First game at around 10:30 was against Oxy Old Boys. I believe they beat us last year in a close game; this year was different. We scored a lot and often. Jeremy Kemp had two tries, Alex Carlson had two tries, Grant Reynolds and Howie Chadbourne had a try, and I think Jeff Davidson bulled one over.
Second game was against the host club, Los Angeles. They came out hungry and put two tries on the board early. Our defense held steady after that and we scored a long breakaway Sweeney to Chris Kemp and had momentum after that. Time was against us we lost by a try. In any event was an excellent game and Back Bay played very well on the day.
We had the annual after match ceremony in which team awards were given. Award recipients were:
Tackle of the day – George Watson. Not for just one tackle but multiple hard hits. During the LA match the even the ref was going “ooh” “ah” on multiple hits by George.
Try of the day – Chris Kemp. recurring theme here – Sweeney makes initial break then offloads to Chris Kemp so he can unleash the speed and run 50 meters. Happened last year and again this year.
Most tries on the day – Alex Carlson. Our “pick up” player formerly of the old breed and now a BBRFC man. He played flanker (he usually hooks) and supported all day and had two nice runs for tries. There were others as well, but Alex scored his tries in a new position.
Most valuable forward – Grant Reynolds. Grant played his usual all around great game, scoring tries, forcing turnovers, and maintaining possession. Had a momentary lapse of reason when he put the boots to a LA player for hands in the ruck, but he quickly realized he was in an old boys game.
Most valuable back – Chris Oullette. Chris played scrumhalf in both games and did an outstanding job of getting the ball out and quickly transferring the ball in loose play. For a guys who doesn’t play #9, you would not have known it.
Forward Razzie (blunder) of the day – Jeff Davidson. Jeff earned this award on the field but not during our game. He and others played very well on the day and we really didn’t have any bloopers or blunders. However, there was a man seen streaking across the field in a g string and wig. Not sure who it was but Jeff wasn’t on the side line during the streak; just sayin.
Back Razzie of the day – Jeremy Kemp. Again, we played well and not many mistakes occurred on the field. However, Jeremy got a yellow card for some reason, (not sure why) but he could be the first Mormon ever to get a yellow card in an old boys match. Well done Jeremy.
The Catalina Award – Howie Chadbourne. Our guest player who came all the way from Maine and played hooker. He played well, didn’t lose a single lineout, and scored. He was also inspirational to the team since he does all this while being 62 years young. Thank you Howie.
For those of you who missed it, it was a lot of fun.
Stay tuned as we get ready for Sharkapalooza on Aug 20th. Details to follow.