After two weeks of regrouping from their no-win double-header in Dallas, the Red Stick’s own Tigers are gearing up for a hard-hitting rematch in their home opener against the Austin Crows.
After weeks of negligible rain, the Clark Park pitch should run fast and hot. Thankfully, though, the predicted temperature at the start of the match is 80 degrees, a fair bit cooler than in recent days.
The Tigers are looking to repeat last season’s home victory over the Crows and shore up their current 1-2 record. Again, the boys from Baton Rouge will blood a number of recruits but some familiar faces will also see action for the first time this season. Hard-charging Aaron LaRose will spend time in the halfback line and in the midfield while Mason Adam will open his 2010 campaign on the wing. The Irishman, James Morris will bring his slick Gaelic-inspired skills and a raking left boot to the fullback line. Michael “Pele” Bruckner will also dust off the boots.
Training efforts have been redoubled to improve fitness and skills as the Tigers enter the middle portion of a schedule that sees the Old Blue and Gold contest 5 matches in a span of 10 weeks.
Centreman and current favorite for this year’s Best and Fairest, Minnesota James Kavanaugh will get no further to the action than the sidelines as he nurses a fractured shin. Veterans Joe Roy, Rob Montanaro, and Neil Stebbing will fill the void from the backlines while forward Jeff “Peepers” Phillips looks to lead the Tigers’ push to goal.
Game time: 1pm at Clark Park. From 110: exit 8A for LA -19, turn right at LA-19/Scotland Ave, after 1.5 miles, turn right on Thomas Road. Field is visible immediately, turn into parking lot on left.
Afterparty: 6-9 pm at Puncher’s Bar in downtown Baton Rouge. 421 3rd Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5539
All you can eat and drink (jambalaya and beer) special: $20 for men, $10 for women.
All you can eat only: $10.