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7's qualifier this weekend, Thirsty Tuesday at the RAC Tuesday, 7/22
The Charlotte RFC is sending a young and spirited side down to New Orleans this weekend for the South 7's National Qualifier, hosted by New Orleans RFC. Although team Captain and rugby messiah Matt Hughston is unavailable because he will be in Chula Vista, CA for an Eagle's camp
(good luck Matt!), the team still has the goal of going to the 2014 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship in Seattle on August 9th and 10th
Trying to create a more competitive 7's program, similar to the Olympic Development Academy, Serevi, and Tiger Rugby programs in select cities, Matt asked the club to allow us to recruit talent from all over the southeast for 7's. Leveraging his relationship with players from ECU and his high school days at Providence, Matt put together an excellent roster. With an average age of only 23 years, the fourteen men making the trip consist of 7 Charlotte RFC members, 2 each from ECU and Raleigh, and 1 each from Greenville Griffins, UNC-Charlotte and Life University.
Life University just reading that leaves a bad taste in your mouth but in this case let's put old rivalries aside. The representative from Life is Charlotte's own Colton Cariaga. If you don't know Colton, he went to Life after graduating from South Meck in 2008. In his senior year at Life, Colton was captain of both the 15's and the 7's squad. Under Colton's leadership the Running Eagles were 2013 runners up at the Collegiate Rugby Championship 7's held in Philadelphia to Cal (14-19), and Division 1-A champions over St. Mary's (16-14). After graduating from Life, the USA Collegiate All-American spent last year playing 15's with Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Colton will be Captain of Charlotte's side in Matt's absence.
Here is the full roster:
Some other statistics about the team:
1 South African
10 from Charlotte area high schools
Oldest: JK Anderson (27)
Youngest: Ethan Suznevich (19)
Thirsty Tuesday at the RAC Tuesday, 7/22
On Tuesday, July 22 after the boys return from New Orleans, the club is hosting 'Thirsty Tuesday' at the Rugby Athletic Center. The club has been in contact with Mark Bullock, the Director of Rugby of the Glendale Raptors, about our current coaching vacancy. Mark will be running a 15's session to get a feel for the club - come for dinner and cold beverages, hang out with old and new friends, watch the club practice, and see what the 'RAC' is all about at the same time. Follow this link to RSVP.
The RAC has partnered with Tin Kitchen to run concessions, and they will have a full menu, as well as beer & wine available for purchase.
Some facts about Mark Bullock
Stanford University (Class of 1975)
Davis City Rugby Club 1976-82
Seattle Rugby Football Club 1983-95
Head Coach Liberty U19 Rugby Football Club 1985-90
Kentwood U19 Rugby Football Club 1991-96
USA U19 National Team 1992-2002
Pacific Northwest Women Select Side 1994-96
Denver Harlequins RFC 1996 2000
USA Rugby National Coaching Instructor 1996-02
Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union Select Side 1997-98
Denver Barbarians 2000-01
Kudu Select Side 2004-08
Western Rugby Union Women's Select Side 2005-08
Glendale Raptors 2005-12
Some facts about the RAC www.rugbyathleticcenter.com
13.4 acre complex
25,000 square foot facility (15,000 square feet of retail space)
28,000 square foot 3 tier stadium (capacity 1,800)
Parking for 250+
Stadium Field # 1 (Competition Pitch) measures 110m x 70m
Stadium Field # 2 measures 102m x 61m
7.5 miles from airport
3.5 miles from Uptown Charlotte
Easy access to Lynx rail system (0.5 mile / 10 minute walk)
Charlotte Rugby Football Club's 2014 Annual General Meeting
Charlotte Rugby Football Club's 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 7pm. The meeting location is the rugby clubhouse (2911 Bellhaven Circle, Charlotte, NC 28214-7108).
The meeting is open to all current members. This includes anyone who is current on player dues or has paid for a 2014 family, social, or old boys membership. Members must be in good standing with the club (dues paid) to be eligible for board/director positions and to vote on club matters.
· President's report
· Treasurer's report
· Mortgage payoff
· Rugby results/plans
· Rugby Athletic Center
· Officer elections
USA Rugby Southern Conference Championship Weekend
This weekend the Charlotte Rugby club is hosting the Southern Conference Championships for the men's D2 and D3 rugby clubs. The first of five games on Saturday starts at 11AM and we round out the day with a Charlotte select side playing the touring Queensland Outback Barbarians at 7PM. On Sunday the action starts again at 10AM. The winners of each championship game on Sunday will advance to the Elite 8 in Pittsburgh.
Venue: Charlotte Rugby Club
Address: 2911 Bellhaven Circle, Charlotte, NC 28214
General Admission: $5/person for the weekend; keep wristband for Sunday (cash & cards accepted)
Concessions: Papi Queso Food Truck will be on site
Beverages: Serving The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery products at the bar
* VIP beer tent next to the field. $20/cup for complimentary beer
Social: Saturday night at TILT on Trade
11:00AM 12:30PM Savannah Shamrocks Rugby Club vs Gainesville Hogs Rugby
1:00PM 2:30PM Montgomery Yellowhammers Rugby Football Club vs Asheville Rugby Football Club
3:00PM 4:30PM Miami Rugby Football Club vs Chattanooga Rugby Football Club
5:00PM 6:30PM Charlotte RFC vs Atlanta Old White Rugby Football Club
7:00PM-8:30PM Charlotte Select vs Queensland Outback Barbarians
10:00AM-11:30PM D3 Championship Game
12:00PM-1:30PM D2 Championship Game
Mortgage Payoff Campaign
The club's mortgage is once again coming due. It has been extended numerous times by the lender, who is now charging 11.75% interest. At the risk of 1) not getting another extension, or 2) getting another 2-5% increase in rate, we need to pay the loan off by maturity.
As of February 1, 2014, our outstanding balance is $8,400. View Progress
Go here to donate.
Charlotte RFC is Carolinas Conference D2 Champion!
This past Saturday Charlotte Rugby Club played host on what would be the first of two home matches vs Atlanta Old White. The winner would be the Carolina's conference champions and hold the #1 seed heading into the South Championships in three weeks time.
Atlanta Old White was very strong out of the gate and clearly hungry to avenge a home loss to Charlotte last October. AOW's fullback was able to slot two early penalties and help his team to an early lead.
After a strong 10-15 minute surge by AOW, it was all Charlotte from there out. Charlotte's scrum, which was dominant all day, was able to steal an Atlanta scrum inside their 22. Speedy scrum half, Jake Finge,r was able to dodge a few defenders before putting weak side winger, Ty Elkins, down the touch line for the games first try.
As the first half wore on, it was clear Charlotte was the superior side. A mix of physicality, creativity and clean play from the set pieces saw Charlotte touch down twice more prior to half. Both tries being scored by big number 8, Stuart Pollock.
Being down to 14 men at the start of the second half, there was no surge from the visiting side. Charlotte displayed their dominance not only in attack, but also in defense, with a very impressive try line stand late in the second half. Come full time, Charlotte dotted down an additional 4 times. Final score Charlotte 48, Atlanta 6.
Tries: Elkins, Pollock (2), Hughston, Finger, Hicks, Anderson.
Conversions: Hughston (5 from 7)
Charlotte RFC hosts rival, Atlanta Old White, in Carolinas D2 Final
This Saturday, Charlotte RFC (#1) hosts Atlanta Old White (#2) for the inaugural Carolinas Union D2 Championship. Last fall, this match-up saw Charlotte come away with a 45-12 victory. Since that time, both teams have been preparing for a likely rematch in the D2 finals. Our players have been putting in the work all season, on and off the field, for this weekend. Playoff rugby is finally back, and we are prepared!
There will be a special MEMBERS ONLY deck party with complimentary food & beverages, so make sure to get your social/old boys memberships paid. We will accept card/check payments on game day. Your membership is tax deductible. Follow this link for payment information: http://www.charlotterugby.com/membership/Schedule:
11AM Hough High vs. Northwest Guilford High
2PM Charlotte RFC vs. Atlanta Old White
Charlotte RFC secures a spot in the South D2 Finals
CRFC played host for two games this past Saturday as Charlotte B played host to Clemson B, and the A-side battled Charleston RFC in the Conference Semi-Finals. The sun was shining with a crisp breeze, and the deck was full thanks to a great turnout by the old boys. It was sure to be another great rugby day at the clubhouse.
The B-side kicked off the action at noon and faced a very fit Clemson side. Charlotte opened the scoring but then saw Clemson strike back with two tries of the own. Those however would be the only points surrendered by a very strong Charlotte defense.
As the game wore on Clemson was unable to match the size and physicality of the Charlotte forwards. Strong running by pack players such as Nicholas Penning and Brad Richard helped create overloads for Donovan Craig's backline. The center pairing of Knight & Anderson worked well in tandem both racking up the meters on the ground.
Charlotte took a 19-10 lead into half and then poured on the tries in the second half. Final score was Charlotte 52, Clemson 10. Very appropriate ending to the season for the b-side. Seeing only one loss since last fall they can be very proud of the way they represented the green & orange.
The conference semi-finals kicked off at 2 PM and it was clear from the start Charleston was a much stronger side than was seen three weeks ago. Gaining possession early they were able to force Charlotte into penalties and uncharacteristic mistakes.
Following two successful Charleston penalty kicks Charlotte regained possession and spent nearly 7 minutes in scoring territory. Finally, Captain Jason Hinchman found a seam in the defense and was able to touch down for the first try of the match. Charleston 6, Charlotte 5.
The middle 15 minutes of the first half saw both defenses frustrating the opposing attack. At the 27' mark; flyhalf, Mike Miller, booted a kick deep into Charleston territory. The kick was misjudged by the Charleston fullback which allowed Charlotte prop, Amro Guda, to scoop it up for a try.
Later in the half, Charlotte outside center, Lou Keefe, intercepted a long pass at midfield from the Charleston fly half. Keefe was brought to ground by the Charleston fullback but was able to pop to his center pairing, Zach Moyer, who dotted down the first of his two tries of the day. Conversion made by Alex Maughan.
It was a frustrating first half for the home side. Credit to Charleston defense for disrupting the attacking flow Charlotte has become accustomed to this season. Halftime score Charlotte 17, Charleston 9.
The second half, while far from perfect, saw Charlotte settle in their groove and return to their style of play. Flanker Jack Byer touched down off a driving lineout by the forwards just 3 minutes into the second half.
The next two tries saw the Charlotte backs move it wide and into the hands of winger, Ty Elkins. #Elkins put his athletic ability on display making defenders miss on both his tries of the afternoon.
The final try of the game was again a result of some craftiness from the backs. Keegan Federal touched down in the corner bringing the final score to 42-14.
The game was far from perfect and possibly Charlotte's biggest struggle of the season thus far. The win sets up a matchup versus Atlanta Old White on Saturday 5/12 in the Conference finals.
Schedule For April 5, 2014
12PM - Charlotte RFC vs. Clemson B-side
2PM - Charlotte RFC vs. Charleston Outlaws RFC
4PM - College of Charleston W vs App State W
The day begins with the 2nd side hosting a strong Clemson 2nd side that is eager for a rematch after Charlotte won their last meeting in the Fall.
The intensity rises as the first side hosts Charleston in a must-win playoff game. The winner moves on to play in the Carolina's Union championship game on 4/12, which we will host if we win .
To round out the day, the club will host the women's college D2 playoff game between College of Charleston and App State.
THE Charlotte R.F.C. is the best family!!!
The Orange and Green are rolling and we need to get behind our club as they make a run at the National Championship. We have a great young group of players that have really taken control of the club on and off the pitch and the competition is taking notice
Unfortunately success comes at a price and the boys can really use our support in the form of membership dues. Dues are $100 for social and Old Boy Members or $150 for a family membership per year. This is much cheaper than taking the family to just one professional sporting event. Dues money will be needed for playoff travel and the club would like to pay off the remaining Mortgage in 2014.
Benefits include being part of a great family, free admission/parking for all home games in 2014 and invitation to members only events in Spring and Fall.
Pay dues by April 5th and you will get an invite for 2 for a very special MEMBERS ONLY deck party on Saturday April 12th
5th when the Charlotte RFC hosts a Carolina Division II playoff match. Last year's Members Only Deck party was such a huge success that our goal this year is to take over the whole deck. The goal is 100 Social/Old Boy Memberships and we really want to stack the best deck in Charlotte on April 12th 5th! Follow the link to make payment. Your membership is Tax Deductible.
You do not have to be a former Charlotte Player or even a rugby player to support the club. All social members are invited so get your family, friends and employers to support you and the club.
Check out the busy schedule for March/April:
April 5- Carolina Union Semi-Final and
Social/Old Boy Member Day
April 12- Carolina Union Championship and Social/Old Boy Member Day*** Pending Charlotte RFC continuing Butt kickings
May 3/4- Rugby South Finals for Division 2 and 3 + Queensland (Australia) Outback Barbarians Vs Select South Side