It was a beautiful day for footy last Saturday as the Old City Benjamins and the South Philly Whiz kicked off their Metro season with a spirited match. They played 7’s aside, which meant plenty of room to run! Unfortunately for the Bens, the Whiz drafted the faster and fitter team and ran away with the match in the first quarter.
The Whiz midfield, comprised of Scotty Stoddard, Trey Thatcher and Mike, brought their legs with them on Saturday and worked incredibly well together. Big Alex, playing ruck for the Bens, was his dominant self winning every contest in the center square, but the Whiz trio in the middle was everywhere, gobbling up loose balls, giving off clean handballs, and getting the ball into the forward line. Hawks vet Tall Timmy Koen was the benefactor, taking advantage of a vertically-challenged Bens back line and kicking a slew of goals in the first quarter to put the Bens in a deep hole. The first quarter ended 0.2.2 for the Bens and 4.1.25 for the Whiz.
Luckily for the Bens, newcomer Scott Fillery took over in the back line and shut down Koen for the rest of the match. The rest of the Bens got their act together as well, moving the ball well out of the center square and up to their forwards. But the Whiz back line of Pat Miller and Bradd Gower were like a brick wall, preventing any kind of sustained Bens attack. With Koen being well marked in the forward line, it was the Whiz midfield that made their mark on the scoreboard during the middle quarters. Trey was nearly unstoppable running out of the packs and kicking goals, and the Whiz took a healthy lead into the final stage.
The Bens won the final quarter, with big goals from Jon Ginsberg and Matty Schorr, but it was not enough. The all-day run of the Whiz was too much, and they came out victorious with a final score of Bens 8.9.57, Whiz 14.5.89.
Congrats and well done to all who played, coached and umpired last weekend. Come on out this Sunday for Metro #2 to see if the Bens can get their revenge!