Woke up to the grassy areas covered with snow…so that definitely meant it was time for rugby . The sad part was the snow was all melted by gametime…
It was a doubleheader as the Cleveland Iron Maidens took on the local Lady HIghlanders in the opening match .
It was a hard fought battle with Cleveland coming out the victor . But as my memory serves me when these two play each other both sides play very good defense . And that was the case this time as well . So just a simple breakdown could mean the other team scoring. And that happened . And Cleveland scored twice…maybe 3 times…but I always say the players need to know the rules so they can be a better player…well I learned something new…if a player scores a try and while doing so the opposition is called for a high tackle…there is no attempt at the 2 point conversion and the scoring team is awarded a 7 point try….Anyway the lady Highlanders got better as the game wore on and had some long runs that would be stymied by penalties or being forced into touch
That is something I dont quite understand….running the ball so close to the sidelines…watching the elite teams I always see them cutting back towards the inside to keep play moving along.Just an observation
Second match saw the men take the field as the Highlanders hosted the Toledo Celtic rugby football club…My eyes are aging…and no matter how many times I tried counting the players for Toledo…I always lost track…but I am pretty sure they did not have a full squad…at least one player shy .
This was a hard hitting battle…players lifting opponents off the ground and flipping them…yellow cards awarded….but the Highlanders scored first and while I was there they scored more often than Toledo did . I left with about 20 minutes left in the game so I really do not know who won . But if I was a gambling man…and I am not…I would have put my money on the black and red…they were younger quicker and faster . And they seemed to get along with their teammates better ….seemed to me the Toledo team had some personality conflicts
I had a good time…to me that is what counts…oh…and no serious injuries…that too.
Be well…here are some images from the day