Grimsby Gentlemen 2 tries: Misfits 5 or 6 (forgot to count)
Venue: Friday evening at Alway Field, k.o. at 6:50
Referee: Again Ian Stewart (our personal referee)
Weather: very nice spring evening a bit coolish with a gusty breeze from the south.
Sponsors: Brand new shirts thanks to Adan and to all the sponsors who paid for them.(We have all kinds of logos like a professional bike team.)
|fist game with new shirts (Adam is missing)|
Access Canada Equipment:
Aqua Flow Plumbing
Physiotherapy @ Cruise Chiropractic
Vital Link Wellness Center:
Steamwhistle Brewery (donated kegs)
Attendance: In spite of the international aspect of the game we do not think we hit our goal of 500 fans but then no one actually counted.
|Paul Rohner (original), Jim Van Roon (original player), Tony Evans (original coach), Wayne Scobie (original player)|
|J. Greig Inglis (former coach) and Alex Millar (former player)|
Team: 1. Ross Matheson, 2. Brendan Sculland (50 min), 3. Jon Millington (65 min), 4 also 3. Nick Lord (50 min), 5. Jeremy Young, 6 also 8, Erick Alvardo, 7. Drew Redford (40 min), 8 also 5. Mark Woodgate,
9. Nick Lemieux, 10. Derrick Weber, 11(actually 22). James Vinneau (40 min), 12 and 7. Vic Blaney, 13 and 15. Cameron Ruys (first game with Grimsby - he is the one with the Irish accent)(65 min), 14. Duncan Earl, 15. Austin March (65 min), 16 Brendan Nytschyk (back again after a year off) (30 min), 17. Bob Mavro (65 min), 18. Stefan Johnson (first game with Grimsby)(40 min) , 19. T. J. Cole (50 min), 20. Martin Van Der Hurk (40 min), 21(actually 11). Sam McGee 22. Tony Evans
The Misfits: are a touring side composed of several teams from the Philadelphia area. They arrived at the club around 4:15 and started to practice from 4:30 to 6:00 before the game (I remember when we never ran on tour). They were youngish and much fitter than the Philadelphia Irish we played two years ago. They did have their problems at the border though because the Canadian border guards said they were too drunk and the bus too messy to cross at 1 a.m Friday morning. They had to repair to a restaurant, clean the bus, drink coffee for an hour or so to try to recross. Even then they were interviewed and one of them was not allowed to cross because of two DWIs. (One might think they might like to have him in the country as a tourist especially when he is on a bus and not driving) This whole process probably sobered them up enough to get enough sleep and be ready for us. (They did not look as chirpy in Burlington the next day.)
The Misfits were ready and aggressive and caught us off balance from the start. They kicked a short kick off and recovered ball back and after a few cycles scored near the posts (2 min). On our kick off they brought it back hard, finding gaps in our defence and picking up yardage. They chip kicked in our end and a good cover run by Duncan was spoiled by a missed grounding in-goal and led to the second score. Philadelphia continued to run at us and by 20 min had their third try of the night. However after that we seemed to get back in the game with some hard tackling and hitting and they no longer had their own way. Just before half time some quick plays in their end (after penalties) led to Vic putting the ball down for Grimsby. The conversion was missed.
The bruising hitting by both teams continued into the second half and Philly scored again. However from a scrum in their 22, a nice dummy switch left Derrick on a break and great offload to Nick Lemieux on a good support run led to a try between the posts. Conversion by Cameron (his first points for Grimsby). I did not keep good notes but The Misfits continued on to score at least a couple more tries but most spectators said we did very well against a large physical team that could move the ball well.
I happened to go to see them play Burlington III in Burlington (and I retrieved our game ball). It was a lot like our game except with the wide field the Misfits had more space. They also scored on the opening kickoff and eventually won 61 to 7.
Vic did a great job organizing, cutting and cooking for the social. He also organized several games which including downing syrup and mustard. In my day we only drank and sang. As mentioned Brandon sponsored their team for beer and food and they were good guests and did not stay a long time (Alex suggested they go to the Canadian strippers - so they did) .Thanks to Jon and Jeremy for working behind the bar.
They chose Erick Alvardo as man of the match for his spirit in taking on the big boys.
|Mark, lifted by Jon and Ross, had another great day in the lineout.|
|A little bit of scrum violence in a bucolic farmland setting.|
For those interested:
In general play, players are considered off side if they are in front of a team-mate who is carrying the ball or in front of a player who last played the ball. Those players are temporarily out of the game and are liable to sanction if they move forward towards the ball and this includes the in-goal. Law 11.1 states that a player can be offside in the in-goal. I asked several referees about this interpretation and they agreed.