By Britton Ledingham, Airdrie Echo
The Airdrie Irish picked up their second win of the season against the Calgary Wolfpack last weekend.
Coach Rob Geissmann said the 37-7 upset by the Irish over the Wolfpack at Shouldice Park in Calgary on Aug. 9 was an impassioned win with many on the Alberta Football League expansion team from Airdrie having played with Calgary last season.
“There was lots of emotion and our guys walked away from a number of late hits,” said Geissmann. “There was lots of opportunity for our guys to retaliate and they didn’t.”
The coach noted there were significant penalties and smack talk, but the Irish stayed classy.
“[There] could have been a couple fights, but there weren’t,” he said.
Geissmann said the Irish were nearing the 20 yard line with two and a half minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and dropped to a knee on possessions, forfeiting further gains.
“We could have rubbed it in,” he said. “As a head coach that makes me pretty happy [we didn’t].”
The Irish have missed the playoffs mathematically, but still have one home game to go against the Central Alberta Buccaneers, 3 p.m. on Aug. 15 at Ed Eggerer Field.
“We’ve got our work cut out for us,” said Geissmann. “They’re a good team with a really good defence.”
Geissmann said he is still looking to finish with one more W and a 3-5 record in the Irish’s inaugural season.
“If we get a win against them, it’s a great way to end the season,” said the coach. “We wanted to finish a little higher, but it’s still pretty good for an expansion team.”
Both clubs will be fundraising for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in the final homestand.
“I couldn’t think of a better cause,” said Geissmann. “This was an important one to say we’re more concerned about our wives, our fiances our girlfriends. We appreciate what they put up with for us, it’s time we give back to them, too.”