Phoenix Colts Sweep Atlanta Bears

Feb. 14, 2015

Updated Monday February 16, 2015 by Niall Fenton.

A bright, unseasonably warm Saturday morning saw the Phoenix Colts Middle School squad assemble at the Old White field in Atlanta for the final game in their three game series with the AYR Atlanta Bears. This would be the final warm up game for Phoenix before their annual trip to Charlotte for the RuggerFest tournament so a good performance was anticipated.

Coaches Connor, Taylor and Tate took charge of a squad of 17 players well prior to the game and had them sharpen up with some serious contact drills prior. This seemed to have the desired effect once the game began with the Phoenix forwards asserting themselves early. The Cooper brothers and Zubin Fredericks were to the fore and when Axel Robertet crossed for the first Phoenix score, their hard work was rewarded. Phoenix were winning both lineouts and rucks with ease and it was not long before scrum half Tristan West added to the points tally with a well taken try. JR Aldridge then showed the blinding speed we have seen so often in the past to score the first of three solo tries on the day. The half closed with further scores from Axel Robertet, having a controlling game at flyhalf and Tristan West to leave Phoenix rampant and in an unassailable position on the scoreboard.

The second half played out in similar pattern to the first with the notable addition of a two try scoring performance from forward Mateo Podesta. This was well deserved by a pack that had toiled hard all game long. Of particular note was Dominic McTeer who played Lock, Second Row and Center at different times during the game ---- great versatility! The half closed with further scores from Tristan West and JR Aldridge to leave the final score at 41 to 5. The game saw impressive debuts from newcomers Sean Correia and Alejandro Lella who clearly will be great additions to the team. Particular mention must be made of the smallest player on the team, Cooper Nelson, who made some fine tackles on players twice his size.

After the game closed with the score Phoenix 41 : Bears 5, Tristan West was honored by hosts Old White RFC in being named the Man of the Match. Many of the players stayed on to watch Coach Connor and Coach Taylor feature in the men’s game where Old White defeated Athens. A great day of rugby in a great setting.  Based on this performance, we expect great things from this talented team at RuggerFest in early March.

Niall Fenton

***Be sure to check out the photo album from the game for more pictures.