
~We stayed in a suburb but were surrounded by fast moving highways. The Irish put us on a bus to go to some pubs in downtown Philadelphia.
~That was nice of them.
~Ya, It was actually the wildest ride I have ever been on starting a pub crawl.. I lost the bus eventually and had a long taxi ride back.
~Did you have a Philly Cheesesteak?
~No missed that but I devoured a piece of mac and cheese pizza which was amazing and very filling.
~If you say so.
~The Irish were great hosts and even gave us tee shirts even though we are now a footall club.
~How long was the trip?
~It took about 9 hours from Niagara Falls because we ran into a traffic accident in New York State. Went 20 miles in about two hours. The guys from Oshawa and Coborg had an even longer trip as they left a couple of hours earlier. The best play of the whole weekend was Bob's outmaneuvering hundreds of cars at the border by slipping through a duty free and onto the Rainbow Bridge access.
~Smooth move, need another smooth beer?
~ You bet, a Steamwhistle. Hey, I did notice that Greece lost 13 to 11 to Finland in Athens which dropped them three positions from 96 to 99 on the IRB World Rankings. In spite of the loss, Greece is still a little ahead in of Finland in rating points. Finland is the last country ranked..
~That's why democracy and not rugby was invented in Greece, they're talkers. Here's your Steamer.
~Thanks, I have a quote from Victor Cahn about American Rugby:
Cahn originally wrote this as part of a larger article called The Joy of Being Part of a Team which appeared in The New York Times in June 1973. Cahn was writing about the play The Changing Room by English novelist and playright David Storey.
Also from the actor Richard Harris:
“It belongs to the heart, not the head. Something to be embraced, or spurned – there can be no middle ground. There are those who stare blank-faced when I talk of rugby but others instantly understand my breathless enthusiasm and stomach-churning anxiety. We are the lucky ones.”
"Lucky Ones" Tour Team:
1. Nick Lord; 2. Brendan Sculland (40 min); 3. Tim Millar; 4. Jeremy Young; 5. Bob Mavro; 6 Dan McIssac (Oshawa); 7. Dean Crozier; 8. Adam Godfrey; 9. Derrick Weber; 10. Jason Haynes (Creek)11. Brandon Nytuschuk; 12. Alex Roy (Cobourg) 13. Martin Colyn; 14. Randy Jordan (Creek); 15. Gord Lee (Cobourg); 16 Brad Vorstenbosch(40 min); 17 Simon Vanellis (touch judge)
Scorers: Derrick Weber 1 T +2 C
some one else 1 T