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.
The Orlando Griffins Men’s Rugby Club will be taking on the Tampa Krewe, Saturday at 2pm. The match is the first of the 2015 matrix season and The Griffins will be traveling strong to open up the competition with a win. Kickoff is scheduled for 2pm at Cuscaden Park located at 2900 N 15th St., Tampa, FL 33605, with the social to follow at MacDinton’s.
Come out and support your Orlando Rugby Club!
The Orlando men welcomed in the Savannah Shamrocks for the last friendly before matrix season starts on Dec. 6th in Tampa Bay.
Orlando and Savannah both opened the match with physicality as heavy hits were traded back and forth for the first 15 minutes. The first half ended with Orlando putting across a try and converting 2 penalties, going in up 11-0. This lead was added to right at kickoff by some great offloading skill as Orlando came out in the second half on fire. The game then opened up quite a bit for the Griffins backs as the forwards on both sides had extremely physical shifts. The game ended with both teams trading tries and leaving the field feeling proud of a good showing, with Orlando coming out on top at 31-5.
Orlando heads into the season with an overall friendly record of 5 Wins, 2 losses and 1 tie. The 2 losses both occurred at All Florida Day by a total of 5 points. The season is looking bright as Orlando looks forward to fighting for the D2 Championships.
Come support Orlando in Tampa Bay on Dec. 6th in the first Matrix match versus the Krewe. More information to be posted later.
Come out and support the Griffins as they battle the Savannah Shamrocks at 2pm, Novemeber 8th. Showalter East will be the pitch for this Saturday. This is the last friendly for the Orlando Men before they take on Tampa Bay for the start of the Matrix season on December 6th in Tampa.
The Social will be at Whiskey Dicks after the match. See you all there!
Match location: 2525 Cady Way, Winter Par, FL 32792