The 2017-2018 season is finally here! Both D2 and D3 have big statements to make after last spring. Our practices take place every Tuesday and Thursday night, 6:30pm, at Levey Middle School in Southfield. Anyone new to the Tradesmen are encouraged to fill out our contact form and join us at training. We have two very competitive schedules this fall and are ready to step up to the challenge! Stay tuned to our website, Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates! LET’S RIDE!
Your Tradesmen officially kicked off the spring season with two matches this weekend. Saturday would see the D3 side defend home turf against the Flint Rogues and the D2 side took to the road to handle Buffalo RFC. Cold temperatures and consistent rain would cause some issues, but both sides managed their opponents well and came out on top.
Your D3 Tradesmen continued the winning tradition at Levey Middle School with a solid game plan and quick adaptation to Flint’s unorthodox tactics. Hard running forward play from Brad Allen, Eagle Stathakis and Rommy Sleiman would open up the defense for the backline, giving Imad Harajly plenty of room to attack Flint’s backline with newcomer center Kyle Harris. Solid scrummaging would give the team the base they needed to consistently dominate Flint while conceding few penalties and maintaining a solid defensive line with their tackling. They played to the pattern very well and even adjusted when Flint attempted to use the “Italian Defense” by committing no players to the ruck and infiltrating the backline. In the end, consistency would be key and your D3 Tradesmen would get the win, 60-5.
The trip to Buffalo for the D2 side would go oddly similar to that of the D3 match. After a brief lapse that allowed Buffalo to put their one and only try down, the D2 side would apply steady and unrelenting pressure to the home side. Far superior scrums would consistently drive Buffalo back, often winning not only Tradesmen put in’s, but Buffalo’s as well. Strong running from the backline was accented by periods of heavy forward smash ball and finished off with try after try from both the forward pack and the backline. Brilliant kicking from Adam Saad would put Buffalo on their heels in their own territory often, punishing them with tries when they didn’t chase down the chip kick. The aggressive defense of the D2 side sealed the fate of Buffalo, giving them no chance to really get into the game. In the end, Buffalo would fall, 85-5.
This past weekend your Detroit Tradesmen took to the field for the first time this year, shaking the cobwebs off at the St. Patrick’s Day tournament in Savannah, Georgia. Taking two sides, they would compete in both the Club and Premier brackets over the next two days.
The first match of the day saw the Club side take on the Southern Collegiate All-Stars. Though your Tradesmen pushed hard, they were simply outperformed and fell to the All-Stars, 12-47. The next match saw the Premier side take on Palmer Chiropractic College, a Division 1 team out of Davenport, Iowa. With a steady start, however losing some momentum in the second half, they were able to secure a win, 33-24. The second matches of the day took place simultaneously at 3pm, stretching the players and testing the resolve of both sides. The Club side took on Palmer’s B side, managing the match well, staying ahead for most of the game until Palmer overcame the Tradesmen late in the second half, 33-36. Though a loss, this was a significant improvement from that morning’s match. The Premier side took on USA South and managed the match very well, winning 24-18. The game ended with a fantastic sideline conversion kick by Adam Saad.
Sunday was rather difficult for the Tradesmen, both clubs falling in their first matches. The Premier side would fall to Life Chiropractic-South in the semi-finals, a match they will be looking to avenge when Life makes their way up to Detroit on April 1st. The Club side would also lose their consolation match against the Atlanta Renegades. The last match of the day would see the Premier side take on Palmer A side again, though Palmer would choose to forfeit the match.
Brad Allen, Andy Dauser, Ben Wendt, Tod Else, Ryan Koenig, Jon Zemmer, Joel Runyon, Jeremy Jewell, Aaron Peacock, Pawel Fadanelli, Steve Wolf, Pat Khalaf, Chening Duker, Pat Keady, Rommy Sleiman, Todd Shimshock, Derek Fraser, Joe Bargerstock, Christian Mentzer, Kevin Muto, Mike Metz, Emosi Mulevoro, Soni Hafoka, Chad McCormick, Ahmad Harajaly, Dave Hiltzik, Aaron Cooch, Ishmail Bazzi, Ryan Ruspaj, George Andary, Imad Harajaly, Adam Saad