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On Friday October 6, 2017 Schuylkill River visited the Northeast Frankford Boys and Girls Club with Philadelphia Women’s RFC (https://www.pwrfc.org/) as part of our ongoing joint program to engage in youth development within our community and help grow the game of rugby. What made this past weekend’s visit special was that Schuylkill, thanks to a lot of hard work and dedication from the Boys and Girls Club staff, was able to arrange for a group of kids to come to our match against Pittsburgh the following day.
Boys and Girls Club staff members Rafiq and Isaac generously donated their Saturdays and brought a bus load of kids to the match as Schuylkill River took on Pittsburgh in a battle for the Pelly Cup. The dozen kids that joined us wore their custom Boys and Girls Club Rugby t-shirts that were previously provided to them during our summer camp and were finally able to witness their first ever rugby match after spending the past year learning about the game.
After being provided a traditional Philly lunch of hoagies and soft pretzels the kids were ready to cheer us on and they were treated to a thrilling match that ended up being a 38-34 victory for Schuylkill River. After the match the Schuylkill players invited the kids to help us celebrate and take some photos hoisting the Pelly Cup.
The Boys and Girls Club had such a good time on Saturday that they have already made plans to come back out and watch us play our Friends and Family Day double header against Baltimore on October 28. A few photos of the kids enjoying their day can be found here ((http://www.skillrugby.org/photo_albums/91270-Boys-and-Girls-Club-2-17-18-School-Year-photo-album/album_photos)
On September 30, 2017 Schuylkill River traveled to Baltimore for a MAC doubleheader. It was a good day to be an Exile as the team went 2-0 to pick up a couple of big wins.
D2 went first on the day and quickly found themselves in a 6-0 hole. Baltimore had a very solid kicker who was able to take territory and get them going early. Things turned around for Schuylkill when Matt Tyris got rolling and started ripping off huge chunks of yardage, including a 75 meter try that gave us the lead. Our scrumhalf Tito Callahan was able to find space around the breakdown and take it himself from 25 yards out for another try before half and a couple of conversions from Greg Mininger gave us a 14-6 lead at the half.
In the second half it was a back and forth battle but Schuylkill was able to drive deep in Baltimore’s half to set up a penalty kick from Ryan Tower that gave us an 11 point lead with just a few minutes to go. Baltimore was able to add a try late to make it a 17-13 score line in favor of River.
Callahan ended up being named man of the match and other strong performers included Matt Tyris, James Brunson, and Ryan Tower. A couple of players, including Matt Centanni and Pat Bellot made their overall rugby debuts this weekend and both of them definitely looked like they belong on the pitch.
Scorers: Tries – Callahan and Tyris, Cons – Mininger (2), Pens – Tower (1)
D1 went next and ended up playing a very exciting back and forth game. Brian Keown put us ahead 3-0 in the early going but Baltimore was able to come back with a quick try to take a 7-3 lead. Joe Midwig and Matt Giannascoli managed to simultaneously charge down a kick to lead to a try for Ricky Schneider and Ryan McHugh finished off a sequence of pick and goes soon thereafter to give River a 17-7 lead.
Baltimore had a strong points kicker as well and he traded penalties with Keown to eventually make it 20-13 which was the halftime score. Baltimore went on to put two more tries on the board to give themselves a 27-20 lead. Schuylkill remained calm and played steady from there leading to a sequence where quick hands on the goal line from Matt Chiaramonte to Rich Casey to Ryan McHugh made the score 27-25 Baltimore.
As the clock ticked down Randy Helsman found some space and fed Roman Lowery who squeezed through a gap to make the score 30-27 which ended up being the final. With the 4 tries Schuylkill ended up getting a bonus point in this match.
Afterwards Randy was named man of the match and other strong performers included Lucas Brickley, Roman Lowery, Geoff Matthes, and Matt Chiaramonte.
Scorers: Tries – McHugh (2), Lowery, Schneider, Cons – Keown (2), Pens – Keown (2)
Coach Owen Jones described it as “a fantastic day for Schuylkill River with both sides securing road victories. The players once again finished with great passion and earned two tries in the final ten minutes. Baltimore was a bruising team and we met them with physicality. The team is starting to find their identity, and with many games left, is looking to make a charge this season.”
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), Roman Lowery (2), Rick Schneider (2) Joe Midwig (1), Jim Rosato (1),
Cons: Brian Keown (8)
Pens: Brian Keown (3)
Over the weekend Schuylkill River traveled down to Bethesda, MD for a MAC double header against the Potomac Exiles. In the first match of the day Troop (D2) spotted Potomac a 14-0 lead before the guys settled in and played what ended up being a hard fought 36-19 defeat while the Exiles (D1) had a repeat performance of the Norfolk match, going down 22-3 at the half before coming up just short at the end and finishing up with a 29-27 loss.
Following the Troop match, Coach Clark told me that he was pleased with how well Troop traveled down to the game and got ready to play. The early scoreline might not have indicated it but the guys were ready to go and dominated possession for large stretches of the match with multi-phased play and good use of teamwork in our system. It was a hard loss but the team continues to build week to week and improve their performance.
Scoring for Troop was scrumhalf Dan Callahan off a heads up pick and go and wings Yuriy Trimba and John Sneh. Ryan Tower added 2 conversions. With his try this week John Sneh is now on a two match scoring streak and looks poised to add more to his tally throughout the season.
The Troop Man of the Match this week was Matt Tyrus and other players who distinguished themselves include Beau Lail, John Sneh, James Teti, and Brian Taylor.
Regarding the Exiles’ match, Coach Owen Jones pointed out that earning an away victory is a tough task in our league, and went on to say that although this was not the result we wanted coming home with two points is a positive and meaningful contribution to league standings come end of year. Costly handing errors gifted our opponent with scoring opportunities that they capitalized on.
The Exiles have finished strong, incredibly strong in fact, for two straight weeks now. Coach Jones is looking forward to our next match against Baltimore where we need to bring the same efficiency and intensity that we have closed with to the start of the match and sustain it throughout.
Scoring for the Exiles were props Rich Casey and Rick Schneider, along with flankers Joe Midwig and Ryan McHugh. Brian Keown added 7 points with the boot.
The Exiles Man of the Match this week was Pat Boyle and other strong performances were turned in by Ryan McHugh, Matt Zebrowski, Jeff Hall, and Matt Giannascoli.
Our next match is a MAC doubleheader on Saturday September 30, 2017 against Baltimore with kickoff times of noon and 2pm. According to their website the field is located at Frank C. Bocek Park, 3198 E Madison St, Baltimore, MD 21205.
Season scoring tally:
Troop tries: Michael Bacon (1), James Brunson (1), Dan Callahan (1), John Sneh (2), Yuriy Trimba (1)
Troop cons: Ryan Tower (2)
Exile tries: Rich “Pond” Casey (3) Roman Lowery (1), Ryan McHugh (1), Joe Midwig (1), Jim Rosato (1), Rick Schneider (1)
Exile cons: Brian Keown (6)
Exile pens: Brian Keown (1)
Over the weekend Schuylkill kicked off league play with a double header against the Norfolk Blues. It was a disappointing weekend for us as Norfolk ended up winning both matches but the Blues deserve a lot of credit for making the long trip and playing well.
The stats for the D2 match are unavailable but try scorers included James “JB” Brunson, John Sneh, and Michael Bacon. The Man of the Match for D2 was John Hines whose communication and toughness in the backline was a real bright spot for a team featuring a lot of new faces. Other players who distinguished themselves on Saturday include former Narberth Otter Beau Lail, John Sneh, Dave Hilley, TJ McDonough and John “Cat Stevens” Vizzachero.
The D1 match featured a continuation of some discipline issues that cropped up in the first match and we quickly found ourselves in a 22-0 hole. In the second half the Exiles got 3 quick tries from Rich Casey, Roman Lowery, and Jim Rosato in what looked like it was shaping up to be a successful comeback. Unfortunately Norfolk was able to score once again to give themselves an 8 point cushion. Rich Casey scored his second try of the match right at the end to create a final score of 29-28 in favor of the Blues. With the 4 tries and the close loss Schuylkill was able to salvage 2 standings points and now heads to Potomac this weekend looking to get things back on track.
Tyler Kelly was named D1 man of the match for his play in the front row and other standouts included Rick Schneider, Jeff Hall, Brian Keown, Ben Janssen, and Graham Johnston. Schneider (loose head prop) and Keown (flyhalf, 4 for 4 on conversions) were particularly impressive making their D1 league play debuts. I’m looking forward to seeing good things from them in the future.
Schuylkill returns to action in a MAC double header on Saturday September 23 against Potomac. It is anticipated that D2 will kick off at noon and D1 will kick off at 2PM at Burning Tree Elementary School 7900 Beach Tree Rd, Bethesda MD 20817. I will live tweet the D1 match from www.twitter.com/skillRiverRfc for anyone who would like to follow along.
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The 2017-18 MAC 15s season has kicked off. New players, regardless of experience level, are always welcome to join Schuylkill River. Here is the info you’ll need for the fall season:
Tuesday night 8-10PM at Marcus Foster Memorial Stadium (1600 Staub St, Philadelphia PA)
Thursday night 8-10 PM at Cruz Field (5th and Jefferson, Philadelphia PA)
Sept 9 @ Kutztown
Sept 16 home vs. Norfolk, includes D2
Sept 23 @ Potomac, includes D2 (Bethesda MD)
Sept 30 @ Baltimore, includes D2
Oct 7 home vs. Pittsburgh
Oct 14 Bye Week
Oct 21 @ Rocky Gorge, includes D2 (Rockville MD)
Oct 18 home vs. Baltimore, includes D2
Nov 4 @ Washington Irish
Nov 11 @ Pittsburgh
Nov 18 Bye Week
Nov 24 Apple Pie 7s (Edgely Field, Philadelphia)
Nov 25 New York 7s
Kick off times:
Standard kickoff time is 12PM for D2 and 2PM for D1
Pennypack on the Delaware. GPS to 7800 State Rd, Philadelpha PA and look for Pennypack Path or GPS to Panther East and look for Pennypack Path directly across the street.
$175 for returning players and $125 for new players. Can be paid in person with cash/check or Paypal: SRERFC.email@example.com, or VENMO @ Patrick-Boyle-36
Jersey provided by team. Liberty bell socks and warm-up shirt included in dues. Players expected to purchase black shorts with team logo.