Severn River Men traveled to Fairfax, VA this past weekend, to match up with last year’s D3 central division champions, Western Suburbs. It was another nail biter for the gentlemen from Annapolis, as they kept the match tight all day, but fell in the end, 28-22. Western Suburbs started off the match with a good bit of possession, finished off by a try from their number 8, Phillip Walter. Severn answered right back with some quick hands in the backline leading to Captain Colin Gotimer dotting it down in the 15th minute. The momentum for the match swung with a yellow card in 35th minute for Suburbs’ inside center, Bassam Estwani. And although Erik Dronberger was able to convert the resulting penalty to bring the score to 14-8, Suburbs were the beneficiaries of the swing, as they turned on their engines while down a man and did not relinquish the ball for the majority of their center’s 10 minutes in the bin. Two second half tries by Wing Robbie Wygal and Dronberger weren’t enough to turn the tide, as Suburbs matched river score for score in the second half through 2 tries from Wing Gary Jackson. Cullen “The Bulge” Bilger took home the backs man of the match honors in his first start of the season, Nick Stratchko grabbed it for the forwards. Severn will look to get their 1st win of the season at home against Frederick RFC this Saturday at 1pm.
Tries: C. Gotimer (1), R. Wygal (1), E. Dronberger (1 - 3)
Conversions: E. Dronberger (2 of 3; 4 of 5)
Penalties: E. Dronberger (1 of 1)
Severn River’s B side saw their first action of season against Western Suburbs’s D4 side on Saturday and they faired a little better than their 1st side did against the outfit from Northern Virginia. Although Severn had several men in the starting lineup playing in their very first rugby match, they won in a romp, 53-19. River’s Killer B’s spread the ball all of over the pitch as 8 different players found the try zone. In particular, the backline of Tommy Sitar, Brandon Kirk and Logan Reece proved a large problem for Suburbs, as the trio scored 4 tries on the day. The forwards had a great day as well, with Lock Derek Swayze and Flanker Matt “Farva” Sabol both scoring their first career tries in the match. Swayze and Logan Reece took home men of the match for the forwards and backs, respectively. The Bs look to continue winning ways against Frederick at home this Saturday at 3pm.
Tries: B. Kirk (1), L. Reece (2), M. Sabol (1), T. Sitar (1), R. Wygal (1), R. Maldonado (1), D. Swayze (1), C. Gotimer (1)
Conversions: M. Greenstreet (2 of 5), R. Maldonado (1 of 1), C. Gotimer (1 of 2)