The Weekend in Review - Game Updates
The Clan AC took to the field against defending champions St. Albert. The Clan had a real opportunity to send a message to the other AC squads by knocking over a strong St Alberta side, but squandered the chance, going down 34-26.
Assured by a strong first half win, the Clan entered halftime 18-8 up and full of confidence. Unfortunately, the Clan side that came out after half time was a completely different side. After a plethora of handling errors and poor decisions, St. Albert managed to catch up and then pass the Clan with 10 minutes to go. A late try closed the gap but it wasn't enough in the end.
Best for the Clan was Sean Murphy who was a constant threat at the breakdown, as well Aaron Westbrook in his first cap for the AC side.
Overall, the Clan should be bitterly disappointed in missing a golden opportunity and now its path to the playoffs have narrowed even further.
This past Saturday, August 12th - while most Edmontonians were enjoying the 30 degree heat with a beer at Folk Fest or the Cari-West Parade - the mighty2s battled the Grande Prairie Centaurs at Airways in an E2 which featured two teams each with multi-game winning streaks on the line.
Neither team conceded very much on the day and wide passing was made difficult by a strong southerly cross wind. The 2s couldn’t convert on some good early field position, allowing Grande Prairie to go up 5-0 after a couple of errant Clan tackling attempts. Arnold Yu responded shortly thereafter by corralling a loose ball at the side of a ruck and scoring from 20m out. Andrew "kirky" Kirkendall converted to give the mighty2s a 7-5 lead.
Down 10-7 at the half, and knowing we hadn’t played even close to our best rugby, the message from captain Tom “alright okes” Stubbs was to keep tackling hard and being patient on offence. A creative running try from nickname icon Edwin “starboy” Munyoro got the 2s to within 3 points.
The Centaurs scored again to go up 22-12 but the Clan persisted with Spencer "6 plates-a-side" De Klerk dotting down in the corner thanks to an impressive display of front row skill by Dan Preteau and Aiden Vandenberg. Down the stretch, unforced handling errors cost the home team and the final whistle went with Grande Prairie winning 22-17.
Up next is Parkland at 7pm on Friday August 18th at Ellerslie.