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

High School 7s Registration

Monmouth Rugby will be hosting a High School Boys and Girls Summer 7s information and registration event this Wednesday, May 24th from 7-9 PM at the Wilde Rover (153 Shrewsbury Ave). No experience necessary – athletes and parents are all welcome. See flyer for more information.


Monmouth Day Recap

Thank you to all who braved the weather to celebrate another Monmouth Day bash! A huge thank you to Vice President Alex Rumsey for an outstanding job of planning and managing the event while adapting to the weather and schedule change (not to mention playing 80+ minutes of rugby).  Congratulations to Rob Morello and Jeff Kaltenbach who were honored with their induction into the Monmouth Rugby Hall of Fame.  Also congratulations to Matt Crumedy and Val Rogers as recipients of the 2017 Tom Tani Presidents Awards for outstanding service to the club.  There are too many additional people to thank from the executive board to Ken Pape and the Wilde Rover Committee to Ken Molina and the grill team for an amazing meal.  Most importantly thank you to all of the players, coaches, alumni, fans, friends, and family who continue to live out the #morethanaclub values year round!

On the field, it is difficult for a full recap but Monmouth went 4-0 on the day starting with the Renegades grinding out a big win against Union, followed by domination from the Renegades D1 and Men’s D2 sides against Brooklyn and Jersey Shore and finally a hard fought win from Monmouth D3 over Brooklyn, aided by a late charge from some surprisingly spry alumni.  I wish I had the full scores but all I need to say is a lot to a little in favor of Monmouth!

Next big ticket on the Monmouth schedule is Monmouth 7s: Showdown at the Shore Vol V on June 17th!  Thank you again to all of our Monmouth family that continue to support us year round by cheering us on on the side line, participate in our fundraisers, buying raffle tickets, and joining us to party at our beloved Wilde Rover!


Monmouth Day 2017 – This Weekend!

This weekend – Join Monmouth Rugby for our biggest rugby weekend of the year! Celebrate all that is great about Monmouth Rugby with a full day of rugby from our Men’s, Women’s, and Alumni playing sides at Thompson Park followed by our BIGGEST party of the year at the Wilde Rover. We will also induct the 2017 Hall of Fame Class, Rob Morello and Jeff Kaltenbach.  See below for full schedule and ticket info:
Friday @Wilde Rover
8pm – Welcome Happy Hour at the Wilde RoverSaturday @Thompson Park
10:00 Women B Side v Union
11:00 Women A Side v Brooklyn
12:30 Men D2 v Jersey Shore
2:00 Men D3 v Brooklyn
3:30 Alumni v Brooklyn/Jersey Shore B

Saturday @Wilde Rover
4:00pm – Doors Open!
5:30pm – BBQ Dinner and Pig Roast
6:30pm – Hall of Fame Induction
8:00pm – After Party Continues into the Night! – No cover after 8pm
Live Music from 5-9PM!

Wristbands required from 4-8pm
Kids Under 13 – Free
Under 21 – $15
Player and Social Members (Including Mug Club) – $30**
Non-Members – $40
**Members may bring (1) additional guest at $30
***Please purchase wristbands at Thompson Park to avoid the wait at the Rover!

Wristband includes include all of the festivities, game fees, burgers/dogs at the pitch, BBQ dinner and Pig Roast and dessert, live music and activities for the kids. Ticket includes free beer from 4-7pm, cash bar for premium and mixed drinks. Friends, family, and guests are all welcome to join in the fun!

Renegades Top Boston – Advance to Northeast Championship

The Renegades took the field last Saturday versus Boston in the first round of the Atlantic North playoffs.  Having played Boston in previous seasons, the Renegades expected a tough and physical match.  However, the Monmouth sideline showed up strong and helped cheer Monmouth on to an early lead.  The women played great team rugby getting multiple phases from the forwards as well as getting the ball through the back line.  Kate and Florida had notable runs in the first half that helped put Monmouth on the board early. At the end of the first half, the score stood at Monmouth 21 – Boston 5.

Although the heat was affecting both sides, Boston surged in the beginning of the second half.  They took advantage of Monmouth’s mistakes and scored a few breakaway tries.  The Renegades managed to keep the pressure on and were rewarded when the forwards hit Boston with a few hard phases ending with (Liz) Hussey crashing one over the line. As time rolled on late in the second half, Boston scored their fourth try of the game, putting the score at Monmouth 28 – Boston 26.  They kept pressure on the Renegades, but the ladies didn’t falter.  With one minute left, the girls marched down the field and Nicole scored off of a forwards penalty play securing their playoff win and keeping their undefeated record intact.
The women came out of the weekend as the #1 Empire team and will continue their playoff run in Albany against Beantown. If you happened to be in the area, the match kicks off at 4pm at Dick Green Field (50 Frisbie Ave, Albany, NY 12209).
Final Score
Monmouth 33 – Boston 26
Tries: Kate “Florida” Benedit (2), Kate Kelly, Elizabeth Hussey (Russoniello), Nicole Carroll
Conversions: Kelly “Stitch” Rafferty (4)

Monmouth Defeat Syracuse in Mudbath

On a beautiful spring day in Syracuse sixth seed, Monmouth upset the Upstate conference winners Syracuse Chargers in a tight contest on a soft pitch that churned quickly into a mudbath.

On 10 minutes there were contrasting fortunes for each team’s 10 with Monmouth’s Rob Benedetto seeing yellow for getting caught in a ruck and Syracuse’s Justin Melvin converting the penalty for the opening score.

Monmouth came back and started to apply consistent pressure in the Syracuse 22, but the Monmouth’s backs struggled to move the ball through the mud as the field began to deteriorate.

On 25 minutes Syracuse’s lively eight-man Andrew Pelkey picked from a scrum on his 22 and broke deep into the Monmouth half where he linked with his Fullback Matthew Scheemaker to score a try in the right corner and extend the Syracuse lead to 8.

Monmouth responded well, and their attack results in a series of lineouts in the Syracuse 22. Monmouth captain Andrew Poulson won a well worked set piece and released Nic Lucarelli for a thunderous try to bring the score back to 8-5.

Syracuse again tested the Monmouth fringe defense with numerous one out runners and they made inch by inch progress in the mud but could not break the well connected Monmouth line. The half ended with Syracuse holding a 3 point lead.

Monmouth started the second half well attacking the firmer end of the field. After 9 minutes Monmouth was striking close to the Chargers line but knocked on. From the ensuing scrum Monmouth’s scrum half Kieran Walsh caught Pelkey. The Chargers forwards did not deal with the pressure from Monmouth’s aggressive rucking and lost the ball behind their line. Poulson reacted quickly and reached over the pile to touch down and put Monmouth in the lead for the first time. Ryan Puck replaced the hard working Christian Szablowski at flank for Monmouth following the score to bring some freshness into the Monmouth back row.

Syracuse ramped up the pressure and again brought their big forwards into play with unrelenting one out runners, but the middle of the field had deteriorated badly at this point, and any attack through this quagmire was challenging. Syracuse did attempt to move the ball through the backs, but Monmouth’s line speed smothered their progress and frequently pushed them back to lose ground.

Both teams had chances late with the Chargers Melvin missing a harsh penalty from 35 meters in the swirling wind and following a pinpoint kick by Walsh to the Syracuse corner flag Monmouth failed to convert a lineout win in the corner as Pelkey picked up a loose ball to relieve the pressure.

Monmouth’s stout defense held firm to the end and Monmouth progress to the next round against the Village Lions on April 22.

Monmouth Head Coach Pat Moroney was satisfied afterward saying “Our forwards were outstanding in defense and consistently repelled the Chargers tight running forwards. We have spent the past three weeks working hard in practice on our defensive connections and line speed. The backs did not get a chance to express themselves today but did everything that was required. The lads worked hard for each other and overall our discipline was outstanding. Rob’s foot got caught by a forward in the ruck, and he was unlucky to see yellow for trying to extricate it. A couple of silly penalties late gave the Chargers a chance, and we will have work to do on that over the next two weeks. Playoff rugby is about fine margins, and I would like to thank the players that traveled but did not get in, the work they have done on the practice field is huge. My coaching team is working hard, Ken Pape and Chris Wagner really making progress with the lads particularly on the set piece and defense.”

Monmouth Rugby
#1 – Bricker, Frank (FR)
#2 – Lucarelli, Nicholas (FR)
#3 – Sullivan, Christopher (FR)
#4 – Greenwood, Ryan
#5 – Russoniello, John
#6 – Szablowski, Christian
#7 – Iadisernia, Anthony
#8 – Poulson, Andrew
#9 – Bighorse, William
#9 – Walsh, Kieran
#10 – Benedetto, Robert
#11 – Cicalo, Richard
#12 – Pritchard, Calvin
#13 – Crumedy, Matthew
#14 – Sullivan, Nicholas
#15 – Lynch, Nicholas
#16 – Ernst, Christian (FR)
#17 – Minenna, Jonathan (FR)
#18 – Frayko, Brian (FR)
#19 – Begen, John
#20 – Bogner, Itay
#21 – Puck, Ryan
#22 – King, Douglas
#23 – Oliveira, Carlos