Division 2

Dallas Harlequins traveled light for their two matches against Austin Blacks during the Australia Day celebration at Burr Field. They only had 14 players on their D2 roster while the Blacks fielded a full squad of 23 for their first league match at home this year. Blacks took advantage of the extra man with outside-center Patrick Medina scoring a try in the first minute of the match. Flyhalf, Adam Armstrong, added the conversion and Blacks led 7-0. Blacks would go on to score 12 more tries in the match, 8 of them converted. Leading scorer for the match was Adam Armstrong with a try and 6 conversions for 17 points in only one half of play. Patrick Medina’s 16 points on two tries and three conversions was second, followed by evergreen hooker, Chris Cronn, and #8, Rafael Lopez-Segovia with two tries apiece. Six other players had one try each – Tim Minor, Myles Hernandez, Michael Bankston, Matt Graves, Chris Reed, and Ryan Cooper. Harlequins were reduced to 13 players when one of their 2nd-rows received his second yellow card in the first 23 minutes of the match. Nevertheless, they scored two tries and one conversion for a final tally of 83-12 in favor of Austin Blacks.

1 Jesse Adams
2 Chris Cronn (2 tries)
3 Paul Dombkowski
4 Tommy Gilmore
5 John Hart
6 Matthew Graves (try)
7 Myles Hernandez (try)
8 Rafael Lopez Segovia (2 tries)
9 Timothy Minor (try)
10 Adam Armstrong (try, 6 conv)
11 Michael Bankston (try)
12 Thomas Walsh
13 Patrick Medina (2 tries, 3 conv)
14 Matthew Schick
15 Nathan Belachew
16 John Galloway (YC)
17 Christopher Reed (tries)
18 Michael Norton
19 Bonheur van der Gronde
20 Ryan Cooper (try)
21 Rick Medina
22 Alex Garcia
23 Eoin Lynch

Division 1

The last match of the day was most certainly the best. The Harlequins’ Division 1 side came out hungry and immediately had the Blacks on their heels. A series of well-constructed phases resulted in an unconverted try in the corner near the 15thminute. The Blacks regathered and struck back with a corner try of their own by Antonio Winn, this one converted by Stephen Jones. The score became knotted at 10-10 with another unconverted try by the Quins and a penalty kick slotted by Jones. The Quins added a penalty of their own, only to be matched by an astute drop goal by Jones, noticing that advantage was being played deep within the Quins half thanks to several line breaks. The halftime score stood at 13-13.

Scoring was more abundant in the second half, with both defenses wearing down with the highly physical play. A Quins converted try in the 48th minute was answered by Pat Sullivan’s score, however unsuccessfully converted. The Blacks seemed to gain momentum after finishing a long possession with a try by Adam Armstrong. However the Quins fought back through a series of deft offloads that led to an open dot-down under the posts. They again pulled ahead 27-23. The last 10 minutes belonged to the Blacks, as a mauling lineout led to an easy line break and score by Levi Kereti, successfully converted again by Jones. With ball in hand once again, the Blacks put the punctuation mark on the game with another score by Adam Armstrong in the corner, the missed conversion being of no consequence. Blacks pull out a gutty victory, 35-27.