Blow-by-Blow Denver Upsets NYAC
Sunday May 17, 2009 in Elite Level Rugby Rugby Super League
May 16, 2009, Travers Island, Pelham, NY - A spectacular last-minute try by flyhalf Maximo De Achaval gave the Denver Barbarians a 23-19 win over the defending SL champion New York Athletic Club in their Super League quarterfinal. In a tightly contested game during which the lead was either tied or changed hands ten times, DeAchaval led all scorers with 18 points on a try, two conversions and three penalty kicks.
Denver went ahead with DeAchaval’s penalty in the 36th minute but two minutes later Power’s penalty goal leveled the halftime scores after Denver wing Ben Haapapuro was yellow-carded, 6-.6.
“We’ve been through a lot of these types of games where we didn’t come out on the winning end,” added Hodges. “Those weren’t fun experiences, but we learned from them, and I think the players came out of them realizing they have the ability to win those close games.”
New York AC:
Denver Barbarians: 1. David Maddocks, 2 Tim Russo, 3 Chris Moreno, 4 Adam Drury (Vander Giessen @ 23 minutes, replaced by Meidinger at 71 minutes), 5 Mike Mangan, 6 Nic Johnson, 7 Justin Stencel, 8 Pat Quinn (Mark Trumble during Maddocks’ yellow card), 9 Sam Gilliam, 10 Maximo De Achaval, 11 Jody Kramer, 12 David Laidlaw, 13 Jake Humphrey, 14 Ben Haapapuro, 14 David Yavala, 16 Mark Trumble, 17 Andrew Post, 18 Travis Meidinger, 19 John Vander Giessen, 20 Justen Brignac, 21 Pete Barclay, 22 Dan Murphy.
New York Athletic Club: 1 Andrew King, 2 James Hayter, 3 Troy Bartley, 4 Frank Sharpe, 5 Louis Stanfill, 6 Andrew Lindsey, 7 James Denise, 8 Alexander Willen, 9 Mike Petri, 10 Angelo Malifa, 11 Justin Hundley, 12 Jeremy Atkin, 13 Tim Ryland, 14 Mitchell Dow, 15 Dan Power, 16 Matt Wyatt, 17 Tony Nash, 18 Lou Ferrari, 19 Matt Williams, 20 Adrien Myers, 21 Christian Mayo, 22 Jackson Wagener.