Jon Garbin Presents: Senior Forwards Alex Brussard, Tim Hanna & Jon Garbin
Trio. Trifecta. Triad. Triumvirate. Whether you consider three a crowd is a different story, but this week’s Man of the Match presentation features three very distinct ruggers: Alex Brussard, Prop; Tim Hanna, Second Row; and myself, Jon Garbin, Flanker.
Last week’s game against Iona was not only the biggest margin of victory for the Bonnies this year, but also the first time they took it to an opponent who weren’t quite at the same competitive level. While Iona came in sporting a 5-3 record, they weren’t equipped to hang with the Bonnies that day.
With a 57-5 final score in a game that included a hat trick by Chuck Meagher, 30-meter interception try, and multiple displays of excellent team play, the Bonnies walked off the field confident and ready to play their final match of the season with a national playoff spot on the line.
(Photo on left:) Alex Brussard glides to the try-zone after intercepting an Iona pass.
However, although Brussard accounted for the miraculous interception, the three senior men of the match might be more known for their solid defensive play rather than their dynamism in attack.
Brussard, a management and marketing major out of Melrose, Mass., stands out in his ability to support the scrum, throw in lineouts, and rumble past defenders just as well as he stops offenders in their tracks.
Hanna, a management major from Rochester, enjoys long walks on the beach, his perfected “salt shaker” fake-out move and being the big-hit poster boy for rugbymag.com.
(Photo on Rightt:) Jon Garbin has shut down opposing 8-Men all season.
I, Jon Garbin, am a marketing major out of Buffalo and brought my talents to Bonaventure from Kenmore West because I heard they like to tackle hard, ruck harder, and enjoy the soothing melodies of a Ukulele.
As a trinity, we enjoy winning Spring Weekend Softball Championships, rocking out to killer set-lists on Rock Band every Thursday night, and reminiscing on the good old days like old men.
When not at each others’ side, Brussard likes to feast upon Buffalo chicken wings and Tum sandwiches, not necessarily in that order; Hanna is a diehard Bonnies Basketball fan along with the 500 other members of his family; and I enjoy perfecting my FIFA skills and savoring a good IPA.
As seniors, we have seen many great players come and go. The two that made the biggest impact on us were last year’s captains, Nick Maurer and Nick Sylor. I had the pleasure of living with both of these fine gentlemen my junior year and they instilled a real purpose into this time, both with work ethic and becoming the best player and person you can be.
This week the Bonnies look to put that work ethic to the test when they take on Rutgers in a game that will decide the Conference championship. If the Bonnies win and score four tries we will be champs. If we fail to win or score the tries, Brockport will be champs.
“Last chance. Everything’s been put out on the table,” Brussard said. “It will have to be the best game we play all year, since it is the most important. I promised BK (Billy Kelly, `95) it would be.”
(Photo on Left:) Tim Hanna likes to get physical when running the ball.
Hanna added on, “As a senior, this season was even more important than any before. We were coming off a big season last year under the leadership of Nick Maurer and Nick Sylor, and this season it was finally our turn to take on the leadership role. We've a great season so far and we're hoping to bring home the ERC title and take a trip to the Sweet 16. We know what we have to do this weekend against Rutgers, and I think our guys are up to the challenge.”
Come check out the Bonnies final challenge this year, Saturday 17th at 2pm, to see if this season can truly end up great.