Spring 2018 Season Preview
If you’d like to join us for the spring season please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our practices will be Tuesday nights from 8-10PM at Marcus Foster Memorial Stadium (1600 Staub) and Thursday nights from 8-10PM at Cruz Field (5th and Jefferson) with home matches taking place on Saturdays at Pennypack Park (7800 State Rd).
Schuylkill River Rugby returns to league action tomorrow (March 17) with a MAC doubleheader against Potomac. The Exiles (D1) currently sit in 4th place in the MAC with a 4-4 record and would qualify for the playoffs if the season ended today. Troop (D2) sits in 4th place in the D1B league with a 2-3 record and will be looking to get off to a good start this season as they begin their own playoff push.
Head 15s Coach Owen Jones was asked for his thoughts on the upcoming spring season and provided the following. “In the last three seasons, Schuylkill River has had three different head coaches. In two of those seasons, Schuylkill River has made playoffs and we are poised to make playoffs again this season and make it three for three. Three seasons, three different head coaches, three playoff appearances. That is no minimal feat I assure you, that is astounding. A true testament to the steadfast leadership of the Club off the field and to the exceptional abilities of the players on it. This fall was the first iteration of the D1 & D1B league format and it has had a positive immediate impact for us. With both sides having playoff and national championship pathways, there are 160 minutes of meaningful rugby played every weekend. Players are challenging one another, supporting one another, and improving one another. As we move forward to the spring, our focus needs to remain on manageable gains. Control what we can control, play to our strengths, improve in our areas of need, and continue to grow together as a team.”
The remaining schedule is:
March 17 – home vs Potomac
March 24 – bye week for trip to South Africa
March 31 – home vs Rocky Gorge
April 7 – away vs Norfolk Blues
April 14 – home vs Washington (Exiles) and Reading (Troop, non-league)
April 21 – weather make up week
April 28 – Playoffs begin
Stats and information:
Brian Keown enters the spring as our leading scorer on the season with a total of 53 points so far. Ben Janssen and Rick Schneider enter the spring as co-leading try scorers with a total of 5 each. The D2 leading scorers are Michael Bacon, Beau Lail, and Ryan Tower who have each scored 20 points on the season. 18 different players have scored a try for D2 this season while 19 different players have scored a try for D1 so far. After seeing 17 players lose time to injury during the fall season the team has developed a lot of depth throughout the roster and has shown that guys will step up when called upon. With 3 out of 4 matches at home this spring there’s going to be a lot of guys available each week and a ton of competition for playing time.