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the monmouth rugby club women’s team

Renegades Upset Boston 43-21

On one of the hottest and most humid days of the year, the Monmouth Renegades took the field at Thompson Park against Boston Women’s Rugby Club for their season opener. Boston has always been a force to be reckoned with, making it to the semi-final round of the national championships just last year.

Monmouth came out incredibly strong despite previous unfavorable experiences with Boston. Within the first few minutes of play, Hope Delia timed a magnificent pass to Kate Kelly capitalizing on a hole in the defense that resulted in Monmouth’s first try.  The Renegades’ pack came out strong and their scrums were on point for the entire first half.  This was stunningly shown after Monmouth drove in a try off a scrum, brilliantly kept under control by number 8 Elizabeth Hussey (Russinello) and touched down by Diana Valencia. The highlight of the first half was an ESPN play-of-the-week worthy kick that Kate Kelly put up into the corner to be chased down by Kate Benedit (Florida) scoring her first 15s try with Monmouth.

Halftime came with Boston putting no points on the scoreboard.

The 92-degree temperature and lack of breeze at Thompson took a bit of a toll on both teams. Water breaks became more frequent and the small numbers on the sidelines for both sides were daunting. Boston’s stamina became apparent when they took advantage of Monmouth’s visible fatigue in choice moments of the game and were able to score three tries within the half. A highlight of the second half was a gorgeous interception and run by Monmouth rookie Danielle Devinsky who let her newfound rugby instincts take over in her very first time on the pitch.

With their first game behind them, the Renegades hope to keep up the intensity as they take on Beantown; having switched into Division 1 from WPL they will surely prove to be a true test.

Tries: Stitch (1), Florida (1), Kate (2), Diana (3)

Conversions: Stitch (4)

Women of the Match: Florida (Backs), Hussey (Forwards), Diana (Boston Vote)

Renegades move to Division 1

Renegades Spring 2013


Congratulations to the Renegades!! The women’s team has worked hard the past few seasons, and after years of dominating their conference in Division 2 play, the women were invited to advance to Division 1. The Renegades are excited to have new teams to play and are looking forward to some highly competitive matches this fall. Come check out the ladies this fall. Home matches are played at Thompson Park in Lincroft.


9/7 – @ Village Lions

9/14 – HOME v Providence

9/21 – HOME v Boston

9/28 – BYE

10/5 – HOME v Albany

10/12 – HOME v Morris

10/19 – @ Providence

10/26 – @ Boston

Home matches are played in Thompson Park and usually start at 11am.
805 Newman Springs Road Lincroft, NJ 07738

a note from the president on the summer of smash

The 7s program finished its wildly successful summer yesterday, placing both Mens’ and Womens’ team in their respective cup finals at the Surfside 7s Tournament on the beach in Stone Harbor, NJ.

After storming their way to the final with a 25-0 thrashing of Media, the 3-0 mens’ team encountered a fast and physical Shockers side. Although there was no shortage of effort or physicality in the match, “clean” would not be one of the adjectives to describe this game. Monmouth had, but could not connect on countless scoring opportunities (if you’re sensing frustration in the tone of this, you would be correct). After a long try at the end of regulation by Joe Lucarelli and a clutch conversion by Nick “The Fattest Foot in the East” Lucarelli, MRFC took the game into overtime. However, once again sloppy play doomed the boys, who gave up a try at the end of the first overtime period and were blanked in the second to fall to the Shockers 21-14.

Having not had a legit practice session in weeks, and despite traveling to Stone Harbor with only 7 ladies, the Renegades borrowed a player or two en route to a wonderful run to the final. Athleticism and chemistry were the words of the day as the ladies tackled and crashed their way through their pool and then scored a lovely, hard fought try at the end of the semifinal to defeat rival Morris. However, a spritely Cheseapeake side showed a bit more speed and endurance against our short-handed Renegades, who fell despite a valiant effort.

Robbie’s editorial- Having been through six summer seasons with the club, I speak for all the senior players who played this year in expressing our sincere honor to have been a part of this run. This was, by far, the most successful summer campaign in a long time (quite possibly in MRFC history) both on and off the field. The memories from these last few months will be with us forever, and I am, as always, privileged to have been able to wear the colors and represent the club.


Rockaway 7s Cup Champions
Binghamton Roadkill 7s Cup Champion
Lehigh Valley 7s Bowl Champion
Surfside 7s Cup Runner- Up

Surfside 7s Cup Runner-Up

Now it’s time to parlay this success into a METNY title in the fall. Rest your legs, hit the gym and get ready for a NASTY fall season.

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

selections for four leafs tournament

Four Leafs Squad

MRFC Senior Men side travels to Randall’s Island to compete in the Annual Four Leafs Tournament, run by the Village Lions.

Front Rows
Mario Fragale
David Del Pizzo
Ken Molina
Mark Hardy
Sean Connors
Tim Crane

Second Rows
James Barlow
John Dykeman
John Russoniello
Donny Lynch
Leonard May
Bill Fitzpatrick


Back Row
Sean Mallon
Mark Biafore
Nic Ross
Brendan McSherry
Rob Shope
Tom Corbo

Scrum Halfs
Rob Morello
Carlos Oliveira

Fly Half
Evan Fitzgerald

Joe Lucarelli
Eric Daneman
Kyle Mathews

Garrett Mozolic
Alizar Zorojew
Andrew Oren
Brendan Leddy
Daniel Spaulding
Kevin Robinson
Marc Massa

Full Back
Nick Lynch

awards banquet

Monmouth Rugby would like to thank everyone who came out to the annual awards banquet, held on the 12th of March, back at the Reception Center, in Matawan, NJ. This years Awards winners were:

Brian Harris Award for the first XV Most Valuable Player – Robert Morello

First XV Most Improved Forward – John Russoniello

First XV Most Improved Back – Kevin Kustelski

Rookie of the Year – Evan Fitzgerald

Second XV Most Improved Forward – Donald Lynch

Second XV Most Improved Back – Mark Biafore

Club Man of the Year – Robert Morello

Renegades MVP Forwards – Elizabeth Hussey

Renegades MVP Backs – Katie Tarciewicz

Renegades Rookie of the Year – Elizabeth Kelly

Victoria Knight MacBeth Award for Club Woman of the Year – Kate Kelly

Renegades Most Improved Player – Julie Howe

Renegades Cagey Veteran Award – Ruth Selzam

Renegades Team Player award – Hope Delia

Presidents Award, presented by Robert Morello – Jack Heidelberger