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Write ups May 2009


2009-05-30

Fight the good fight…

It wasn’t a question of if it would happen, merely a question of when. As any long standing Wanderer could tell you, it was inevitable that any game against Parc O would ultimately resort to fisticuffs.

So it didn’t come as a shock when last Saturday’s game took an early turn for the worst. It was a hard fought game, both with fists and actual rugby but the Wanderers again managed to eke out a win on the field towards the end of the game. Other than a bunch of punch ups and few cards here and there, there isn’t much to say. I will however mention a little about Matt Barazin. He took a few cheap shots from the Parc O players and after a little scuffle was carded and sent to the bin. Rather than let it get the best of him, it contributed to the best of him. Barry played like a man possessed (See Nemy’s great pictures for photographic evidence). He pretty much took the ball on many occasions and rammed it down their throats. Despite the steam coming from his ears he was able to maintain a certain level of composure, which helped greatly in the win. Well done sir.

While this was arguably our easiest game scheduled for the summer, it was both hard fought and eye opening. Giving the Wanderers a good gauge of what needs to happen in order to be competitive this year in the Premier league.

We’re away at TMR next weekend.

Honourable mentions:

1. Matt Kerr for breaking his cherry and getting his first yellow card.

2. Adam Sommer for kicking…and well.
hahahahahahaha Hooker kick
3. Nemy for again providing us with some great photos of the game.

4. Steve Chow. Despite being the oldest guy on our team, he’s still a shifty bastard.

5. Girls


2009-05-30


Wanderers Seconds Go Down in Home Opene
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The Montreal Wanderers Reserves stuttered to a 20-8 loss to Parc Olympique in a match that saw them struggle to execute their game plan.

There was a lot of greatness in the rough exhibited on the field, and as Sam pointed out, the Wanderers played hard until the last whistle. However, a lack of consistency haunted the men in (baby) blue. Defence was very solid, which was nice to see, but Parc O capitalized on their advantage in size to score their three tries through their front five forwards.

After the second half, the team began to gel some more, and the razzle-dazzle offence got going, though it didn’t find any points. However, in a moment of subtle brilliance, Lawrence poached a wayward line-out throw, cut around three players and scored a try, to add to the home team’s previous penalty.

Two big practices this week along with another home match, this time against cross-town rivals TMR, should help the boys find their stride.

Good to see:

– The sidelines were packed with Wanderers (and associates) of the past, present and future, including the irrepressible Tom Smith. Tommy, self-aware of his cliché, but spot-on, encouragement, was there in full force to ensure that we “drove our legs” and “stepped on the gas pedal”, among others.

– Lawrence continues to be a whirlwind of confusion, hard hitting and mystery. He showed up late, got decked out in new kit (whose source remains unknown), tackled everything in sight, scored a try, grabbed the jerseys, turned down an opportunity to sub for the A’s and shuffled off.

– The entire back line, complete with average age of 19.1 years, Olympic-caliber speed, Krazy Glue™ hands and ethno-linguistic backgrounds that span the globe. We expect many great things from these boys as the season goes on.

– Marty: stalwart, encouraging, hard as fuck and able to put in a flawless performance despite being twice the age of some of his teammates.

Man of the match: Lawrence Di Pilato. See above.

The scorers:

Try: L. Di Pilato

Pen: A. D’Angelo

Cards: none


2009-05-11

Wanderers first Mini-Tour a success!

This past weekend, the Wanderers embarked on our very first Mini-Tour weekend to Sherbrooke to play a season opener friendly match against the Abénakis. The weather was awful, but we managed a win despite not having practiced together as a team yet.

Some great play was seen on the field, notably by Choi (Steve Chow) and Hoots, which brings a lot of hope for the upcoming season. Not to be forgotten, Dex showed some great talent with some inspired running. Roche, the man with the hands stole a considerable mount of line-outs, giving the Wanderers some much needed ball possession. Javier also had a number of great runs setting up the team for some good second and third phase ball. All in all we played a fun match with every guy out there contributing something to a well deserved win.

The Sherbrooke Abénakis proved to be great hosts showing us a fun time at their bar. Their Bar serves very inexpensive bottles, which was a great idea at the time, however after mixing rye, vodka, rum and Jack, it may have been the downfall for many. Such as newly anointed Wanderer, Ed “Spoony” Nielsen (See Matt Kerr for more details) who might still be recovering from Saturday night.

Let’s have a big showing in 2 weeks when we return the favour and host the Abénakis here in Montreal on the 23rd of May.


2009-05-23

Luckiest damn try ever!

Another great run with the Sherbrooke Abénakis, this time it was our turn to host them here in Montreal. It turned out to be a beautiful day at the Douglas, our first home game of the year. The sun was out, the pitch was in great shape and even the surliest of us were eager to get out and hit somebody.

The seconds played a tough game against the Sherbrooke B’s. (For game details see Spanky “Twig” Roberts) I’m not sure of the outcome but I do remember some great play by some new faces. The twins had some great runs out there as did a kid whose name escapes me, Dan maybe? We were calling him Eddie Munster on the sidelines for obvious reasons, but damn he was a shifty runner. David Andrelli at 9 showed a lot of promise. And new comer Pat on the wing showed some real grit putting his body on the line by stopping many opposing runner as well as making some nice runs himself. Jonny Yu, seriously one of the toughest guys out there each week, was all fists within about 30 seconds of stepping on the field. Was glad to see that Spoony was man enough to return after his “incident” in Sherbrooke, he even brought along his own private cheerleader, complete with ‘Mrs. Spoony’  outfit. I use the term “Man enough” very loosely here, as after the game, Spoony was seen sitting on Charlotte’s lap, having his hair gently caressed while she cleaned food stains off his face and whispered reassuring encouragements in his ear.

The next game was a real nail-biter. The Wanderers started off roaring, scoring tries early in the game, but as per usual, our collective fitness started waning towards the end of the first half, giving the Abénakis a chance to get back into the game. With a lot of back and forth play and some very questionable math by the official, the game was getting much closer. Down by 5, the Abénakis drove us right to our end zone and with a carefully orchestrated penalty play, they were able to punch through a try and convert the kick. With a minute to go, the Wanderers had very little chance to come back, but as we got the ball back and marched up the field we were presented with an opportunity, a penalty kick from the right side of the field. We could hear the Ref’s timer beeping, we knew this was our only chance. Hoots lined up his kick. Nobody on either side of the field was moving. Rob finally shouts out that the ball is live off the posts. Hoots winds up, kicks, it looked good. Everyone was watching the ball when, ‘clank!’, it hits the post, and bounces back into the field. Gideon rushed the ball and with a final dash and dive over the line scores the game winning try and saved our asses.

Luckiest damn try ever!

After the game we were received well by Bar des Rapides who set a great BBQ and provided both teams with free hamburgers and hot dogs which was set up by T-Bone McGruber as his first official act as Secretary of Social Events. I can honestly say we haven’t hosted a team so well in a long, long time. Well done.

Honourable Mentions:

1. Mrs. Spoony (“Why yes, I do like both candies and delights…why do you ask?”)

2. Gideon and Josh.

3. Barry, Max, Dex, Hoots and Brockwell, for giving us some hope.

4. Steve Chow for being the consummate go-to guy.

5. And lastly, Spanky for the years of trying so god-damned hard and finally seeing some payoff.


2009-05-30

Fight the good fight…

It wasn’t a question of if it would happen, merely a question of when. As any long standing Wanderer could tell you, it was inevitable that any game against Parc O would ultimately resort to fisticuffs.

So it didn’t come as a shock when last Saturday’s game took an early turn for the worst. It was a hard fought game, both with fists and actual rugby but the Wanderers again managed to eke out a win on the field towards the end of the game. Other than a bunch of punch ups and few cards here and there, there isn’t much to say. I will however mention a little about Matt Barazin. He took a few cheap shots from the Parc O players and after a little scuffle was carded and sent to the bin. Rather than let it get the best of him, it contributed to the best of him. Barry played like a man possessed (See Nemy’s great pictures for photographic evidence). He pretty much took the ball on many occasions and rammed it down their throats. Despite the steam coming from his ears he was able to maintain a certain level of composure, which helped greatly in the win. Well done sir.

While this was arguably our easiest game scheduled for the summer, it was both hard fought and eye opening. Giving the Wanderers a good gauge of what needs to happen in order to be competitive this year in the Premier league.

We’re away at TMR next weekend.

Honourable mentions:

1. Matt Kerr for breaking his cherry and getting his first yellow card.

2. Adam Sommer for kicking…and well.

3. Nemy for again providing us with some great photos of the game.

4. Steve Chow. Despite being the oldest guy on our team, he’s still a shifty bastard.

5. Girls


2009-05-30


Wanderers Seconds Go Down in Home Opener

The Montreal Wanderers Reserves stuttered to a 20-8 loss to Parc Olympique in a match that saw them struggle to execute their game plan.

There was a lot of greatness in the rough exhibited on the field, and as Sam pointed out, the Wanderers played hard until the last whistle. However, a lack of consistency haunted the men in (baby) blue. Defence was very solid, which was nice to see, but Parc O capitalized on their advantage in size to score their three tries through their front five forwards.

After the second half, the team began to gel some more, and the razzle-dazzle offence got going, though it didn’t find any points. However, in a moment of subtle brilliance, Lawrence poached a wayward line-out throw, cut around three players and scored a try, to add to the home team’s previous penalty.

Two big practices this week along with another home match, this time against cross-town rivals TMR, should help the boys find their stride.

Good to see:

– The sidelines were packed with Wanderers (and associates) of the past, present and future, including the irrepressible Tom Smith. Tommy, self-aware of his cliché, but spot-on, encouragement, was there in full force to ensure that we “drove our legs” and “stepped on the gas pedal”, among others.

– Lawrence continues to be a whirlwind of confusion, hard hitting and mystery. He showed up late, got decked out in new kit (whose source remains unknown), tackled everything in sight, scored a try, grabbed the jerseys, turned down an opportunity to sub for the A’s and shuffled off.

– The entire back line, complete with average age of 19.1 years, Olympic-caliber speed, Krazy Glue™ hands and ethno-linguistic backgrounds that span the globe. We expect many great things from these boys as the season goes on.

– Marty: stalwart, encouraging, hard as fuck and able to put in a flawless performance despite being twice the age of some of his teammates.

Man of the match: Lawrence Di Pilato. See above.

The scorers:

Try: L. Di Pilato

Pen: A. D’Angelo

Cards: none

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