Wanderers enter the Easter Weekend with a Win
The Vienna Celtic Wanderers enter the Easter weekend celebrating a test game win from last week-end, unlike their supposed to be better Celtic 1st XV team the Wanderers were able to secure a second win since the start of the 2nd half of the season which the superior team has not yet managed. The Wanderers were able to over power a enthusiastic although player lacking Krems side, which provided a very entertaining game which saw both sides cross the try line numerous times.
Coaches and players of the Wanderers team; Octavian Pilati and Chris Evans chose to start the game with a 90% beginners team. Preferring also to lend some of the more expierenced players to the Krems team who were unfortunately missing some players.
The fairly unexperienced Wanderers team did a good job altogether although weaknesses in some key positions caused a few errors, many which Krems used to gather their points, A number of penalty kicks were also awarded to the Krems team which they no doubt were able to point on.This saw Krems take the lead and went in to the half with 13 points over the Wanderers 7 points.
After numerous unsuccessfull try attempts the 2 coach players Oci and Chris eventually took to the field themselves changing the whole game plan and getting the ball moving amongst the Wanderers team and eventually securing a win. Besides the 2 star players we saw wonderful runs and skills from 2 new boys on the side the No #2 and No #15 who powered through on a couple occasions and look like they could be contenders for a place on the 1st XV in the upcoming games.
Full Time Result:
Krems 24 (13) : Wanderers 43 (7)
With the Celtic 1st XV team not having a game on the day vice captain Patrick Mester was able to organise a bike ride for the 1st XV players to watch the game in Krems. With the kick off scheduled for 14:00 it seemed that starting at 09:00 would give the 5 enthusiastic players and 1 player girlfriend enough time to cover the approx. 90km distance and reach the pitch by kick-off.
The riders started on time from Schwedenplatz and where able to be on the road by 09:20, after a light breakfast. The 1st few kilometers offered no challenges, and it seemed that the destination would be reached ontime, but after about 20 Kilometers the wind picked up reaching speeds of up ro 40km/h, obviously blowing against the riders direction and making cycling very difficult. The route along the Donau seemed impossible with the wind much stronger along the river and as Celts alternative routes where chosen seeing the group riding along the Bundesstrasse to avoid wind, which did not really help.
The group eventually started falling behind in time and had to shorten or even cancel some of the breaks that were planned for along the route. Willpower and pure head and bum strength eventually got the group to the destination only 15 minutes after kick-off, where the Wanderers team where delighted to see them and enjoyed the support of some Celts in their away game.
With the group powered out after the ride and the game the return to Vienna was made by train.