Written by Pat Clifton    Friday, 31 August 2012 13:41    PDF Print Write e-mail
Cross Town Showdown in Minneapolis
Clubs - Men's DII Clubs


The Eastside Banshees are in somewhat of a rebuilding mode. ‘We lost probably six guys from last year,” said Banshees coach Sam Robinson. “That hurts a little bit, but I’m trying to do my best to rebuild and see what happens this season.”

The Minneapolis club lost half a dozen players over the offseason, but they’re 1-0 after beating Des Moines 24-7 in the season opener Saturday.

“Scrappy, sloppy game,” said Banshees coach Sam Robinson of the Des Moines win. “We made a lot of mistakes, but we’re happy to come away with a good win in the first game. I always say, a win is a win, but it was a very scrappy win.”

The Banshees lost Garrett Bender to a broken arm during 7s, and though he played on the wing against Des Moines, they’re losing Nate Augspurger, too. The former Minnesota Gopher standout is moving to Chula Vista to train at the Olympic Training Center. And the Banshees lost their starting hooker to retirement.

Those are big losses, but perhaps the most hurtful attrition was losing talented young players from the Spearhead Academy to cross-town rivals Metropolis.

“I do know (Metropolis) pretty well,” said Robinson. “It’s a good club. Obviously, a lot of good players like to play DI. Any good players that come out of college want to play DI. It is what it is. I’ve got nothing against Metropolis. They’ve been good to me all this time, and sometimes it comes down to a player’s decision, where they want to be.”

Standing between the Banshees and a 2-0 record? A game with Metropolis on Saturday.

“It is going to be tough,” said Robinson. “I’m pretty sure Metropolis is going to have a stronger side this season, but we’ll see what happens. The best team wins on the day, I guess”.