On the hunt

P.E.I. Mud­men be­gin quest for B divi­sion rugby ti­tle Satur­day in Char­lot­te­town

Journal Pioneer - - SPORTS - BY CHARLES REID

It’s play­off time in the Nova Sco­tia Se­nior Men’s Rugby League and the Hunter’s Ale House P.E.I. Mud­men are gun­ning for a long run.

It be­gins Satur­day when the Mud­men (6-1) host Windsor (2-3) in a B divi­sion quar­ter­fi­nal. Game time is 2 p.m. at Co-op Field and long-time Mud­men player and or­ga­nizer said the busy squad is in deep against a tough Windsor side.

“The Island squad is pretty banged up with a lot of guys now play­ing with UPEI also. Guys are play­ing and prac­tic­ing pretty much five or six days a week do­ing dou­ble duty,” said Gal­lant. This sea­son the play­offs changed to a rel­e­ga­tion sys­tem where the top two teams in B divi­sion (Mud­men and the 7-0 Val­ley) and the four bot­tom teams in A divi­sion (Dart­mouth, Truro, Pic­tou County, Windsor) tus­sle for the B divi­sion ti­tle. Dart­mouth and Pic­tou County earned byes to the semi­fi­nals.

Mean­while the rest of B divi­sion (Hal­i­fax Tars, En­field, Cale­do­nia, Pic­tou County, East­ern Shore, River­lake) play for the third divi­sion crown. Gal­lant said the Mud­men B side isn’t with­out re­serves and though beat up is ready to go and will look to broth­ers Mark and Ryan Lloyd, James Coyle and Steve Macmil­lan to head the at­tack. “We have a strong re­silient squad and a lot of depth which is ex­tremely help­ful,” said Gal­lant.

The Mud­men A side is off this week­end and host the Hal­i­fax Tars in one A divi­sion next week­end. Start time to be an­nounced later.

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