The Weekend in Review - Game Updates
This past weekend, Clansmen and Clanswomen have been busy on the pitch, sweating hard and battling through the first matches of a so much awaited 2017 season.
Let’s take a closer look at each division, and their performance on the field!
First game of the new season saw the Clan up against the defending provincial champions St. Albert. After 4 months of indoor training and a couple good weeks on the field, the lads were ready and up for the challenge. A brave effort wasn’t quite enough as the Clan went down 37-31. A couple of unfortunate bounces and bad decisions summed up the first half and saw the Clan down 27-6 at halftime. The introduction of Tom Stubbs, Jeff Oudyk and Colbey Franko into the forwards was the catalyst for an almighty comeback. All three players added some steel and fire into our forwards, laying the platform for Conor Pullin, KC Idoko and Mike Adibe to cross over for 5 pointers. The latter scoring twice and kicking 6 goals for a personal tally of 26 points. Other players worthy of noting were Bray Melnychuk playing at 9, and Lorenzo Marini who joined the club this week from Milan, Italy and put in a solid 80 minute shift at Tighthead Prop.
The Clan E2 side followed its win over the Parkland Sharks last week with a tough outing against perennial E2 powerhouse Leduc in Leduc. Our opening kick off didn’t go 10 which symbolized the day. The Seconds couldn’t string more than a few phases together, though when they did they looked the better side in the first half. With everything going wrong that could go wrong, the Clan went down 0-56. They will be better and stronger the next time they take the field - and probably fitter too after coach Dibden runs the heck out of them at training!
The mighty Clan E3 side let go of a golden opportunity to draw first blood for the Clan over St. Albert on Friday night. Leading 26-12 with 10 mins to go, the E3 went down 26-33 against a St Albert side featuring some regular AC players. The Clan dominated most of the match in all facets of play, but a lack of concentration at key moments proved costly. The lads were bitterly disappointed with the result, and even more determined to put in a performance worthy of the team’s playing ability the next time they take the field. Noteworthy contributions came from Jake Peake who looked dangerous with the ball in hand, Jahvon Laing who channeled his inner Usain Boult by scoring 2 runaway tries in quick succession, and Ryan Rayburn who added stability and composure to the back of the scrum. "Take the positives, learn from the negatives."
The City Champions are back on the field with lots of energy and enthusiasm to run for another successful season. On Saturday, 13th May they played against the women’s division of St. Albert at their home ground and came out strong scoring first, although they came back with a few tries of their own. The Clanswomen were unlucky to have a couple of tries called back, but they eventually clawed their way back to within one try. On the last play, they scored on the blind side to tie it up, and the game ended on a 22-22 final score. Player of the game was Nicole Shaver.