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Amoskeag Coach Pleased with Club Adjustments

Sunday Sep 20, 2009 in Amateur Competitions Division I Clubs

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Amoskeag defeated Boston 24-10 in the New England DI league to move to 2-0 Saturday.

Head coach John Banarhall was thrilled with the victory, saying he is starting to feel like the work done at the New Hampshire club is starting to pay off.

“We started seven products of our U19 program on Saturday,” Banarhall. said.

Led by flyhalf Ken MacIntosh Amoskeag had the run of play for most of the day. Chris Pierce scored two tries in the club’s second-straight victory.

Banarhall had said that last season he had tried hard to mold the team around mental fitness – decision-making and mental awareness of the game. It didn’t quite take, as players were happy to rely on their athleticism and toughness instead.

This year, though, it seems to be coming together more.

“The players were really adaptive,” enthused the coach. “I am very pleased with how they made adjustments.”

Amoskeag joins Mystic River as the only 2-0 DI teams in New England.

Mystic River rebounded from a 24-20 halftime deficit against South Shore to sink the Anchors 63-24, scoring 43 unanswered points in the second half.

The Boston-area club got three tries from young wing sensation Dimitri Efthimou and two from wing Joe Shurmaitis in what became a rout. Their snappy fullback Nick Blincoe scored as did USA hopeful prop Jake Sprague, as well as Jamie Green and Ted White.

Albany got on the winning side with a dramatic 25-22 win over New Haven.

New Haven shocked Albany early and scored three tries within the first 24 minutes. But the Knickerbockers started to claw their way back and the two teams changed ends with the score 19-10 in New Haven’s favor.

Albany was patient and midway through the second half took a slim 20-19 lead, and while New Haven took the lead back with a penalty goal, Albany won it on a fine coutnerattac and try in the corner.

Meanwhile the Boston Irish Wolfhounds and White Plains clashed in a tight game. Both teams scored two tries and a penalty for a 15-15 score at halftime, and while White Plains was the only team to score a try in the second half, the Wolfhounds pressure earned them three penalty goals for the 24-20 Wolfhounds win.


New England DI

W

L

T

PF

PA

PD

BT

BL

Pts

Mystic River

2

0

0

109

43

66

2

0

10

Amoskeag

2

0

0

46

22

24

0

0

8

South Shore

1

1

0

55

81

-26

1

0

5

Boston Irish W

1

0

0

24

20

4

0

0

4

Albany

1

1

0

43

53

-10

0

0

4

White Plains

0

1

0

32

46

-14

0

1

1

New Haven

0

1

0

41

71

-30

0

1

1

Boston RFC

0

0

0

10

24

-14

0

0

0

 



- Alex Goff

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