The Weekend in Review - Game Updates
Last weekend, all the senior teams won on the pitch. What a great show for the Clan! Let's take a closer look at the performances on the field for each squad.
The Clan AC side faced off against the Calgary Irish, in a must win contest to keep the lads playoff dreams alive.
After a high scoring 80 minutes of play, the Clan came out on top winning 54-36, which was a great turnaround after coming up short against the Irish last season.
The lads opened the game up with a very strong first half scoring 5 tries from the always handy Mike Adibe, Conor Pullin and Connor Botha. The most notable try was setup after a great line break from Elias Mawa, who managed to recreate a Dillyn Leyds offload to Sean Murphy for an easy finish.
Closing out the first 40 33-12 for the Clan, even after being yellow carded for 10 minutes.
After a poor kickoff reception error and a following 22 meter drop offside, the Clan conceded an early try, opening the floodgates for the Irish in the second half.
Watching their playoff dreams slip away, down 36-33 with 10 minutes to go, the boys decided to take control of their season again. Scoring 3 tries in 8 minutes, simultaneously ending the Irish’s comeback and Team Manager Steve Saunders’ heart attack.
Man of the match was Sean Murphy from his great tackling and disruption at the breakdown. Other notable performances from Elias Mawa, Jack Ramsay and Dan Preteau who got their first starts with the AC squad.
The AC squad looks ahead now to August 26th, when they take on the top of the league Nor’Westers in another must win scenario to keep their playoff push going.
Ellerslie park witnessed a Clan takeover on Friday night, August 18th with both the 2s and 3s kicking off at 7pm on side-by-side fields.
The super2s played the somewhat-paradoxically-named Parkland Sharks (makes as much sense as the Oceanside Zebras, or something). The 2s jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead thanks to tries from Milan Mrdjenovich and Gerry “Scots can’t jump” Langford, both of whom finished with 2 tries in the match. Parkland started to string together some good phases and responded with 2 tries of their own to even things up at 14.
The 2s started to take the momentum back towards the end of the 1st half in large part because of a strong set piece and reliable decision making in the backs. The front-row of Captain serious Kal “Hall Pass” Souleiman, David “Lift It (and I’m not just talking about my shoes)” McLenaghan, and Bryan “Hot Pot” De Leon, led the way in neutralizing a hefty Sharks pack.
Seb Lackey scored the 5th try by a super2s forward on the evening and it looked like the backs were going to get shut out until flyhalf Andrew Kirkendall broke through from 50m to complete the Gordie Howe quad (a fight, a try, a convert, and a penalty).
The final score was Clan 36 Sharks 17. Overall, it was a quality win against a good Sharks side; setting us up with a chance to possibly jump into a playoff spot with a win against the NorWesters next weekend.
The Leprechaun/Tiger RFC went into our Third Div game on Friday night with aspirations of spouting tales of victory and triumph to anyone foolish enough to listen, and thoughts of thwarting our playoffs hopes were in the air. However, their tales about the Tiger's might and the brilliance of the Leprechaun were utterly dismantled by our squad of Macho Men, who mounted a stingy defence and presented an outside attack that could not be caught.
The game started with a Birthday Party with cake and a frantic drive to the pitch... and just 10 minutes into the game, we were already ahead by 14!
Somebody probably did something awesome... twice! A young Jason Rodriguez vaulting over not 2, not 4, but SEVEN LT defenders to score in the corner, then promptly turning to drop kick the concert from the sideline...
From that auspicious start, our (oddly talented) back line, lead by Justin Law and newly minted 3rd div player Chris Thompson (fresh off his retirement) really took over, running rampant through gaps and across open plains, setting up both Conor Pulin and Mike Adibe for try after try. Both Adibe and Pulin performed adequately in their first 3rd Div caps of the year and both are welcome back should we have numbers issues again.
Forward of the match had to be split between two men and could be used as an ad campaign against age discrimination.
Big Ol' Chris Forbes was equally good at getting up and under the LTs' bellies to drive off their rucks as he was at getting under their skin to drive off their composure.
And Luis Groot showed that one player can, in fact, be everywhere at the same time.
Back of the match would have to be Chris Thompson for being a 10, both on the pitch and off. His hard running and sweet sweet lines set up the rest of the pitch for our guys to run on.
With our 47-12 victory we have clinched our playoff spot, redefining the Leprechaun/Tigers to more of a "Pixie/Pussycats" sort of role.