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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
Charlotte showed a different mix of starters in both the forwards & backs due to injury and availability. Still, Charlotte was able to force their hand in play and take a 3 try advantage into half. Despite the comfortable lead Charlotte struggled with their ball handling throughout the match. Possibly a result from the 2 week match hiatus.
In the end Charlotte posted a 56-12 victory. Try's were scored by Chris Milledge, Zachary Moyer, Ruan Swart, James Mezzanote and Jack Byer. Conversions added by Jake Finger and Alex Maughan.
Traveling strong in numbers Charlotte fielded a very talented B-side to take on a Southern Pines team who is 6-2 in Division-lll league play.
Southern Pines had excellent size and challenged Charlottes pack from the start. But with a higher work rate & pace Charlotte proved to be the stronger of the two teams.
Try's were scored by Nicholas Penning, Grayson Doherty, Brad Richard, Ty Elkins, Amro Gouda, Charles Cutajar and Jack Byer. Conversions added by Donovan Craig. Final score Charlotte 64, Southern Pines 12.
Double Dose of Rugby this Weekend!
1 club, 2 games! Charlotte RFC will split to play two games this Saturday.
First, the B-side will travel to play a mixed squad of Table Rock/Gastonia RFC at WA Bess Elementary School in Gastonia. Charlotte currently features many new and young faces to the club. This will be a great opportunity to gain experience, improve our depth, and continue to build as a team. Game time is set for 1:00pm.
Then at 3:30 Charlotte will play host to Fort Bragg RFC. The two teams last met in the fall of 2012 when Charlotte traveled with low numbers and were able to squeak out a gutsy victory. Bragg will be eager to return the favor.
Come out and support both clubs this Saturday as Charlotte looks to continue the early season success.
Charlotte Victory over Cape Fear
Despite missing a few starters due to injury, Charlotte RFC was able to make the trip to Wilmington with a very formidable 23 man roster to take on Cape Fear. Charlotte won their previous match-up in the Fall, but knew that they would face a stronger Cape Fear side playing in front of a home crowd.
Both squads faced a very slick pitch in rainy conditions which made ball handling a focal point. Charlotte hit the ground running. 5 minutes into the match, Matt Hughston scooped up a loose ball and touched down in the corner putting Charlotte out to an early 5-0 lead.
Charlotte's pack proved superior and managed to steal numerous Cape Fear scrums. The first of which resulted in a line break by Grayson Doherty who offloaded to his center pairing Lou Keefe who was able to go over for the game's second try.
Charlotte's defensive pressure was a constant and did well to disrupt any attack Cape Fear presented. Just minutes later, Lou Keefe was able to intercept a pass from the Cape Fear fly-half and take it up-field before offloading to Brad Richard. Richard saw the ball to James Mezzanotte who scored his first of three tries on the day, leading to a man-of-the-match performance.
Near the 30 minute mark, Charlotte once again found themselves on the offensive. After some phase play from the forwards, Matt Hughston shipped the ball out wide to winger Nelson Hicks. Hicks beat his opposite number and touched down under the posts. 22-0 Charlotte.
For most of the final 10 minutes of the half Cape Fear was inside Charlotte's 22 meter line. Despite numerous set pieces and strong running, Charlotte's defense held strong and was able to take the 22-0 lead into half.
The second 40 proved Charlotte to be the fitter of the two teams. Cape Fear was worn down and could not handle the pace and aggression of the Charlotte attack.
Tries in the second half included Mezzanotte (2), Federal (2), Guda and Hicks. Final score 58-0 in Charlotte's favor.
It was an overall solid performance for Charlotte to build on as they move forward undefeated within their matrix.
Come out and support the boys as they take on Fort Bragg at the clubhouse this Saturday, February 8th.
Final Home Game Fall 2013
Charlotte Rugby Football Club looks to extend its winning streak and complete its undefeated fall season this weekend with a victory over Atlanta Renegades RFC. After a strong win on the road last weekend against Old White, the reigning Division II South Champions, Charlotte looks forward to returning home for the final game. With staunch physical defense and a high-powered offense there should be plenty of entertaining rugby at the club this weekend.
During the halftime of the matrix game, there will be a ceremony to honor three new inductees into the Charlotte Rugby Hall of Fame.
Immediately following the Renegades match Charlotte 2nd XV will take the Atlanta Renegade's 2nd XV.
Charlotte defeats 2013 USA South DII Champions in Atlanta
Squaring off against Old White in Atlanta would certainly be a tall task. And Charlotte proved worthy on Saturday by downing last years South Champions by score of 45-12. With numerous forwards unavailable for the match Charlotte called 3 new faces into the starting lineup and dressed a strong 23.
Charlotte jumped out to a 31-7 by half, and never looked back.
Despite touching down only 2 minutes into second half, Old White could not keep pace. A hat trick from Ty Elkins and a brace from his opposite winger Nelson Hicks highlighted the score sheet. Additional try's were added by Hinchman, Miller and Swart. Scrum half Jake Finger filled in for kicking duties and found success, making over 60% of his attempts.
Charlotte will host the Atlanta Renegades on Saturday and look to close out an undefeated fall season.
Full day of men's and women's rugby as Charlotte RFC takes on Columbia and crosstown rivals!
The Charlotte women (2-0) face the Columbia Bombshells in a matrix match. Since re-establishing the side in the spring, they have yet to lose a game.
CRFC welcomes the Matthews Rugby club for a youth rugby exhibition game. The Matthews team consists of boys and girls, ages 5 and up, who play coed two-hand-touch rugby. For more information visit their website at http://www.matthewsrugbyclub.
To round out the day, the Charlotte B side takes on cross-town rival the Charlotte Barbarians. This one is sure to be a heated contest!
Game Day Schedule:
10:00 AM Charlotte women vs Columbia Bombshells
11:30 AM Matthews youth rugby exhibition game
11:30 AM Currie Cup Final (televised)
12:00 PM Charlotte men vs Columbia Olde Grey
2:00 PM Charlotte men B vs. Charlotte Barbarians
Charlotte victory over Knoxville
The Charlotte boys were back in action for the 4th consecutive Saturday, this time making their way to Knoxville, TN. The Knoxville Possums, a playoff team from last year, possessed a large physical side that would no doubt be Charlottes tallest challenge of the season so far.
Charlotte dominated territory for the first 15 minutes, but had difficulty making their way into the try zone through a solid Knoxille defense. Finally, off Charlotte scrum, fly-half Mike Miller found inside centre Zach Moyer who side stepped two defenders and touched down beneath the posts to open the scoring.
Minutes later; the Charlotte backs of Hicks, Mezzanotte & Keefe produced a long counter attack off a clearing kick from Knoxville. After 2 crash balls from the forwards, Jake Finger created a gap and offloaded to outside centre Lou Keefe. Keefe made two defenders miss and dotted down for the games second try.
Nearing the end of the first half, it was the defense which was put on display. Despite Knoxville being inside the 22, Charlottes solid tackling was able to cause turnover ball. In addition, the scrum became quite a difference maker. The effectiveness in the front row of Hinchman, Maughan & Edwards, dominated that of Knoxville's.
As the game wore on, Charlotte's gameplan began to show through. Physical running in the forwards, clean rucking and some creativity in the back line saw the try tally reach 7.
Inside centre Zack Moyer (2nd of the day), open-side flanker Eric Collins, and wingers Cardell Terry & Ty Elkins all added a try of their own.
Charlotte can be happy heading into a bye week before coming back to action at the clubhouse on 10/26.
Week 3 of the season will once again provide plenty of exciting rugby at Charlotte Rugby Club. The club
Jacksonville will make the 6 hour trip with both Women's and Men's sides to take on the undefeated Charlotte RFC.
Saturday was once again a rugby day at the Charlotte Rugby Clubhouse. The fans were treated to a double header as Charlottes B-side battled UNCC at 11 AM and the A-side took on Cape Fear in the team's second matrix match of the season.
Saturday shall once again be a Rugby Day at Charlotte RFC!
This Saturday, Charlotte's A-side will take on Cape Fear in a matrix match at the Skillbeck Athletic Grounds at 1pm. However, we humbly recommend that you arrive before 11am as Charlotte's B-side will be playing UNC-Charlotte. We will also be showing the South Africa vs. Australia game in the clubhouse at 11am, but you won't care because you will be watching our B-side play because you like us more than some overpaid lads overseas.
FURTHERMORE!!! We have a clean clubhouse! Due to the diligent efforts of our membership, the entire clubhouse was cleaned top-to-bottom. By bottom, I mean floors and even more importantly, toilets.
So come to our clubhouse at 11am, bring family and friends, watch some solid rugby played by some really classy guys, eat, drink beer, and do your business in the cleanest restrooms of any rugby clubhouse in North America (Ok, maybe just 'Murica as Canadians are pretty darn clean).
Charlotte victory over the Greenville Griffins!
Charlotte Rugby traveled down to Furman University on Saturday for a revenge match against the Greenville Griffins. The most recent match between the two clubs, which took place in Charlotte this past Spring, resulted in an 18-17 Greenville victory.
Traveling with their best numbers in years Charlotte fielded a strong starting 15, including 13 returning players from last season's playoff team.
Despite heavy rain throughout the day Charlotte hit the floor running. Less than five minutes into the match 8-man Matt Hughston opened the scoring with a try in the corner, his first of four tries in his Charlotte debut.
Greenville, with a much larger pack, attempted to gain meters just off the ruck. Despite their efforts the pick-and-go's and crash balls were unsuccessful against a solid defense from the Charlotte forwards. High pressure defense from the backs also resulted in a high amount of turnover ball.
Fly-half Mike Miller orchestrated a well-planned attack from the Charlotte back-line. Mixed with strong running within the centers Miller was able to get wingers Hicks & Fadero the ball in space, leading to 2 tries from Hicks.
Scrum half Jake Finger added 2 tries of his own and first year hooker Alex Maughan added a try just before the final whistle. Final score Charlotte 56, Greenville 7.
Charlotte takes on Greenville Griffins in season opener!
Yes, Charlotte RFC is full of great role models
Members of the Charlotte Rugby Football Club traveled to Matthews Rugby Club's home field this past weekend to help promote youth rugby in Charlotte. Matthews Rugby Club offers "non-contact" rugby for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 14 as well as a spring tackle team for middle school boys that compete locally in association with Carolina Youth Rugby. The mission of Matthews Rugby Club is to teach boys and girls about rugby, teamwork, fitness, and sportsmanship in a fun environment. CRFC has a large percentage of its current members that started in youth and High school rugby throughout the Charlotte Metropolitan area. As a club, CRFC is aware of the importance of promoting youth rugby so that skills and proper technique are developed at an early age. This weekend, several CRFC players practiced with the different age groups to work on fitness and skills. After a short practice session, each group held a mock-game/scrimmage in which members of both clubs were involved. Matthews Rugby was very appreciative of the support from the senior players and CRFC was delighted to help mentor the next generation of rugby players.
Special thanks to CRFC President Mike Myers, who has worked with Matthews Rugby Club previously and continues to get support from current CRFC players; Maddy Clark, CRFC Vice-President and Women's Team Captain, and current team members Donovan Craig, Jeremiah Blanco, Jimmy Dever, Nii Ofoli Yartey, Thomas Connolly, and Zachary Moyer who were able to attend the event.
Playoffs this weekend! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This Saturday, April 13 will be a big weekend at the Skillbeck Athletic Grounds! First we are being all pro bono like by hosting a high school games. Concord takes on West Meck at 11am. Furthermore, Charlotte's women's side will take on Ft. Bragg (presumably women's side) at 1pm. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The main event (of course) will be the playoff game of Charlotte RFC vs. Huntsville at 3pm. Huntsville, you ask? Yes, Huntsville, Alabama. Huntsville originally didn't want to secede from the Union back in 1861, but later changed their mind (per Wikipedia which is the fountain of infallible truths). Presumably they rejoined the Union again as their rugby club is recognized by USA Rugby, and there is no mention of Confederate Rugby anywhere on their homepage. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway guv'nas, given the momentousness of this occasion, it must be treated with the appropriate gravitas and we will provide a pretty sweet deal to our Olde Boys. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
$50 will get you OPEN BAR from 2:30pm until the end of the first half of the Charlotte vs Huntsville game, APPETIZERS, FREE PARKING and VIP STANDING AREA in the middle of our deck. You can also partake in this offer by paying $75 in social dues. Why do this, you ask? Well, the proceeds will go towards funding Charlotte's playoff travels. And let's be honest, when you are up in the VIP, getting your drink on and your snack on; the ladies will all be thinking that you some stylin', profilin', limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin' n' dealin' son of a gun! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So contact Joey "Beautiful" Nellis (email@example.com) or Bruce "The Admiral" Boucher if you wish to partake in this limited (20 people) offer. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Knowledge is Good" at Charlotte Rugby
This weekend, Charlotte RFC will host two college games at the Skillbeck Athletic Grounds. Appalachian State's women's side will take on Mary Washington (not her as she is long dead, but her namesake university's) women's side at 10am. Appalachian State's men's side will take on Coastal Carolina (from exotic Myrtle Beach!) at 1pm.
At 3pm, Charlotte RFC will take on Camp Lejeune (Marine Corps base) for the final D3 match of the season. Now, hopefully, you like Charlotte RFC and want us to win; but if you like the Marines more, that is cool too. Just come out and watch and buy a lot (responsible amount) of beer (if you are of age).
Thanks to the Charlotte Rugby Old Boys for repairing the deck!
A big thank you goes out to Old Boys & supporters who got together and fixed the deck at the clubhouse on November 10 and 11!
Pat George & Heartwood Tree Service
Best wishes & speedy recovery to Alex Bennett
Best wishes & speedy recovery go out to former Charlotte Rugby player Alex Bennett, who suffered a C3 spinal cord injury in the UK, playing for the Lymm RFC over the weekend. Alex played 10 years of professional rugby in England and France, including with the Saracens, England A and the Barbarians. "The Diesel" played a significant role at Charlotte for a few years, from 2004 to 2007. It is with all our love we wish he and his family well in this time of need.
The Bosh Page, courtesy of Lymm RFC
Here, Alex is running hard in the 2009 charity Lions vs South Africans game held at the club.