Old Gaelic hosted its frenemies from the East on May 22nd for a day of rugby, family, and camaraderie to remember our departed friend and leader Frank Lentz. Just as Frank would have wanted, the home team kicked ass on its way to victory.
As Old Gaelic emptied the bench throughout the day, tries were scored by players with a 20-year gap. Lock Alex Diegel got the scoring started off a well placed “hot” ball from captain Brian Hart. Then Austin Waugh scored the first of his two tries and the hosts looked like they’d run away with this one in the first 20 minutes as they built a big early lead.
However, with the desire to create an entertaining match for the loaded home crowd, Old Gaelic took the foot off the gas pedal and let Lancaster crawl back into the game. Coach Dan Roth called his own number in the final period of the game and put things back in Old Gaelic’s control with a show and go try. Then Ian Eggleston, playing in his first match for the Black and Gold since 2011 received a beautiful inside ball from Matt Leggett to put he stamp on this one and secure victory for the home team!
A thrilling Wild Rovers vs. Motley B side was played after, highlighted by the Rover himself Kenny Burke playing against some of the players he coached in high school.
A memorial music video created by Curtis Brillhart, Dan Roth, and Dave Young was played as we remembered our friend. It can be viewed below.
The party then transferred over to the practice field where we grilled, drank and laughed deep into the night. Thank you everyone who made this such a fun and memorable experience, especially for the Lentz family who attended both the match and after party.