Shanghai Inviation 26th September Review

A depleted Suzhou traveled to rugby grounds of Pudong for a 4 team inviation with Dalian and 2 Shanghai teams.  Leaving Suzhou with 6 players we managed to recruit another Pitch side, poached Mick Bowens for the second time and Dalian generiously borrowed us Angelo and Scott. 

First Match: Suzhou 0-6  Shanghai A 0-8.  A great effort from a bunch of lads that were only getting together for the first time, putting it up to the power houses of Asia.  As usual Swaner was the ever ready bunny in the middle and Kevin and Mick picked off some lovely points to keep us in contention right til the death.  Suzhou came close to a goal in the dying stages with Kevins fisted effort cleared off the line.

Second Match: Suzhou 2-6 Shanghai B 1-4.  A fine battle with suzhou conceding a goal in the opening minute.  A switch at half time between Pebo and Martin proved to be the winning stroke with both having a stroming second half.

Third Match: Suzhou 1-5 Dalian 1-6.  Another close battle which was won with the last kick of the game, a free from 15 yards.  Mick Bowens took no prisinors at the back so it was no surprise he gave away the free.....  only joking Mick, you can play with us all the time.  Mick up front again was in flying form.

Fourth Match Suzhou beat Shanghai B.  In the Losers final Suzhou were in there stride and won easily against Shanghai B in what was a repeat of the All China Championship Bowl Final.  Moment of the match was the goal celebration from Don.

All in all a good trip and its a pity we didnt have a full team, there would have been a few upsets.


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