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Summer Superleague 2019: Week 10

Coming up this Monday, the 19th of August on the Loyola Main Field

  • 7pm – Griffintown Gaels (Men’s) vs Goose Village Blackrocks (Men’s)
  • 8pm – Goose Village Blackrocks (Ladies) vs Verdun Vikings (Ladies)

We’re firmly in the business end of the season now and that means that the top of the table clashes in both men’s and ladies’ football we have for you tonight could well decide who gets to finish the season on top of the table.

First up, the Griffintown Gaels line out against the Goose Village Blackrocks for the final time in the regular season of the men’s football. Currently on top of the table, the Rocks have a narrow lead of a point over the Gaels and the Gaels have a game in hand. The Rocks will be keenly aware that even if they do the business here, they’ll be reliant on either the Vikings or the Warriors to take two points off the Gaels in order for things to stay as they are, which is a tall order. But all that is in the future, as the only side to have taken points off the Gaels all season, the Rocks will be hoping that they can win this particular best of three which should set them up nicely should these two sides meet in the finals.
The Gaels have been in fantastic form all season, and there’s no reason to suspect that will be coming to an end here. A narrow opening day loss to the rocks has been their only stumble, and that was repaid with a rout back in June, so they must surely fancy their chances here. The only worry for them will be that they’ve not played in a month, where as the Rocks have already seen action since the midseason break, perhaps some rust as set in?
Will the Rocks take the Gaels to task for only the second time so far this season, or will the Gaels clean out their cobwebs and the Blackrocks all at the same time? Join us on the main field of the Loyala campus and find out!

Following that we have our second top of the table clash with the Goose Village Blackrocks and the Verdun Vikings squaring off in the ladies’ football. The Vikings have had things all their own way this summer, four wins out of four games and now four points clear of their nearest rivals with a game in hand. One more win here will see them into the finals, and they’re certain to have nothing but that on their minds as they step out for their first game after the midseason break. They’ll be well rested and key players have spend the break in Ireland at the world games, so they’ll be sure to come out swinging
Looking to land a momentum shattering counter punch are a Blackrocks side that have shown themselves capable of great things, but only in fits and starts. Fine performances against the Gaels have been married to less inspiring ones against the Vikings, but as the season has worn on this side has slowly started to find it’s grove. Recent games have had more of the spirit of the dominant Blackrocks sides of old and with only three games left for the Blackrocks and the Gaels snapping at their heels, the Blackrocks will need to dig deep here and find something special to answer this Vikings side. Like their opponents a lot of Blackrock player shone at the world games, it might just be time for the blackrocks as a whole to shine too.
At the end of this, will the Vikings be celebrating getting to their second consecutive final, or will the Blackrocks have delivered a sharp reminder to the league of what they’re capable of? This will be a fine game to end the night on, so please, do come and join us at Loyala campus.

Summer Superleague 2019: Week 8

Coming up this Monday, the 22nd of July at the Vanier College

  • 7pm – St Henri Harps vs N.D.G. Na Fianna Rouges
  • 8pm – Concordia Warriors (Men’s) vs Goose Village Blackrocks (Men’s)

Only three days since we were all out in Vanier, we’ll all brave the summer heat and humidity again as Na Fianna Rouges try to keep their hopes of making the hurling finals alive, and the Blackrocks look to narrow the gap at the top of the men’s football table.

Fist up, we have small ball action as the St Henri Harps take on N.D.G. Na Fianna Rouges. The Harps had until just a few days ago looked invincible, but on a sweltering Friday night in Vanier, PSC Cu Chulainn showed that even gods can bleed taking a well deserved two points. The Harps are still on course to qualify for the finals, they just need one more win. And with the benefit of a few days to rest and regroup, the Harps must surely fancy themselves to make amends and do the business here. For na Fianna Friday night was a mixed blessing, it showed that the harps can be beaten, but it also was PSC throwing down the gauntlet and announcing that if the Rouges want that place in the final they’ll have to go through PSC to get it. Now they need to work a little magic of their own and deliver their half of a one-two punch on the Harps to keep themselves in the race for the finals. With all these thoughts going through the player’s heads we can expect the battling to be ferocious and the drama at it’s highest as these two sides bring us what is sure to be a match to remember.

And following on from that we have the Concordia Warriors lining out opposite the Goose Village Blackrocks in the men’s football. The Warriors will come into this knowing that time is running out if they are to mount a challenge on second place. Currently languishing at the bottom of the table, but only four points behind their opponents tonight, who currently are sitting in second. A win here would let them leapfrog the Verdun Vikings in third and land them right on the Blackrock’s heels, ready to push them aside. It’s a tall order though, as the last time these sides met the Blackrocks came out well ahead, with a twenty one point victory, and indeed the Warriors haven’t tasted victory since their first game of the season. But if ever there was a time for a reversal of fortunes, then it’s now, and the Warriors must surely feel that their time is due. For the Blackrocks, this game is all about keeping the pressure on the Griffintown Gaels, currently three points ahead in first place. A slip up here will probably not be disastrous, in terms of making the men’s football finals, but it would pretty much put an end to any thoughts of taking first place in the league. But with their eyes so focused on a team not on the field, do the Blackrocks run the risk of being blindsided on it? Come and join us in Vanier as we end the evening on what is sure to be a physical and intense game as two fine sides go all out in search of a much needed win.