Naples Here and Miami There

February 26th, 2014

This weekend the men host Naples in the their final home game of the season while the women head off to Miami for their matrix first game of the season.

Match, Kickoff 2 pm
Showalter East
2525 Cady Way
Winter Park, FL 32792

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Whiskey Dick’s
50 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801

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Orlando Youth Invited to Nationals

February 26th, 2014
Orlando Youth have been invited to Nationals!! A massive honor. First team ever from Florida to participate.

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Match Report: 2/22 at Jacksonville

February 24th, 2014

On Saturday, February 22, your Orlando RFC traveled to Jacksonville to play the rescheduled matrix match. It was a beautiful, sunny day at Huffman Park. The pitch was dry and the wind was an indication that prepared fitness would be of the essence. Jacksonville struck early on a penalty kick. Following the points, a kick for touch resulted in from by all accounts a hard fought goal line stand where the defensive persistence was finally outmatched, with a Jacksonville score. Lack of confidence in officiating aside, the rest of the first half combined with the entire second half saw sloppy, mismanaged breakdowns. The difference came in the second half when Orlando saw multiple, clean attempts at nearly full length pitch tries, two of which were called back with the opposing touch judge and referee determining the runner had gone into touch before grounding the ball. In the second half, Orlando used exceptional open field play and erased a twenty-point deficit down to six, with a prop in the bin nonetheless. After our man was brought back on, another was sent off. Using the man advantage, Jacksonville scored the dagger resulting in a 37 – 24 L for Orlando RFC. Tries scored on the day go to Will Doherty skipping and playing eight, Juan Dengel playing inside center, Sam Nelson playing wing, and Bart Longchamp playing flanker. Orlando awarded Eric Jacovetti  (playing scrumhalf) with the Man of the Match honors, a welcome form of encouragement to play at a higher level to finish out the season strongly.

The B-side match was, again, a modified 10s format. Orlando and Jacksonville went blow for blow resulting in a small Jacksonville victory, and a universal, full-blown thirst for payback from the club, in general, for the second trip we make there in three short weeks. No Man of the Match honors were provided for either club, but with more than half the side playing in unfamiliar positions, this match and the first both showcased the obvious talent we possess among our ranks and the even more obvious need to demonstrate it through cooperation.

This week, Orlando RFC hosts its final home match of the year against Naples. We really are grateful for all the continued support and look forward to seeing faces both familiar and unfamiliar at this match. Make no mistake; if you are in attendance you will have a good time. We’ll see you on the pitch.

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Orlando Men Headed To Jax

February 21st, 2014
Here are the details for this Saturday’s match vs Jacksonville.  Jax has agreed to a 10’s match so there will be a B-side.

Meeting Spot
Time: 9:00am (no exceptions)
Day: Saturday, Feb 22nd
Location: Lake Mary Home Depot
Address: 4600 W Lake Mary Blvd, Lake Mary, FL 32746

Match
Kickoff: 2:00pm
Opponent: Jacksonville RFC
Location: Huffman Park
Address: 2753 Huffman, Jacksonville, FL 32246

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2/15 Match Report

February 17th, 2014

Orlando RFC hosted Tampa Krewe for both an A-side and a modified B-side match at the Central Florida Fairgrounds this past weekend. It was a beautiful, windy day for rugby. The conditions were pristine, and a hard match was played. The theme of Saturday was open field play. Both squads worked to retain the ball, ultimately spinning it out to the sideline through multiple phases and both sides made and missed their fair share of open field tackles. Krewe struck first only to feel an Orlando rebuttal shortly after. The match was back and forth and for the first time in several weeks the amount of lineouts quadrupled that of the amount of scrums. In the end, Orlando’s hard work and dedication was handed a humble reminder that rugby is and always will remain an eighty-minute game. In the final seconds of injury time for the match, down by four, Krewe broke the gain line to take a one-point lead, 19-18. Following the conversion, the final score showed Orlando 18 – Krewe 21. Tries scored on the day go to Sam Nelson at winger and Dan Gordon at fullback. Sam Nelson also converted on two penalties, thus solidifying his nod as Orlando’s Man of the Match.

The B-side match was far from close. In a modified 10s match, Orlando broke the scoreboard against a disorganized Krewe second side. It really was a display of the inconspicuous depth the club is developing as far as talent goes. If you want an idea of how ugly it got for our opponents, Man of the Match honors went to winger, Chris Clare and his six (you read that correctly) tries. He wasn’t even the only person on the squad with multiple tries scored on the day. The statisticians had little time to keep an accurate count.

This week, Orlando RFC travels to Jacksonville. Practice sessions are held at normal hours, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Tuesday and Thursday at Barnett Park. Following the match at Jacksonville, Orlando will have its final home game of the season against the boys from Naples. We thank you for your continued support. We’ll see you on the pitch.

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