Do the Roughnecks suck?

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

Calgary Roughnecks coach Chris Hall now has a good idea what his Edmonton Rush counterpart went through earlier this season.

Although four Roughnecks were chosen to attend the NLL All-Star Game next week, Roughnecks owner Brad Banister told a Calgary newspaper yesterday that "everyone on our team sucks" despite the club's 3-3 record. A little more than a month ago, Rush owner Bruce Urban publicly lashed out over faults he found with his team - opinions which sparked some barbs back from Day.

"It's just another day in the life of working with Brad," said Hall when he addressed the situation on the NLL's weekly coaches conference call. "He doesn't pull any punches. Whatever he's thinking, he usually speaks it as well."

Both the Roughnecks and Rush are coming off home-turf losses to the Toronto Rock as they prepare for tomorrow night's third edition of the NLL Battle of Alberta.

With the number of talented Roughnecks , the winless Rush have their work cut out for them despite Banister's thoughts.

"One thing I can tell you is that the Roughnecks don't suck," said A.J. Jomha, Rush director of lacrosse operations and assistant coach.

The Rush have certainly seen the best that the Roughnecks' big four can offer. Kaleb Toth and Tracey Kelusky both struck for seven points when Calgary won 12-9 at Rexall Place, while Lewis Ratcliff had a five-goal game and Jason Wulder notched four points when the Roughnecks won 11-9 at the Saddledome.

Edmonton has been in the running both times against the Roughnecks and nearly managed its first win a week ago when it had several leads against the Rock.

Jomha is hoping that holding a late advantage is the last hurdle the Rush needs to get over to get a win.

"We had not had a lead since the first quarter of our first game," noted Jomha.

"It's a matter of composure. The players were in some territory that they weren't familiar with and it was a good learning experience. They have more confidence about them now and I think they understand what it takes to win."

"I think we've consistently been getting better, and we're doing the little things now that we didn't do the first couple of games. Every game we've seen improvement."


Videos

Photos