May 14, 2016 (Home Opener) Games

The CrudeWest started off there season May 24. With high hopes this season. The CrudeWest were hosting there own home opener. Unfortunately it was at the Nor’Westers field. I did not catch the game so cannot report much on it. But was passed on this report:
CrudeWest vs. St. Albert ERU Div. 1 Ladies Season Opener
-Courtney Abel (Wing) opened scoring in the first half
-Jessica Irvine (Full Back) second try in the first half
-Mel Hofstetter (Flank) scored third try off a quick tap from a penalty
-In the second half we took a scrum in place of our penalty on the 5 meter line and drove it in for our 8 man – Ashley Holtz to score
-Grace Box scored the final try in the last 5 minutes of the game
We lost by two kicks 29-25, but were able to get one bonus point.
First senior starts for Rhea Thomas (scrum half) and Alanna Grant (wing) and first game for Adrianna Chong who subbed on for Sarah Farley who had to come off for an injury in the middle of the second half.
Prepping for our next double header May 28. EW1 vs. Clan at Clan 2:00pm and EW2 vs. Rockers at ERP 12:30pm
Third Division:
The “Black Aces” got the home opener for the men going on a hot and sunny day. Down at the Harry Sanders Rugby Park for the LA Crudes 36th season. As field crews scrambled to get things in order, and the usual pre-game chaos incurred. The Crude took to the field against a antsy Edmonton Pirates team. The Pirates going through some rough times recently, having to drop one of their two teams due to lack of numbers. Not good for rugby in Edmonton. (Our founder the living legend that is Harry Sanders was once a dreaded Pirate, and left them to start the LA Crude.)
Kickoff happened just after two and saw the visitors applying early pressure, scoring just couple minutes in. The Crude having filled in some roster spots with double duty players due to lack of numbers themselves, regroup and shake off the early tally and storm down the field. Setting up a ruck where prop Conrad Chapman finds himself some open space and the big man picks, rumbles down where he scores his first try. Convert is missed. As the first quarter winds down the Pirates grind in another try and  sees them up 14-5.Second quarter was all Crude, unfortunately they were unable to find the endzone despite having all territory and most of the possession. In fact, the Pirates against the run of play scamper and score leaving it 21-5 at half. But the Crude spirits were up high as they just had the defending city champs hemmed in their end for entire quarter. After the kickoff to start second half it was clear that bounces were not going the Crudes way. Having worked hard but only to be let down by a simple handing error. The Pirates on this day were capitalizing at many of the chances. Dotting down a few more tries before Crude hit back with two of their own. First by Connor Sher who sliced through what seemed to be the whole team before legging it 50+ meters. Luke Baker also tallied. Both converts were missed. Pirates out in front comfortable 35-15. As the third quarter was coming to a close, Crude always battling hard and putting body on the line for one another, sees young Teddy Carr fly into a contact to help with a tackle. Unfortunately, Teddy came out on the wrong side and was knocked out. With ambulance on scene and scary times we remind ourselves of what a high impact sport rugby can be. Rest and heal up Teddy. With the gloom of the accident, action started on the second pitch. Chris Line punches in a late try but Crude cannot muster a comeback. Pirates hold on to a 57-20 victory. Good game Pirates. Next Game for the Black Aces May 28 vs Druids.
Second Division:
The last game of the home opener sees Grande Prairie Centaurs making the long travel down to the fortress. Leduc and Grande Prairie have had a lot of great battles on the field in previous years. Today however the Crude we firing on all cylinders. Right from the kickoff, 2 minutes in Fijian flyer Siti Coko playing at scrum half for this one uses his speed off a scrum and rounds the corner. Out paces a couple defenders and the supporting runners to dot down under the posts. Chris Line with the kicking duties in this one makes his lone conversion of the day. Crude up 7-0 early. Crude still ramping up the pressure and running great support lines sees them running away with this one early. Tries from Luke Baker, Trevor Macaulay, and Brian “Cracker” Collins first try sealed the first half with Crude comfortably ahead 22-0. Second half starts much similar to the first half. Crude pressing hard on defense and contesting well at the breakdown. Causing turnovers where they would spin ball from side to side across the field. Trying to find the gaps in the stiff but tiring Centaurs defense. GP cannot stand the pressure and the result is Coko breaking away for couple more tally’s (four more tries in the half to be exact) Richard Pretorious, Brian Collins and Rob Ryby see themselves on the receiving end of great support play from the Crude back row of Dane McKinney, Luke Baker and the scrawny Joe Cockram (making his first appearance this season after a Asian holiday) and add to the lead. GP fighting hard all game and rewarded with 20 points in the second half on some hard nosed rugby and couple fortunate bounces. Game closes out Final score LA Crude 69 GP Centaurs 21. Post game, cold beers, cold burgers and great times were had. Luke Baker receiving Man of the Match Honors in this one. Boat race was not much of a race as it saw the Crude crush the beer and lap GP. Thanks to GP for the hard game. Next Game is June 4 vs Edmonton Clansmen.
Lineup: (Forwards) Shawn Thornewell, Mike Griko, Jon Bolton, Chris Line, Richard Pretorious, Dane McKinney, Joe Cockram, Luke Baker, (Backs) Siti Coko, Trevor Macaulay, Brian Collins, Rob Ryby, Dylan Pretty, Connor Sher, Mike Topping. Subs getting on field: Gordie Thompson, Ian Norman, Phil Elliot, Keegan Edwards
Coming Up:
Rugbyfest is this upcoming weekend. No explanation needed here. It is the biggest local tournament with the best social parties. This year the LA Crude Sevens team will be entered in the Elite tournament again. Last year we fell just short in the Cup finals against a good Calgary Saints team. This year the team seems focused on taking home the title. Action starts Friday night down at Ellerslie Rugby Park and ends Sunday with the highlight game being Alberta Selects Vs Ontario Blues. (Alberta has current Crude sevens player Eric Lopatinsky in the line up.) I encourage all people to come down and watch this game as it sure to be a great start to the notorious OTS party! Play Safe everyone.
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