Match Report 9.11.2013
Created on Sunday, 17 November 2013 11:10
On November 9th , 2013 Celtic formed a team of Wanderers mixed with various A side players for a “Friendly” versus Stade II at Dirnelwiese. The rain that pelted much of Wien had so far spared this corner of the City leaving a crisp afternoon for rugby.
The match began with conservative decisions to take early points and build momentum. Daan de Val nailed two penalties in the first 20 minutes to put Celtic up 6-0. Eight minutes later Flyhalf Ants Lambert drew defense before dishing to emerging force David Donaldson for Celts first try of the afternoon. The conversion by Daan left Celtic feeling in control 13-0. This bit of over confidence was quickly tempered by Stade’s attack lead by an excellent #10 who noticed an overload and put their Outside Center on a clear path to the Try line….13-5. This score would carry into halftime.
Only 4 minutes into the second half Celtic had a penalty deep in Stade territory, Mushegh looked at the pod ready to drive but cleverly fed a crashing Lambert who touched down for 5 more points soon thereafter converted 20-6. The backline play was efficient and really took advantage of the opportunities provided by the pack; in the 56th minute Fred Kimokoti took a ball at full pace from Mushegh touching it down from the Wing position….25-5. On this day Celtic seemed to let off the gas momentarily after a score; a lesson learned and not to be repeated, as the Stade Flyhalf scampered nearly 40 meters for a converted try only one minute after; 25-12. The next try came off savvy loose play and assisted by Hemi left our try scorer being help up in the zone, however in Freundschaftsspiel spirit, the Stade warrior notified the referee that the ball had not been held up and the try was awarded. That and the final try came from one man, a man who was a beast in the scrum, who lead the defense stepping up and going low time after time, that Man of the Match Christoph Isaac Krammer, well played.
The Celtic club came into the game with 2 goals aside from winning. 1. Retain possession by good ball presentation and competent rucking. 2. Limit penalties.
This focus significantly contributed to the final.
Celtic C followed at Dirnelwiese against Donau C as the rain could not remain shy any longer. Celtic’s side was comprised of many members of the Juniors who competed valiantly early in the day, new Celtic blood and various Wanderers who had just played against Stade. The match did not start in an awe inspiring manner as Donau bust open the gate scoring a long try in the opening minutes; 0-7 Donau. The first half was a back and forth affair as Celtic’s newest convert to Forward Leo Thun scored two and Lambert added an additional 5 points bringing Celtic up 15-7. The battle continued to see-saw as Donau kept the pressure on scoring 2 converted tries and threatening to crush Celtic’s spirit holding a 15-21 lead shortly after halftime. The long day and treacherous conditions forced Celtic to improvise the line-up and at halftime, various pack members could no longer compete due to injury or other commitments. Many men were asked to bail out their Celtic brothers, but two in particular answered the bell. David Donaldson and Fred Kimokoti looked a bit befuddled being asked to play flanker in the second half after performing so well in the backline against Stade. They were assured that this assignment was not a punishment and they played so well they should fear that now they have pack experience. The truth is they embodied Celtic spirit, by whatever means necessary with no complaints only heart.
That heart shut out Donau the rest of the match and produced 3 Celtic tries credited to Fred from his loose forward position Ants and Leo.
The list of players that played exceptional is long, but I would like to mention efforts by Enrique, Filip Cikul, Abi and Alfonso, but the Man of the Match goes to Fred Kimokoti for his efforts in the second half.
Final Celtic C 30-Donau C 21
-Written by Mike McLean
Match Report 2.10.2013
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 13:43
On Saturday in Dirnelwiese a Celtic Wanderers side came to play tough rugby versus the Wombats of Wiener Neustadt. Training during the week was competitive and spirited. That spirit carried itself onto the pitch. The first half started with a few defensive judgment lapses that lead to early tries by the opposition and by the 30th minute Celtic was down a seemingly insurmountable 0-19. A lesser team would have rolled over and died, lesser men would have quit on their teammates…..lesser men these were not. With 8 minutes left until the break Celtic capitalized first on forceful ball possession in the pack and then the quick hands of center Franz Maier, allowing David Donaldson to make a nifty move into the try zone; surely the first of many for Donaldson with his new Club going forward. The confidence in the forwards and backs propelled the offense in the final minutes followed by a tremendous individual effort by Captain and Flyhalf Ants Lambert to bring the half time score to 10-19.
Rejuvenated and within striking distance Celtic took to the second half with a bounce in their step. Challenging a Line-out deep in Wombat territory 8-Man Phillip Blanckenstein scooted past the defense, secured a loose ball then penetrated the try line. The big man followed up his try converting from merely 10 meters from the touch line. Celtic 17-19. The buzz was in the air, and the Wanderers had the momentum, however it did not end the way we had planned. An obvious try was disallowed by the referee, the scrappy scrummie Jakob Leissing was carted off with injury and Captain Lambert received a second yellow resulting in a Celtic playing a man short the rest of the match.
Despite such adversity the men marched forward. The contribution from our Juniors was remarkable, those who started and played the entire game to those who came off the bench each contributed greatly. I could name every player individually because there is literally something positive to say about each of them. The backs and forwards each deserve a man of the match after this performance and I name David Donaldson and Phillip Blanckenstein as those men.
We are on the precipice of organized and consistent rugby. Come to training and we WILL see results on gameday.
Celtic 17- Wombats 34
See also the hilights on Laola1 under: http://www.laola1.tv/de-at/video/highlight-vienna-celtic-rfc-rc-wombats/142446.html
-Written by Mike McLean