defeated Hartford 10-7 in their first match of the day Saturday. Old Gold arrived en masse on Saturday morning to attack the Hartford Wanderers. Making selections the morning of the game, Old Gold put together a force, including Stewart (aka â€œIrishStewâ€) and his band of merry wingers (or wankers). 25 minute halves were prescribed for the initial rounds of the tourney and Old Gold came out swinging. After several changes of possession, great ball movement from the pack through the line allowed Filipe Saafi plenty of time (and room) to hit Stewart with a pass around half field. Irishstew did the rest of the work and found the try zone over 50 meters later. Old Gold retained the ball quite well but once lost one of the their key new players for the remainder of the weekend as John Beatty went out with a nasty shoulder injury. Hartford managed to sneak into the try zone to tie the game 7- 7, but Old Gold answered quickly with a penalty kick from IrishStew from a very difficult angle marking the score at 10-7. Cold weather marked a sloppy second
half, but Old Gold continued to play great defense. Hartford's backline was ineffective and Old Gold's pack continued to dominate. Great hitting by Sam Berry, Sisi and Masi Konggaika, and Filipe Saafi were enough to get potential opponents gathered around the field. Arturo Bravo Neuvo excelled in his role as scrum half again, commanding and directing what appeared to be one the most effective packs around. Of note in this game were the significant amount of penalties towards the end of the game that kept Hartford challenging. Without those penalties Old Gold potentially could have put more points on the board. Great game by all! Photos are available in the media section! Read on about games vs. Burlington and Newport!