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The Eastside Axemen take on Valley in the Pacific Northwest DII league, in a game where they will certainly be favored after knocking off perennial PNW leaders Snake River.

The Idaho-based Snake River team normally doubles up on road games, and did so this past weekend, beating Tacoma comfortably before being defeated by Eastside 32-7.

Snake River and Eastside went into the game at 3-0 and 4-0, respectively. And, as would be expected, the game was tight early on. Eastside scored first, and Snake River replied to tie the contest at 7-7. Just before halftime, Eastside scored a try to put them ahead 12-7. The second half was all Axemen as they ran in two tries and got two penalties to put the game away.

Bobby Fitzpatrick took care of the kicking, slotting three conversions and two penalties, and added a try to bring his personal tally to 17. Ifereimi Tokoirotumi touched down twice, and James McDonnell also scored for the Axemen. The game

This was a huge game for Eastside, which now sits at 5-0 after knocking off one of their toughest opponents.

"I think the coaches and the officers have worked very hard to put the team on the right track, on-pitch and off,” said captain Conor Curtis, who added that the influx of some talent from Seattle-Old Puget Sound Beach, along with support from sponsors The Wilde Rover, Heidi Bright at Windermere Real Estate and Sound Community Bank, have helped make the club better. “We're looking forward to getting a DIII team off the ground in the fall, and scheduling unofficial matches for those players this spring, allowing players new to the game to develop and get onto the pitch, and hopefully a few more matches for older players. 

"We're continually looking for ways to recruit new players and strengthen the club as a whole, but it all comes down to putting a winning team on the field.  Having coaches who can identify faults and fix them has allowed players to execute our game plan as a team and rely less on individual talents."

Snake River licks their wounds this weekend, when they are idle, and then will host the Tsunami, who are winless. Meanwhile, Portland is looking to ... (corrected text coming) get revenge from ORSU for their one loss on the season. .

Remaining PNW DII club games this fall:


Axemen @ Valley

Chuckanut @ Tacoma

Rovers @ Tsunami

Portland @ ORSU


Chuckanut @ Axemen

Tsunami @ Snake River

Valley @ Portland

ORSU @ Rovers

PNW Standings

PNW North W L T Pf Pa Pd Pts
Axemen 5 0 0 218 49 169 20
Valley 2 3 0 131 133 -2 8
Rovers 1 3 0 96 78 18 4
Chuckanut 1 1 0 51 41 10 4
Tacoma 0 4 0 38 342 -304 0

PNW South W L T Pf Pa Pd Pts
Portland 3 0 0 150 59 91 12
Snake River 3 1 0 119 94 25 12
ORSU 4 2 0 134 118 16 16
Tsunami 0 3 0 51 103 -52 0