Fall 2016 Alumni Game recap from Coach Bob Macnab

October 18, 2016 by  
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The score 10 to 55! But a flip from the usual as the students won. A beautiful but warm day with a prevailing wind straight down the pitch the game opened with the wind in the Alums favor things looked steady with good defense from both sides and then the students started on a string of penalties upon which the Alums failed to capitalize, after that the students settled down and the Alums began an excessive amount of penalties that lasted the rest of the game.  Tries by Grasshopper (still going strong at 43) and David Bible was ultimately all the Alums could manage. Quite a few breakout trys from the students as the game wore on and tired legs set in. The turnout for the Alums was exceptionally low from the norm and the students fielded more players than the Alums for the first time and fitness took a great toll. Tyson Marks was awarded Man of the Match and Bill Moser Oldest Participant (56). The students looked very good and I expect they will do very well in their division this year.

The crowd was big and enthusiastic. Prayer by Raph Flood. Halftime saw the largest number of children running races under Bill Demers supervision. The Alums had a super gathering for Bar B Que on Friday night hosted by our good friends Joe and Theresa Losole  where first and only attempt at the Yard by Alec Thies was almost successful. A technicolor yawn ensued!

The after game gathering at Spirit Grill organized by Kate Roberson was very well attended and a great time had by all. Usual awards and speeches and a successful 50-50 raffle organized by Nino Burkert raised over $300 for GRAA, after the winner donated back his winnings.

There is the possibility of a mini Alum game early next year UD schedule permitting and Alum participation there . Stay tuned and in Touch. Thanks to all attended, played and helped organize. I would particularly like to publicly thank my family for all they do from organizing, getting awards to washing jerseys and all else in between.  It was a great weekend!

Of note this year: the very first father son matchup. Chris Bennet (class of 92) played against his son Bill a freshman at UD, as well as playing with nephew Kevin Flannery a recent grad and against two more nephews at UD Danny Flannery and John Paul Jones.  Chris (Homer) was captain at UD for two years and is still going strong just having a baby this year!

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