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The end of the 2008 Super League witnessed a thrilling sudden death victory for the New York Athletic Club against Belmont Shore, the only side that beat the Manhattan club that year. The score was 31-28, the game played inside Glendale’s Infinity Park, Colorado.
The Super League final brought together NYAC at 6-1 in regular season play versus 5-2 for the west coast fifteen. It was a consummate east against west match up for the title.
NYAC went out in front 17-6 via a punched in score from Chris Mayo. Belmont Shore narrowed the margin off a Henry Bloomfield try.
Then, NYAC picked up the pace, first from a drop goal from Justin Hendley, the All-American from Penn State, followed by his try. This advanced the score to 25-10, and, for a while, it seemed NYAC would coast into the victory.
But a determined Belmont Shore called on their National Team aces of Malifa, Bloomfield, and Gillenwater, and added a late try by Bloomfield. When NYAC kicked off with four-minutes remaining, Belmont kept the pressure on and sent hooker Gavin Hickie into the corner. Malifa converted as the game was tied at 28-28.
The overtime period ended with missed penalty chances by both fifteens.
Now, into sudden death, NYAC’s reliable Milton kicked a penalty for the three-point win. Milton was named MVP of the match