Old Gaelic took on the rival Lancaster Roses on Saturday with the Susquehanna Cup on the line. The visitors had no answer on this day, as OG secured a 58-10 home victory to end the fall standing alone in second place in the division!
The scoring started early with a good scrum by Lancaster turning into points for the Black and Gold. Lancaster stole the scrum, but an ensuing mishandle was scooped up by #10 Brady Reisman who took the ball the rest of the way for the early 5-0 lead. The roses struck back 10 minutes later and the combatants were locked up at 5-5 before the Gaelic attack took over.
A well-executed 8-9-11 play from Curtis Brillhart to Captain Brian Hart, finished by Man of the Match Austin Waugh sparked a 46-0 run to dazzle the home crowd. Next it was big #12 Lee Townsend who crashed across the line at 31′, then Waugh’s second two minutes later, then prop Sergio Acala finishing off a series of pick and goes just before halftime.
The score held for 10 minutes into the second stand before flanker Alex Diegel spotted a gap top open things up in the second half. Reisman’s boot was well on display as he followed up with a penalty kick and a drop goal to go with his four conversions. Wing Kory Harris got in on the action with try at 70 before Lancaster got one in. At 76′ Hart dished out his fourth assist of the day for Townsend’s second try, and hit the conversion for the game’s final score, 58-10!
The win puts Gaelic at 4-2 and in position to finish the Spring season strong and secure a first round home playoff game. It was an injury-plagued season that saw games without its most experienced scrummaging prop, a big try scorer at 13 and other key players in and out of the lineup throughout the season. Lesser teams would have found itself outside of playoff contention, but OG’s “Next Man Up,” team-first mentality rose to the occasion time and again.
Well done by all Gaelic players, coaches, administrators and supporters! Keep an eye out for the Holiday Party, team award votings, get togethers at Evergain, and team workouts.