10 Jan 2010 – YCAC Gents vs US Navy

Match report by Hunter Hemingway
Photos by Kyoko Obayashi
Gents photos
YCAC Gents 27, US Navy 19 (HT 10-7)

In the week leading up to this fixture most of the pre-match banter centered around the fact that “Big” Luke Raimo was signed up to play for YCAC rather than his employer. However, despite the lively discourse on “Navy love” that this decision prompted, it ended up being a non-issue because Big Luke was called in to work at the last minute on Sunday. Funny that. At least a few of the senior guys from the US Navy team seemed to think it was fairly humorous …

While we missed Big Luke for his playing ability, we certainly didn’t miss him in terms of national diversity as the Septics well and truly dominated the XV that we ended up fielding against the Navy. A YCAC match with 21 Americans (15 Navy, 6 YCAC) must be some kind of record and at the end of the fixture I had to punch myself in the face (hard) to stop telling everyone to “Have a nice day” and wishing them “Good luck with that”.

Make fun of the Navy and Americans. Tick. What’s next? Ah, that’s right, I remember now …

YCAC legend Scott “Five Bellies” Sizemore is definitely entering the Keith Richards “pleased to be here, pleased to be anywhere actually” stage of his career but another excellent performance at hooker proved that he is not quite ready yet to be mounted and hung on the wall of the Breezeway next to Mike “Doddy” Galbraith. In fact, Sizemore was showing a lot more energy than his younger team-mates – Aran “Two Inches” Delaney quickly became too tired to tell anyone to use their “top two inches” (which is unfortunate, because we didn’t) and even Brimman “Brutus” Frazer appeared to be worn out (although that may have been from other exertions – he brought a girl to rugby but quietly informed everyone that the date for which he missed touch on Wednesday was with a different girl). The only guy who didn’t appear tired was the one guy who had an excuse to be – Kats “Marathon Man” Matsuo had run 20 km as training on the morning of the match but still managed to be full of energy for the game. Indeed, it was only Matsuo’s excellent kicking and a couple of second half tries from captain Joe “I spend all pre-match talking about how we need to pass but then never do it myself” Fisher that got YCAC across the line.

After the match, our terrible record in drink-offs continued with our chosen champion Eps “Little Cuzzy Bro” Tuibenau being comprehensively defeated by his Navy opposite. Situations Vacant: Can you sink piss? If so, we want YOU to be the YCAC Man of the Match for the the rest of the season. No rugby ability required.

Hunter Hemingway


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