Author: Nick Lynch

Renegades Capture Empire GU Championship

Suggested to be read/sung to the theme song for Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Credit Becca Moose)
 
Now this is a story all about how
The Lions season got flipped, turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute, just grab the crew
I’ll tell you how we became the champs of Empire G U

In Thompson Park, born and raised
On the field is where we spent most of our days
Hittin’ rucks, passin’, tacklin’ all night
And all playin’ some rugby ready for a fight
When a couple of Lions who were up to no good
Started makin trouble in our neighborhood
We got in one huge fight and Robbie got scared
And said “you’re takin the field with your mates right over there.”

We rucked and tackled with them play after play
But they would not ease up and they stood in our way
We went for a run and then we almost made the line
Kyla got the ball out wide and said ok now its try time
First score, yo, this isn’t bad
Tis some of the most fun we’ve ever had
Is this what the champs of Empire livin like?
Hmmm, this might be all right
But wait, the Lions they’re feisty, scrappy, and all that
Is this the type of game that we think we can just chat?
We don’t think so, we will show them who’s who
I hope they’re prepared for the champs round 2.

Well, the lions scored with thirty minutes left
There was a scramble to get the ball back by an act of theft
We’re not trying to lose yet, we got more to do here
We sprang with the quickness like lightning, put to the test
PAM whistled for the ball cause catch-pass is her craft
She went sprinting down the side line like a baby giraffe
The 80 minutes were up, much to our relief
We couldn’t believe we had won, lead by our chief.

We pulled up to the Rover about 12 or 1
And we yelled to Dee “are you ready for some fun?”
Looked at our kingdom, we were a motley crew
Sitting on our throne as Champs of the Empire G U.

Final Score: 22-10

Tries: Kyla x2, Cheyanne, Pam
Conversions: Stitch x1

Renegades to Defend Empire GU Title

Under the leadership of first year rugby coach and Monmouth Hall of Famer Robbie Morello, the Renegades are looking to defend their Division 1 Empire Championship. This fall brought four starters’ season-ending injuries, three opponent forfeits, and plenty of opportunities for new and inexperienced players to step up. Throughout all the chaos and bad luck, the Renegades are still heading into Empire Playoffs as the number 1 seed.
This weekend they will host Danbury at Thompson Park at 1pm for the semi-finals.​ The Renegades are looking forward to advancing to the finals on November 11th, where they would play the winner of Village Lions v Brooklyn.
Following the Empire competition, the women continue their fall season by competing in an invite-only elite national tournament. They are the first Empire team ever invited! This November they will travel to Virginia and the spring will take them to Texas in March and Monmouth will then host 3 teams in April. These games will give the Renegades the opportunity to play elite D1 rugby which will help them on their road to nationals.
Come out and give your support to watch the rise of the Renegades!

“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.