“The will to conquer is the first condition of victory.” -Ferdinand Foch-

October 8, 2008

On a chilly but clear October afternoon, the men donning black and gold ventured north and engaged an enemy all too familiar to them…. the Burlington Rugby Club. Big in the pack and shifty in the backs, old gold stared down another difficult opponent and having tasted all but fall season defeats since October 2006, it may’ve looked like another endless uphill struggle. But, with some aggressive demeanor and lion-like ferocity, Old Gold battered the opponent and came away 24-20 victors.… a win that was long in the making and was ever so sweet. Standing on the sidelines I was fortunate enough to see in full view the grand playing that took place this day and am able to highlight a few instances for those of us who couldn’t make the trek: Packplay was a force. A normally dominant Burlington pack was back-pedalled and spun all day by our scrum, and our lineouts were almost perfect. Thumbs up here go to newcomer Ben Dexter who jumped like a wily vet and gave the scrum some much needed fire. Also, needing no introduction, is openside flanker Reid ‘the Berlin Wall’ Eichelberger, who just about crushed every ball carrier on the opposition and did it with a smile. Great stuff guys! The backs too played fantastic… . not being a back I often miss some of the finer points of the skinny man gameplan, but there were a few guys who need mention: Zach Glynn played his ass off at the fullback position and was a constant threat to bust one wide open…. also praise is def. in order for MOTM Teddy

Ohnemus, who making his OG debut, touched down two tries, one of which was a great intercepted pass that got lost in the Burlington backline. All in all, a great match where our guys never gave up. In the B side affair we came out a bit on the short side when the final whistle blew, but rest assured, we are stacked and well able to roll out some hotly contested sides… a far cry from years past. First nod goes to MOTM Garrett Temkiewicz, who at 125 lbs (maybe) orchestrated some fine backline play at flyhalf and never once backed down from a charging prop or second rower…. the kid has iron clankers. Also in the B side match deserving of Kudos was Travis True… kid made his debut at hooker and never once backed down or away… this is against opponents who’ve been playing since Travis was about 3 years old. Excellent stuff. Let’s carry this great win into next weeks opponent and keep the momentum rolling. And while I have everyones attention, big round of applause to new proud ‘Papa’ Greg Murphy and his wife Tara. Mackenzie Tina Murphy came onto the scene last night at around 7:00pm and word has mom and baby doing well. Beatty