Dallas Tourney!

This Saturday, the Baton Rouge Tigers are teaming up with the Houston LoneStars for a trip north to Dallas.  The combined BR/Houston squad will face off against Dallas at 10am and Austin at 12pm for the annual Crawfish Cup.  This is the first year of the nationals-style tourney.

The Tigers are coming off of an opening victory against Houston and have put in some hard yards to prepare this upcoming test of fitness and skills.  Houston is coming off a defeat against Austin, but head coach Dan Holwerda is pleased with his team’s effort if not the result.

Tiger assistant coach Neil Stebbing will make his season debut and ruckman Daz Duhnke will try to match his previous Best On Ground performance.  This will also be the match debut of Rugby Ray, whose two-footedness and feel for the game are sure to make an impact at either midfield or forward.

Of the two teams the Tigers will face, the Dallas Magpies have been the most consistent.  The defense is sound, their midfield is savvy, and their forwards are generally big and experienced.  The Austin Crows have had impressive results the past two years and will certainly bring a fired-up squad looking for vengeance for last season’s Div. 3 grand final defeat against the host team.

All four teams will nurse their wounds but not their beers at the post-tourney Crawfish Boil.


Hotel: Crowne Plaza located at 7800 Alpha Rd. Dallas Texas

Field: Celebration Park in Allen Texas

Dom’s Retirement…

Tues. May 12th, 2009

This Saturday the Tigers take on the Kookaburras of Atlanta at Clark Park at 1:00 pm. The Tigers are looking to start a winning streak after a strong win against the Austin Crows on May 2nd. This year has seen the rise of many new standout players. I will be expecting Aaron Larose, Tyler Smith, Nathan Lane, Taylor Braud, James Morris, and Dominic Pagel to once again have over-the-top performances this weekend. Larose has been dominant this year on-ball and has helped turn on our offense. Veteran players, Lane, Braud, and Smith, are playing extremely well across the middle and have been responsible for bringing the ball into our forward line. First year players Morris and Pagel had tremendous performances against Austin in the forward line and will be looked at this weekend to snag some goals for the Tigers.

Unfortunately this will be Pagel’s final game for the Tigers. Young Dom has been a dedicated Tiger since his joining of the club. He has always trained and played with high spirit and intensity. He shall be missed and we all wish him the best of luck as he travels to Western Australia for college.

Please join the Tigers once again at Puncher’s at 6:00 pm for an after game social. Puncher’s is located on Third St. and Laurel, downtown Baton Rouge. There will be all you can eat jambalaya and all you can drink beer. $20 for blokes, $5 for sheilas.