News and Announcements
The Narberth Otters (http://narberthrugbyclub.teamsnapsites.com) held their annual award ceremony this past weekend. The U-15 players who combined with Media this season were congratulated for winning a Rugby PA State Championship and all of the seniors on the U-19 team were acknowledged for their contributions to the Club through the years which culminated in a season that saw them go 10-1 and win the Lancaster Frostbite Tournament along the way.
Also acknowledged was U-15 Coach Andrew McKendrick who is stepping down from his coaching duties. Coach McKendrick is a pillar of the Narberth Rugby community and his absence will be felt. Many of Narberth’s top U-19 players in recent years owe a lot of their success to Coach McKendrick for the work he put in developing these players on the younger sides.
On to the awards:
The Most Valuable Player this year was Cameron McKendrick. Cam is the total package as a rugby player. He’s a talented front row with a ton of experience (see paragraph above about his father helping to develop players) and his knowledge of the game basically makes him a coach on the field.
The Rookie of the Year was Davon Collins who not only was new to rugby, but was also new to team sports in general. It took a little while for Davon to understand the game but once he got used to the physical elements of rugby he started growing by leaps and bounds. Davon and Cameron are both front rows so that should be a strong combination for Narberth in 2018.
Best Forward was awarded to Ray Fullbright who was great in the set piece and did all of the dirty work around the field to set things up for his teammates. Ray also did a great job dishing out stiff arms when he found himself in open space.
Best Back was awarded to Nate Nagvajara who scored 84 points in the team’s 6 league matches hitting kicks at an over 80% success rate. Nate also led the team in tries scored and stepped up his defense substantially this year.
Comeback Player of the Year was awarded to Michael Boken. Boken missed most of the past two seasons due to injury but he hung around the program and found ways to contribute, such as by becoming our cameraman, when he couldn’t play. This season Boken was finally healthy from start to finish and he did an excellent job out there.
Great job to all of the Narberth players, coaches, and administrative staff on another successful season. Can’t wait to see what next year brings.
Schuylkill River would like to thank everyone who contributed to our spring fundraiser for the 2016-17 fifteens season which enabled us to make a $1,000 donation to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This is a wonderful cause and anyone who is looking to contribute to the Hospital should do so here (https://give.chop.edu/page/content/give). Once our 2017-2018 fifteens schedule is available, which should be soon, we’ll announce our next set of fundraisers so please stay tuned.
The North Philadelphia Nomads RFC (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1375188022726606/) held their annual team luncheon and award ceremony this past Sunday at Tir Na Nog (http://tirnanogphilly.com/) in Center City. Borrowing from a LaSalle Women’s RFC tradition each player was presented with a “paper plate award” detailing their unique individual contributions to the Club.
Additionally, some traditional awards were given out as well and they are as follows:
Newcomer of the Year was awarded to Takeim Wooten who started the season knowing nothing at all about rugby but picked things up steadily as the season progressed and became a valuable contributor for the Nomads.
Most Improved Player was awarded to Uriah Fortson whose game took off once he was moved from wing to flanker and given an opportunity to involve himself in the action on a constant basis. It was also noted that Fortson’s tackling improved dramatically as the season progressed and he has made himself into a solid defensive player.
The Backs MVP was Minh Tran who stepped up his communication on the field this year and embraced the natural leadership role of a good scrum half.
The Forwards MVP was Nasair Boston-Epps a very athletic young man who has a ton of potential to continue developing into a great player and whose enthusiasm for the game is enormous.
The Coaches’ Award went to Pablo Barrios-Cruz who set a good example for his teammates, showed a lot of responsibility, and assisted the Coaching Staff with whatever they needed help getting done off the field.
Schuylkill River Rugby salutes the Nomads for all of their hard work this season as well as the Nomads’ Coaching Staff for their role in the continued development of these players. We’re looking forward to seeing you guys back on the field in 2018!
The Schuylkill River Rugby U-23 Academy 7s team made a big impact this year at the Collegiate Rugby Championship (https://www.usasevenscrc.com/) in Chester PA over the weekend. The following individuals participated in the event and have previously played/coached for Schuylkill River. This list doesn’t include all of the new players that played in the CRC and will be joining Schuylkill this summer.
In the Challenge Cup division the West Chester Golden Rams were coached by Schuylkill player Ty Anderson and led on the field by John King and Brian Keown. King has the added distinction of being a 4 year player in Second City Troop’s youth program (Troop and Schuylkill merged in 2015) making him our first player to pipeline through one of our youth programs into the Academy and then onto the men’s team while also playing in the CRC along the way. Nice work John!
Joining West Chester in the Challenge Cup division were the Villanova Wildcats who are coached by our U-23 Academy 7s coach Biddy Boyle and are lead on the field by prop Matt Hughes. The Drexel Dragons also took part in this year’s Challenge Cup and were coached by Mike Burch who is Schuylkill’s assistant 7s coach.
In the Championship division the University of Delaware Blue Hens returned to the national stage featuring Schuylkill players John McCurdy and Grayson Haynes. The St. Joe’s Hawks featured Schuylkill player Chris Curcio. The Temple Owls were represented by Lenny Ramos. Last, but certainly not least, the Kutztown Golden Bears had 5 Schuylkill players on their roster including Samuel Devine, Jason DeNofa, Dave Snead, Alex Faison-Donohue, and Angel Santiago in addition to their coach Doc Jones who helps manage Schuylkill River’s 7s program.
Schuylkill River is proud of what all of these great players have accomplished and we are happy that our summer 7s program has helped them along the way. We look forward to developing even more talent in the summer of 2017 and invite all players, regardless of age, to come out and join us.
Schuylkill River’s Director of Social Events, Austin Lucas, is putting together a tailgate for those heading to Chester this Saturday for the College Rugby Championships. The carpool is meeting up at 8am at Front & Reed in Philadelphia before heading to the stadium. Once there the guys intend to set up in the Lot B VIP parking area which can be found on the map on the Union’s website (https://www.philadelphiaunion.com/post/2016/04/07/matchday-guide-union-vs-orlando-city-sc). For those who are 21 or older there will be a keg of Yards and there will also be some food as well. Austin will also have some extra tickets to the CRC available for purchase.
For more information, or assistance finding the guys, please feel free to contact Austin at 856-701-7356. For reference a schedule of events for the CRC can be found here (https://www.usasevenscrc.com/schedule-of-events/)