RESULT North Shore 29–Freedom 18
November 14, 2015, 1:00pm @ GEAA Field, 663 Summer St, Lynn, MA 01905
Referee's Official Match Report
Cool crisp and windy fall day. Match played on the mostly dirt with some grass GEAA Field in Lynn.
North Shore opened the scoring with a converted try. Freedom replied with a penalty kick to close out the scoring and leave North Shore 7-3 up.
Freedom opened the scoring in the second half with two tries, converting one before North Shore replied with a converted try of their own to pull within one.
North Shore added an unconverted try to move ahead 19-15. Freedom on a penalty advantage just inside the North Shore 22m slotted over a drop kick to pull within one with twelve minutes remaining.
However, North Shore finished the scoring by adding two unconverted tries to finish the scoring and walk off the pitch 29-18 winners.
Good game played well within the spirit of the laws. Credit to Captains Tim (North Shore) and Josh (Freedom) along with the coaches for an enjoyable match and entertaining for all the spectators.
Referee: Don Jennings
Our Match Report
Boys in Red sought out yet again this past Saturday to revenge an abysmal match a month ago against Freedom RFC, this time on the majestic pitch we call GE Field. North Shore was able to strike first in the opening 10 minutes. A penalty for NS on Freedom's 5 meter line only awoken the NS pack's appetite. Opting for a successful scrum lead to James "Sully" Sullivan sticking it in for the converted try. The next twenty minutes were dominated by Freedom in terms of field position, a stout NS defense only allowed Freedom to come away with a penalty conversion, a true testament to NS's commitment to tackling. Despite NS losing both Sully and Jeb to injury (allowing R2 to come into the game at 9), NS was able to take a 7-3 lead into halftime.
The Reds were really looking to come out and seize control of the game in the first half, but no dice. Freedom was able to score two tries in the first ten minutes to make the score 15-7 and shit looked grim for NS. True enough, we were able to stick with it and keep pressing forward. A converted try from North Shore's goofy #8 lead to a 15-14 score. Again, there was an opportunity for NS to piss away the game, but the Reds stayed the course. Finally being able to get a hold on field position, a well organized line of Diego, CJ, and NS's lanky #8 inside of Freedom's 22 allowed for an unconverted try, 19-15. Despite NS taking control of the scoreboard, Freedom responded by grasping field position yet again, which allowed for a 22 + meter drop goal from an impressive angle, 19-18 NS. With only fifteen minutes remaining we were just trying to lock down the fort and keep them out of our try zone, but sometimes a good defense is a good offense. A nice display of passing and handling from all positions on the pitch set up Tommy MacRae to do his thing on the wing and dance his way in for a try. But a key missed conversion meant that the game was not quite in NS's hand, 24-18 with 7 minutes remaining. Subsequently Hartigan found himself with the ball in hand in the middle of field just inside NS territory. He was able to get a boot on the ball that landed with a big bounce on Freedom's 22 that Nick Messier was able to chase down and corral. The whole Reds team were able to rush ahead to support, and after a few more phases, Tommy MacRae was able to score yet again on the left sideline with two minutes left to clinch the game for the Reds with a 29-18 score.
Probably our best match of the season and the most exciting, it was an appropriately long grind of a game that felt about three hours long, but obviously very rewarding. R2 took home the duck for some clutch scrum-half play, but there were key contributions all around and everyone should feel proud of how we played on Saturday. It is unfortunate that the great team performance we put out there came in the last game of the season, but I think it is a very important win to build off of and satisfying enough to keep us horny for improvement in the offseason. It's been an absolute pleasure captaining you boys alongside Hartigan this past season, and I appreciate the personal commitment and sacrifice each of you put into this team.
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