Last weekend the Bombers, along with 9 other DII and DIII teams, traveled up to Omaha, NE for the Rugby Westerns and a chance to more onto the Sweet 16s in Dallas.
The Westerns is composed of four DII teams and the victors of Saturday’s matches would play for the championship on Sunday and continue on the Sweet 16.
In Saturday’s match the Bombers would face the Glendale Raptors from Colorado and the Omaha GOATS would face Tulsa. The Bombers were first on the board with a 30 meter penalty kick from James Sills. Glendale was first to score a try with kick from their #10 to an on running winger caught on the fly. The Bombers kept up the defense and the offense was able to score their first try near the end of the first half. The Bombers struggled getting control of the ball from the kick off and Glendale was able to score right at half, making it 13-12 at half in favor of the Bombers.
The Bombers offense played exceptional rugby in the second half with two tries called back and had many opportunities to score but it was the small things that kept the Bombers from the try zone. Glendale would defeat the Bombers 34-16 and face Tulsa on Sunday for the Westerns Championship. Man of the match went to Dave Klug for hard work and leaving it all on the field.
The defeat meant that the Bombers season has come to an end but not before taking on the Omaha GOATS on Sunday. The match gave both sides a chance to play all their players and those who didn’t get to play in Saturday’s match. Both teams went back and forth on taking the lead and the Bombers had many opportunities to take the lead. The GOATS lead the majority of the second half 14-10 and wasn’t looking to good for the Bombers as time was about to expire with Omaha having the ball. The final play of the game was to be a scrum to the GOATS, deep in their zone, but the Bombers pack weren’t finished yet. The Bombers took control of the scrum, gained possession of the ball and was taken in for the winning try. The conversion was made by Jim Morrison making the final score, 17-14 in favor of the Bombers.
We may not be going to the Sweet 16s, (or might*) or to the National Championship, but the club has seen many improvements over the season and would not have gotten as far as we did without the coaching, all the players, and heart everyone has put in.
To those who have been playing with the Bombers for many years, the new recruits, and those hanging up the boots, Thank You!
Make sure to keep checking the website and Facebook Page for updates with summer 7s and upcoming events. We have a lot of things planned such as the Crawfish cook-out, award ceremony, float trip, and golf tournament.
To the All Mighty Bombers!