PINE BANKS – After last week’s crushing defeat by Amoskeag, the Mystics 2nd XV took the field against the Connecticut Yankees at Pine Banks. The Mystics looked in good form, with the pack applying constant pressure and the backline keeping the score one step ahead of the Yankees.
Led by veteran captain Bobby Ankenbauer and Man of the Match Jack Mahoney, the Mystic backline were able to keep one step ahead of the Yankees for 80 minutes and secure a 24-15 victory.
PINE BANKS – As Tropical Storm Hannah covered the northeast in rain and oppressive humidity, the Mystics opened their 2008 season against the Connecticut Yankees. Much of the first half went back and forth as both teams tried to find their groove, but converted tries by Bill Dow and rookie winger Dimitri Efthimiou allowed the Mystics to go up 14-nil at the half. The Mystics didn’t let up in the second half, outscoring the Yankees five tries to two, including a try scored by Tom Collins off the kickoff to start the half. The Mystics took the match 43-10.
Led by captain Bobby Ankenbauer and “Man of the Match” outhalf Jack Mahoney, the Mystic Second XV also gave a good show, shutting out the Yankees 33-0 in the second game of the day.
NORWALK, CT – The Mystics traveled to Norwalk CT this past weekend with two full experienced sides to open the season with two strong wins against the CT Yankees. Both Mystic sides took control of their respective games early and kept their composure through-out. Coach Scot Durkin, while pleased with the wins, noted that we are not yet playing our best rugby and will be looking to improve Saturday’s effort this week. It’s an exciting time to be watching the Mystics!
PINE BANKS – Defense was the key to the first win of the 2006 season as the Mystics held the Yankees to only 10 points to win 24-10. The Second XV put on a display on all sides of the ball to run away 31-7.