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mrfc sevens, taking home some hardware

after a successful spring 2011 season where speed became the point of shifted focus, the monmouth rugby sevens team has kept momentum alive in taking home hardware in our first two tournements entered in, this summer. first, we travelled to the lehigh valley sevens tournemnt, a marfu qualifier, and one of the most successfully run tournaments run on the east coast, winning four games, losing one and coming home with the bowl. eric daneman led the way with nine tries on the day, with nick lynch following with two and evan fitzgerald and mark biafore each adding a try of their own.

next, the monmouth side travelled to rockaway beach to play in the 35th running of the rockaway beah sevens tournament. monmouth would face three division 1 rivals, in morris,new york and long island on their way to taking home the cup. leading the way this time was tourament mvp, joe lucarelli, scoring 9 tries on the day. the rest of the roster was filled out by by andrew orden, andrew poulson, eric daneman, rob morello, mark biafore, michael byrnes, and nick lucarelli.
training is on normal schedule this week – tuesday and thursday at west front street, 7PM. harrisburg this weekend, update your teamsnap

MRFC thanks everyone who came out for Monmouth Day

The day started earlier than most, with the Christian Brothers Academy newly competing squad facing off intramurally at just half past nine, but for so many of us, it started days, weeks, months, years and decades ago. As has been the case for the past few years, Monmouth Day was going to house games for all of our sides, including the third iteration of the Mean Machine game, this time squaring up with Suffolk. Even though there match was played with ebbs and flows of pace, the MM was able to hold Suffolk off, even as they started pleading to borrow some of our own players. That’ll show them to ask for extra time.

The Renegades also stood strong against a travelling Doylestown side, defeating them handidly, and showing off a nice mix of both young and veteran players. It was mildly through this games first half, that we saw the sidelines starting to pile up, and the sun began to shine, and the wind began to die. It was there on those sidelines that I began to see the many face of Monmouth Rugby, five year old girls who met on these Thompson Park sidelines, a MM player walking off in his own camraderie of ‘scoring in five decades’, current players who joined at 35 and ones that joined at 15. They were all over, and they all had their stories to tell. There was plenty of rehashing, tales of glory moments on the fields and nipping around at all the friends they haven’t seen, haven’t met, or just needed someone to remind them of.

The senior side took on the travelling Montclair side, and though there was an early scare, Monmouth settled down and took them down with astute ferocity, welcoming in new player “Bobby Brady”. Before the second side fielded against Montclair, the Monmouth Old Boys took on a kinned side from Montclair, and though Montclair came out on top, to a man they all had their fun.

After the games, everyone made their way back to the clubhouse where they we welcomes to a Kenny Molina roasted pig, as well as music by the Jukebox Criminals and a Hall of fame ceremony that was well in the making. We’d like to thank everyone that came out and hope that it will not be the last time we see any of you. Nothing but great things have been said, and I think it is important that, not only did everyone enjoy themselves, we were able to be quielty reminded of how much each of us matters to each other.

Thanks to all, and congrats to the latest in the Hall of Fame class:

Jack Stankiewicz

RJ Bifani

Larry Fox

Terry Hand

Paule Barford

Monmouth Day 2011 this Saturday

This Saturday, the 14th of May, is Monmouth Rugby’s favorite day of the year. Plenty of rugby, family and fun await anyone who wishes to come on down to Thompson Park. Games start at 9:30 with some high school 7’s, as the Colts of Christian Brothers Academy look to show their wares. They’ll be followed by the Renegades taking on the ladies of Doylestown at half past ten. The Mean Machine follow up taking on the travelling Suffolk side.

Monmouth’s first fifteen then take on state rival Montclair with kickoff at 1:30, and Montclairs old boys are coming down, as well, to take on Monmouth’s Old Boys immediately follwing. Our second XV takes on Montclairs young and developing second side after three o’clock.

Then it is back to the clubhouse, where the Monmouth family will celebrate our unitive bonds over pig and brew, as well as present the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees.

All are invited, all are welcome and all should feel inclined to join!

CBA 7s – 9:30

Monmouth Women v Doylestown – 10:30

Mean Machine v Suffolk – 12:00

Monmouth Men A v Montclair A – 1:30

Monmouth Old Boys v Montcair Old Boys 3:00

Monmouth Men B v Montclair B – 3:20

men versus jersey shore

A blustery cold spring day saw Monmouth Men travel south to take on the D2 playoff bound Jersey Shore Sharks. The weather was due to deteriorate as the games progressed but started dry with the strong wind drying the field from earlier showers.

First Half

The game started at a decent pace with Monmouth playing into the wind and controlling the possession with ball in hand. The Jersey Shore defense was well organized and their tackling was excellent which allowed them to soak up the Monmouth pressure during the first 15 minutes. A long clearance from the Jersey Shore fly half eventually brought play near the Monmouth line and a few minutes of pressure led to an unconverted try on 18 minutes.

Monmouth faster pace was causing a succession of penalties against Jersey Shore for high tackles, hands in at the rucks, not entering through the gate and not staying on your feet. One of these penalties set Monmouth up with a line out 30 meters from the goal line. Mark Biafore tidied messy ball at the tail and made yards before setting the ball, the ball was then spun to Joe Lucarelli who bumped outside the defense to score an unconverted try. Monmouth immediate had a two on one inside the JS 22 only for the ball to go to deck with the line begging.

The rest of the half consisted of Monmouth running at the Jersey Shore defense and every breakdown was a free for all with nobody staying on their feet. It was therefore very hard to build any momnetum and the ball would be cleared down the field only for Monmouth to counter attack again. To say that the Jersey Shore out half was only interested in kicking is an understatement.

This stalemate continued until half time leaving the sides tied at 5-5.

First Half

With the wind at their backs Monmouth started the half and were rewarded immediately with an unconverted try from Nick Lynch after 2 mins. Monmouth let their guard down and conceded a very soft try three minutes later, 10-10.

The next 33 minutes were consistently stop start with the referees interpretations of the law changing from moment to moment. During this time there was a spear tackle penalized but no yellow, Scrums were penalized for pushing too hard and there were numerous high tackles unpunished. Monmouth found it very hard to build any momentum and despite being in the JS half for almost all the half it took until five minutes from the end for Jersey Shore to conceded a penalty infront of the posts leading to the winning penalty from Joe Lucarelli.

Monmouth had a scare with a couple of minutes left in the game when James Barlow was carded following a poor neck tackle on Kenvin Robinson attempting to counter attack. A brawl ensued but the referee only saw one sides infractions and JS went unpunished.

Following the game Monmouth were left a little frustrated with the stop start nature of the game so the Development XV channeled this into a huge win in badly deteriorating conditions. Barry Minihan’s familiarity with the challenges on days like this enabled him to control the game for Monmouth kicking to space and to the corners. Many First XV players played a part in that game venting their frustrations in a positive manner.

thanks to pat for the write up

men take on albany

Last spring Monmouth travel to Albany and the two sides battled to draw in a very physical encounter. So this game was eagerly anticipated by the Monmouth squad looking to show how much they had improved in 12 months.
The game was played an excellent spring conditions with a slight breeze on a fresh sunny day.
First Half
The few minutes were bruising as Albany came out of the gates hard hitting rucks hard and putting in good tackles. Perhaps they expected Monmouth to play a tight game and take them on around the rucks and mauls. Monmouth however has a different idea and once came first phase possession was won Monmouth backs used their speed to attack Albany beyond the gain line. Within a couple minutes Monmouth breached the Albany line with Eric Daneman scoring in unconverted try.
The next 15 minutes continued with very physical exchanges and Monmouth’s patients was rewarded with a penalty in front of the posts just on the 22. Declining the chance to go for points Monmouth attacked Albany with ball in hand and again found space out wide with Garret Mozolic scoring a converted try on 19 min. (conversion Joe Lucarelli).
The rest of the half continued with of abrasive contacts around the breakdown. Albany clearly wanted the game to be a war of attrition whereas Monmouth wanted to play a more creative game.
Albany were rewarded for their good forward play with the try on 34 min. but was not converted but almost immediately Eric Daneman put in his second try which was converted by Joe Lucarelli. This left the halftime score at Monmouth 19 Albany 5.
Second Half 
Monmouth started the second half at a blistering pace with Mark Biafore showing incredible soft hands to take a pass is wide on the left and score after less than 2 min. The next 20 min. showed Monmouth’s desire to play a creative and constructive game using their forwards to win clean possession and their backs to attack wide. Superior fitness and organization led to Monmouth scoring tries from Joe Lucarelli after 57 min. and Eric Daneman completing his hat trick on 60 min. (conversion Joe Lucarelli).
A lapse in the defense of concentration allowed Albany to score a converted try on 65 min. but by this stage Monmouth had introduced a slew of replacements as the squad needs as much game time at this level as possible.
Replacement fullback Brendan Leddy ran a great support line to score a try in the last 5 min. on his debut.
Monmouth played a well structured but expansive game that paid off due to the work that they’ve done in fitness and skills. this game was a test of the young Monmouth packs resilience and they showed that there up for the battle given this was a game where they could’ve been intimidated by an older more physical side but showed composure to execute their game plan.
Nick Lynch round the back line at pace despite it being his first game at fly half for considerable time. All of the pack played well including the replacements and the blacks showed their desire to be creative and score tries while shutting down the opposition. the previous week’s work in practice on defensive organization paid off with some imposing hits behind the gain line by the Monmouth backs.
The development squad backed up the first 15 with the 24-10 win over month over Albany. This game is again a physical encounter with the very young Monmouth development side showing that they have the mettle.
This spring is the preseason for the fall competitive season and Monmouth are at the halfway point. So far the squad has grown in depth and in talent. Next Saturday Monmouth men travel south to take on Jersey Shore who are on their way to nationals at Division II.
thank you to jack for the pictures and pat for the write-up

men defeat new haven

Beautiful fresh Spring day saw Monmouth take on New Haven in Thompson Park. New Haven arrived keen and with good numbers. Monmouth Coach Pat Moroney was going up against his former team mate at Old Blue Pete Pereira.
First Half
Monmouth had a stiff wind at their backs in the first half but kept ball in hand and scored two quick tries from Tim Crane and Nick Lynch before New Haven got their hands on the ball, both tries where converted by Joe Lucarelli.
Some poor discipline at the breakdown by Monmouth’s forwards gave New Haven a chance to push the ball into the corner and they scored an unconverted driven try form a lineout. Some more good phase play with good pick and drives led to a New Haven try through the center that was converted.
Then it was New Haven that demonstrated poor discipline and following a penalty awarded on the 22 Rob Morello took a quick tap and scored under the posts leaving an easy conversion for Joe. Joe then dotted down after a powerful run around a scrambling defense.
Unfortunately Monmouth allowed NH to finish the half on a high with a converted try on 40 minutes to leave the halftime score 26-19.
Second Half
Monmouth looked less sharp after the break and let in another unconverted try to push it to a two point game but then a thrilling try for wing Alizar Zorojew following a break by Eric Daneman which was again converted by Joe. New Haven were still fighting hard supported by fresh legs off the bench and scored another unconverted try. With only five minutes left Joe Lucarelli again powered around the defense for a try he converted. On 80 minutes the still pressing New Haven scored a converted try but referee Scott Reilly then brought the game to a close.
Monmouth will have to look at some of the poor discipline at critical moments plus their inability to prevent the attacks through the fringes but overall will be happy with the progress made this spring. Next up Albany next Saturday.

Spring top try scorers

Joe Lucarelli 5
Robert Morello 3
Nick Lynch 3
Eric Daneman 3

thank you to jack for the pictures and pat for the write-up

mrfc comes up short at four leafs

Monmouth Men went to the Four Leafs Tournament Saturday and came up short in the semis losing to the Village Lions 20-7 following pool wins over White Plains 24-13 and Old Gold 42-5. Scorers were Joe Lucarelli (2 tries, 2 convertions), Eric Daneman (2Tries), Garrett Mozolic (2 Tries), Nick Lynch (2 Tries), Rob Morello (1try), Mario Fragale (1try), Dan Spaulding (1try), Tim Crane (1try), Alizar Zorojew (1try) and Joh Dykeman (1 Try).

The coach and captain are very happy with the development of a more expansive game and squad’s development. Work over the next few weeks will focus on the defense contact area and over all defensive patterns.