Alumni Weekend, March 27th -March 29th

March 25th, 2015

Dear Esteemed Members of the Orlando Rugby Family,

This weekend we will be hosting our first annual Alumni Weekend in quite some time. The festivities kick off Friday and will continue through Saturday evening. We sincerely hope you will be able to attend. This is a big weekend for all parts of the club and will see the youth, women’s and men’s teams all compete. Please come out and support your Griffins at the matches scheduled to kickoff at 12:00 pm this Saturday, March 28. Below is the official agenda for the weekend.

Friday March 27th – Afternoon
Some old boys have decided on a golf outing. There may be time to squeeze in a few more. Please contact Jim Millar, information on contact was sent to the old boy mailing list.

Friday March 27th – 6:00pm
Location: McFadden’s Irish Restaurant & Saloon (back room)
Address: 8291 International Dr. Orlando, FL 32819
Purpose: Social between Old Boys and current Men/Women/Youth players

http://www.mcfaddensorlando.com/

*Free Parking Garage
**The current teams will treat the old boys to Appetizers and Drinks

Saturday March 28th -12:00pm
Location: Central Florida Fairgrounds
Address: 50 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801
Match Schedule
12:00pm – Field #2, Orlando Youth v Cape Pirates
2:00pm – Field #2, Oland Women v Fort Miami
2:00pm – Field #3, Orlando Men (A side) v Jacksonville
3:30pm – Field #3, Orlando Men (B side) v University of Central Florida (B side)
*The current teams will treat the old boys to a BBQ
**Social to follow all matches at Whiskey Dicks (downtown)

Saturday March 28th – 5:00pm
Match Social
Location: Whiskey Dicks
Address: 50 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801

http://www.whiskeydicksorlando.com/

***Shenanigans to follow

dsmcgann Men

Orlando 101 – Miami 7, the road to the playoffs

March 23rd, 2015
It was a valiant effort.
A depleted but capable Miami Bumblebee squad made the trip north to take on the Griffins this past Saturday at the Orlando Fairgrounds complex.
After a week off the Griffins came out firing scoring the first try of the day only 5 minutes into the match. Miami had no answer on this day and the boys from Orlando took care of business in workmanlike fashion.
Trys on the day went to Kyle McCormick with 3, Taylor Alley with 2, Dave Gush, Dylan Hamilton, Mike Shope, Jason Hamilton, Grant Seymour, Danford Sammons, Gunner Johnson with 2, Karl  McKay and Micah Kropp. Dylan converted 7 of 8 attempts, Sam Nelson went 4 from 5 and Gunner Johnson was 1 from 2 to round out the scoring.
Hats off to the Miami Bumblebees who not only faced an 80 minute onslaught from the First 15 but then manned up to give the Orange Cup team a game as they prepare for the First round of the playoffs against the Miami Tridents on April 11th.
Man of the Match honors went to Kyle McCormick with a strong effort from the lock spot and Paul Diaz who has really stepped up as of late.
Congratulations to both players on a fine effort.
Up next the Griffins play host to Jacksonville this Saturday, starting at 1pm, as part of the Alumni weekend celebration at the Florida Fairgrounds Complex. The Griffins will be looking to bounce back from an earlier 3 point loss to JAX and put the finishing touch on a solid regular season.
On Saturday March 28th the place to be will be the Orlando Fairgrounds complex as The Griffins Women’s XV host Ft.Miami, The Youth take on the Cape, The Men’s First XV take on Jacksonville and the Orange Cup squad matches up against UCF.
Orlando Fairgrounds
4603 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808

Plenty of rugby for your viewing pleasure.
Stay tuned for game times.
See everyone Saturday
Cheers from the sidelines

dsmcgann Men

Orlando vs Miami on the Return Leg, Saturday March 21 at 2pm

March 20th, 2015

Two weeks ago Orlando traveled down to Miami to face the Bumblebees and came back with a 59-14 win. This weekend at 2pm Orlando will host the return leg as Miami and Orlando face off in the second to last match in the matrix season. The match will be located at the Orlando Fairgrounds, 4603 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808, with A side kicking off at 2pm and the B side match to follow.

This contest holds a lot of significance for both A side and B side as they both battle for positioning in the playoffs. Orlando currently sits in 3rd place just behind Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton who play each other this weekend. You will see a strong lineup for the Griffins as they have been building some stiff competition for the starting XV over the season and hope to roll into the playoffs firing on all cylinders.

Come Out and Support Your Griffins!

dsmcgann Men

Miami proves no contest for the Griffins 59-14

March 14th, 2015
The Griffins roll into Miami.
27 road tested ruggers took their traveling show to Miami on Saturday to face the Miami Bumblebees.
Miami opened the scoring and after about 15 minutes of getting to know one another the Griffins lit up the scoreboard. 31 unanswered points in the first half and another 4 trys in the second half left the Bumblebees wondering what hit them.
The final was 59-14 in favor of the red hot Orlando Griffins RFC.
Trys on the day went to Dave Gush with 2, Daniel McGann, Bart Longchamp, Kyle McCormick and Sam Nelson. Dylan Hamilton put the finishing touches on all 8 trys and while adding 2 trys of his own amassing a season high 29 points on the day. The Griffins wide open style of play spread the Bumblebee defense opening up the running lanes allowing for some brilliant trys. Excellent handling, patience and timely tackling was the order of the day. With the win Orlando improved to 6-2 on the season with the two remaining matrix matches coming up at home on March 21st and 28th.
Man of the Match honors went to Daniel McGann, congratulations!
“Dick of the Day” went to whoever scheduled a 4 o’clock soccer match on the same pitch that resulted in our Orange Cup team having a second straight match cancelled.  Thank you Dick.
Miami visits Orlando on the 21st and Jacksonville is here on the 28th for a much anticipated rematch. Come support your Orlando Griffins.
See you there.
Cheers

dsmcgann Men

Orlando take down Boca Raton 18-7

February 28th, 2015
It was a perfect day for Rugby on Saturday at Showalter East.
League leading Boca Raton Buccaneers sailed into town with their sights set on an undefeated season.
NOT on this day.
On what could be best described as a sloppy track the Griffins took it to the Buccaneers from the opening whistle.  Aggressive tackling and patience was the order of the day.  To the man the Griffins pressed the Buccaneers and did not allow them out of their own end all day.
Patience and hard work on offense resulted in a well earned try by Dan McGann to open the scoring.
An outstanding try by Taylor Alley (third in the last two matches) in support of the hard charging Vilia Mumanua put the Griffins up for good late in the first half.  Dylan Hamilton converted 1 of his 2 conversion attempts and chipped in 2 penalties to round out the scoring.
The Buccaneers scored late in the second half making the final score 18-7 in favor of the Griffins, improving their record to 5-2 with 3 matches remaining.
Vilia Mumanua made his 2015 debut with the Griffins for the injured Grant Seymour and made his presence felt in the center immediately. Solid tackling and aggressive running with the ball kept the Buccaneers under pressure all day. Timely kicking from Dylan, Dave and Sam put the visitors on their heels giving the Griffins overwhelming territorial advantage all day.
Man of the Match honors went to everyone who stood on the sidelines in support of the First team as they put themselves back in the running for a playoff birth.
Thanks to everyone for their support and apologies to everyone on the Second XV who did not play after play was suspended due to unplayable field conditions.  I feel bad for the Bumblebees…..
Up next the Miami Bumblebees in Maimi next Saturday March 7th.
Training on Tuesday at Gilbert McQueen and Thursday at Hungerford school, both at 7pm.

dsmcgann Men