This Saturday November 9th Orlando will host the Miami Tridents in the first match of the matrix season. Miami is travelling strong bringing two full sides up the turnpike. Kickoff is at 2:00 pm at Lorna Doone Park.
Orlando travelled 24 deep to Gainesville on Saturday to take on a strong Hogs side. Many players, including a fair number of starters, were unable to make the trip. Granted, it would have been nice to have a full squad, but coordinating everyone for an away, preseason friendly is like herding cats. On the bright side, it gave us a great opportunity to develop some of the newer players this season. The format was three 30 minute halves, with the last 30 featuring B side players. The first 30 minute period was evenly matched, with Gainesville taking the lead 14-7. The second 30 slipped away as Orlando gave up 12 unanswered points to penalty kicks. Many Orlando players felt it necessary to engage in spirited debates with the referee using elevated voices, discussing the utter un-justification of specific calls, while simultaneously attempting to win favor with the high courts. You can see the dilemma. Unfortunately, it appears there are no future attorneys on the team. No referee in the history of rugby has ever overturned a call because the opposition didn’t agree. Orlando dominated the third period, but ultimately came up short, losing the match 31-28. Gainesville has a lot to look forward to during the upcoming season.
There were a lot of positives to be taken from the match however. 19-year old newcomer Daniel Foshee scored twice on the wing, both from 60 meters out. New Boy Tony Tran scored on a long run from the other wing. Dallon Galaei scored as well and we’re expecting great things this season from the Big Samoan. Sam Nelson, in his very first rugby match, saw time at Flyhalf. Not only did he nail a near impossible conversion kick from the sidelines, he controlled the 10 spot like an experienced veteran. As far as him never seeing a rugby pitch before, I call Bullsh*t. A.G. Pupo, who earned man-of-the-match honors, has left the backline for greener pastures in the pack. His aggressive play led to some brilliant tackles and a bright future with the forwards. Chris Corchado, former FSU standout, made the transition from wing to center with solid play all afternoon. Most importantly though, head coach Eugene Louw was able to spot areas that need attention. After the Gainesville match, many players camped out nearby. The shenanigans were kept to a minimum, but the beer flowed like wine. Beautiful women instinctively flocked like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talkin’ bout a little place called Ginnie Springs. (Sorry…Dumb & Dumber reference, and the only women were players’ wives).
We need everyone on the team to be at training this week. Orlando travels to Brevard for a second preseason friendly this Saturday. As Brevard just began training, they will be combining with Indian River to play Orlando for three 30 minute periods. The social will be held at the pitch, in a cookout immediately following the game. All Old Boys are welcome, and encouraged, to make the 45 minute drive to Cocoa to support the team.
Opponent: Brevard Old Red Eye & Indian River
Location: Provost Park
Address: 400 Varr Avenue Cocoa, FL 32922
Directions: 528 East, (Exit 42A) I-95 South, (Exit 201) 520 East towards Cocoa, turn right on Varr Avenue
*Congratulations are in order to Chris and Rachel Sunderhaus for welcoming a baby girl into the world….now get back to training Haus.
The 2013 Orlando Rugby AGM was held Sunday August 4th at the downtown library. All facets of the club were represented with old boys, men, women and youth members in attendance. In addition to the standard financials report and officer elections a significant portion of the meeting was spent explaining the new territorial structure of the Florida GU and how it fits into the national structure. More info on the Florida GU is available at http://floridarugbyunion.org/.
The club finished the season in the black and with the Orlando Rugby Foundation offering to cover some of the youth expenses will enter the year on solid financial ground. Jim Millar proposed amending the bylaws to establish a field and facilities fund that will be used for the sole purpose of securing a field either through purchase or long term lease. There currently exists ~$30,000 in a fund managed by Jim for this purpose. Amending the bylaws to legally establish the fund will entice other donors to support this cause safe in the knowledge that their donations will benefit the long term success of Orlando Rugby. The executive committee will draft such a proposal and present it to the club for a vote as soon as possible.
Officer elections were held and the new executive committee is listed below. Eugene Louw was elected as the new head coach. The Hammered Lamb offered and was accepted as a new sponsor for the club and will server as location for the post-match socials and Thursday night post-training gatherings.
President – Jason Hamilton
VP – Mike Shope
Match Secretary – JD Flynn
Treasurer – Tom Murphy
Social Chairman – Kenneth Bernstein Esq.
Recruiting Chairman – Dan Gordon