A game report from our newest man in the field Eduardo Curros
The Georgia Swarm (6-8) traveled North to pay a visit to the playoff hopeful Halifax Thunderbirds 7-8) at the Scotiabank Arena in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Halifax was sitting fourth in the east, looking to put more distance between them, and the other playoff contender in the East, the Philadelphia Wings.
Strong performances from Andrew Kew (5g,5a), Shayne Jackson (3g,6a), and Brendan Bomberry (4g,3a) led the Swarm to a convincing 17-7 win over the Halifax Thunderbirds Sunday afternoon. The win was Georgia’s second of the weekend, placing them firmly in the thick of the playoff race.
To The Game:
The first quarter Georgia started quickly getting out to a 4 -1 lead. Halifax’s Cody Jamieson opened the scoring, but Georgia answered with Brenden Bomberry scoring two, as well Jeremy and Lyle Thompson. Two of the Swarm goals were on the power-play.
The second quarter was once again all Georgia. A pair from Shayne Jackson followed by Brendan Bomberry and Randy Staats exchanging powerplay goals. Andrew Kew closed the frame giving the Swarm an 8-2 lead at the half.
This has been quite a challenging year for the Swarm losing their first seven games, however if the third quarter was any demonstration of their skill level, no one would believe their start.
Georgia went on to score five goals, including another power play from Kew. The Thunderbirds were able to score three goals themselves, but started to show a considerable amount of frustration.
The fourth quarter was where those emotions got the best of Halifax. The Thunderbirds tried to mount a comeback with three goals, but the Swarm had other plans with two additional goals themselves. The period had 22 mins in penalties, 10 for Georgia and 12 for Halifax.
Craig Wende had a night with only two goals against, with Brett Dobson shouldering the larger amount of work with 5 goals against, stopping 41 shots. Warren Hill had 11 goals against making 30 saves.
- Shots on goal were 56-54 in favor of Georgia.
- Halifax had a slight edge in faceoffs 14-13.
- The loose ball battle ended up tied 73-73.
- The Swarm went 5 for 7 on the power-play, while Halifax went 2 for 5.
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Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.
An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.
Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.
In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.
Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).
Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.