Skill Rugby Hosts Friends and Family Day
Schuylkill River Rugby had our annual Friends and Family Day over the weekend with a doubleheader against Potomac and Delmarva. In addition to the great Philadelphia Rugby action on the field the fans were treated to food and beverages as well as a raffle organized by the players as our way of thanking everyone for their support.
In the opening match of the day the Exiles took on Potomac. Flanker Ben Janssen got things off to a good start with a try in the 6th minute before Potomac scored 3 quick tries to make it 19-7 at the twenty minute mark. Wing Graham Johnston answered back but Potomac scored another try before halftime to make it a 26-14 scoreline at the break. Johnston scored his second try 51 minutes into the match to close the lead but Potomac was again able to answer back. A try from Prop Ricky Schneider 68 minutes into the match made it 33-28 but once again Potomac had an answer and took a 40-28 lead into the final minutes. In the 78th minute Janssen scored his second try of the match and ultimately the team was able to salvage 2 standings points from the match.
Graham Johnston was named man of the match for his two try performance and Coach also mentioned Jack Ramiez, Ben Janssen, and Chase Haberstroh as strong performers.
Tries: Ben Janssen (2), Graham Johnston (2), Ricky Schneider (1),
Cons: Brian Keown (5)
The second match of the day saw Troop take on Delmarva. Troop was able to keep the offense moving throughout the match and ended up winning this one by the score of 42-12. The match marked Tommy Higgins debut for the Club so welcome to the family Tommy!
This match was the best we’ve run our system so far this season. Our pods consistently broken the gainline and drew in multiple defenders which created a number of mismatches for us to capitalize on thanks to improved passing and ball retention. On defense we came up hard all game and we’re strong in the tackle with our centers in particular shutting down their attack. Our defense was also fueled by disruptive counter rucking.
From an individual standpoint, Dave “Tiny” Hilley was strong in the lineounts, Matt Zebrowski made a huge impact, Joe Barasse was strong throughout the match, Greg “Loopy” Mininger and Jabari Johnson had excellent all around games and were huge on defense and the young guys, including James Lesniak, Evan McKeever, and Keeno Brown continued to play well. Colin Sullivan was named man of the match for his performance.
Tries: Jabari Johnson, Keeno Brown, Ryan McHugh, Evan McKeever, Lake Paul, Colin Sullivan, Matt Zebrowski
Cons: Ryan Tower (2)
Pens: Ryan Tower (1)
Missed Drop Goals: Loopy (1)
Troop Season Stats:
Tries: Jabari Johnson (5), Ryan McHugh (3), Vito Nucci (3), Keeno Brown (2), Bobby Collins (2), Dave Gross (2), Jeff Hall (2), Evan McKeever (2), Alex Ruiz (2), Colin Sullivan (2) Kevin Allison (1), Louis Baeza (1), Justin Brown (1), Bryan McCorkle (1), Lake Paul (1), John “Cat Stevens” Vizzachero (1), Matt Zebrowski (1)
Cons: Ryan Tower (17)
Pens: Ryan Tower (4)
Exiles Season Stats:
Tries: Ben Janssen (6), Jack Ramirez (6), Cesar DaFonseca (5), Rich Casey (3), Graham Johnston (2), Brian Keown (2), Louis Baeza (1), Ryan Blythe (1), Joe Midwig (1), Vito Nucci (1), Ricky Schneider (1), Brad Volm (1),
Cons: Brian Keown (20) Alex Ruiz (2)
Pens: Brian Keown (2)