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Charlotte Men's Competes in Porter Cup in Richmond, VA
This past weekend the men of CRFC traveled to Richmond, Virginia to participate in the Porter Cup Rugby Invitational, which included hosts The Richmond Lions & James River, Norfolk, Roanoke, & the DC Renegades. Charlotte traveled with solid numbers, a mix of familiar faces and new ones.
Charlotte's first test was against the D1 Norfolk Blues Rugby Club. Although it was the first meeting between the current squads, the history of the two clubs extends back to the MARFU days. Charlotte battled in the first half to establish its game plan against a solid Norfolk side. However before the half, inside center Zachary Moyer found a seam and managed to offload Nelson Hicks who was running in support. Hicks accelerated from just beyond halfway for a 40meter try. Charlotte managed to convert and took a 7-0 lead into the half. The second half proved to be a much similar, after some good phase play and quick hands once again Nelson Hicks found himself with enough pace to beat the opposition for five more points in the corner. An unsuccessful conversion put the score at 12 -0 to Charlotte. There was still a plenty of rugby to be played and after a bit of poor handling in loose play Charlotte quickly found themselves inside their own 22. Norfolk was able to capitalize and score; they converted the try and brought the score to 12-7 in favor of Charlotte. With time running out, Norfolk once again was able to mount an attack, due to some poor discipline from Charlotte. With only minutes remaining in the match Norfolk's scrum half squeezed through a gap and leveled the scores. The try was converted and secured the victory for Norfolk.
Final score 14-12.
Trys: Hicks (2)
Conversions: Anderson (1/2)
In the second match CRFC relied on the solid numbers that had made the trip. Many of which were new to the club for 15s and felt they had something to prove. This match was against James River Rugby Club a division three club from Virginia. From the first whistle Charlotte proved too much for James River, the forwards showed great strength, skill, and intelligence with ball in hand and around the break downs. As for the backline, there were many fresh faces and proved that depth is not an issue for this year's team.
Final score 28-7
Ending on a positive note was a great boost for the club after narrow defeat to Norfolk. With the ability to insert new players into game situations and allow the veterans to build continuity CRFC is poised to have a brilliant season once more.
Next week CRFC will travel to Raleigh to take on the Vipers, another D1 team.
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
- 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 (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).
* VIP beer tent next to the field. $20/cup for complimentary beer
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
2PM Charlotte RFC vs. Atlanta Old White
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.
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.
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.