May 27, 2013 - The Senators turned out on a bright, breezy afternoon at TERP yesterday to face a travelling Kingston side, bolstered by one or two Barrhaven Scottish and even a few "spare" Senators. Very experienced referee, Reg Boyles, blew his whistle to start the game, and the two sides were evenly matched for much of the scoreless first quarter. Early in the second quarter the Senators found themselves deep in Kingston territory, won good ruck ball, and Mark Patterson found himself ball in hand, charging like a rabid rhino towards the last line of Kingston defence. He clearly saw Captain Warren Clifford in a try-scoring position outside him to the right, but ignored him totally as he also saw guest Kingston defender Dave Christie infront of him, and fancied trying a "Maori Sidestep". Mark registered 4.6 on the Richter scale as he flopped over the line for the first try of the match.
A flurry of tries followed, mostly as a result of silky passing and running skills from the ever-eager Senators back-line, helped occasionally by scything breaks by open-side flanker John "Cecil" Allen. Kingston also managed to chalk up a try after a kick ahead by fly-half Steve Jamieson and subsequent scramble. Senators tries were scored by Warren Clifford (who skipped over from short range like a startled gazelle), Chris Begley (showing a blur of orange boots), Rohan Henry (who was awarded man-of-the-match by Kingston for his strong running - had they confused him with Troy...? ;) ), Troy Messam (who was surprised to receive a scoring pass five metres from the line when Nathan Harris totally ran out of gas), and Warren again to polish off a 6-1 victory.
The Senators travel to Franconia, NH, next weekend for the Old Man of the Mountain tournament. On and off-field reports to follow...