Question 3 Did Old Blue just Throw Down a Marker? Yes, maybe. The Boston Irish Wolfhounds are not a bad side, and Old Blue played them in Massachusetts and took them apart.
But it's early days yet and maybe the Wolfhounds weren't quite ready. Old Blue seems to be, and they are still missing some big-time players. Adam Siddall is still out. Lock Trevor Cassidy played last week, but will rest this week. Enzo Venter, who played at a high level in South Africa, makes his debut at hooker. All of thise says that Old Blue has depth, which they will need because they also have a DIII team (!).
Games this weekend:
White Plains at Middlesex
Mystic River at Old Blue
NYAC at Boston Irish Wolfhounds
NYAC were underwhelming on the road in Boston a week ago, but got the job done. They are still missing their Eagles, but they need to use that depth anyway because things won't get any easier. Of the eight league games the AC has slated for this fall, they will have all their players available for two.
The AC was missing ten starters last Saturday, and some of their veterans had to be moved around. Four players on the squad had never been seen in a game by the coaches. Yet they pulled it out. That's a big morale boost for their newer players and those who played a lot of B-side. Now they realize they are needed, and can contribute.
Tony L'Estrange and Brian Doyle are expected back in the lineup, but Mike Petri is not, and Neil McMillan is unavailable. Blake Burdette is, apparently, making a push to be back where he was in 2007. The former Eagle front-rower has some work to do to get there.
Old Blue has a tough game against Mystic, but should be OK. White Plains was a surprise, scoring 31 on Boston. They bring that offensive endeavor against a Middlesex team that had an extra weekend to get ready. Led by Backs captain Jon Kokinda, who just doesn't miss kicks, Middlesex could host another high-scoring game.