Match Reports & Videos: 2018
RESULT North Shore 33–
October 20, 2018, 1:00pm @ 76 Miller St, Springfield, MA 01104
Referee's Official Match Report
This was a very exciting contest. The field had thick, long grass and lots of moisture on it, making for a slow track. Still, both teams managed to generate linebreaks or long runs starting with kicks. After a North Shore try, Springfield unleashed a dazzling barrage of power runs (especially by their beast prop Leon), cheeky kicks, and opportunism which spanned halftime and resulted in 31 unanswered points. North Shore then reestablished their presence by turning the scoreboard over again, and again, and again, led by their captain Jeb (13), who displayed deft soccer skills, dribbling the ball for what seemed like 50 meters with a Springfield defender in hot pursuit before getting the magical bounce into his grasp, allowing him to finish the move at pace with a brilliant try. Overtaking Springfield 33-31, North Shore hung on for what had seemed for 60+ minutes an unlikely win.
Referee: Mark Stepsis
Our Match Report
This past Saturday North Shore made the journey out to Springfield, MA to face off against Springfield RFC. The conditions were sloppy, with long wet grass, and areas of deep mud. This proved to be advantageous for Springfield, as their game plan consisted mostly of hard hitting crash balls from their forwards. Early in the match, North Shore was struggling with the slippery conditions, several knock-on's and penalties allowed Springfield to strike first, getting on the board 5-0 in the first 10 minutes. After recognizing this might be a battle of the forwards, the piggies took on the challenge, immediately answering back with multiple phases by the pack and a big run for a try by Conrad Bzura (5-7 in favor of North Shore).
From the 10th minute until the end of the first half, Springfield took over. Fierce counter rucking combined with North Shore's inability to hold on to the wet ball, resulted in 26 unanswered points from Springfield (31-7 in favor of Springfield - 50 minutes in).
At that point, North Shore's pride was on the line, instead of focusing on the score the goal was just to shift the momentum, and they did just that. First, a broken play turned into a 50+ meter try by Jeb converted by Tim. Next a retrieved kick-off by Tim put the boys in good field position, and allowed Jeb to sneak in for another (31-21 in favor of Springfield - 67 minutes in). Knowing there was still work to be done and 15 minutes left to play, the back line answered the call, spreading the ball wide to Tommy MacRae who scored another (converted by Tim). The momentum shift was VERY evident at this point, and the Red's had tunnel vision. Down 3 points with 5 minutes to play, there seemed to be no doubt in their minds. They marched down the field with confidence, and were able to score the go ahead try in the corner. And just like that, 26 unanswered points in the final 20 minutes. North Shore held onto their 2 point lead for the remaining 5 minutes and proved their unwavering resilience. (FINAL SCORE NS:33 SRFC: 31)
Men of the match:
(B-Side): Steve Felde
Shawn Nicklas - Hard hitting crashes all day, made a huge impact on the momentum swing.
Vinny Fitzpatrick - Maintaining ball possession and control within the pods.
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