The sunny skies and light breeze out of the south at the Calgary Rugby Park set the stage for a hotly contested match between the Atlantic Rock and the Prairie Wolf Pack.
The game was always going to be an even one, with both sides fielding strong teams. The national 7’s and 15’s programs were well represented and the level of play was highly competitive.
The Rock scored first (and early) to set the tone as they played with the wind in the first half. Their experienced side rode the solid boots of Pat Parfrey and Ciaran Hearn, who both managed to put the Wolf Pack back three under pressure.
After conceding 12 points to the visitors, the Pack got on the board with a multi-phase attack which saw their season MVP Clay Panga put Canadian U20 hooker Casey Reed away on the inside for a much needed score. The end of the first half had the Rock holding a small margin, but the Pack were hopeful going with the wind for the 2nd stanza.
Unfortunately the Rock proved wily and skillful, as they scored on their first possession of the 2nd half after counter attacking beautifully from a Wolf Pack box kick. Ciaran Hearn again was the catalyst as he broke a number of tackles before off-loading for the score.
The Pack continued to strike back each time the Rock got ahead and were well within striking distance as the second half went on. Try’s from player of the game Jeff Hassler (2) and captain Hubert Buydens would put the pack with 3 points, but the firm Atlantic defence held up throughout. Final score 29-26 to the deserved winners.
The 2 bonus points for the losing Wolf Pack ended the season on a bit of a low. Despite that, there is still a chance to win the CRC with 16 points. The Prairies boys will be cheering for the Rock now in St. John’s next weekend (for the first time ever!!).
As an improvement on last season, the team is pleased and are looking forward to building upon that success and improving for 2013.
The team would like to make a special thanks to the generous support of all our sponsors, fans and management who made this season possible and without whom we would not be able to put the team on the pitch.
Wolf Pack 26
The Rock 29
The Rock Line Up
1.Frank Walsh - Vandals RFC St. John’s, NL
2.Owen Parfrey - Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
3 Bob Rogers - Dogs RFC Mt. Pearl, NL
4. Brad Lester - Dogs RFC Mt. Pearl, NL
5 Jon Phelan - St. Anne-de Bellevue Montreal, PQ
6 Toni Wodzicki - Castaway Wanderers RFC Montreal, PQ
7 Chauncey O’Toole – Belle Isle RFC, Victoria BC
8 Zac Coughlan - Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
9 Scott Forrest - Tars RFC Halifax, NS
10 Patrick Parfrey - Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
11 Robert Wilson - Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
12 Tyler Wish - Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
13 Geoff Warden - Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
14 Shane Stratton – Dogs RFC Goulds, NL
15 Ciaran Hearn - Castaway Wanderers RFC Conception Bay, NL
16 Steve Cutliffe - Dogs RFC Mt. Pearl, NL
17 Benoit Piffero - St. Anne-de Bellevue Montreal, PQ
18 Justin Meyers - Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
19 Mike Hansom – Tars RFC Halifax, NS
20 Mike Simpson - Swilers RFC Sudbury, ON
21 Llyr Morris - Mudmen RFC Charlottetown, PEI
22 Patrick McNicholas - Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
Prairies Wolf Pack Line Up
1. Hubert Buydens - Saskatoon Wild Oats/ Castaway Wanderers
2. Andrew Tiedemann “C” - Castaway Wanderers / St. Albert RFC
3. Scott Franklin - Castaway Wanderers/Regina Campion Grads
4. Eric Lopatinsky - Calgary Hornets
5. Chris Long - L’Aquila Rugby 1936
6. Aaron Peace - Calgary Canucks
7. Nanyak Dala - Castaway Wanderers
8. Clay Panga - Calgary Hornets
9. Gordon McRorie - Calgary Hornets
10. Ryan Smith - Calgary Irish
11 Jeff Hassler - Calgary Hornets / Foothills Lions
12. Mozac Samson - Calgary Saints
13. Adam Bontus - St. Albert RFC
14. Ian Shoults - Calgary Irish
15. Evan Thomas - Edmonton Lep /Tigers
16. Casey Reed - Calgary Hornets/ University of Victoria
17. Tyler Hawes - Canucks/Bow Valley Grizzlies
18. Brennan Daku - Regina Campion Grads
19. Spencer Massiah - Calgary Hornets
20. James Buchanan - Calgary Hornets
21. Graeme Dibden - Edmonton Clansman
22. Setibeni Nacoko - Calgary Irish
CRC Referee: Sherry Turnbull