Unfortunately, this weekend’s match with Notre Dame College has been called off by the college club due to alleged complications with Easter, injuries and Spring Break. This confluence of unfortunate circumstances apparently left the Falcons’ numbers so diminished that they were unable to honor their commitment and host the Green Horde.
Worry not, rugby fans. There are silver linings to this black cloud. First, injuries and Spring Break don’t last forever and Jesus only rose once so the players will eventually return; and. hopefully, at that point we will have our Cleveland derby. Second, now we can focus on playoffs next week. The second round of playoffs look to be a retread of the Fall season, with familiar opponents Pittsburgh and the Detroit Tradesmen as their possible foes. If Pittsburgh managed to upset the Tradesmen last week, the Green Horde would host the victors in a rubber match to prove that their victory in the second Fall season match was no fluke and prove that playing proper rugby on a legitimate field trumps paying and Old Boy to make shoddy calls any day. If the Tradesmen pulled off an expected victory, the playoff match to come will be filled with drama. On top of trying to advance in the tournament, this match is very much an instance of playing for pride. Twice the Green Horde have faced the Tradesmen – once in the Fall in Detroit and once at the Savannah Tournament this past year. Both times the Tradesmen have come up trumps. The Green Horde has ro prove that they can compete with and overcome one of the best teams in the Midwest and the Tradesmen have to make sure they put down a familiar foe to ensure they advance farther into the postseason.
The Green Horde have had nothing but success in their recent bout of matches. The only opponents to stand put blemishes on their record stand in their way next week. Will the villains from Pennsylvania come to our sovereign ground and try to slink away with a win? Or, will wee see what happens when a a big green irresistible force means a blue immovable object? No matter who the opponent is, the season is on the line and the match will be one for the ages.
See you at the pitch.