Blue Goose struggles in season opener
BRECKENRIDGE – For 30 minutes, the Gentlemen of the Blue Goose traded scores with the highly regarded Aspen side. But as the match wore on, lack of energy and conditioning grounded the flight of the Blue Goose.”The last 10 minutes of the first half and the second half, our boys couldn’t really keep up,” Blue Goose coach Peter Shafroth said.Despite a close beginning, Aspen blew the game open late in the first half, earning the victory with a final score of 82-17. The game opened up with two quick tries scored by Aspen. The Gentlemen of the Blue Goose responded with a try scored by John Terrill.
Aspen retaliated with another try, but Blue Goose captain Zack Zellers scored a try of his own to keep his squad close. That one-try deficit would be the closest the Goose would get for the remainder of the match. Joe Pizzi converted a penalty kick late in the first half to bring the Gentlemen’s total to 17. Aspen scored 12 tries in all and missed only one two-point conversion. Shafroth expressed some concern about his team’s defensive effort on Saturday.
The Gentlemen’s tackling was “way too high,” Shafroth said. Throughout the game, the Gentlemen would make contact with ball carriers, but wouldn’t attack the opponent’s legs, which allowed some Aspen ball carriers to escape and score. Shafroth also said he noticed some positives in Saturday’s match. “We scored some tries, which had been a weakness,” he said. “Everything I see is workable and fixable.”
Blue Goose player Matt “The Dragon” Stampfle said he felt good about his team’s effort in its season debut. “We played strong while we were in shape,” said Stampfle, who plays for the Denver Highlanders rugby club during the spring and fall.Terrill, who was one of the Blue Goose’s heroes of the match, agreed with Stampfle’s assessment of the team’s conditioning. “We ran out of fitness,” he said. The Blue Goose plans to work hard on its defense, especially tackling, before next Saturday’s game, Shafroth said. The game will be played at the Breckenridge Recreation Center field at 3 p.m. against the Glenwood Defiance.
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