Match Reports & Videos: 2019
RESULT North Shore 1–
May 11–12, 2019 @ Fort Adams State Park, 84 Fort Adams Dr, Newport, RI 02840
Referee's Official Match Report
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Our Match Report
This past weekend the North Shore Reds ventured to the scenic, seaside city of Newport, RI to compete in the annual NERFU Cup Tournament. Heading into the Saturday the Red's were feeling confident that they would be playing for some hardware come Sunday. North Shore opened the tournament against a familiar Old Gold side on Saturday, the opening minutes proved to be the only highlights of this match. The Red's skipped the morning coffee and were sluggish, and did not play fundamentally sound rugby in the opening match. Losing by 4 points, the road to the championship was short lived.
Heading into the afternoon match, North Shore knew they had to right the ship. Playing for a trip to the consolation final, the Reds lined up against Springfield and made sure to leave no doubt who the better team was. A robust defensive showing led to Springfield only being able to cross the line once, while North Shore was able to get over the whitewash 3 times, all converted off the boot of Tim Wilkinson. A dominant 40 minutes to secure a Sunday game for hardware.
Sunday, the Red's were due to face off against New London. The Red's were hurting for numbers come Sunday morning, picking up a few key injuries on Saturday and people having to get back home. Those 15 men who put on their boots, on a cold and rainy Sunday morning played some of the most inspired rugby that I have seen or been apart of in a long time. A rag tag line up, no subs, and fueled mostly on the beer from the night before the Red's were able to not only give New London a respectable game, but managed to dictate the game for the majority of the match. New heads Chips (young John) and Mike came in on the wings, Luis and Hank made starts in the front row with Vinny and were able to absolutely manhandle the starting New London scrum. Jeb slid in from outside to fill in at 10, while CJ and Dan Paige did up their hair and made there way to centers. Converting from the pack to the back line allowed for CJ an Dan Paige to stretch out the legs and get into space, scoring the two tries for North Shore on the day, one of which was converted by Tim. Add in a converted penalty kick in the driving wind, North Shore had a 15-14 lead in the final minute, when a penalty was called against the Red's while trying to kill out the clock. New London was able to take the quick tap penalty and as time expired were able to cross the line and score the game winning try. Converted, final score 21-15. The Red's played with unyielding commitment, from the kick off to the final whistle. Not much for moral victories in defeat, but the intestinal fortitude shown by this team on Sunday morning was absolutely brilliant. To a man, the Red's battled every minute on Sunday, and were a minute away from full-time and a 1 point victory over New London's starting line up, with a full compliment of subs.