Author: Jennifer Jones

Renegades Upset Boston 43-21

On one of the hottest and most humid days of the year, the Monmouth Renegades took the field at Thompson Park against Boston Women’s Rugby Club for their season opener. Boston has always been a force to be reckoned with, making it to the semi-final round of the national championships just last year.

Monmouth came out incredibly strong despite previous unfavorable experiences with Boston. Within the first few minutes of play, Hope Delia timed a magnificent pass to Kate Kelly capitalizing on a hole in the defense that resulted in Monmouth’s first try.  The Renegades’ pack came out strong and their scrums were on point for the entire first half.  This was stunningly shown after Monmouth drove in a try off a scrum, brilliantly kept under control by number 8 Elizabeth Hussey (Russinello) and touched down by Diana Valencia. The highlight of the first half was an ESPN play-of-the-week worthy kick that Kate Kelly put up into the corner to be chased down by Kate Benedit (Florida) scoring her first 15s try with Monmouth.

Halftime came with Boston putting no points on the scoreboard.

The 92-degree temperature and lack of breeze at Thompson took a bit of a toll on both teams. Water breaks became more frequent and the small numbers on the sidelines for both sides were daunting. Boston’s stamina became apparent when they took advantage of Monmouth’s visible fatigue in choice moments of the game and were able to score three tries within the half. A highlight of the second half was a gorgeous interception and run by Monmouth rookie Danielle Devinsky who let her newfound rugby instincts take over in her very first time on the pitch.

With their first game behind them, the Renegades hope to keep up the intensity as they take on Beantown; having switched into Division 1 from WPL they will surely prove to be a true test.

Tries: Stitch (1), Florida (1), Kate (2), Diana (3)

Conversions: Stitch (4)

Women of the Match: Florida (Backs), Hussey (Forwards), Diana (Boston Vote)

Men’s D2 put Morris away early

On Saturday, Monmouth Men’s D2 took on Morris in Denville NJ. Monmouth, coming off a hard fought win the previous week, was able to keep the ball rolling beating Morris 50-14 in an impressive performance. Monmouth started the scoring early and never looked back with an early try from Chris Duffy, who made quite the impact in his first game back with the club scoring twice. The pack used the maul early and often at the line out to set the tone for the game, successfully mauling for two tries on the day.  The pack looked remarkable all day with open field play and with linking with the backs. The backs also impressed in various ways with Delaware touching down for a nice score. Chris Ciraolo also added to the score sheet twice, the first on a great grubbed put through by mike Dorata that Chris was able to beat the wing across from him and touch the ball down in the try zone. The second was off of a nice link between forwards and backs to finish a try from beyond the 22. Nick lynch had another notable day, as always, running with great pace and attacking the opposing line setting up some great off loads for the support around him. Other try scorers include Ryan Greenwood on a nice turnover ball that turned into a 35 meter scramble for a try in the corner. Mario Fragile added a nice drive through a few defenders for a 12 meter try. And Billy “Bootstraps” Van Bramer added the finishing touch scoring in the corner after a series of nice passes. Monmouth’s defense was solid all day, besides two assignment errors, but looked dominant otherwise. It was a good day for Monmouth with both D2 and D3 flexing their muscles with two winds. Monmouth hope to continue their good play next weekend home against Bayonne.

 

 

D3vMorris

Men’s D3 vs Morris D3 Match Report – 9/6/14

Ryan D3

The Monmouth Division 3 side received their first match victory over Morris this past Saturday as they took control of the game with tries from Derek, Ryan and Oren. The final score was 38-27 with 6 total tries and making 4 of the conversions.

With a big lead in the second half Morris tried to come back with a set of quick tries, making the last 15 minutes of the game a little more uncomfortable than needed for Monmouth.

Monmouth’s quickness and fitness showed in the long run as they outmuscled and outplayed their opponent to close the game. The pack for the second week dominated the scrums and showed that simple hard nose tackling would prove to be the winning formula.

Behind the fired-up pack that was consistently going forward, the backs were putting runners into space and did a great job moving strictly north and south. Forcing Morris to continue to make tough tackles and tiring them from chasing Monmouth’s resiliency.

The victory makes the Monmouth division III have a record of 1-1 after playing on a dusty hard field, on a hot and humid day.

Renegades move to Division 1

Renegades Spring 2013

 

Congratulations to the Renegades!! The women’s team has worked hard the past few seasons, and after years of dominating their conference in Division 2 play, the women were invited to advance to Division 1. The Renegades are excited to have new teams to play and are looking forward to some highly competitive matches this fall. Come check out the ladies this fall. Home matches are played at Thompson Park in Lincroft.

 

9/7 – @ Village Lions

9/14 – HOME v Providence

9/21 – HOME v Boston

9/28 – BYE

10/5 – HOME v Albany

10/12 – HOME v Morris

10/19 – @ Providence

10/26 – @ Boston

Home matches are played in Thompson Park and usually start at 11am.
805 Newman Springs Road Lincroft, NJ 07738