Schuylkill River Rugby Newsletter, Week of May 1, 2017
The 2016-2017 Schuylkill River Rugby 15s season came to an end over the weekend with the Exiles losing their playoff game to Pittsburgh 31-17 and the Troop winning 40-7 in a friendly against the Gryphons.
Tries for the Exiles were scored by Pat Boyle off a quick tap, Ben Janssen off a pass from Austin Lucas, and Gareth Jones off an assist from Matt Chiaramonte. Gareth hit a conversion as well. Matt Chiaramonte was named man of the match for his efforts.
After the match Coach Owen Jones had an opportunity to reflect on the season as a whole and voiced an opinion that the end of our season came sooner than any of us wanted and while frustration may set in that should quickly transition into motivation for what lay ahead. Our team has overcome some obstacles over the past couple of seasons and in spite of these difficulties the players remained composed and fought to a 2nd place finish in the league. A premature end of the season will hopefully motivate players to re-commit, re-focus, and re-energize themselves for next season.
Owen also stated that he would like to encourage all players to continue playing rugby over the summer by participating in the Schuylkill River 7s program.
The Troop match was a friendly so the stats aren’t available but Joey Rufo deserves some recognition for a two try day that saw him earn man of the match honors. In what appears to be his final game for Schuylkill, Joey was also kind enough to put his old high school coach away for a try in the first half by breaking the gainline and then popping a nice ball off the deck. We wish Joey the best of luck as he heads off to Duke University to earn his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences.
Both sides have reason to be optimistic as we look forward to the 2017-2018 15s season but stay tuned for 7s coverage as we head into the Summer.