NATO LIONS RFC v Various Teams




The LIONS travelled up to Ladipoli for some fun on the beach and to enjoy an amazing beach atmosphere. The team enjoyed the late afternoon sun and fortunately as this was not the first match, the hot sand was cooled by previous games. The LIONS brought a few members but all were ready to have some fun and enjoy the party afterwards.

The LIONS first game was played on cool sand and the team was ready to take the pitch to begin pool play. They needed some time to adjust to the quick play on the beach. When they finally did it was too late and the opposing side was able to pull away and get a 7-4 victory over the LIONS.

In the second match of the afternoon the LIONS came out swinging and started off quickly with PO Zack Davis scoring his first try of his rugby career and PO Edward Johnson contributing a strong effort scoring 3 tries; the LIONS were able to hang on to win 5-3. This match concluded pool play and because of a forfeit the LIONS came in 2nd place in their pool.

With the conclusion of pool play the LIONS entered the knockout rounds and they ran up against the eventual tournament champions and were defeated 8-4. PO Kevin Young scored a hat trick and PO Edward Johnson contributed another try on the day as the LIONS tried to mount a comeback but time ran out. A good day was had by all.

This match is part of the ‘You Play We Pay’ initiative.

PO3 Edward Johnson (USN)
Mr. Toby Gardner (Civ UK)
PO Quan Solomon (USN)
Mr. Thomas Johnson (Civ UK)
PO2 Zack Davis (USN)
PO2 Kevin Young (USN)
LT Jimmy De Fazio (USN)