In a reversal of fortunes, Montreal Irish men gained one cup title while conceding the other two to St Anne de Bellevue RFC.
It was an early start for the Third team who kicked off in hurricane conditions at 8.30am against St Annes. Despite opening the scoring and taking an 8-0 lead SABRFC tied the game by the final whistle. Three overtime periods could not separate the teams. With a penalty shootout looming, it was St Annes who broke the deadline in the fourth overtime period and, with a 13-8 win, took the first cup of the day.
The Second team was looking to clinch the Super Ligue Reserves title that had eluded them for the last two years. As on both of those occasions, they faced St Annes who started the stronger team. However, courage, determination, ill-discipline from their opposition and a huge voice from the home crowd spurred them on to an over whelming victory 26-12. One cup each with the highlight of the day still to come.
SABRF entered the Super Ligue final as favourites and that is how they started the game. They took a 13 point lead before MIRFC replied with a penalty and then a try to end the half 13-8. St Annes extended their lead in the second half and some strong defense kept the Irish out. The better team won on the day. St Annes seemed hungrier for the win but who can blame them after being starved of Quebec’s top prize for the last two years.
Like the sun, MIRFC will rise again. Thanks to all the players, supporters, exec and everyone who makes this club one of the best. All four teams in their respective finals is a great achievement as the club celebrates its 55th anniversary.
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