Match Reports & Videos: 2018
RESULT North Shore 1–Opponents 1
May 5–6, 2018 @ Fort Adams State Park, 84 Fort Adams Dr, Newport, RI 02840
Referee's Official Match Report
No report on record.
Our Match Report
The highly anticipated NERFU cup tournament took place this past weekend at the beautiful Fort Adams state park in Newport, RI. The red's, coming off of physical battle the previous week against Providence RFC, were fired up to find out that the first game of the tournament would be a re-match. With the abbreviated game format of 20 minute halves, the red's knew that they would need to come out of the gates with a strong pace, and they were able to do just that, scoring a breakaway try to put them ahead in the opening minutes. Shortly after the first try, the reds were able to find more space on the outside with a great all around team try. The run started off with Mahoney breaking gain line and offloading the ball to Jeb along the touch line, running out of space on the outside he floated a pass back inside to Ben, who then got another pass of to Chris who scored between the sticks. Going into half the reds were up 7-12. The second half was a bit more of a back and forth battle, as Providence started to find their stride. However, the Red's were able to weather the storm, by adding a couple more tries to the scoreline. One notable play came off of a well-placed clearance kick down field from Mahoney to relieve some pressure, the ball was ran down by Shawn Nicklas who immediately tackled a Providence player into touch about 5-meters out from their try line. This resulted in a North Shore line-out, which was punched in for a try. The play turned out to be a huge momentum swing late in a very close game. At the final whistle the reds walked away with a win, final score 21-24.
The next game was slated for 2:00, which gave the boys a couple of hours to rest up, to get ready for Portland. This would be another spring season re-match, as the Red's defeated Portland earlier in the season in an exciting comeback in the Manning Bowl. The red's knew that the game was going to be a very physical battle, and Portland was looking to redeem themselves. The game started off with the Red's on there heels, with some relentless defense in their half of the field. Showing some unbelievable tackling, and defensive tactics, the red's had a 10-15 minute goal line stand. Unfortunately Portland was able to punch one in for a try, but North Shore remained confident in their game plan. After a yellow card was issued to North Shore the boys had to step their game up even more, playing a man down for 5-minutes, which felt like an eternity. Just before the half, Portland looked to spread the ball wide to capitalize on the man advantage, however Chris F. anticipated a skip pass, and came up with a huge interception, which was run back about 70 meters for a try. The second half showed more of the same, huge defensive plays were had by everyone on the field, unfortunately once again the Red's drew another yellow card due to a repeat off-sides offense. So the boys were shorthanded once again, and remained in control letting up only one try playing a man down. Despite some seemingly very one-sided refereeing, throughout the game, the reds forced several turnovers in the breakdown, and showed incredible heart and determination with their tackling. It was a tough loss to swallow at the time, but a great battle that everyone involved should be proud of. A very close and hard hitting affair ended in favor of Portland 12-7.
Overall this tournament was a huge success for North Shore. Going into the tournament missing 5 players from our usual starting 15, the coaches had to get creative, and did a great job putting players in the correct places. Also a huge shout-out to all of the rookies who attended - Mike "Saturday" Sunde, Dan Paige, Brendan Logue, and Chris Felde, and the guys who came in and played out of position - Hartigan, Mahoney, and Ben. This weekend once again proved that this team has legitimate depth, and can adapt to late changes, and win games.