© Guardian photo by Mitch MacDonald
Spencer Gallant, left, and Luke Mackay of the Hunter’s Ale House P.E.I. Mudmen rugby club take out a Windsor Machine player during a Division 2 match Sunday at Co-op Field in Charlottetown.
The Hunter’s Ale House P.E.I. Mudmen scored early and often in a 38-17 rout of the Windsor Machine in Nova Scotia Rugby Men’s Senior Rugby League Division 2 action Sunday in Charlottetown.
P.E.I. notched all its points in the first half, led by two trys by Ben Jones and a try and four converts by Aaron Fitzpatrick and building a 38-7 halftime lead.
Saturday, the Division 2 Mudmen lost 24-14 to the Halifax Tars in Charlottetown in the first game of a rare back-to-back weekend games, so winning the second contest had real meaning for the now 4-2 Mudmen.
And, said Fitzpatrick, perhaps with one game under its belt his team played more in the moment in Game 2.
“(Maybe being) aware of that might have been part of the problem,” said Fitzpatrick. “We played a pretty good game (Sunday). We were a little more confident and we came out ready. We knew if we won we'd be in fourth and if we lost we'd be travelling (for a playoff game).”
Windsor dropped to 2-4. Its trys went to Evan Chambers and Adam Boyd.
Luke MacKay, Matt Champion and Dexter Coughlin had the our Mudmen trys.
Also Saturday, the Mudmen Division 1 team beat the Fredericton Loyalists 32-27 in Fredericton and moved to 3-1 in the standings.
Fredericton, a perennially strong club and multi-time Maritime champ, fell to 1-1 at home to an under-manned Mudmen squad that brought just one player over the minimum.
“It’s kind of a big deal that take 16 guys and beat Fredericton on its home field,” said Phil Gallant, longtime Mudmen player. “It’s kind of a turning point.”
The Division 2 Mudmen finished its regular season on Sunday. Playoffs are tentatively scheduled to start next weekend and P.E.I. is in the running for a home field, post-season contest.
The Division 1 squad hosts HRFC on Saturday, at 2 p.m., at Co-op Field. The club will honour all former club members who come watch the game.
P.E.I. ends the Division 1 season on Saturday, Aug. 30, in Enfield, N.S.
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