Match Report October 7, 2017
In Philadelphia Rugby action over the weekend Schuylkill River hosted the Pittsburgh Harlequins in a match for the Pelly Cup. The Cup is named in honor of Eric Pelly, a U-19 player for the Harlequins, who tragically passed away in 2006. In addition to honoring Eric, many of us on Schuylkill River consider this cup to also be in honor of one of our own who passed well before his time.
Jason “Face” Siddell was a promising player who battled every game and very often led the way with a big hit or a key try. He passed away just shy of his 25th birthday on Jan 4, 2008 and since then many of us have taken to saying his name as a rallying cry before or after our games.
We consider the privilege of wearing the Schuylkill River jersey, and dedicating our effort to Face’s memory, to be an honor and our guys always make sure to put forth their best effort in the Pelly Cup matches in memory of our teammate.
With the local Boys and Girls Club in attendance (read more here: http://www.skillrugby.org/clubs/5023/announcements/1320960-Boys-and-Girls-Club-Weekend-a-Big-Success-) Schuylkill ended up winning an exciting match 38-34.
The scoring started early with Pat Boyle making a linebreak on the first play of the match which led to a try from Ricky Schneider. The Quins struck back with a penalty followed quickly by another River try after flyhalf Matt Chiaramonte chipped over the top of the Quins line and Pat Boyle collected it to score. Cody Bukowski applied a lot of pressure defensively throughout the match and was awarded midway through the first half with an intercept try to put Schuylkill ahead 19-3. Pittsburgh was able to get one back before halftime to make it 19-10.
In the second half Boyle fielded a kick and transferred the ball to Ben Janssen who ran in a try from the midfield line. Pittsburgh’s big number 8 started to get going at this point in time and the Quins were able to quickly score two tries and a penalty to take a 27-26 lead. Schuylkill was eventually able to settle things down and grind out a sequence of 12-15 phases which culminated in another try from Pat Boyle.
Pittsburgh was able to strike back quickly off the base of a scrum to take a 34-33 lead as things started coming down to the wire. Buried in their zone the Quins looked for a clearance kick. The ball ended up staying in and was tracked down by Schuylkill’s Chino Deal who used a nice stutter and go move to create some space for himself down the sideline. Chino found Cody Bukowski in space and Cody was able to finish the play and give Schuylkill a 38-34 lead. On the last play of the match Pittsburgh had a 5 meter scrum and the 8man picked towards the corner. Three Schuylkill players met him there and were able to drive him out of bounds to end the match and preserve the bonus point victory.
After the match Coach Owen Jones selected Cody Bukowski as the Yards Brew Man of the Match while Ben Janssen was voted Yards Brawler of the Match by his teammates. Other standout players included Lucas Brickley, Ian Glatts, and Pat Boyle.
Coach Jones told me “a fantastic ending to the match secured the Pelly cup. Today’s victory marked the seventh consecutive successful Pelly Cup defense for us and today’s game carried extra weight as Schuylkill responded to the playoff loss to Pitt which ended our season last year. Our previous three games had seen us get behind early and make great late game charges. We revered that trend and got out to a lead today which proved pivotal. At fifty minutes in we were up 26-10. In the final 30 minutes we allowed 24 points including 17 in the final 20 minutes. We have to improve how we manage the game and work to play a more consistent 80 minutes. At the end of the day, this is a fantastic win that boosts our table standings and sends us into our bye week with positive momentum.”
Scorers: Tries – Pat Boyle (2), Cody Bukowski (2), Ben Janssen (1), Ricky Schneider (1). Cons – Matt Chiaramonte (4)
Season Scoring Tally
Tries: Tito Callahan (2), John Sneh (2), Michael Bacon (1), James Brunson (1), Yuriy Trimba (1), Matt Tyris (1)
Cons: Greg Mininger (2), Ryan Tower (2)
Pens: Ryan Tower (1)
Tries: Rich Casey (3), Ryan McHugh (3), Rick Schneider (3) Pat Boyle (2), Cody Bukowski (2), Roman Lowery (2), Ben Janssen (1), Joe Midwig (1), Jim Rosato (1),
Cons: Brian Keown (8) Matt Chiaramonte (4)
Pens: Brian Keown (3)