October-November 1996 Newsletter

December 29, 1996

October – November 1996
Web Page: www.oldgoldrugby.com
Old Gold RFC
PO Box 540225
Waltham, MA 02454-0225
Secretary -Doug DeMeritt

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  • Announcements
    Jonny May set to tie the knot. Congratulations Kerry & Jonny.

    Joseph “Jay” Bourgeois to get hitched. Congratulation Carolyn & Jay. The couple will spend their honeymoon installing hardwood floors in Waltham.

    Worcester – September 21st. The game started out well with Kenny's pregame speech fresh on everyone's mind. But Worcester played better this day. This was however, our best offensive day by scoring 26 points but Worcester, if I remember scored 27. The B side was a much better game and some of the highlights included Seth Roman jousting with “Grizzly”. But alas the B's suffered their first loss of the season.

    Portland – September 28th. To quote misters Hoy and Linehan from the Cayman Islands, “A better game but not a good game.” As we say Old Gold falls short again. On a sad note we lost Al McCarthy for a couple of weeks with a finger to his eye. The B side played well but late into the first half, Geoff Millerd dropped with a groin pull and Mike Rooney came into fly Half but alas the B's dropped another close one.

    The Mountain Man returneth. Jim Daylor ended his trek as naked man on Mount Katahdin on Tuesday, October 2nd and returned to work Wednesday. On Saturday a fuzzy faced redhead was waiting at Clifford Park at 11:00 am. Jim played the B game and went to Harp. Jim looked a little uncomfortable at the Harp as he was in a crowd of people. This was the last anyone has seen of Jim as he disappeared back to Braintree to try to readjust to civilized living.

    Harvard B's School – October 5th. The referee sucked as he was letting the illegal play of the B's School forwards go. Old Gold spent much of the game behind and trying to score. We tied it up with a try, and took the lead with the conversion, with very little time on the clock. As the B School was attacking in our end Jeff Campbell got the ball out of our try zone and as he was tackled he passed the ball to Jonny May. Jonny the took it up several yards and as he was tackled he squibbed it forward. I was the first to pick up the ball and rumble forward. As I ran, I noticed it was a two on two with Joe Connors and myself. Two of the speediest Old Gold players ever? Thank god Jeff Campbell followed the play and I was able to skip Joe to Jeff and watch him outrun everyone for 50 meters to score the try as the game ended. The B game this week was a blast from the past. Matt Greene in town for the week played second row with a Kris Kringle want to be Jim Daylor. The back line was Lawrence Losinsky to Geoff Millerd to Guy Holappa to Neil Herlocher. The B's basically spanked to future captains of industry all the way back to the Charles. In the end the game was called by the slaughter rule.

    Burlington – October 12th. Kenny was getting nervous at Thursday's practice when excuses for missing the weekend were being used and over used. As we drove up to Burlington to look at the foliage oh and play rugby against the 4th best team in Division II we were ready. With the weak numbers it was starting to look like the Batavia, NY trip all over again. As we were getting ready at the pitch our number was sixteen. We took to the field with a touch judge on the side lines. We played hard but Burlington was able to score but we fought back with a couple of penalty kicks. The half ended with Burlington holding a slight lead. As the half ended Trevor Roberts showed up giving us two subs. As the game ended Burlington had the victory but Old Gold played very well considering. The B game had Lawrence Losinsky and Timmy Day coming in with pretty the same players as the first half. The game was back and forth with Old Gold losing the marathon by the slightest of margins. When Old Gold finally left the pitch there was admiration from the foe for Old Gold's two and a half hours of rugby. The Iron Men on the day were: Props: Mark Maragnano and Jamie Donovan, Hooker: Jean-Marc Mausean, Second Rows: Ken Blanc and Tom McGuire, Flankers: Mike Rooney, Stan Tasker, Eight Man: Jason Vincent, Scrum Half's: Jonny May and Lawrence Losinsky, Fly Half: Doug DeMeritt, Center's: Jeff Campbell and Brian Lottridge, Wing's: Jason Capello, Timmy Day and Trevor Roberts and Fullback: Rene Vestergaard.

    Newport – October 19th. This was one of the worst weather days of the season with the gale force winds blowing from one try zone to the other. It was so bad, that there was no offensive advantage with the wind. Newport was able to score and take the early lead and press us for the rest of the game to win a close game. The B's side played just a well and we introduced Frank Blanc, Ken's older brother at second row. This game had a rash of injuries with Dave Brabeck separated shoulder, Rene Vestergaard bruised thigh. It was close but the preppies pulled out a close game.

    Schenectady – October 26th. The one that got away. Things looked good in the first few minutes when Old Gold newcomer Rob Thomas scored a try in the right hand corner. Score 5 to 0. The score was 8 to 0 after a penalty kick was made. At the end of the half the score was Old Gold 8 Reds 5. The second half went back and forth but for most the half Old Gold held the lead. Finally, deep in our own end a Schenectady player intercepted a pass and scored their go ahead try. As we battled back Rob T. scored his third try of the day in the far right hand corner, the conversion fell inches short. As the Reds were set to kick off the time ran down but Old Gold was to keep play going for about 2 to 3 minutes but in the end the ball was kicked out of bounds to end the game. The B side did their part to wash the bitter defeat from the day as the B side forwards completely dominated their Red counter parts as many forward tries were scored. Today brought the return to “Mr. Carolyn” Bourgeois to be, or Jay as he was once known. He even scored a try on the infield. Joseph played well but was a little rusty after his six month rugby sabbatical. In the end it was the B's with a convincing victory.

    Charles River – November 2nd. The A side got down early and never recovered as Charles River had their first win over Old Gold in a number of years. The B side was a chance for redemption by scoring often. The day was highlighted by David “Dennis Rodman” Sparks scoring his third try of the day and saluting the River side line with his back side. Cheers to the B side as they finished the season with a five hundred record, and some convincing wins.

    Remember we are playing the New York 7's Tournament on Saturday, November 30th. Call the hot-line for details

    Jason Vincent returns engaged. Congratulations Nicole & Jason.