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Blue Goose loses in sloppy opener

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Rain pelted the pitch at Kingdom Park on Saturday, making for some soggy conditions as the Gentlemen of the Blue Goose Rugby Club opened its season against Glenwood Springs.

And between the soppy field and the whirling winds that reeked havoc on lofty kicks, the match wasn’t exactly what head coach Pete Clarke would call a pretty game.

“The game was just going to be won by the team that made the fewest mistakes,” he said.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the Goose.

Glenwood capitalized off two dropped Breckenridge passes to take a 14-7 win.

“The guys showed plenty of heart,” Clarke said of his team, “but we just had plenty of mistakes.”

The wet field and pouring rain made the ball feel like a “bar of soap,” Clarke said, and that was evident by the slew of knock-ons from both teams.

Glenwood scored the first try of the match only about 10 minutes in, when the ball slipped through a Goose player’s hands near the Breck endline.

The Goose would rebound to tie the game late in the half, but the team missed three penalty kicks early in the second half that could have helped the Goose pull away from Glenwood.

Instead, the visitors took advantage of another misplayed pass to score a second try.

Despite the loss, Clarke said the Goose showed some good signs for a league-opening match.

“It was a bit tricky, because you couldn’t do much with the ball,” he said. “It kind of turned into man-on-man rather than a team game with a lot of passing.”

The Blue Goose travels to Steamboat Springs on June 19 for their second game of the season. They are back at home on June 26, when they play host to Vail. Both games are slated to start at 3 p.m.

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