Men’s 15s practice this week is Tuesday and Thursday at 8PM in Neptune (Pop Warner Field at 2375 W Bangs Ave, Neptune, NJ 07753). Now we are in August it is time for the serious work to begin. New players are always welcome and existing players should bring a friend that wants to get back into a sport.
The full schedule for the Monmouth Sevens 2013 tournament can be found here. (Right-click to save a copy.) All Empire GU Series matches are to be played at Thompson Park, you can find directions below.
Men’s NRU Series / Qualifier
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The Renegades opened the day at Harrisburg 7s with a 17-15 win over a hard hitting Lancaster team. Early scoring with quick runs allowed the ladies to execute great team plays and passing. Colleen Dwyer scored two trys and Colleen Erickson added another and the Renegades were able to hang on to the win even after Liz Kelly was given a yellow late in the game.
In game two the Renegades suffered the first loss of the day dropping a 14-12 score to tournament hosts Harrisburg. A very skilled and athletic Harrisburg team was able to score the eventual game winning try off a lucky bouncing ball that caught the defense off guard. In spite of the heat and a lot of kicking by both teams, the Renegades were able to lay out some big hits and make Harrisburg work for every inch of the pitch. The game came down to the wire and the Renegades were not able to produce in the final minutes of the game. Diana Valencia and Sybil Taunton saw the try zone in this game. Harrisburg went on to be the eventual tournament winners.
Game three was pure domination for the Renegades beating the Lady Hooligans by a score of 31-12. The Renegades capitalized on a hesitant opposition and were able to take advantage of finding gaps and making long runs. Also noted in this game was Lizz Kelly’s full field sprint and diving tackle to keep the Hooligans scoreless in the second half. Great team effort! Lizz Kelly had 1 Colleen Erickson had 2 Kate Kelly had 1 and rookie Louise aka Frenchie had 1. Kate Kelly also stepped up and had 3 conversions.
Game four was the first round of playoffs and the Renegades were paired to play Division I powerhouse Keystone. The Renegades ended up on the losing end with a final score of 31-14 but in no way is the score reflective on how well the team played! On both the offensive and defensive end the Renegades ran hard and hit hard. Early trys by both teams indicated that the game could go either way. Leave it to the official to make a few controversial calls, the Renegades getting caught NOT BACK 10, TWICE and Keystone punching in an easy try, the momentum of the game was swung away from our favor. STILL such a great showing in a tough, hard fought game. Sybil Taunton and Kate Kelly were able to score.
Hoping to go out with a win in the consolation game, the Renegades suffered a heartbreaker two minutes into the game. One of our new rookies, and visitor to the States, Louise “Frenchie” Verley from France went down with an injury. She eventually left the field in an ambulance with what turned out to be a dislocated knee. Both teams decided on not finishing the game.
So the Renegades finished the day 2-2 and look forward to the rest of the summer It was nice to have a full 12 man roster on such a hot day. We hope to continue to keep numbers up at practice. We also have a lot of great rookies that we would like to keep around. Louise is said to have been feeling better and is recovering. Happy 4th of July!
The Monmouth Rugby Club would like to thank everyone who came out this past Saturday to celebrate another great year in our 39 year history. A little over three hundred people came out to enjoy the rugby matches and back to the club for our annual celebration.
The newly formed Monmouth Maulers started the day against neighboring rival, Christian Brothers Academy. The Monmouth U-19 program just finished their first season in the New Jersey SBRO by making the D2 playoffs, eventually losing to the eventual champion, Princeton AC. On Saturday, the Maulers fell to CBA by a score of 29-20, though showing vast improvement sinve their last meeting at Neptune, Meet Rugby.
The Monmouth Women payed the perremially ranked Village Lions, and with strong support from the many years of players, dominated the rugby match from start to finish.
The Mean Machine played their annual match against the D3 mens squad from Suffolk, defeating them in a hotly contested match, 27 to 24.
Monmouth Men took on long time rivals from Union RFC, in a barn burner which even saw referee Scott Reilly unable to finish. The final score ended up closer than many would have wanted, but the Men did prevail by a 55 to 50 count.
Back on to the Rover we went, and celebrated in typical Monmouth Rugby fashion with over 200 guests joining us for hours of fun and music. We saw the induction of the two newest members of the Monmouth Rugby Hall of Fame. Chris Kaldrovics gave the induction speech for the youngest member of the hall, Kevin Walsh. Paule Barford introduced Scott Constantine and managed to keep the mike for less than ten minutes. Not that the mike was plugged in anyway.
Once again, thanks to everyone who came out and supported the club, not only Saturday, but throughout the spring and fall rugby seasons as well. Monmouth Day 2013 will be the same time, Saturday before Memorial Day, and will look to be an epic 40th birthday party.
The Monmouth Maulers won their first game of the year, defeating Somerset Rugby Club by a score of 69 to 8.
The win puts the Maulers as the third seed of the New Jersey SBRO. They travel to play the Princeton AC U-19 club this weekend, who have been winning handily all spring. Full standings can be found at sbronj.com. The Maulers try scorers were Mike, Tollen (3), Derick (3), Riser, Lars, Badger and Huber.
The Monmouth women travelled down to Washington DC this weekend to play in the 31st Ruggerfest tournament, hosted by the Washington D.C. Furies.
Monmouth won their first two matches convincingly by a score of 19 to 5 and their second 27 to 10. They fell in the tournament finals to the Ol’ Girls
The women are off this week before travelling to play Harrisburg next weekend.