(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Rogues Rugby Club put on a feast of rugby on June 4 at AKO field. Starting at 11:00am the Juniors (aged 13 to 17) enjoyed a tournament arranged by Junior Co-ordiantor Alex Oulette and assisted by Chris Patten and Mike Park.
The participants enjoyed a fun-filled morning, after which they were treated to lunch whilst watching the Senior team prepare for their game. The Seniors then took on the Stratford Swans in their home opener in the Niagara Rugby Union B League at 1:30pm, in front of a crowd of over 200.
Both sides were able to field strong squads which made for a very entertaining game. Windsor had 30 players dressed to play, giving coach Scott Murphy a tough decision make in order to pick his starting 15.
Windsor started the stronger of the two teams and just 2 minutes after kick off, fans watched after an excellent off-load from centre Simon Zazibwe and the Rogues were awarded a try, scored by the flying Zac Cushing.
The ball was touched down wide so it made for a tough conversion attempt, which was narrowly missed by full back Chris Shaw. Unfortunately, Zak’s father, Shaun Cushing, had to leave the field soon afterwards with blood pouring from a small head wound. He did not return to the pitch, opting instead to make way for one of the younger players on the sidelines.
This stirred up the visitors, who made ground soon afterward, enough to take advantage of some Rogue’s indiscipline, and convert a penalty kick to make it 5-3.
The Rogues replied with another try by Cushing, the Flying Flanker. This time he touched down closer to the posts for Shaw to convert and increase the gap to nine points, 12-3.
The score remained as such until a few minutes before half time, when Carlo committed a fowl that the referee felt warranted a yellow card, and putting the Rogues down to 14 men for 10 minutes.
During this time the Swans took advantage of the extra man and were able to force another foul and converted the kick for 3 more points. The half time score was 12-6 for the Rogues.
Still down by a player at the second half, Murphy made some good choices in replacements and the fresh legs were able to help keep the home team in the lead. Furthermore, Windsor increased the lead after a strong run by Chris Sushy, who crashed through 3 defenders for a well taken try, which Shaw dutifully converted.
Windsor, now at full strength, continued to pile on the pressure and were awarded a fourth try when Steve Rosenburg touched down after poor handling in the visitor’s end zone. Shaw converted and the score line now stood at 26-6. Shaw further extended the lead with his first and only penalty kick on the match.
Windsor was now dominating the play and enjoyed extended periods of interplay resulting in 2 further tries, from rookie Ryan Dmytrow and Peter Comisso. Shaw converted just one of them.
The final score was a very rewarding 41-6 for Windsor, in what is traditionally a much tighter scoring game.
Man-of-the-match nomination went to Zac Cushing.