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Doylestown were national DII club finalists in 2010, losing in overtime, and that loss kind of stung a little, but the club continues to play superbly in Mid-Atlantic DII, going undefeated last year in league play, and looking to do the same again this year.
“We’re confident,” said Doylestown Head Coach Bill Tomlinson of his 5-0 team, which plays 0-5 Jersey Shore in their final match this weekend. “But we aren’t overconfident. Jersey Shore has been a good club in the past and we’re not going to look past them by any means.”
The 5-0 record is a bit of a surprise for Tomlinson, given that he entered the season having lost five starters.
“We had some questions on players, whether guys from the B side could step up, but they have,” he said. “It didn’t hurt that Irish-born flanker Barry McDonogh returned after a season away. His leadership has been key, but at the same time, Tomlinson gave a bunch of players the chance to sink or swim in A-side, and they still have their heads above water.
“In retrospect our toughest game was the first game of the season against Wilmington,” Tomlinson said of his side’s 32-27 defeat of the Delaware club. “We got out of that and built confidence from it. The guys have put in a lot of hard work, and while I think the league competition is not as strong as it has been, I am proud of how hard they’ve worked.”
This weekend, Tomlinson will likely test a few players who have been itching for A-side time. But it just helps build the depth in a club that remains one of the top DII clubs in the country.
Tough guy Rich Carroll at prop helps lead a solid forward effort that includes brothers Kevin and Denny Reilly, who can play lock or loose forward, while flyhalf Brian Beauregard has been outstanding. Beauregard can kick goals, too, but he doesn’t have to, as outside center and captain Mike Weir has been brilliant in that aspect. Having taken that responsibility away from Beauregard, Weir has allowed his flyhalf to concentrate on running the offense, which has scored 272 points in five league games, including 91 against Hibernians.