Monday, August 5, 2019

Fergus at home

Grimsby Gentlemen 36: Fergus Highland 21

Venue: The fields of Alway Park in  Grimsby

Weather:Nice night for an evening game (start at 7:15) about 24 degrees.

Referee: A special appearance by Bob Mavrothalassitis straight off the plane from Cuba where he up graded his Spanish because we are used to spanish speaking referees)

Bob is in blue (good job)
Attendance: Once again somewhere between 20 and 600.

special guests Chris Roden and Nigel Thorne from Hamilton checking out the new patio fence
Caddy enjoying the game with his friends


1) Chris Atkinson (77 min), (2) Tuan Vo (60 min), (3) Jon Millington (77 min), (4) Ryan Montgomery (77 min - 17 at prop), (5) Kyle Wilson (47 min) (6) John Frasier (40 min), (7) Dean Crozier (77 min) , (8) Adam Mehan (77 min), (9) Joe Faint (40 min)  10) Glenn Butler (a surprise) (30 min at 10 and 47 at 13) , (11) Josh Thompson (47 min), (12) Will George (C) (77 min), (13) Sean Fraser (30 min: injured), 14) Joe Sanders (77 min) , 15) Laughlin Hill (77 min), 16)  Martin Van Den Hurk (37 min at lock), 17)(wearing 22) Nick Lemieux (30 min at wing (injured),,18) Jake d'Achille (37 min at 10), 19: Derrick Weber (10 min at 10 and 37 at flanker) ,20) Dan Prentice-Chowen (37 min) listed at the start of the game as unavailable because of tattoos but came on in the second half because he could and doesn't like watching.
We missed Brendan and Nick Lord as they were working.
We got Glenn Butler our Canadian under 20 player (he is playing sevens for the Canadian Mis-fits i in Utah (this is a kind of warm up) on the long weekend. Glenn was home from RMC this weekend and wanted to play but our game was on Thursday and that was his grandmother's birthday (Happy Birthday Grandma) and he could not make it.  However if you eat fast you can get to the game.  Dan (our leading scorer who was listed as unavailable at the start of the game because of tattoos) went home and got his cleats so he could play with Glenn again.
Glann (sic) bulling his wan through the Highlanders
The Good, the Bad and the Rugby

It is a good thing we had all these players because they came out strong for a team that had not really won a game (they got 5 points from us because they claimed a game that we could not play due to a shift in start time due to no referee.  Other wise they have one bonus point for scoring 4 tries in one game and another bonus point for coming close in a game.)  Probably an influx of first teamers so I don't feel bad about our slightly improved team.

We started as usual by handicapping ourselves as Fergus scored at about 10 minutes but we tied it up with a try by Tuan Vo after a blocked kidk by Joe Faint.  The convert was by Glenn.  Fergus then scored  converted tries at about 25 minutes and again at 30 minutes. However we did manage to spring Glenn (or he sprung himself) for a long run along the sideline to touch down and convert himself.just before the half.

Half time score Grimsby Gentlemen 14: Fergus Highland 21

In the second half Fergus continued to play strong and we tended to be sloppy by knocking on passes and letting the Highlanders pull the ball out of our hands.  But they did not score again in the game and we did.
At about 60 minutes Dan scored with Glenn converting and at about 65 minutes someone scored but Glenn missed the extra  At 70 minutes Jake touched down and Glenn converted.  Then at 75 minutes Glenn pushed across a penalty kick and at 77 minutes the game was called because of an ambulance on the field and darkness. The Fergus player did not break his collar bone but did separate his shoulder.

Final Score Grimsby Gentlemen 36: Fergus Highland 21

Tuan scoring after a blocked punt by Joe

This is almost a catch by Jon

"Everyone take your own" dance step

Trends: We continue to be down at the half, we haven't got a yellow in three games but we kicked 8 balls into the bushes this week (four were found the next day in a 10 meter radius ).. Overall though it is entertaining and fun rugby. We seem to play well even though their coach keeps calling the 1:3:3:1 set up the 9:3:3:1 when everyone knows that 9:3:3:1 is the phenotypic ratio of the F2 generation for a dihybrid cross in Mendelian genetics.

Thanks to Erin for cooking the pea meal and making the salads. 

We get this weekend off and then the long weekend and we play Hamilton in a rearranged game from May on August 10th. 

The picture below is of Grimsby Gentlemen Glenn Butler and Dan Prentice-Chowen holding the winners trophy at the North american 7s Invitational in Salt Lake City Utah on August 3rd. They went through the tournament undefeated playing for the Canadian Misfits

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Oh no. I forgot to keep my camera  hidden again

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