The Weekend in Review - Game Updates
A weekend of games away from home for the Clan resulting in a couple of good wins and a very entertaining game for the women's side. Read on to get to know more about the Clan's performances on the field!
The AC side this week travelled to Calgary in search of its first win of the season against a Saints side that nearly tipped up the unbeaten Hornets the week before.
On a hot Alberta day, the Clan's job became even tougher after Lenny Ksiondyzna received a highly contentious red card after 5 mins, reducing the Clan to 14 men for 75 minutes. Capitalizing on the numerical advantage, the Saints rushed out to a 17-0 lead and the signs for the Clan looked ominous. The Clan, with their backs against the wall, turned to the senior players of the squad - Jack Howarth, Conor Pullin, Connor Milligan and Mike Adibe who grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck ripping the ascendancy and eventually the lead away from the Saints. After trading tries each side of the break, the Clan eventually pulled away from the Saints courtesy of Conor Pullin's outstanding ability to break the line and Mike Adibe extreme pace, each scoring 3 tries.
This match was won 55 - 38 by the strength of the players character to overcome such adversity, the desire to work hard for their team mates and the belief in one another.
Standouts for the Clan include the aforementioned players as well as halfback Connor Botha (yes another Connor) who was a constant threat with the ball, provided our backs with clean service from the ruck and wasn't afraid to mess up his hair do and clean out a ruck or two. In the forwards, Cole Merkosky put in a massive 80 minutes in trying conditions - scrumming well, carrying hard and even chipped in with a brilliant try saving tackle on the 5m line. Tom Stubbs showed just how valuable a player he is to the Clan by playing 75 minutes as Flanker/Winger with distinction - literally packing down in the scrum then running out to the wing once the ball was back in play.
Lastly, the Clan would like to wish Johnny Guilmore a fast recovery from the broken neck he suffered during the match and we hope to see him on the field again soon.
We all know that "where there's smoke, there's fire".
And there was no exception to the rule when the Smokin' Thirds took to the pitch in Leduc on Saturday and blazed out a game for the ages.
A strong line up in both the backs and the forwards was made all the more potent with a solid run-through on Thursday. These guys came together to light it up like a gasoline laden bonfire at 17 year old's bush party.
Speaking of 17 year-olds... we can all blame young Luis Groot for initiating the blaze as he ran in his first of 2 tries before I had even had the time to finish filling out the game sheet. In fact, we had a strong showing from all of our young new arsons, as Jason Rodriguez and Tim Moore were also major factors around the pitch. In fact, Tim's work had secured himself the Man-O-tha-Match once again and continues to play hard nose rugby despite the fact that he has the hair and build of a grade 7 schoolgirl.
Adding fuel to the inferno was the glorious return of Justin Law and Dan Oliver who slashed through defenders as though they were sitting down (which most times they were, as most of Leduc had played in the 2nd div game prior to our kickoff...).
Strong communication, great lines, and an ability to bring the rest of the squad up to a new level of play were the elements that were most felt by these two true-blue beauties.
All in all, we, as a group, were able to use our training and game plan more effectively than we have ever before. Support was there. Possession and phase play was there. And the big-ol' 81-5 win on the game sheet came from it.
On Saturday the 22nd, the Clanswomen division 2 team travelled to Leduc to take on the L.A. Crude to take on their women.
Already travelling with low numbers, the Clanswomen suffered a loss when Anna Berthiaume dislocated her thumb during the warm-up. We wish her a speedy recovery and can't wait to see her back on the field.
The ladies came out strong scoring first off of some exceptional back play.
For most of the first half, the Clanswomen kept pressure on the Crude, and - just when it appeared the Clan were going to take control - disaster struck. During a fluke tackle, Avalon Barrett and Simone Bain clashed heads leaving Simone with a concussion and Avalon with a wound requiring 14 stitches (both are expected to return to play quickly). This left the Clanswomen with 13 players on the field for the 2nd half.
Despite being down 2 players for 40 minutes, the ladies forged on keeping the Crude out of the in-goal for 20 minutes. Eventually, the 2 player disadvantage was too much for the Clanswomen to fight through, and the Crude managed to score twice. Even still, the ladies fought back and managed to finish the game with the last try. The match ended 24 - 17 for the L.A. Crude.
Special recognition goes out to Kara Haslam who played a tough 80 minutes, switching positions as needed. When the Clan called on her, she answered every time.
Next up is a double header against the LT’s for the div 2 and premier women.