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Schuylkill River Rugby Newsletter, Week of April 24, 2017

Posted by David Codell on May 16 2017 at 01:21PM PDT

In a big match last Saturday with playoff seeding implications the Schuylkill River Exiles came out and got the job done with a 22-5 victory over a tough Pittsburgh Harlequins side on a rainy day at Pennypack. Tries were scored by Austin Lucas and Ben Janssen (2) while Gareth Jones scored 7 points with the boot on a tough day for kicking. For their efforts Gareth Jones and Ben Janssen were named Man of the Match by the Coaching Staff and their fellow players respectively. Other strong performances were supplied by Richard Casey, Stephen Cragg, and Austin Lucas (who ended up with a nice little beauty mark to show off to his family in attendance).

Coach Owen Jones provided me with the following statement “much of the discussion this spring has been to find and maintain a constant gear throughout the full match, limiting the disparity between positive and negative periods of play. The players did well this past weekend maintaining a productive and constant gear which carried them to the final whistle, allowing just a single score against, and securing a second place finish in the league. With Pitt as the opponent again next week, we want to replicate the positive 80 minutes of play but lift ourselves up another gear.”

The Troop side was also victorious on Saturday defeating Harrisburg 46-21. In what he claims to be his final ever rugby match the ageless wonder Rob Greco scored a try on a 40 meter breakaway which is a pretty fitting way for a 38 year old front row to go out. I’ve been Rob’s teammate since 2006 and it was an honor and a privilege to share the field with him. Farewell! Other strong performances were had by Matt McKnight (Coach’s Man of the Match), Kyle King (players’ man of the match), John Hines, and Greg Mininger.

This upcoming Saturday, April 29, will feature another double header at Pennypack (7800 State Road, look for Pennypack Path) with Troop taking on the Gryphons at 11:30AM and the Exiles taking on Pittsburgh in a MAC playoff semi-final at 1PM. Let’s make sure we get a good turnout and support our guys for this huge game. Also, a huge thank you to Carlo Sena who will once against be operating a grill on the sidelines to keep everyone well fed and raise some money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

In U-19 rugby news the North Philly Nomads had their annual Friends and Family event on Sunday at Edgeley Field. Some photos from the event, as well as more information about their Club happenings, can be found on their Facebook page so make sure to look them up and follow along. The Narberth Otters were also able to get some rugby in on Sunday as they teamed up with some players from Father Judge to take on a LaSalle B-side. If the Otters are able to win their two remaining league games it looks like they’ll make the playoffs which should take place the weekend of May 14. Stay tuned for that.

Sunday 4/30 – Nomads away vs Unionville, Narberth away vs Coventry. Info can be found at rugbypa.org

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