Some­one’s gotta lose

P.E.I. Mud­men, Loy­al­ists square off in Nova Sco­tia elite di­vi­sion ac­tion to­day in Char­lot­te­town

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

It’s a bat­tle of un­de­feated teams and for first place Satur­day when the Hunter’s Ale House P.E.I. Mud­men host the Fred­er­ic­ton Loy­al­ists in Nova Sco­tia Se­nior

Men’s Rugby

League ac­tion in Char­lot­te­town.

Game time for the Elite Di­vi­sion game is 2 p.m. at Co-op Field.

P.E.I. is 1-0 in the di­vi­sion fol­low­ing a sold de­feat of Belleisle, while the Loy­al­ists sit at 2-0 af­ter a win over the Hal­i­fax Tars and a come-frombe­hind vic­tory over En­field,

So some­thing has to give.

And al­though it’s a prime chal­lenge, said long-time player and or­ga­nizer Phil Gal­lant, the hearty Mud­men are ready to face it.

“They are a re­silient group that don’t have many holes in their game. They have a strong back­line that spread the ball well,” said Gal­lant in an email in­ter­view. “We hope that we can use our speed and skill to wear them down to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

It’s the only game for the Mud­men on the docket as the B Di­vi­sion team doesn’t play un­til next week and the Char­lot­te­town Rugby Foot­ball Club is off in the women’s league un­til July 29.

It’s also the week­end of the Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and that draws away some club mem­bers for se­cu­rity duty and just plain fun, so Gal­lant said the Mud­men will tap the idle B di­vi­sion team for hplay­ers.

“It’s a chal­leng­ing week­end with the Cavendish con­certs so we are miss­ing some key role play­ers. We are look­ing for young guys to step up. It is a tes­ti­mony to the strength of our club and our depth that we can have so many guys ready to play at this level when called upon,” Gal­lant said.

So far this sea­son in the men’s bracket no team has run away from the field. Games have been close; the largest loss was Wind­sor’s 33-22 de­feat to Dart­mouth in A Di­vi­sion play.

Those re­sults mean no game is a cake­walk, said Gal­lant, and who­ever lines up game day must be ready to g o.

“The league so far we see a lot more bal­ance with teams and not so many big one-sided games like other years. Any team can win any game on any day it seems,” said Gal­lant. “We need to stay sharp and bring our best per­for­mance no mat­ter who is in our lineup each week. This is the only way to stay atop such elite teams.”

Gal­lant

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