Sunday, June 16, 2013

Week II Grimsby Gentlemen 34: Burlington Centaurs 5

June 8.2013 k.o. 12:30

Venue: Alway Field

Weather:  Another great day for rugby

Attendance:  I have been told I am not good at estimating (I probably have been told that around a million times), so I guess there were hundreds of fans there and Andy who came late as no one told him the time change. 

Sonosor: Steamwhistle Brewery

Team:   1. Jeremy Young, 2. Brendan Sculland, 3. Jon Millington 4. Dirk Reichow, 5. Colin Comfort (40 min -injured), 6. Brendan Nytschyk, 7. Bob Mavro (1 min- no that is not a mistake- injured), 8.  Kyle Wilson 9. Nick Limeaux 10. Derrick Weber,  11. James Vinneau 12. Vic Blaney, 13.Jake D'Achille 14. Ryan Llwellyn  15. Alex Millar  16. Martin Van Den Hurk (70 min at flanker) 17. Adam Amirault (40 min at lock)

We were a little worried that Burlington would stack their team (as they have done in the past) but basically sent a third fifteen which we usually can defeat.  

Congratulations to Jake D'Achille our 17 year old high school player who scored a try in his first game with the men today.  Ryan Llwellyn scored his first try with the Gentlemen. Also to Adam Amirault who is not a high school student but played his first game ever at lock. I will get pictures later.

For the  second game in a row, our backs have been able to find gaps and run through the opposition.  Martin was losing his molars and could not play so Webs went to fly half and Nick played a blinder at scrum half, attacking forward and finding space.  Martin Van Den Hurk who came late and expected the last 20 minutes went on for Bob who put a tooth through his lip in the kickoff. Martin did a great job at lock and jumper (first time in a long time)

Martin jumping in a lineout. 

Vic scored an early try, Jake scored his fairly quickly after with Ryan following.  

Vic scoring

Jake on his way to touching down under the posts

Ryan in the endzone

The tackling in the backs was also good and we forced turnovers one of which Vic returned into the endzone only to knock it on while grounding it.  Actually it looks like he knocked it backwards but unfortunately the referee did not go to the TMO (which is me) to ask for advice - but no try given- and a 22 awarded to the other team not our 5m scrum.
This is Vic showing how not to place a ball. between the posts.

Vic made up for it soon after with a great run and an off load to Kyle who scored under the posts. 

The first half ended with a lot of pressure by Burlington on our line but we managed to hold them out with strong defensive skills (and luck). 

Halftime score:  Grimsby Gentlemen 24: Burlington Centaurs 0

The second half was slower with our forwards losing a little and Burlington doing better.  Against the run of play though a kick by Burlington was not covered (we were down a winger) and a couple of fly hacks allowed them to score.  After that we continued to keep the ball in their end mainly and Vic made up for his botched score by ending up in the end  zone with the ball twice more. 

Final:  Grimsby Gentlemen 34: Burlington Centaurs 5

Scoring:  Vic Blaney 3 T. Jake D'Achille 1 T, Ryan Llewellyn 1 T, Kyle Wilson 1 T, Derrick Weber 2 C.

Not enough Burlinton stayed to have a man of the match rite but Jake D'Achille got the ca\ptain"s award for his rookie try.

Come back later as I should be able to add some of Jennifer's pictures (have not got them yet)

Next game June 22 away to Norfolk Harvesters who play at Hellyer Memorial Park in Waterford.

Ran into Bob Hepburn at the Ireland game.  Bob was Grimsby's first ever president and one of its first players when the club started as a junior team in 1977 (he confirms) which began in the basement of Derrick Harries.  Bob became president when the club became a senior men's team a few years later. He was only in his early twenties then.







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