May 17, 2018
Sherwood Forest Park
The 2nd game of the 2018 campaign kicked off with clear skies above and soft ground under foot. And on this day, the pitch also seem to tilt slightly in the direction of the Centaurs.
In a rare Thursday night fixture, there was no lack of entertainment to kick start the Victoria Day long weekend. Your 1stXV hosted the gritty Toronto Nomads. The short week and difficult commute did not deter the visitors from bringing a full squad to the park.
With many fans in attendance, The Centaurs did not waste any time giving them something to cheer about. After a executing some tidy phase play the Centaurs attacked wide, sideline to sideline with Jordan Tanner being the beneficiary touching down under the sticks for the first score of the game. A penalty shortly after put the Centaurs up 10-0 early.
The Nomads pushed back physically but the score remained unchanged for most of the first 40. Once the Centaurs calmed their nerves the game began to shift in their favour. After a Nomad yellow card for a no wrap hit on Tanner, the game opened up and some magnificent team tries were scored including a note worthy 30 meter line break by new centaur Kenny Waring who offloaded to Matthew Woodley for the score. Trevor Atkinson and Jordan Tanner added another two to put the home side up 31-0 at half time.
Though there was alot to be happy about. Captain Brownson touched on unforced errors and proper decision making. The game tightened up in the second half which resulted in many high energy collisions. Cam Hogg lead the way definitely upping his tackle count whiched earned him a well-deserved man of the match honours. The Centaurs were able to punch two tries in the second half – Brownson and B. Bryan. However, they conceded a try in the closing minutes. Final score 43-5 for the homeside which moves them to 2-0 and top spot in the Marshall championship Western divison.
The men would like to again thank all the fans for turning up and giving us the always appreciated support. Also a special shout out to Mr. Jake Omay & Mr. Jeff Brownson for the well constructed scoreboard. After the long weekend both men’s team return home a week Saturday hosting Waterloo County May 26th. We’d love to see you out as we hope to remain unbeaten.