Oct 1, 2012 - Nineteen brave Senators plus loyal supporters made the 3-hour trip to a chilly Belleville yesterday, hoping to secure a second win of the season against arch-rivals, the Bulldogs, this time away from home.
The wizened warriors from Ottawa took to the field, led by stand-in Captain Warren Clifford, looking for his third straight win in charge. The atmosphere was tense, the WAGs were nervous, but expectations were high and the lads were confident.
The Bulldogs, bolstered by several 1st team players, started strongly, pummeling the Senators' try line in the first few minutes, before crashing over for their first try. The game settled down into a war of attrition, with some outstanding tackling by both sides. The Senators finally struck back with a well-deserved try by flanker, John Allen, on his debut game. This was followed by a break-away try by Warren Clifford in the second quarter, and the Senators seemed to be getting the upper hand. However, another try for the Bulldogs against the run of play brought the half-time score to 2-2.
The second half kicked off and the two sides continued to batter each other black and blue. The Bulldogs went ahead early on, but the Senators were still in it. The game turned when a try by right wing Rohan Henry was judged by the referee to have been knocked on. After a scything run through the centre by the Senators backline, and a cheeky chip ahead for Rohan to chase, the Senators were sure that he had dabbed the ball down over the try line - the Bulldogs cried knock-on, and the referee (who was 30 yards behind the play) agreed with them. From the ensuing chaos, the Bulldogs worked the ball relentlessly up the pitch and scored another try to make it 4-2. The by-now tired and deflated Senators unfortunately squandered several more decent try-scoring opportunities, whilst the Bulldogs took full advantage of their opportunity and scored again.
Final score: 5-2. A great effort by the Senators squad - well done guys! (remember last season...?)
All then retired to the Red Lion pub in Belleville for beer, chilli and a good old fashioned sing-song, before the long, wet slog back to Ottawa...