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CRFC Finishes Strong in Pittsburgh 5/21-5/22
Great finish for both our teams as they win their respective games on Sunday. Although the season has come to an end, we finished on a high note with big wins.
Women 26 - Burlington 7
Men 49 - Wilmington 10
We want to thank everyone who has made this season a success. This journey wouldn't have been possible without the dedication and support from players, coaches, admins, fans, sponsors, former players, friends and especially the families who stood by all year. We dedicate today's wins to you!
Charlotte Ruby 7's getting geared up for summer!
While our 15's team is still in the hunt for a national championship, our 7's program is starting up soon and we want to get this info out to you!
Interested in playing competitve 7's this summer? Join the Charlotte Rugby Club for our 2016 campaign as we seek to build on a successful 2015 season which resulted in a solid showing at nationals. Check out the 2016 schedule here, along with informaiton on our coaches and other details. If you are interested in getting more infomration about the 7's program, fill out the CRFC 7's Player Interest Form or send us a message on facebook or by e-mail (email@example.com).
First 7's practice of the season and information session will be held at our home field, Skillbeck Athletic Grounds (2911 Bellhaven Circle), this Saturday (5/14) at 2pm.
CHARLOTTE WOMEN AND MEN READY FOR NATIONALS
This weekend our women and men will be taking part in the USA Rugby Club National Playoffs at Founders Field in Pittsburgh, PA. Both teams reached the National Elite 8 after defeating their opponents in the Southern Championships three weeks ago.
On Saturday, 5/20, our women will come up against last year's DII champions, Wisconsin. They are up for the challenge and are eager to showcase their hard work on and off the field. Our men will also face a formidable opponent in the Detroit Tradesmen. The Tradesmen easily dispatched both their opponents in Midwest qualifiers. Both our teams are eager to get up to Pittsburgh to face their next challenge, knowing that a first national championship is only 3 games away. Only one team will advance from each division to the national championship games in Glendale, CO on 4/4-4/5.
Charlotte women play at 11:45am EST and Charlotte men play at 1:30pm EST on Saturday. The finals and consolation games will take place on Sunday. All games will be live streamed for free here. Keep up with the event on facebook by clicking here to view field location and more information!
For more information on the playoffs click here.
If you'd still like to donate to the club to help us get to Pittsburgh for the Elite 8 click here or check out our Donate link on the left column of the website.
CRFC Road to 2016 Playoffs!
On a hot and seasonally humid April day in the historic town of Montgomery, AL, the Men's and Women's teams of the Charlotte Rugby Club claimed their stake in the Elite 8 Championship by winning the South Regional Finals. Both teams battled it out for the right to represent the South in Pittsburgh PA, this coming May 21st and 22nd, 2016.
The Women's team have made light work of their competition, with an undefeated matrix season and strong showing at the South Championships defeating Nashville 43 7.
The Men's team on the other hand had a hard fought victory to capture their title, after narrowly defeating the Miami Tridents by a point, 34 - 33.
Charlotte Rugby Club was founded in 1971 and has a long and successful history. The men's team has only reached the Elite 8 three times in the club's history, 2002, 2003, and in 2005 where they appeared in the National Semifinal. This year the club has a great opportunity as both the women's and the men's advance for the first time, into the Elite 8. Victories in Pittsburgh will ensure a ticket to the National Championship in Glendale, Colorado on June 5th.
Our Club is a registered 501(c) 3 Not For Profit, and our team relies heavily on fundraising and donations to pay for expenses throughout the season; such as travel, hotels, referees fees, equipment and league dues. Our Board of Directors have volunteered tirelessly, securing and raising funds this season to help us cover these expenses. We've estimated that if both teams advance through to the Championships in Glendale, we'll need to raise over $30,000. These funds will ensure that all players, coaches and admin are able to attend and that we are all in our top physical and mental condition to take our Club all the way.
Every journey begins with a single step and we have set our goal of raising half of our estimate $15,000 by May 19th, a substantial yet reasonable goal which we believe with your support is very attainable. Our 501 (c)3 Not For Profit status ensures that any donation is tax deductible.
We would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, supporters and fans who have been cheering us on since day 1 of this remarkable journey and hope that you and the rest of our community would continue to support us and our fundraising efforts. Only together can #werunthesouth.
Currently the entire club is doing their part in raising awareness and donations for the upcoming championships.
For more information regarding Charlotte Rugby Club and to connect with us directly check out The Charlotte Rugby Club website and our go ahead and like our Facebook Page , or follow us on Twitter, so we can update you throughout our journey to the 2016 Nationals! Want to donate to the club to help us off to playoffs? Click here to help the club!
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Charlotte RFC Sweeps the South!
Charlotte RFC is bringing back some hardware to North Carolina!!! Our women and men are both Southern Conference champions and will be representing the South at the USA Rugby National Elite 8 in Pittsburgh, PA (May 21-22).
A full summary of this weekends victories will be posted later!
CHARLOTTE RUGBY MOVES ON TO SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS on 4/30-5/1!
This past weekend both our women's and men's teams won their respective union playoff games to qualify for the South Championships in Montgomery, AL this Saturday (4/30) & Sunday (5/1).
Both teams will play on Saturday in the semi-finals (round of 32) and with wins, will play for the South Championships (round of 16) on Sunday. Two wins is all that is keeping our teams from a spot in the USA Rugby Elite 8!
TWO GAMES, TWO WINS FOR CHARLOTTE!
And just like that both Charlotte men and women are headed to the Southern Conference Championships in Montgomery, AL next weekend!!!
The men fought hard for a 24 all draw at full time and secured a 31-29 win over the Renegades in overtime. Check out the men's match report here.
Our women defended their home turf with a 31-24 win over the Atlanta Harlequins!
Details will be posted soon for fans who wish to travel down with the club and support us.
CHARLOTTE WOMEN HOST CAROLINAS UNION SEMI-FINAL
This Saturday our women's side hosts the Atlanta Harlequins at Skillbeck Athletic Grounds for the Carolinas Union Semi-final. The match kicks off at 12:30pm.
Our women earned the right to host this playoff game by virtue of going undefeated in matrix play and ending first in their bracket. The winner of this match will advance to the Southern Conference championships (round of 32 & 16) in Montgomery, AL on 4/30 & 5/1.
Check out our Facebook Event and RSVP!
First Girls high school 7s tournament at Skillbeck 4/16
This past weekend while our women and men were elsewhere playing games, Skillbeck was still put to good use as we hosted a girls high school tournament. On Saturday, South Mecklenburg High School held the inaugural Savage 7s Tournament. A total of 30 high school girls were at the event representing South Meck, North Meck, Northern Guilford (Greensboro, NC), Raleigh, Myers Park, and CJRA. All teams played each other and the Raleigh Motley team won in the championship game becoming the first Savage 7s champs. It was a great day for girls high school rugby in North Carolina!
Game 1: Raleigh 37- Guilford 0
Game 2: North Meck 33- South Meck 10
Game 3: Guilford 0- North Meck 20
Game 4: South Meck 15- Raleigh 20
Game 5: Raleigh 19- North Meck 12
Game 6: South Meck 5- Guilford 15
Championship game: Raleigh 29- Guilford 10
Thanks to all the coaches and volunteers who made this a successful weekend. Girls high school rugby is growing by leaps and bounds and we look forward to these ruggers becoming future Charlotte RFC players!
Charlotte men take tough loss to the Renegades (4/16/16)
Charlotte rugby traveled the 200 mile journey down I85 to play the washed out fixture against the Atlanta Renegades this past Saturday losing 27-22 in the dying minutes of the game. The defeat now appears to relegate Charlotte to 2nd place and forfeiting the right to host next Saturdays first round of playoffs. Both teams finished on 27 points but averages will decide the fate.
The lack of a consistent goal kicker in season 2016 has undoubtedly cost the team the conference title considering we have scored more tries than anyone else and managed just a 30% conversion result.
The Charlotte team improved their defensive effort on their last two outings somewhat holding a barrage of attack in the opening twenty minutes, but were caught out twice with speed from the Atlanta outside backs to trail 0-10.
Charlotte began to find some rhythm and got the ball wide to Cyle who touched down for the easiest of tries. He was in the action again when a nicely placed kick through enabled him to regather and score in the corner in some smart play. To square it up at 10-10.
The team was again caught short as Renegades posted another try at the 33 minute mark. The forwards then used their maul and power play to cross with Jake bagging a nice try to level the scores at the break 15-15. The ten minutes after 1/2 time the team focuses on again went astray as Renegades scored again to lead 20-15. It wasn't until the last 10 minutes that the visitors scored when Captain Amro Gouda scored a strong try that finally was converted to take the lead 22-20.
Charlotte were guilty of a string of unforced errors that denied them field position in the next 8 minutes and gave Renegades opportunities to score and they were able to from a weight of possession and lead 27-22/ Charlotte had one last throw of the dice and looked threatening until they knocked the ball on and the match was gone.
Best for Charlotte included captain Amro, Mr. consistency, Ethan while fly half Mike Felts defended well in close and was assisted well in the backs by Cyle.
See the full match report here.
HUGHSTON SET FOR PRO RUGBY DEBUT
Good luck to Charlotte Rugby's Matt Hughston as he is set to play in the inaugural game for America's very
first professional rugby competition. Matt has worked very hard in training these last few weeks and was rewarded with a spot in the starting 15. His match kicked off at 4pm EST Sunday (4/17) with PRO Rugby Ohio taking on PRO Rugby Denver. Unfortunately there is no live stream, but hoping there will be live updates on the PRO Rugby North America facebook/twitter pages.
VICE SPORTS recently profiled Matt and his journey from a youth player in North Carolina to where he is today. Check out the link for the full article:
Feel free to leave some words of encouragement on the facebook page for Matt in the comments, I'm sure he'd love to read the words of support from back home!
CRFC WOMEN PLAYING EXHIBITION GAME AT GLOBAL FEST
If you are in Charlotte tomorrow and looking for something to take the family to, Providence Day School is hosting "Global Fest" from 10am to 2pm. This family friendly event will feature artists and performers from various countries with several vendors on site selling international products.
Charlotte Rugby will also be involved in the festivities as our women's side will be playing an exhibition rugby match at 12pm.
Follow the link for the festival address and a full schedule of events.
Another great day of rugby at Skillbeck!
Our B side was able to come back to tie their game against the Barbarians with some last second heroics from scrum half Sean Ritter who scored at full time.
After a very closely contested first half, the Legends were able to pull away with a few second half scores. The Legends now hold the Mike Lee Cup which will serve as the inaugural D4 championship trophy. Thanks to Jason Zehmke for all the hard work in pulling this group together. We look forward to continuing this new tradition in the fall.
Big thanks to all the fans in attendance, especially the huge old boys group who played and cheered from the deck. Thanks to the Barbos and Raleigh for two hard fought matches.
Charlotte B 34 - Barbarians 34
Charlotte Legends 40 - Raleigh 14
Photo credit: Tina Rosensteel
Rematch between Charlotte Men and AOW 3/19
Charlotte rugby traveled to Atlanta this past Saturday with 5 changes to the team that played Renegades two weeks earlier and suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the host club losing 9 tries to 3. After a solid week of practice Charlotte went into the match as firm favorites and looking to tie up the conference, with a bonus point win.
Unfortunately, the road trip and everyone waiting for someone else to replace Matt Hughston's energy, the much different home team came out and had 12 points on the visitors in the opening 10 minutes to lead 12 nil. Charlotte had been tackling high all day and was further hit when AOW scored another long range try to lead 19-7. A much needed penalty from in front shrunk the lead to 10-19.
23 minutes in Charlotte had still not settled and a penalty kick that failed to find touch resulted in another try to the AOW club, score now was 7-24. On the last minutes of play in the first stanza, hard running center Irv had the nerve to bounce off 5 defenders and go in for the team's best try of the day and a ½ time deficit of 15-24.
The crucial ten minutes after 1/2 time that the team now focuses more energy and concentration was sadly missing as AOW raced in two embarrassing try's to lead 15-36. A the 51 minute mark Charlotte scored their last points through a nice off load by Nick Penne to take the score to 22-36.
A further three tries to AOW raced the score to 53-22, compounded by a sin binning to captain Amro Gouda.
Best for Charlotte were Ethan and Jake in the forwards while Irving and Cardell excelled for the backs in what was overall a very lackluster performance. Check out the full write up on the Men's Page.
Charlotte Men are off this week but will face Greenville at home April 2nd.
Women come away with two wins on Saturday 3/19
The women of Charlotte RFC put their stamp on the region this past Saturday by not only securing their spot in the post-season, but also fielding 2 full sides for the first time ever with nearly 35 women representing Charlotte in dominant fashion.
The 1PM match saw CRFC hosting matrix opponent Eno River Rage, who gave Charlotte quite the wake-up call just a few months prior. On the full-width home pitch in Charlotte however, Eno would find great difficulty in containing the wide attack patterns of Charlotte. The first 10 minutes saw Charlotte in control of the tempo and pattern, but the pressure of the day saw a large number of unforced errors. Around the 11 minute mark, center Liz Ravaioli crossed the line to open up the scoring and allowing the CRFC ladies to settle into their rhythm.
Ultimately, Eno could not capitalize on any mistakes, allowing 6 tries in each half and a final score of 72-0.
Tries for Charlotte scored by Liz Ravaioli, Maddy Clark, Nikkia Smith, Amanda Watkins, Kelly Sager, and Liz Pagan. Conversions from Maddy Clark were 6 from 12.
The 3PM match would see CRFC Women field a second set of 15 and host a brand new opponent in North Georgia Women's Rugby Club. North Georgia was at the end of their spring break and short on numbers but fortunately was able to bring reinforcements in the form of some veteran players from DC, Atlanta Harlequins, and others. The final score would be 48-17 in favor of Charlotte although the game was much more competitive than the scoreboard would indicate.
The CRFC Women are extremely gracious to both Eno River Rage and N Georgia Women for traveling to us, and being great opponents on the pitch and always working hard to win the social afterwards. Charlotte will host Ft Bragg on April 2nd for their 6th and final matrix match of the season, and then travel to Georgia for the Atlanta 7's Festival coupled with the HSBC Women's 7's Series. Check out the full write up on the Women's Page.
CRFC has signed Mergent as a Platinum sponsor for 2016
Mergent is a major provider of financial information and analytical research to academics, brokers, banks and investments advisers globally. Mergent has been supporting Rugby in the Carolinas since 2003 when it was instrumental in supporting CRFC old boys Paul Maxwell, Tom Dever, Dean Boylan and others when they started Rugby in local Schools. Mergent was the sponsor and drive behind the creation of the NC All Star program which helped encourage and develop many of those playing for CRFC, USA South and other Representative Teams today. Those players wore the Mergent Logo and the words "Pay It Forward" on their kit at that time. Mergent is proud to be CRFC's Platinum Sponsor and continue to support those players as they build CRFC and continue the development of Rugby for All. It takes "Financial Intellect"!
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