Boston opens its Super League season Saturday 2pm ET at Old Blue.
Boston has been ascending up the Super League hierarchy lately, reaching the semifinals the last two seasons. With a young core that’s just getting better, and some new faces, Boston is hoping this season will be its breakthrough.
“I think we’ve progressed each year,” said Boston coach Mike Diamontopolous. “We got really smoked by NYAC in the semis two years ago. We were four minutes from beating Life last year, so I hope with a few additions and more experience we’re taking that next step and can make a final.”
Back for Boston is the main core of young vets – Tony Purpura, Kyle Marshall, Duran Vota and Glynn MacKenzie. But not returning is Eagle Roland Suniula, who left his 7s contract to join the Chicago Griffins.
“We only had Roland for two games (last year). Was he a big part of our win against NYAC? He absolutely was. We had him for the Life and NYAC games, essentially, so it hurts to lose him, but I don’t think it’s a death blow in any way,” said Diamontopolous.
“The team went on without him. Disappointed to not have him, but he made the best decision for him in Chicago.”
Boston has added more than its lost, though, including Jamie Hugh from Life and hooker Andy Mclean and lock Norris Goldberg, who rejoin Boston after spending time overseas.
But Boston’s two biggest additions come over from Ireland. One is Colin Waters, who played for Buccaneers in Connacht’s top club division. He’ll play openside for Boston.
The other Irish import is actually former U20 Eagle scrumhalf Sean Treacy. Born in the States, the Irish-raised No. 9 most recently played with Blackrock in the Leinster system, but has moved Stateside to make a run at playing for the senior Eagles.
Boston’s average age, Diamontopolous guesses, is in the mid-20s. Add some seasoned talent into the mix, and Boston could well be poised for title contention this spring.