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On Sunday April 29 the Narberth Otters traveled to West Chester to play the Wolfpack and Roman Catholic faced off against the first place Hibernians. The outcomes of these matches were a contrast of how important it is to have experienced players as Narberth was able to rely on their senior leadership to pull off a 38-12 victory while a Roman side full of underclassmen played a solid match against a more experienced Hibernians side before falling 31-17.
Ifeyan got Narberth on the board early to give the Otters a 7-0 lead and Nick followed with a try set up by a nice pass from George to make it 12-0. The Wolfpack stayed in the fight and scored in the corner right at halftime to make it 12-5 at the break. During his halftime speech Narberth Coach Gabe Gliwa made a couple of adjustments and the Otters returned to the field determined to earn the victory.
The tone was set early by senior captain Cameron who took the ball on a penalty play and absolutely smashed the defensive line. When Cameron get the ball again on another penalty soon after that it was clear that the defense was nervous about having to tackle him and he was able to score under the posts to make it 19-5. George was the next Otter to score off a penalty tap by making a nice move at the goal line and George also scored off a switch pass from Phil to push the lead to 31-5.
As Narberth got their subs into the match Nick moved from wing to scrumhalf and scored a nice try on a pick and go to give him his first multi-try game since his epic 4.5 try (Nick swears he and Nate scored a try together simultaneously, I’m just gonna go with it) performance against Coventry back in 7th grade. West Chester’s flyhalf then made a great line break and earned a penalty try in the process to make it a final score of 38-12 in favor of Narberth.
In the Roman Catholic match John Stermel opened the scoring with a penalty kick from 30M out to give Roman a 3-0 lead. This was followed by two quick tries from the Hibernians to make it 12-3 in favor of the Hibos. James Kuneck was able to beat the opposing fullback to the ball on a kick and chase to make it 12-10 following a conversion from the steady boot of Stermal. The half ended 12-10 in favor of the Hibernians.
This year’s Roman Catholic team is predominantly made up of underclassmen and the experience advantage showed when the Hibernians were able to score two quick tries to extend the lead to 24-10. Roman didn’t give up though, and they managed to score another try to make it a 24-17 match before the Hibernians iced the match with a late try to earn a well-deserved 31-17 victory. We’re looking forward to seeing the Roman players continue develop over the next couple of years and win these matches that are close at halftime.
Tries: George (2), Nick (2), Cameron (1), Ifeyan (1)
Cons: Nate (4)
Season Scoring Tally:
Tries: Cam (9) George (9) Evan (8) Nate (7) Jack (5) Mason (5) Nick (5) Ifeyan (4) Antonio (1)
Cons: Nate (21) Cameron (1) Nick (1) Owen (1) Wyatt (1)
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)