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
The 2 day annual tournament brings Rugby Clubs from all over the state. This year was no different as there were representatives from all parts of Florida. The first day for Orlando Men included matches in pool play against D3 Champions Gainesville and D2 Runner Up Ft. Lauderdale.
Orlando beats 2014 D3 Champions Gainesville 22-11
Orlando took the first match against Gainesville with Micah Kropp showing how dangerous he is on the wing, leading the team to a 22-11 win over the D3 Champion Hogs. The game started slow for Orlando in the Back Line as bad passing and penalties at the breakdown led to a lackluster first 25 minutes, but The Griffins came out strong in the second half holding possession for most of the match. The Griffins defense was aggressive in this opening game and Gainesville had little opportunity to score until the waning moments of the game. In the dying moments Gainesville put across a try to make the match appear closer in score than it was on the pitch as Orlando was in control for the entirety.
Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale battle to a close call 17-20
This match-up was a test that would measure Orlando against high level D2 competition as Ft. Lauderdale ended up in second place last year in Florida D2. The first 25 minutes saw hard hits by both clubs and the intensity of this match was definitely dialed up in anticipation of a semi-final berth as Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale had just won their first matches of the tournament.
Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale exchanged tries in the first half but as penalties slowed the flow of tha game Orlando grabbed the lead before half going in up 10-7 over Ft. Lauderdale. The second half started with Ft. Lauderdale closing the gap with a penalty conversion making the game 10-10. Orlando then gained possesion and through hard work from the pack drove down the pitch to put in a try. Dylan Hamilton showed great skill and composure from the 10 spot and hit an amazing sideline conversion to put Orlando up 17-10. This score held true until the final 10 minutes of the match whenever Ft. Lauderdale without any open field play used 3 consecutive penalties to move down the pitch and tie the game up at 17-17. Then with no time left on the game clock Ft. Lauderdale again used penalties to kick a conversion to put away the far more aggresive Griffins 17-20. This was the best match of the tournament and be assured that this matrix match-up will be a tasty one.
All Florida Day Bracket
Come out and Support your Orlando Griffins as they battle for the Florida CUP!
The Orlando Men kickoff at 10:40 am vs Gainesville on Field 1 and finish Saturday vs Ft. Lauderdale at 4:20pm on Field 2.
The Orlando Women kickoff at 10:40 vs USF on Field 2 and will have their next opponent determined at the end of that match.
Orlando Youth also have teams in this tournament with matches on Saturday at 12:40 pm(B) vs Miami, 2:20 pm vs RBMA and 4:25 pm vs Tampa.
All Sunday games and times determined through pool play on Saturday.
Orlando merchandise will be on sale.
This weekend All Florida Day will be held at the National Training Center in Clermont, FL. Orlando will be sending both the Men’s and Women’s Clubs to represent the Griffins. The aim is to not only gain valuable minutes on the pitch but also to come away victorious. Orlando has been training hard over the past few months to get ready for the tournament and for the start of matrix season. The Men currently hold a friendly record of 2 Wins 0 Losses and 1 Tie.
The game schedule for All Florida Day has not yet been released, but this post will be updated as soon as it is made available. Please come support your Orlando Griffins Men’s and Women’s teams this weekend in Clermont.
The address for the National Training Center is, 1935 Don Wickham Dr , Clermont , FL 34711.