Coming off of last week’s league win over Olympic Club, the Glendale Raptors are preparing for another away match in California – this time against Belmont Shore. Belmont Shore also captured a win last week with their 26-19 win over the Denver Barbarians. The Long Beach-based team and Glendale have an exciting developing rivalry which will only build with Saturday’s match.
Belmont defeated Glendale in 2012 for the Division 1 Championship title. The Raptors, however, sent Belmont packing up early with a win at the 2013 Round of 16 playoffs. Additionally, Belmont has several key players on their roster – Shalom Suniula, Mike Teo, Tai Enosa, and Peter Dahl to name a few – that the Raptors will need to contain if they are to earn another win.
“We need to be on the attack, playing to our patterns, and focused on being aggressive on defense for the full 80 minutes against Belmont,” said Glendale Head Coach Andre Snyman. “Belmont is a quick team with several experienced players, and we are looking forward to a tough, physical match against them.”
The Raptors will look to improve that focus and work rate this week at practice – in spite of snow and single digit highs for the local forecast.
Kick off between the Glendale Raptors and Belmont Shore will be at 3 p.m. Pacific Time at Cal State. Additional match ups this weekend include: OMBAC at Santa Monica, and the Denver Barbarians at SFGG in San Francisco.
The Raptors will hold their home opener against Santa Monica on Saturday, March 1 at Infinity Park.