First game of our fourtieth season and our new shirts have one win in them.
Venue: Alway Field (at our almost finished change rooms)
|Alway Field (lost ball's view)|
|Anyone wishing to copy our change room colour scheme: Coastal Path with Burnt Ember Accents|
Referee: Peter Ragell (all the way from Markham) - good job Peter
Weather: cooler than expected with a damp field
Sponsors: Thanks Steamwhistle and Milli
Attendance: A small mob (very small) but enthused to be out watching rugby again. And there was one gentlemen who was upset that the 2015 season schedule was up on the website and not the 2016. As president of the club I was personally shocked that such a thing could happen - usually the website is at least three years behind.(It is a good thing as it looks like the schedule will change again)
Team: 1. Ross Matheson (60 min) 2. Brandan Vorstenbosch(I think), 3. Jon Millington (60 min), 4.Dirk Reichow (40 min)5. Vic Blaney (55 min), 6. Chris Atkinson (40 min), 7. Dean Crozier (Kiwi I)l, 8. Adam Meehan (55 min) , 9. Nick Lemieux (80 min but tried to shorten it), 10. Jake D"Achille (C) 11.(disguised as 22)James Vienneau (40 min) 12.Will George 13. Ian Singleton (brought up from the Niagara farm club for this game), 14. Brad Vorsetnbosch?? 15. Cam Ruys 16. Ryan Cooms(40 min), 17 Stephan Johnson(40 min), 18 Layton Hipfner(40 min), 19 Dan Figgs(40 min) and 20. Martin Van Der Hurk (40 min). Stop thinking of men in the shower.
|Ian, Ryan, Layton, Dan and Stephan (thanks guys)|
Half time score Grimsby Gentlemen 0 : Etobicoke Invictus 10
The second half (against the wind) was a different game (said the astonished referee) but we had some secret Niagara weapons. The half started with a kick off (no change there) but we put them under pressure and within 5 minutes Vic has scored in the corner in front of the fans (This has been recently changed due to T.V. replay and Vic offloaded to Dean who actually scored). This seemed to get us going as our scrum was providing good ball and we were wining our lineouts) and at about 10 minutes Jake takes a loop pass and scores in the other corner in front of the dead trees. Cam (who was annoyed at the first kick) slots the two points from a fair distance out.The nice thing about our field is that you are never too far from the posts. That kick put us in the lead for the first time and two minutes later, Cam boots a 35 m penalty and we take off. A few misunderstandings between certain players of the teams (possibly language difficulties) leads to Etobicoke making a counter kick from their end zone right up the middle to Cam who was not to be denied as he ran through much of their team (It took him six games to score last year). He kicked his own conversion.
At this point my concentration kind of gets lost and stuff happenes so Ryan Cooms scores in the corner at about 25 minutes and Dan Figgs scores at about 30. Cam converts both and they were not easy kicks.
So far Cam 16 : Etobicoke 10. With a couple of minutes to go Etobicoke are within 5 meters and we are lazy and end giving up a penalty try (I think it was Cam) Cam 16: Etobicoke 17.
Good game by a number of people considering it was the first in awhile and there were a lot of players who had not played together in awhile. Chris has not played in a number of years, Dean came back from New Zealand to play for us, Will took a year off playing for some other team and Brad has been working on his boxing technique for a couple. Welcome back we missed you all. .
|Dean (Kiwi I)|
|Returnees Brad (Snake Jr): and Will (Sassy) - As James II mentioned you have to learn the name of the players and their nicknames.|
Cam was chosen man of the match - well done even if you did hit an upright from behind the goal.
|There was a suggest that these signs were "ghetto" but I consider them simple, cheap and not pretentious|
|a little of the action|
|pre game meeting to admire the changerooms led by new captain Jake D'Achille|
(for the last time stop thinking of naked men)
Breaking news: We may be changing leagues so keep tuned in.