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Monday Morning Props - Nov 19th edition

By Ned Bachus, 11/19/18, 10:30AM EST








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Members of the far-flung Blackthorn Family turned out in numbers for the best yet MKS event. The club earned a whopping $5,000, which will solidify our support for CSC, spot our sponsored counselorships, and enable the club to lend a hand to young rugby players.


Kudos to president Pat Dufner and the board for their impressive efforts to make this happen. Bravo to Egg, who quietly hustled around the hall with Pat, making things work.  Blackthorn also thanks Lepore Ba-Q for providing food for the event and Frank Rio and the fans’ favorite Yards Brewers for not one, not two, but three different kinds of high quality beverages. Thanks also to John Porter, who transported said beer. John was the only person affiliated with Blackthorn that they trusted. 


Thanks to Jim (Ever) Reddy, Bryan Moore and Michelle Moore for handling door duties with skill and humor. While others cavorted about, they kept the door operating (especially in a financial way). 


Thank you to the great folks at CSC, especially Rob Kutzik, Karyn Bonner, Joshua Davis, and Dave Gallagher


The lucky ones in attendance took home the impressive raffle prizes, and all were treated to live coverage of November Internationals from The British Isles and Ireland, with the OTHER men in green providing the most entertainment with their impressive win over the All Blacks. 




Most entertaining of all was the Over/Under Match, which surely got the attention of all Blackthorn souls who have gone before us. Amazing to picture the likes of Marshall K. Sturm, Stew McClay, Nevin Wood, Alex Doe, and others gathered together to watch those left behind battle it out at Horsham. What might Spider or Pooh have said to describe the triumph/debacle that ensued on the pitch at CSC?


The Elders came ready for bear. The Youngers? Not so much.


Because of the lopsided nature of the game and the score, let us begin our report by focusing on the final play in order to have something good to say about the Youngers team.


Ref Joe McCreavey had blown no-side, when the Youngers pack “scored” on a push-over try, as the Elders forwards walked off the pitch. Not wanting to deny the Youngers some sort of recompense for their efforts, Referee McCreavey awarded them an opportunity to convert the unrecorded try. The kick, taken from the top of an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer that had been brought onto the field as the whistle went, was successfully nailed by John Boomer Long, who had gained inclusion on the Youngers side by showing his old High School ID. And that, you may tell your grandchildren, is how a team scored 2 points in a rugby game.


The match opened with a 60-meter sprint by Blackthorn 1971 Original Hans Sumpf. The Teutonic Toe slotted the conversion to put the Elders ahead 7-0.


The ensuing kick off was taken by Kevin Rae, who insisted on sharing the ball. Passed to Pat Hollis, the ball found its way to Bill McMinn, who passed it to Ed Hincken, where the action paused so that Ed could more fully explain how European practices could greatly benefit life in America. Stood up but not tackled by the completely fascinated opposing forwards, Ed slipped the ball to Slice, who broke into the clear.


What should have been an immediate score was not to happen, as Slice selflessly passed to Zipper, who followed impulse and ran directly into the first Younger he could see. Momentarily stunned, Zip stopped admiring his handiwork on the youngster to give the ball to Rodd Whitney.


Taunting rarely occurs with the flourish that Rodd demonstrated in his pirouettes along the touch line before yielding to Hans who passed to Pat Hollis who collided with Ned Bachus, re-breaking Ned’s nose on the 35th anniversary of the original incident at Watertower practice field. Pat passed to Dave Downey so that Pat and Ned could reminisce about the hilarious occasion when Ned got to use the ice-filled plastic glove he was supposed to use on his deviated septum to create familiar hand gestures to ward off unwelcome medical staff at the ER that night.


Downey hobbitted his way through the opposition pack, loudly calling for a team mate to take the ball but received only looks of utter confusion from the English-speaking players. Finally, Bob Kirkpatrick recognized “Fecking arses” from the jibberish and called for the ball. 


Kirkpatrick’s jaunt into Younger territory was a thing of beauty, marred only by Kirk’s efforts to sing, “The West’s Awake,” interspersed with the shouting of the names of all his former teammates at Galway Corinthians. 


Mark Stough stepped up to stop Kirkpatrick with an impromptu chiropractic adjustment, slipping the ball to Hacksaw, who buzzed his way through the confused forwards, finding open space. Still shocked that a teammate had passed him the ball, Hacksaw yielded to Pat Luddy.


The veteran CPA and business guru saw potential for greatness, telling Jim Reddy as he passed to him that if he and Ned touched the ball, they would have gotten the ball to every player on the pitch. After Jim had paused to ask all present if they’d paid their admission fee, he slipped the ball to Ned.


Seeing a great novel scene in the making, Ned shouted, “Once more with feeling!” and with a pass to Kevin Rae, the Elders began a second turn for each player to handle the ball, resulting in a try by Reddy. 


From there, the scores came more quickly, ending in a 224-2 win.  Any Elder not mentioned in the previous paragraphs subbed in, and performed brilliantly. 




Elsewhere, a group of more athletic youngers played a mudfest among themselves and posed for the attached picture. But history was made at CSC’s main field.