The Fight get one back on the Axemen!
Over the past 7 seasons, the Valley Forge Casino Resort Philadelphia Fight have suffered many a loss at the hands of the Firehouse Subs Jacksonville Axemen, 2012 USARL Champions. Always at the Axemen’s home ground in Florida. And so it was, with immense pleasure, the Fight came away convincing winners, 34-20, on their home ground in Conshohocken on Saturday.
Never headed by the Axemen at any time during the match, it was a much improved performance from the Fight over last week, with a tenacious and disciplined effort throughout the match. The Fight lead 10-6 at half-time, with tries to winger Mike ‘Squirrel’ Timpano and interchange-winger Matt Scherr. Timpano adding the extras to only his try.
Timpano went on to score two more tries and kick 5 goals from 6 attempts before the end of the match, to earn him the Coach’s pick for best on field.
Not to be outdone and to compliment Timpano’s efforts on the left-wing, Fight’s right-winger Jared Frymoyer capped off a top all-round performance by scoring a well deserved 70-yard try. He was also never far from keeping his side of the field safe with solid defense, often chopping the legs from under the much larger Axemen outside attack.
Jared Frymoyer intercepts a pass and goes 70 meters for a try
Ex-Axemen players, the Clark brothers, Matt & Casey, have added strength and power to both the Fight’s attack and defense. Matt, unable to play in last week’s opening game of the season when Casey scored his first try for their new club, scored his first try for the Fight in the 3rd quarter.
The Clarks were well supported by fellow forwards, props James Coleman and Matt Webster, with equal powerhouse running and tackling. Coleman, with improved fitness this season, able to complete the 80-minute game without an interchange.
Mr Perpetual Motion, Kevin Wiggins, gave another inspiring performance for his team mates and fans. Often pulling off triple tackles and blistering runs into the Axemen defense.
Joel Weeks had another superb game, controlling play with some deft passing and kicking, resulting in him being the opposition’s chosen best for the Fight. One 20-yard pass from dummy-half saw the ball hit Timpano flush on the chest for him to score a try without a hand laid on him.
The start to the 2013 season hasn’t been kind to the Fight’s regular fullback, Patrick Quirk, who re-strained a hamstring muscle early in the match and had to sit it out while Aussie centre, Ben Russell, took over the duties. Not his usual position, Ben had another solid game from the rear, as he had to do last week as well.
Fight Skipper, Rich Henson, has had to accommodate the dummy-half role in the absence of Dave ‘PFC’ Wilmore, sidelined for another 6-weeks after braking his collar-bone in the May 18, 9′s Tournament. Henson, as always, more than willing to the task, kept his forwards on the roll and chased down more than his share in defense.
New comers to the Fight for 2013, centre John Lyons and hooker, Cesare Coscia, have blended in well with the team and have shown they are worthy performers. Coscia always ready, willing and able around the ruck to charge into the opposition and make tackles, with Lyons always looking for work a little wider in open spaces where the quicker players usually are.
After two wins, it already looks like an exciting season ahead for the Fight, with another win at home being on the cards this Saturday when they play the 0-2 Baltimore Blues at 7.00pm in Conshohocken.
Game Photos courtesy of Gene Thorpe photography available at the Fight Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151397899415356.1073741837.160260270355&type=3
Full game videos and highlight reel are available now on the Fight You Tube page http://www.youtube.com/user/ryanmcgough
USARL Round 2 Results:
- (H) Washington D.C. Slayers 66 vs (A) Baltimore Blues 0
- (H) Philadelphia Fight 34 vs (A) Jacksonville Axemen 20
- (H) Rhode Island Rebellion 18 vs (A) Boston Thirteens 86
- Jacksonville Axemen vs Boston Thirteens
- Philadelphia Fight vs Baltimore Blues
- Rhode Island Rebellion vs Washington D.C. Slayers