After a bitter 5-5 draw on May 11th against Laval, the Montreal Barbarians Senior Men’s Team bounced back in extraordinary fashion this weekend with a 44-0 victory against the Braves de Trois-Rivieres claiming full points in a game that was marred once again by inclement weather in Dollard des Ormeaux.
The first 20 minutes of the first half saw both teams at a stalemate. The men had to contend with the strong wind in their faces and were being put under some pressure by the Braves in their own 22 but they held firm denying their opponents on multiple occasions. The deadlock was broken as finally the men led by rookie front row Scott Wilson were able to pound the ball across the line on two occasions before half time taking a 12-0 lead. Other significant highlights of the first half saw our new Scottish import Jackson Sim go for a flip over an opponent which caused great concern from Coach Ian “Jimmy” Salmon. Worried looks were painted over his face not for the well-being of his Scottish compatriot, but for the ugly truth that he was the only back sub available to replace Jackson. Thankfully, Jackson resumed play much to the relief of the team and especially Coach Jimmy who looked about as ready to play as a fat guy running a marathon.
With the wind at their backs, the second half was a breeze (no pun intended). Continuous territorial advantage, combined with excellent work by the forwards at the breakdowns saw for clean ball out to the backs who exploited many holes in their opponent’s back line scoring tries on all sides of the field. Typically in a one sided game, things became a little rough as rookie back row Michael Ugolini became familiar with several of the Braves players during the game. Nothing that Captain Chris Boky could not fix with a quick peck to the forehead of his young teammate. Other highlights in the second half included an amazing feat that has not been seen in several years of rugby at the Barbs as our very own Michael “2 Dollar Mein” Fiacco elected to pass the ball on several occasions resulting in a first ever try by rookie phenomenon and team pretty boy Phil Bourassa (who performed one of the worst “Shoot the Boot” displays ever seen at the bar post-match). When congratulated on the pass during the game, Fiacco humbly replied “I should have taken it in myself”.
The Bonehead Play of the Game (BPoG) went to Croatian/Serbian/Hungarian native Tsevtan “The Bulge” Petkov who with blistering pace ran around the defense, through several tackles only to drop the ball past the try line with nobody impeding his ability to touch the ball down. As is customary this year, the BPoG must sport a leopard print pyjama ensemble donated by Alberta’s own Russell “Dirty Dutch” Beaubien to be worn at the pub post game. For fear of insulting his proud heritage, Tsvetan declined wearing the garments presented to him by Captain Boky which resulted in a penalty consisting of a full round for the team. The penalties were not done yet as Scott Wilson declined the invitation to “Shoot the Boot” as is customary for those who scored their first try with the club due to “work commitments”. Rest assured he has promised to fulfill this sacred rite of passage and more after the next encounter on Saturday June 1st when the Senior Men Barbs travel for an afternoon clash in St Jean sur Richelieu to take on the Barracudas