Orlando’s very own Orlando Griffins Rugby Football Club hosts in state rival Tampa Krewe this Saturday, January 17, 2:00 PM at the Orlando Fairgrounds.
Fairgounds Address: 4603 West Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
The last meeting between these two clubs, on December 6th, resulted in Orlando having defeated Tampa 24-21. For a full summary of the match follow this link- http://www.orlandorugby.com/2014/12/17/orlando-men-take-down-tampa-24-21/
Come out and support your local club and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Social at Whiskey Dicks to follow immediately thereafter with complimentary drinks and food provided.
Orlando Rugby would like to thank its Sponsor RAISEDTOPROTECT.COM
Caught in a trap.
More than 40 players and supporter made the trip to Miami to take on the Tridents on a muggy Saturday afternoon.
In the “Orange Cup” match the Second XV took on a spirited Trident squad but were no match for the combination of Griffin youth and enthusiasm. Paul Diaz led the way for the Griffins with 3 trys and Gunner Johnson converted everything in sight.
Rookies Connor Albury and Karl McKay showed why they are being considered for the First XV with outstanding open field play. The Second XV took it to the Tridents from the opening whistle and never looked back.
Paul Diaz took “Man of the match” honors. Congratulations to everyone for a great effort.
The Second XV move to 2-0 in the Orange Cup standings with the win on Saturday.
The First XV had a tougher time of it. The Tridents threw everything including the kitchen sink at us and came away with a hard fought victory on the day.
The Griffins were no match for the Tridents on this day. Down only 5 at half the Griffins defense crumbled in the last 15 minutes of the match. Looks like the hangover from the holidays lasted one day too long.
An excellent solo effort by Dylan Hamilton with a try late in the match gave the Griffins a bonus point for their efforts.
Tony Cardomone took “Man of the match” honors after surviving an onslot in the scrum while managing his fine open field play all day.
The Griffins move to 2-1 in the matrix with Tampa Krewe next up this Saturday, Jan.17 at the Fairgrounds. Game time on Saturday to be announced. Please keep an eye on your email, facebook, etc. for details.
Training continues Tuesday at 650 West Lake Mann Rd. at 7pm.
Orlando Rugby will be back at it tonight, resuming practice at 7pm at Gilbert McQueen today Dec. 30th. Practice this Thursday will be canceled as it is New Years Day, however Orlando will have a scheduled session at Blue Jacket park this Saturday Jan. 3rd, the time is to be determined.
The support shown at Saturdays match was a great sight to behold. Orlando had over 100 supporters come out and watch the 1-0 Orlando Griffins battle last years state finals representative Ft. Lauderdale Knights. This was a rematch from All Florida Day where Orlando lost in extra time by a penalty conversion.
On Dec.13th the day was to be different as the starting XV of Orlando, Rinaldo Cartaya (1), Tony Cardamone (2), Robert Lamont (3), Terry Keyzer (4), Sol Wyant (5), Bart Longchamps (6), Will Dougherty (7), Daniel McGann (8), Eric Jacovetti (9), Dyaln Hamilton (10), Micah Kropp (11), Taylor Alley (12), Kyle McCormick (13), Gunnar Johnson (14) and Greg Hesler (15) came ready to represent the City Beautiful and the hometown Griffins well.
The first half saw Orlando take an early lead with a great team try that saw the forwards put Ft. Lauderdale on the back foot to set up the backs with a great try. The conversion followed and Orlando then added a penalty conversion minutes later to go up 10-0. The last 15 minutes of the half saw Ft. Lauderdale strike back using penalties to move the ball down the pitch to score both first half tries. Orlando went into the half down 12-10.
The second half again saw a couple substitutions as Chris Corchado came on for Gunnar Johnson while Jason Browning came on for Terry Keyzer moving McCormick into the lock position. Orlando used this injection of life to dominate the first 20 minutes of the half by putting in 2 tries tied to 1 conversion and 1 penalty kick. Now up 25-12 Orlando stymied every foray by Ft. Lauderdale into the Orlando half by good defense and timely counter rucking. Orlando held possession throughout the final 20 minutes of the second half only letting in 1 penalty kick, bringing the match to a hard fought 25-15 victory for your Orlando Griffins.
The Orange Cup B side match was held directly after the A side victory and saw a resounding 64-0 win for Orlando.
This match brings Orlando (A) to 2-0 on the matrix season and Orlando (B) to 1-0. The next match will be @ Miami tridents on Jan. 10th, it will include both A and B side matches and Orlando would like all supporters interested to travel. Thank you for your continued supports and see you in Miami.
Orlando Men traveled to Tampa for the first match in the I-4 rivalry on the 6th. The starting XV for Orlando was Robert Lamont (1), Mike Shope (2), Rinaldo Cartaya (3), Daniel McGann (4), Terry Keyzer (5), Henry Villerga (6), Will Dougherty (7), Pat Keady (8), Eric Jacovetti (9), Dylan Hamilton (10), Micah Kropp (11), Grant Seymour (12), Taylor Alley (13), Chris Corchado (14) and Greg Hesler (15). The team also traveled with a strong bench and supporters who were ready for an entertaining match.
Orlando started out fast scoring 2 tries in the first 25 minutes while playing most of the first half with possession. The half ended with a great team defensive effort meters from the Orlando try-line that took Orlando into the half up 18-0. the start of the second half saw some fresh bodies come into the squad and Orlando started as they finished the half, with scoring through a penalty conversion. Unfortunately Orlando stepped off the gas around the 70th minute to allow Tampa back into the match with succesive tries and conversions. Orlando closed out the last 40 minutes with another penalty conversion trading that with Tampa’s try to win the first I-4 derby match 24-21.
This was a good start by the Orlando Men and next week they will meet Ft. Lauderdale at home on the 13th.