Author: Nick Lynch

“Ruck Breast Cancer” with Monmouth Rugby

Please join Monmouth Rugby Football Club on October 22nd, for our first annual “Ruck Breast Cancer” fundraising event. We will start at 11:00am meeting at Thompson Park in Lincroft, NJ where we will be having a community kickball tournament. To play, simply dress to impress in your best pink, and bring $10 cash to field. This will ensure your spot on a team, and include pizza at the after party. Teams will be picked upon arrival by our resident team captains of the men’s D2 & D3, the women’s Renegades along with a captain from our supportive family & friends joining!

Following the tournament style kickball matches, everyone will be invited back to the Wilde Rover in Red Bank, NJ to replenish energy with our signature beverages. In addition there will also be our personalized MRFC designed ‘RUCK BREAST CANCER’ tee’s & pink socks will available for purchase at both Thompson Park & the Wilde Rover. All proceeds of T-Shirt/Socks going directly to SFK Foundation which is a New Jersey nonprofit that benefits the American Cancer Society along with other local NJ charities. Please come on out and support MRFC support the fight & increase the awareness of breast cancer in a fun way!

More Info and RSVP Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1868414233199307

More Information on SFK Foundation: http://www.sfkfoundation.com

**Tshirts will also be available at Friends and Family Day on Oct 14th!

Renegades Win Big Over Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, NY – The much anticipated Monmouth Renegades’ season finally kicked off at 4pm on Coney Island against Brooklyn Women’s Rugby.  After a scenic drive through Staten Island and over the Verazano Bridge, the ladies pulled up and were ready to take on the pre-game warm up that new coach and Monmouth Hall of Famer Robbie Morello had prepared.

The Renegades attacked the warm up with ferocity and dedication and were ready to take on the game only to experience a small hiccup when the ref showed up late and in the popular shoe of the 90’s – the Teva.

First time Monmouth Renegade Captain, Leah “F.” Berry, rallied the troops through the down time with a speech motivational enough to make the team want to join China’s army and defeat the Huns.

At 4:17 pm EST, the ball soared through the air as the Renegades kicked off to Brooklyn.  Brooklyn came out of the gates swinging as they marched down the field towards the try zone.  Much to the Renegades dismay, penalty after penalty continued to be committed and Brooklyn marched on.    

Luckily for the Renegades, veteran player and long time lover of dogs, Liz “I just gave birth to a 10 pound bowling ball” Hussey was there to hit 95% of the rucks and created numerous opportunities for the rest of the team to poach the ball.

Stitch “Kelly” Rafferty was there to distribute the ball to new comer fly-half, Amanda “Don’t you dare draw attention to me” Rumsey.  After several phases back and forth across the field, Kat “I don’t always get charlie horses, but when I do, I’m in the air” Hussey was able to break down the Brooklyn defense and score the opening try.

Shortly after, Taryn “How does my rhino horn look today” Sievers scored again on Brooklyn, doing her signature stampeding baby rhino run down the field.

From that moment on, the Renegades gained momentum and tries were scored by Kate “Fastest kid alive” Benedit, Diana “I will crush your young soul and send you flying down the field” Valencia, Becca “I will never be allowed to write another game report again” Moose and again by Kate “She runs so fast no one can keep up and support her” Benedit.

Time finished out and the Renegades prevailed with a 40-5 final score against Brooklyn.  A strong performance by the entire team, but most notably, the Renegades would like to recognize first time Monmouth 15’s players, Jackie “Biggie biggie biggie can’t you see”  Mullens, Osh “I destroyed a girls life on my first hit” Baist, PAM “You will not break my giraffe legs” Olsen, Jess “Can I just shoulder check people” Manigrasso and MaryCatherine McKeever Margaret Elizabeth “I can never find my name on a keychain” Innace, on recording their first Monmouth minutes.  

When asked his thoughts on how the first game of the season went, Rob “I still wish I was part of *NSYNC” Morello said, “I’m very happy with the performance that everyone put on today.  Lots of positives and lots of takeaways of things to work on.  The contact zone was our bugaboo, so that will be worked on in practice this week.  Also, can I frost my tips again?  Is that hip?”

The Monmouth Renegades take on the newly formed D1 NYRC this Saturday, September 23rd, on the home pitch in Thompson Park at 11am.  Hope to see everyone there! 

Tries: Kat, Taryn, BM, Diana, Florida (x2)

Conversions: Stitch (x5)

MRFC Announces New Practice Home at Capelli Sports Complex

Monmouth Rugby is proud to announce our NEW practice home at Capelli Sports in Tinton Falls!  Last night, the Monmouth Men and Women held their first full practice under the lights of the beautiful brand new fields.  As a we settle into our new home, Monmouth Rugby will be hosting a open practice on Thursday, September 28th to introduce the club to the new facility. Players young and old will be in attendance and are encouraged to bring a friend to introduce them to the game we all love.  No prior experience needed, men and women of all experience and fitness levels welcome!

Regular practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Capelli facility on Field #6.  The address of the complex is 1659 Wayside Rd, Tinton Falls, NJ 07712.  Capelli Sports aims to be a premier destination for sport on the east coast, the Capelli Sport Complex offers all services ranging from rentals, leagues, and tournament games to birthday parties, corporate events, and training programs for soccer, lacrosse, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and football. For more information on programs, please visit http://www.capellisportcomplex.com/.

Monmouth Rugby would like to extend a huge thank you to Neptune Youth Football, which has been our practice home for the past 5+ years.  Please help to continue to support Neptune Youth program, for more information please visit http://www.jsayf.org/NEPTUNE.html.

Finally, this opportunity would not be possible without the continued fundraising efforts of our players, support from our sponsors, including a generous donation from the Hazell-Dell foundation, and the tireless efforts of club leadership to make this possible.  Please continue to support MRFC in the following ways:
– Become a Social Member
– Join the Wilde Rover Mug Club
– Raffle tickets are currently available though players – $10 each
Social Memberships and Mug Club available now through the MRFC store: https://squareup.com/store/monmouthrugbyclub/
Thank you in advance for all your support and see you at a match this fall!

Announcing 2017 Fall Schedules!

The Renegades enter the 2017 season with a DI National Championship on their minds.  After a deep playoff run, a strong core returns along with several new recruits to follow up an undefeated 2016 regular season.
Women’s Schedule

The Men look to build on a 2nd place regular season finish and push to the Empire semi-finals.   The season opens with a huge match against last year’s Empire champs, Morris.
Men’s Schedule
Other Fall Events:
Aug 26th – Club Night @ the Wilde Rover
Sept 1st – Mug Club Sendoff
Sept 23rd – Men’s/Women’s Home Opener – Mug Club Debut
Oct 7th – Raffle Tickets Due
Oct 14th – Friends and Family Day/Raffle Drawing

 

Boys and Girls U19 Rugby Fall Team Meeting

Thursday, August 17th – 7PM

Wilde Rover Clubhouse, 153 Shrewsbury Avenue, Red Bank, NJ

Are you in High School and interested in playing rugby this fall? Come meet the coaches and current players and find out more about the upcoming fall season. We have both boys and girls teams, ages 14 to 19 (while enrolled in High School).  No experience necessary – all skill levels welcome!

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/783268538511606/

Please contact Director of Rugby, Matt Bernstein at  fufitr@aol.com for more information

 

Open Position – Monmouth Women’s Head Coach

Please see attached job description for the open position for Monmouth Women’s Head Coach.  If interested, please send your rugby and coaching background, relevant certifications, and contact information to both our captain Diana Valencia DianaSValencia@gmail.com) and our Vice President Alex Rumsey RumseyA1@gmail.com).  The Renegades are coming off an undefeated regular season and are currently ranked in the Division I Top 25 nationally so this is a great opportunity for any interested candidates!
Job Title: Monmouth Women’s Head Coach
Job Summary: The women’s head coach is responsible for the success of the women’s 15s program. He/she will coordinate with the volunteer assistant coaches and team leadership to ensure a successful season both on and off the field. The coach must be able to pass on their rugby knowledge and exhibit their passion for the game.
The Team: Monmouth Women are a nationally ranked Division I team that went undefeated in the Fall of 2016 season and finished top 11 in the country for the 2016-17 year. We are currently ranked #1 in the Empire GU and hold the top seed in the Northeast. The squad is made up of players with experience ranging from one season to 10+ years. Our goals for the 2017-18 year are to have a winning fall season, elevate our performances to a higher level of play, and advance further into the national championship this season. 

2017 Monmouth 7s Recap

On Saturday, June 17th 2017, the Monmouth Rugby Football Club hosted 2017 Monmouth 7s: Showdown at the Shore V Tournament at Thompson Park in Lincroft, New Jersey, sponsored by Ritchie and Page Distributors. With a full day of rugby, featuring 47 playing sides and over 500 athletes, Monmouth 7s kicked off both the USA Rugby Northeast Qualifier Series and Empire 7s Series for Men, Women, and HS Boys and girls.  Some wet weather didn’t slow the action as each bracket featured top level competition.

In the NRU field, Old Blue, NYAC, and Mystic River raced to the top of their respective pools, earning Old Blue and NYAC a bye into the cup semifinals.  However, NYAC fought their way past a tough Bulldog 2 side and then edged out a hard fought victory over Mystic to reach the Cup final.  However they were not match for a dominant Old Blue side which cruised past Bulldog in the semis and had a commanding 33-0 victory over NYAC to earn the cup.  Mystic rebounded to take the Plate final over Bulldog.
On the Empire side, a highly competitive Men’s bracket saw tough competition all day, yet it was Princeton Athletic Club coming out on top with a 19-14 victory over hosts Monmouth in a Cup final that saw 2 lead changes and came down to the final seconds.  New Haven came away with the Plate and the East Lake Erie Hawaiians took the Bowl.
For the women, it was all NYRC who did not surrender a point in a perfect 5-0 day, capped by a 26-0 victory over the Village Lions.  Old Blue took the plate and Morris went home with the Bowl.  In High school action, Play Rugby Academy was the big winner, taking the Cup in both the Boy’s and Girl’s brackets.
Finally, in the Social brackets, which saw a mix of young developing talent and nearly old boys looking to make one last run, the Dutchman, a mix of Monmouth Rugby alums took home the Cup after finishing 5-0 on the day.  NYRC added a second Cup trophy with a victory over Suffolk in the Women’s Social bracket.

Next up for the NRU Series is Newport 7s while the Empire Series moves up to Tri-State 7s in Danbury. Thank you to all of our participants and our sponsors – Ritchie and Page Distributors, US Marine Corp Recruiting Station, Two River Community Bank, and Broege, Neumann, Fischer & Shaver, LLC.  See you next year!

NRU Qualifier
Cup Champion: Old Blue
Cup Runner Up: NYAC
Plate Champion: Mystic
Plate Runner Up: Bulldog
Bowl Champion: Bulldog 2
Bowl Runner Up: White Plains
Shield Champion: Long Island
Shield Runner Up: Old Blue 2
Shield Runner Up: Lions

Empire Series – Men
Cup Champion Princeton
Cup Runner Up Monmouth
Plate Champion New Haven
Plate Runner Up Morris
Bowl Champion East Lake Erie Hawaiians
Bowl Runner Up Danbury
7th Place: Brooklyn
8th Place: NYRCEmpire Series – Women
Cup Champion: NYRC
Cup Runner Up: Village Lions
Plate Champion: Old Blue 1
Plate Runner Up: Monmouth
Bowl Champion: Morris
Bowl Runner Up: Old Blue 2
7th Place: Danbury
8th Place: NYRC 2

Empire HS Boys
Cup Champion: Play Rugby
Cup Runner Up: Aspetuk Valley
Plate Champion: NYRC
Plate Runner Up: Play Rugby 2

Empire HS Girls
Cup Champion: Play Rugby
Plate Champion: NYRCSocial – Men
Cup Champion: Dutchman
Cup Runner Up: Fairfield Yankees
Plate Champion: Long Island
Plate Runner Up: Union
Bowl Champion: Blackthorn
Bowl Runner Up: Rutgers
7th Place: Monmouth 2
8th Place: NJST

Social Women
Cup Champion: NYRC
Cup Runner Up: Suffolk
Plate Champion: Albany
Plate Runner Up: Union
Bowl Champion: Morris
Bowl Runner Up: Monmouth

Monmouth 7s 2017 Preview

On Saturday, June 17th 2017, the Monmouth Rugby Football Club will host the 2017 Monmouth 7s: Showdown at the Shore V Tournament at Thompson Park in Lincroft, New Jersey, sponsored by Ritch and Page Distributers. Now in its fifth year, Monmouth 7s is one of the biggest showcases for rugby in New Jersey, drawing participation over 45 playing sides from throughout the Northeast. The Monmouth 7s Tournament serves as a kickoff for the summer rugby 7s season in the Northeast as it is the first leg of the USA Rugby Northeast Qualifier Series.  Teams will compete to earn points throughout the summer, with the top 2 teams advancing to the USA Club 7s National Championships. The tournament also marks the start of Empire 7s Series in which Men’s and Women’s playing sides will compete in a series of 5 tournaments in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut hoping to capture the Empire Union 7s Championship. Men’s and Women’s social brackets will round out the field as over 500 athletes are expected to participate.

This year’s tournament features one of the most competitive fields in the history of the tournament. In the NRU bracket features Northeast powerhouses Old Blue and NYAC out of New York and Mystic River for Boston, but will be challenged by the likes of a growing program from Bulldog Rugby out of Connecticut as well as White Plains and Lions NYC. All NRU action will take place on Thompson Park’s main rugby pitch.

In the Empire Series, on the Men’s side Monmouth Rugby looks to capture the Cup for the second straight year and build upon a strong 2nd place finish in last year’s series. They’ll be challenged by last year’s series champ Morris, who is coming off a deep 15s playoff run. Brooklyn, NYRC, and Princeton all return and are sure to make this a highly competitive bracket.

In the Women’s pool, Monmouth enters as the reigning Empire Series Champ, but will face stiff competition from a pair of Old Blue and NYRC sides.  The Village Lions, Morris, and Danbury round out the bracket, which promises plenty of excitement.

The High School pool is wide open with sides from Morris, NYRC, Greenwich, Play Rugby and Aspetuk Valley.  NYRC and Play Rugby will play a 3 match series for the girls.

Finally, the Empire and NRU series are complemented by a pair of social brackets for the Men and Women.  These pools will feature a mix up and coming talent, alumni sides, and rookies getting their first taste of the game.  Be sure to catch these matches, if only to see who is still standing beyond the 3rd match of pool play.

So join Monmouth Rugby for a full day of top rugby at Thompson Park.  Monmouth 7s matches are FREE to attend for spectators.  Full details for the event and more information on our club are available on our website at http://monmouthrugbyclub.com/ and facebook page http://facebook.com/monmouth7s