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Narberth Keeps the Momentum Going

Posted by Schuylkill River RFC at Apr 11, 2018 1:56PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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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.

Scorers:
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)

Schuylkill vs. Norfolk

Posted by D1 - Exiles at Apr 11, 2018 1:37PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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Schuylkill River traveled to Norfolk on April 7 for a MAC doubleheader against the Blues. The D1 match was a tough affair against a very strong Norfolk side which resulted in the 69-19 victory for the hosts. The D2 match was better for River as the boys gutted out a 20-13 victory to earn a third place finish in the MAC D1B league this season.

Coaches Owen Jones and Michael Clark wanted to emphasize that the Troop side deserves recognition for a fantastic performance. The boys travelled to Norfolk with 15 available players, played a man down for 10 minutes due to a yellow card, and 50-55 total minutes with 14 players due to a player injury. The team never wavered in their desire and effort and they fought tooth and nail to claw out a win against a strong Norfolk side.
The performance of every player as an individual was outstanding, leading to a cohesive and u
nified team performance. The coaching staff is looking forward to seeing our guys carry the emotion from this win into this week and our matches this weekend. Reno Jolcover was named man of the match for his performance from the scrumhalf position with James “JB” Brunson, Greg “Loopy” Mininger, and Ross McMonigal also earning recognition for their play.

Scorers:
Tries: Reno (1), JB (2)
Cons: Tower (1)
Pens: Tower (1)

Regarding the D1 match Coach Owen Jones described is as a tough loss that we need to take on the chin, learn from, and move forward. This week our focus is on our final two training sessions and our match against the Washington Irish. The Club is honoring Michael “Hazbro” Leland that day and we will honor his memory by finishing strong.
Ricky Schneider earned man of the match honors for his performance at the prop position and other strong performers included fellow prop Lucas Brickley and scrum half Dan Callahan.

Scorers:
Tries: Ricky (2), Brickley (1)
Cons: Keown (2)

Season Scoring Tally:
Troop
Tries: Michael Bacon (4), James Brunson (4), Beau Lail (4), John Hines (3), Tito Callahan (2), Dave Gross (2), Dave Hilley (2), Ricky Schneider (2), John Sneh (2), Pat Bellot (1), Mike Centanni (1), Jordan Ghyzel, (1), James Glatts (1), Reno Jolcover (1), Josh Marchisio (1), Brian Taylor (1), Ryan Tower (1), Yuriy Trimba (1), Matt Tyris (1)
Cons: Ryan Tower (7), John Hines (3), Greg Mininger (4),Tito Callahan (2)
Pens: Ryan Tower (2)

Exiles:
Tries: Ben Janssen (9), Rick Schneider (7), Lucas Brickley (3), Cody Bukowski (3), Rich Casey (3), Chino Deal (3), Ryan McHugh (3), Pat Boyle (2), Matt Giannascoli (2), Brian Keown (2), Roman Lowery (2), Mike Centanni (1), Jeff Hall (1), Randy Helsman (1), Graham Johnston (1), Tyler Kelly (1), Geoff Matthes (1), Joe Midwig (1), Jim Rosato (1), Matt Tyris (1)
Cons: Brian Keown (21) Matt Chiaramonte (4) Cody Bukowski (2)
Pens: Brian Keown (4)

Schuylkill vs. Rocky Gorge

Posted by David Codell at Apr 2, 2018 1:19PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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A tough weekend for the home team as Schuylkill dropped two matches to Rocky Gorge at Pennypack. The score of the D1 match was 26-0 and the D1 match was 59-22. For the D2 match Coach Clark felt that the score line did not represent the level of effort and play that was put forth by the second side. The team played with a fire that Coach has not seen come from this group of players. There was no one that left the pitch with an ounce of energy as every single player played to the extent of their abilities. Everyone now knows what it takes to be able to compete with the top team in our division and be able to take our side to the next level.

Yuriy Trimba was awarded man of the match for his performance at outside center which featured a strong defense effort along with several linebreaks. Other strong performers included Dave “Tiny” Hilley, Aaron “Reno” Jolcover, Matt Angelucci, and Greg “Loopy” Mininger.

In the D1 match an early red card left the team down a man. In the words of Coach Jones "playing Rocky Gorge is always a tough match and having to play 60 minutes against them a man down does not make things any easier. None of us are happy with the final result but the team showed up with the right attitude today. That was reflected in our ability to score four tries and earn a bonus point in the loss. All four tries were scored after going a man down which is a testament to the resiliency of the team.

Three of the tries were scored by Ben Janssen who also provided a physical presence for us and was named man of the match while the fourth try was scored by Lucas Brickley and Brian Keown added a conversion. In addition to Janssen, Coach Jones mentioned Keown, Geoff Matthes, and Ricky Schneider as players who had strong performances for us on Saturday.

Scorers:
Tries: Janssen (3), Brickley (1)
Cons: Keown (1)

Season Scoring Tally:
Troop
Tries: Michael Bacon (4), Beau Lail (4), John Hines (3), James Brunson (2), Tito Callahan (2), Dave Gross (2), Dave Hilley (2), Ricky Schneider (2), John Sneh (2), Pat Bellot (1), Mike Centanni (1), Jordan Ghyze, (1), James Glatts (1), Josh Marchisio (1), Brian Taylor (1), Ryan Tower (1), Yuriy Trimba (1), Matt Tyris (1)
Cons: Ryan Tower (6), John Hines (3), Greg Mininger (4),Tito Callahan (2)
Pens: Ryan Tower (1)

Exiles:
Tries: Ben Janssen (9), Rick Schneider (5), Cody Bukowski (3), Rich Casey (3), Chino Deal (3), Ryan McHugh (3), Pat Boyle (2), Lucas Brickley (2), Matt Giannascoli (2), Brian Keown (2), Roman Lowery (2), Mike Centanni (1), Jeff Hall (1), Randy Helsman (1), Graham Johnston (1), Tyler Kelly (1), Geoff Matthes (1), Joe Midwig (1), Jim Rosato (1), Matt Tyris (1)
Cons: Brian Keown (19) Matt Chiaramonte (4) Cody Bukowski (2)
Pens: Brian Keown (4)

Narberth Otters Continue to Impress

Posted by Schuylkill River RFC at Mar 30, 2018 1:35PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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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)

Scoring:
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)

Schuylkill vs. Potomac

Posted by David Codell at Mar 30, 2018 1:21PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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In our opening league match of the 2018 season Schuylkill River came out flat and lost 29-10 against Potomac. Our tries were scored by Randy Helsman and Ben Janssen with Randy taking home man of the match honors. In the words of coach Owen Jones it was sloppy and uninspiring rugby. For the talent level we have, today’s performance was disappointing. The guys will look to get back on track with a league match double header against Rocky Gorge on March 31.

Season Scoring Tally
Troop
Tries: Michael Bacon (4), Beau Lail (4), John Hines (3), James Brunson (2), Tito Callahan (2), Dave Gross (2), Dave Hilley (2), Ricky Schneider (2), John Sneh (2), Pat Bellot (1), Mike Centanni (1), Jordan Ghyze, (1), James Glatts (1), Josh Marchisio (1), Brian Taylor (1), Ryan Tower (1), Yuriy Trimba (1), Matt Tyris (1)
Cons: Ryan Tower (6), John Hines (3), Greg Mininger (4),Tito Callahan (2)
Pens: Ryan Tower (1)

Exiles:
Tries: Ben Janssen (6), Rick Schneider (5), Cody Bukowski (3), Rich Casey (3), Chino Deal (3), Ryan McHugh (3), Pat Boyle (2), Matt Giannascoli (2), Brian Keown (2), Roman Lowery (2), Lucas Brickley (1), Mike Centanni (1), Jeff Hall (1), Randy Helsman (1), Graham Johnston (1), Tyler Kelly (1), Geoff Matthes (1), Joe Midwig (1), Jim Rosato (1), Matt Tyris (1)
Cons: Brian Keown (18) Matt Chiaramonte (4) Cody Bukowski (2)
Pens: Brian Keown (4)