Late-game blunder costly for Mavericks

Published on Tuesday, 09 July 2024 13:46

The Dauphin Mavericks were seconds away from scoring a victory, Saturday at Kin Field, but ended up settling for a 15-15 draw with the Winnipeg Wanderers.

In the dying minutes,  with the Mavericks leading 15-12, Winnipeg chose to attempt a penalty kick which would tie the game. The initial kick was wide, but the referee allowed a rekick due to a Dauphin player yelling to distract the kicker, who easily made the do-over to tie the game.

Mavericks coach Shawn Sarkonak said it was simply a lack of experience that allowed the Wanderers a rekick.

“One of the guys on the team did not know that you couldn’t yell when a kick was happening. The ball went wide and they were assessed a rekick, which ultimately they scored on, which tied the game and we ended in a 15-15 draw,” he said.

The Mavericks were missing quite a bit of experience on their back line, Sarkonak said, and they used quite a few players recently graduated from the Dauphin Clippers high school program.

“And they made their mark. They did well. We faced a very experienced Wanderers team. But all in all, I’m very happy with the team play,” he said.

The game was chippy at times with tempers sometimes flaring.

“Heat of the day. Heat of the game at times and it got a little bit chippy. Guys were getting a little bit ornery, I guess. But cooler heads prevailed,” Sarkonak said.

Dauphin is back in action, Saturday, when they host the Winnipeg Assassins at 3 p.m.

The Mavericks will be looking for some revenge as the Assassins handed Dauphin its only loss, a 31-24 setback, June 15, in Winnipeg.

“In that game they had eight Premier 1 players playing and, ultimately, it was one of them who rucked in the final nail in the coffin and got the win for them. So we’re looking forward to the rematch, because we take it as a big pat on the back if they have to put that many Premier 1 guys in against a Premier 2 team,” Sarkonak said.

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