Match Report: Stone Lions Defeat Valkyries
Nashville 66 v Clarksville 0
It is no secret that yours truly simply loooves playing Clarksville, in no small measure because I get to picture a Valkyrie as I play the match (who wouldn’t love being charged by one!) and I get to include yon fantastic image as part of our match recap. But I digress.
First off, many thanks to our huggers who came out en masse to support your Stone Lions last Saturday!
I don’t remember ever seeing so many of y’all out there, and it warms my heart to see the sport grow. Special thanks to one of our most important followers, Judi Hamley, our unofficial photographer, for these great shots of the match.
Secondly, heartfelt congratulations to our rivals, who played with heart and courage and sportsmanship we can all be proud of as fellow rugby players. Detailed game statistics showed most tackles and highest tackle success rate unexpectedly went to the Clarksville Scrum Half, Caitlin Osteen. Not ideal, but impressive!
There were 11 or 12 tries scored this match, by wings, centers, flankers and props alike, ranging in style from speedy breakaway runs to crushing mauls unceremoniously pounded into the try zone. We also had a couple of kick conversions from the corner that were nothing short of astounding by 8-man, Soccer Russel. The type of kick that makes you think, “Maybe football is not that useless after all…”
Most memorable play, for this, your loyal chronicler of heroic deeds, was a short but powerful, unstoppable run for a try by Loosehead Prop, Mae Buchanan. It was the last play of the half and saw Scrummie, Alex Fortney, making an outstanding individual effort to attempt to end the half with a score. Getting wrapped up and crunched mere meters from the try zone after a massive gain, a successful ruck gave Mae the pick-and-go option, which she capitalized on without hesitation, crossing the line with no less than 5 Valkyries hanging from her shirt, falling before her or being dragged behind her powerful stride.
One of the more improved players, in this, your uneducated forward’s opinion, was Winger Pepper Maynor, who played splendidly under both jerseys (we loaned a few Stone Lions out to even our numbers). Pepper switched to the green and gold squad at the half and just clicked with her back-line. Impeccable timing and excellent positioning had her catching the ball at pace on the far side of the field and sprinting it practically unopposed for the try.
By Rainy Atherton