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René Barens

OL #50 Amsterdam Crusaders

1.8m, 108kg



Crusaders win Amsterdam derby
Written by Amsterdam Crusaders   
Tuesday, 10 March 2009 12:14

On this sunny but wintery day the Crusaders paid a visit to their neighbours the Amsterdam Panthers for the first Amsterdam derby in many years. The nationl champions appeared to be a little over-motivated leading to some chaotic and undisciplined play to start the game which resulted in a plethora of unnecessary penalties.

Despite these mistakes the Cru offense managed to drive almost the entire length of the field to put the first points on the board thanks to a TD run from fullback Dempsey Tamara. Kicker Ronald Hein added the PAT to make the score 0-7 to the Crusaders. On the other side of the ball the defense led by Ingram “Iggy” Sarpong held the Panthers' hapless offense time and time again to end the half still at the 0-7 scoreline.


As the second half begain, the Crusaders offense started to show their ability a little more, with Quarterback Claudio Bartolozzi spreading the ball around his receivers. After an important first down catch by Revilhino Graanoogst, American RB Rishawd Watson scored his first Crusader TD on a 6 yard run through the heart of the Panthers defense. Kicker Ronald Hein again added the PAT to extend the lead to 0-14 Amsterdam Crusaders

The Crusader defense continued to dominate and finished the game having given up 0 first downs to the Panthers' offense (other than through penalty), and even managed to return a fumble 61 yards for their own score (American LB Anthony Henry). However, a blocking below the waist penalty cancelled out the TD and the final score was 0-14. Nevertheless, an important win in Div.1 North for the Dutch Champions.