Tag: womens rugby

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

Empire GU Sevens Bracket

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.

Empire GU Mens Sevens Series Brackets

Pool A

Pool B Pool C

Pool D

Monmouth Old Blue II Village Lions CT Yankees
Brooklyn Fordham Monmouth II Middlesex II
Union Bayonne NYRC Princeton II
White Plains II Princeton II CT Yankees Capitol Cities


Empire GU Womens Sevens Series Bracket

Pool A

Pool B

Brooklyn Village Lions
Monmouth Maryland Exiles
Village Lions II Monmouth II

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The ladies takes the relics out to dinner

Relics Dinner 2013

Relics Reunion
January 19, 2013

A special thank you to all our lady ruggers for coming out for a relics reunion. The event was a huge success due to the attendance of ruggers from Monmouth’s past and present, as well as Colleen Dwyer who organized the gathering. Stories were told and many laughs were had. It was great you see all of you and a lot extra from Amber Fischer. The event ended as all good ones should, with a Relics vs. Renegades boat race. Cheers ladies and thank you for your support. See you on May 18th for Monmouth day.

MRFC women starting the summer off strong

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!

Thank you for supporting monmouth day

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.