As Humber College Island rose from the shallows of Lake Ontario, the first match of the season was underway for the Toronto Rebels as they took on the Broadview Hawks. The Rebels had been itching to get on the ground for their first match, and with the hype leading into the season from their Premiership win last September, every other club was curious to see what Rebels Brand was going to bring again for another year.
The boys in black and white started off slow in the first quarter. Almost no scoring for either team during the first 10 minutes made it feel like we had war of attrition happening, waiting for the first team to slip up. The Hawks jumped out to an early lead kicking the first two goals as the Rebels engine started to warm up. This would be the most the Hawks would get in any other quarter proving Rebels dominance on the field is something to be feared.
Strong clearances out of the midfield by newly acquired Hands, along with the veteran support of Hodor, Duncan and Digga gave the Rebels a much needed boost in the second quarter. Adding 4 goals to their 1 in the first term, saw the Rebels cruise past Broadview. Goals from Kid, Ash, Wiz (ask the guy on the mark how he felt) set the boys up for a confident start to the second half.
The backline continued to shut down any attempt at a Hawks goal, including a streaking Hegsy up and down the boundary, taking marks and setting up scoring shots for newcomers Razor and Rhys in the forward line. Again the backline held the Hawks to just one goal during the quarter while the Rebels had another four scoring shots.
As the Rebels looked to cap off their first win of the season with the start of the final term, the Hawks continued to test the Rebels grit and their ability to dig in for a strong finish. Unfortunately for the Hawks, this was the Rebels strongest quarter kicking 4 goals on 6 scoring shots. Another strong performance by the backs and some impactful play by K Duff and Fabs in the forwards solidified the victory.
Before we go...
This round is brought to you from the Tex-Mex, Kings-Crown-serving, beer and Jameson, music venue; Sneaky Dee’s. Thanks to our sneakiest sponsor….
Sneaky Dee’s is a family business located at College and Bathurst. It is an integral member of the Rebels family. They have been with us since the early 2000s. George and the family are a huge part of what of makes the Rebels a club and family worth sticking around for. If you don't know Sneaky Dee’s, you haven't really been to Toronto since 1987 (when Sneaky Dee's open its first doors on Bloor St W). Sneaky’s will serve you delicious tex-mex food, look after you like family and put on a great show upstairs. The kitchen is always open late and serves delicious food that leaves you feeling full and satisfied. Thank you Sneaky Dee's for supporting us and giving the Rebels a home away from home!
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Finally, thanks to Rob Colburn for the always excellent photos.
Looking forward to next week...
Rebels take on Toronto Eagles in Round 3 next Saturday 2pm Humber College South - Colonal Sam Smith Park. Hope to see you there.
Updated 19:22 - 26 Jun 2018 by Rick Burns