A SEMI-FACTUAL ACCOUNT OF MIRFC’s JOURNEY TO THE WEST ISLAND IN ATTEMPT TO WIN RUGBY GAMES. (Please read with humor in mind)
Montréal, Québec, Canada, 9:00am: 80 of the fiercest, best-looking and most athletic rugby players board a bus destined for the far off place known as St. Anne-De-Bellevue. Little known fact, “St. Annes” – as they call it – is both the birthplace of Canadian-born Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as well as the world record holder for the city in which the most pictures of a male child named Declan were ever taken.
Montréal, Québec, Canada, 9:10am: Conor O’Hara stumbles out of Hurley’s just in time to get on the bus. Conor looks to have slept at Hurley’s – it’s the most sleep he’s had since Tuesday night.
Lasalle, Québec, Canada, 9:25am: Cristyn declares that she has all the gear and will be giving it out free of charge. She declares herself a modern-day Robin Hood, a less hairy Che. She exits the bus and decides to run the rest of the way to St. Annes because that’s what the “people” would do. Most are confused. Juice declares that he hasn’t worn a shirt in over month – and he sure as hell isn’t going to wear one now, no matter how good the gear looks. Rob Law looks at him with knowing eyes.
Beaconsfield, Québec, Canada, 9:45am: some of the veteran women and men begin discussing past games against Beaconsfield. Tim Ross and Erin B. recount 70-yard tries that they scored in 2006. Larissa says that the young generation has “no respect for the game of rugby”. Not paying attention, the young players continue to post selfies to Instragram and to Snap-Chat each other pictures of their genitals.
Baie D’Urfé, Québec, Canada, 955am: Caroline Fitzpatrick laughs. Marion Desaunettes laughs. Caroline Fitzpatrick laughs. Marion Desaunettes laughs. Caroline Fitzpatrick laughs. Marion Desaunettes laughs. Caroline Fitzpatrick and Marion Desaunettes laugh together. Most are still confused.
St. Annes, Québec, Canada, 10:30am: the women begin their warm up. It’s hot. Cathy McKee declares that she’s about ready for a wee pint.
St. Annes, Québec, Canada, 11:30am: the women kick off against SABRFC.
St. Annes, Québec, Canada, 11:33am: LeeAnna gets hit right in the chicklets. She personifies MIRFC rugby – tough on the field and a fierce partier. Get better soon.
St Annes, Québec, Canada, 1:00pm: the game being over and won by SABRFC, the women regroup and take pride in that they’re getting better. They’re closing the gap and soon enough they’ll be there.
St Annes, Québec, Canada, 1:00pm: the mighty thirds take the field. The ref insists that Juice put a shirt on. This young thirds team is getting better with every game and every practice. The game is tough; a close contest. The young and talented MIRFC 9 sets the pace and the boys play a solid game. The day is getting ever hotter and both teams are feeling it. With only a minute left and our MIRFC heroes down by less than a try, the boys make a break and look to be in position to score. Unfortunately, the SABRFC defense makes the stop and the ref blows the whistle to signal the end of the struggle and a close win by SABRFC with a lead of 5 points.
St Annes, Québec, Canada, 3:00pm: the MIRFC seconds take the field. It’s hotter than hell, but the boys are ready. O’Kill looks like he wants to O’Kill somebody; Chuck looks set on a big game; Timmy Y (more on him later) looks poised and in control; Courtney looks like he’s ready to break a few long runs. The game starts and it’s some real high-level rugby. The ref (an SABRFC-er) is managing a solid game and has total control; she’s clearly played high-level rugby. Both teams are playing class rugby. Timmy Y (more on him later), Chuck and Conor are forming a great backbone to the attack. Mercier is a man possessed in the scrum and in the loose. Guillaume is all over the place. The boys take a good lead and look to be in control. Following some tactical subs for the MIRFC, SABRFC starts to mount an attacking platform and look ready to reply. They do. The score is now within a try. After some back and forth, our MIRFC heroes are relieved to hear the final whistle and take home a tough victory over a strong side. Final score 19-15
St Annes, Québec, Canada, 4:30pm: it’s now the men’s firsts turn to take the field. The lads come out flying, Jamie and Josh making breaks and releasing the speedy Acker, Pelletier, Toffa and Jones (he’s Welsh, go figure…). A beauty try follows by Pelletier on the outside. SABRFC are up to the task and they reply with a well-executed driving line-out for a try. Both teams are playing well, recycling ball in the forwards and getting the ball to the outside. The MIRFC forward are up to the task, the front row of Alex, Dan, Jimmy and James are throwing their weight around everywhere. The line-out is also firing with Dr. Brock securing solid ball and Dan going perfect on his throws. It is worth noting the strength of the SABRFC line-out, which as well executed and difficult to defend. The Irish, wanting to take control, entrust the ball to their dynamic backrow hookup of Edouard and Kaleb; they promptly put a couple of tries on the board. Of course, all these players are bring quietly assisted by the incomparable PL who is literally everywhere on the field. Being behind by a few tries seems to spark SABRFC and they mount some effective attacks and bring the score within three points. Feeling the pressure, MIRFC – and new subs Freddy and Tim Y (more on him later) – come in and help steady the ship. The boys are putting pressure and look ready to score the clincher. Unfortunately, the SABRFC defense is up to the task and they tackle everything thrown at them. Then, out of nowhere, the ball seems to mysteriously pop loose. A speedy SABRFC-er picks it up and makes a break for the MIRFC line which is about 90 meters away; he’s fast and it doesn’t look like he’ll be caught… until Jimmy Bang – with only one shoe on – gets in position to tackle him. What an effort. Sadly, the speedy SABRFC-er skillfully kicks the ball forward, recovers it, and scores a try to put SABRFC up by 2 with only a few minutes to go. The MIRFC need to score quickly. The kick goes down the field and the chase is good and the tackle strong. MIRFC is putting pressure on the ball which causes a penalty. The boys decide to go for points despite not having either of their kickers on the field. The kick – and the fate of the game – is entrusted to Timmy Y. Down two points with only minutes to play…. It’s as intense as it gets. Timmy Y calmly addresses the ball and puts it through the posts. The boys secure possession and captain Rob Law fittingly kicks the ball out of bounds to signal the end of this nail-biter of a game. Final Score 28-27
THE OLD BOYS – HOLDING DOWN THE FORT AT OUR ANNUAL GOLF WEEKEND IN CANTON – WERE DELIGHTED TO HEAR THE SCORES AND EVEN MORE DELIGHTED TO HEAR THAT ALL PLAYERS WERE WEARING WHITE SHORTS AND GREEN SOCKS.
BIG THANKS TO ALL FANS THAT CAME OUT TO WATCH – YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED.
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