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On Sunday April 15, 2018 The Narberth Otters traveled to Cardinal O’Hara and earned a 53-5 victory. The match was played in a rain/sleet storm with extremely heavy winds but the Otters were able to stay focused on the task at hand to earn the win. The Otters got on the board thanks to a try from George which was followed up by a penalty try earned by speedster Nick flying down the sidelines to put them up 14-0 before O’Hara quickly answered back to make it 14-5. The rest of the first half was a back and forth battle until Jack was able to score a try on the last play of the half to give the Otters a 19-5 lead headed into the break.
At halftime the message to the Otters was to take control of things early in the second half with the wind at their backs and George executed the game plan perfectly scoring two quick second half to push the lead to 29-5. Mason then followed up with 2 tries of his own to push the lead to give Narberth a 39-5 victory before tries from Nate and Jack made it a 53-5 final score.
Team Captain Cameron McKendrick put it best saying that it was a great team effort with everyone playing solid rugby and Club President Simon Herriott praised the kids for their physicality up front and their ability to play with speed at the back despite the rough conditions. Despite not getting on the score sheet Ryan, James, and Freddy should be mentioned for the work they did controlling possession of the ball and Ifeyan, Antonio, and Evan should get credit for their physical play on offence and defense to set the table for their teammates.
George was named man of the match for his three try performance and Narberth returns to action on Sunday April 29 with a match against the West Chester Wolfpack.
Tries: George (3) Jack (2), Mason (2), Nate (1), Nick (1)
Cons: Nate (3) Nick (1)
Season Scoring Tally:
Tries: Cam (8) Evan (8) George (7) Nate (7) Jack (5) Mason (5) Ifeyan (3) Nick (3) Antonio (1)
Cons: Nate (17) Cameron (1) Nick (1) Owen (1) Wyatt (1)
On Saturday April 14, 2018 Schuylkill River Rugby hosted the first annual HazBowl old boys match in honor of Michael “Hasbro” Leland, a former Temple University and Second City Troop player who passed away in 2017. Haz was a much loved member of the Philadelphia rugby community and his dedication to the brother and sisterhood of rugby touched many people. Haz was the first person to make you feel like a member of the family and would always be there for a teammate in their time of need. The attendance at this event showed that many people connected deeply with him and wanted to play in his honor. The match featured approximately 60 players and we look forward to announcing the date of HazBowl II once the 2018-19 league schedule is announced.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Alex Yankowski, Austin Lucas, and Carlo Sena among others for donating food, setting up the snack bar, and manning the grill throughout the day. Clarence Stringer, who in traditional old boy fashion simultaneously scored a beautiful try and snapped his hamstring with some fancy footwork, deserves recognition for flying up from Turks and Caicos to participate in the match. Chris Metzger from Narberth Youth Rugby deserves our thanks for both volunteering to referee the old boys match for free and for giving Yankowski a yellow card for talking too much. Last, but certainly not least, a huge thanks to Tim Emgushov and Wayne Megill who were unable to attend the event but both put in a ton of effort to put the rosters together.
Looking forward to HazBowl II in 2019!
On Sunday April 8 the Narberth Otters hosted Coventry at Edgeley Field for their first league match of the 2018 season. The hard work and focus that the Otters put into their pre-season preparations paid dividends as the boys scored early and often en-route to a 79-10 victory. Due to some uncertainty regarding the weather and the timing of the match Coventry was a bit shorthanded on the day with only 13 available players. The teams agreed to play without wings (high school rules require an 8 person scrum) and the extra spacing on the field proved beneficial to Narberth.
Jack got things off to a good start by scoring a 60 meter try in the early going from the fly half position which was quickly followed up with a try from Mason and a score from Cameron. The Otters next possession featured a slick passing sequence from Antonio, Ifeyan, and George who worked the ball to the goal line and earned a penalty which Cameron was able to turn into a try via a quick tap. From there Evan scored a couple of tries off of backline moves before Ifeyan stole a lineout without lifters and raced in from 40 meters.
Ifeyan’s second try of the day came when he caught a Coventry clearance kick at midfield and was able to run the ball all the way in by himself. The Otters then stole a scrum and scrum half Phil find fullback Nate for the finish. The last play of the half featured Ifeyan starting the break and then finding Evan who completed his hat trick and gave Narberth a 62-0 lead.
At half-time Coach Gabe Gliwa was able to move some players into new positions and get some of his less experienced players onto the field. The important of playing a full match was emphasized and the guys headed out for the second half. George quickly picked up a loose ball in the midfield and scored it followed by Jack scoring from flyhalf off a scrum and Cameron scoring off of pick and goes to push the lead to 79-0.
Coventry showed some positive signs late in the game as they began linking their forwards to their outside center who had a strong finish to day by scoring two late tries to make the final score 79-10.
After the match prop Davon was awarded man of the match honors for his strong play in the set piece and breakdown as well as a thunderous tackle that he made to snuff out a Coventry attack.
The Otters return to action on Sunday April 15 for a match against Cardinal O’Hara.
Tries: Cameron 3, Evan 3, Jack 2, Ifeyan 2, Mason, Nate, George
Cons: Nate 7
Season Scoring Tally:
Tries: Cam (8) Evan (8) Nate (6) George (4) Ifeyan (3) Jack (3) Mason (3) Nick (2) Antonio (1)
Cons: Nate (14) Owen (1) Wyatt (1)
Following the cancelation of their regularly scheduled match on Sunday March 18, the Narberth Otters traveled to Doylestown to take on St. Joe’s Prep’s second side after the conclusion of the Doylestown vs. Prep match. It was a great opportunity for the newer Narberth players to see high level rugby as Doylestown and SJP are perennially two of the top programs in the State and Nationally as well. Narberth picked up 4 Doylestown boys who were able to give valuable minutes including one who played hooker the entire second half. The final score of the match was 53-20 in favor of the Otters.
Coach Gabe Gliwa said that it was all in all a great game. This was the first time we got to see the boys play a whole 70 minutes on a full rugby field versus a turf football field. Our backs showed flash and our forwards helped in the open field. There were quite a few big breakaways that came about off of good passing and quite a few huge tackles that evoked big reactions from the crowd. Coach Gliwa added that Narberth kept Prep scoreless until the 2nd half when we had subs in and people playing out of position due to new guys mixing in.
The Otters return to action on Sunday April 8 vs Coventry with a 11AM kickoff at Garthwaite Stadium in Conshohocken (100 E 11th Ave, Conshohocken PA, 19428)
Tries: Nate (3), Evan (2) Mason, Jack, Cameron, George
Cons: Nate (2), Owen, Wyatt
Season Scoring Tally:
Tries: Cam (5) Evan (5) Nate (5) George (3) Mason (2) Nick (2) Ifeyan (1) Antonio (1) Jack (1)
Cons: Nate (7) Owen (1) Wyatt (1)
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.