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Orlando Stumbles in Ft. Lauderdale

February 18th, 2013

Orlando traveled well to Ft. Lauderdale this past Saturday.   The Griffins came hard out of the gates.   This wasn’t a dominating performance, but one in which Orlando was able to move the ball, play aggressive, and do enough things right to put the score at 19-0.  Eugene Louw offloaded to Bart Longchamp for a score.   Dan Gordon picked a pass and took it to the house for another.  Jason Browning took a kick from deep in Orlando territory, virtually untouched, for a 70 meter score.

Then the second half rolled around….

Not sure if it was the long drive down, or the vast number of mental mistakes, or if a magical fairy sprinkled pixie dust to lull the visitor’s to sleep.  Whatever the case, Orlando played flat in the second half.  Ft. Lauderdale fought back with try after try to take the lead 21-19 and ultimately walked away with their fourth win of the year, 26-19.   At one of the most critical points in the season, Orlando failed to show up for an entire half of rugby.   Anyone at training this past week could have predicted the outcome.  Poor numbers prevented Orlando from having the opportunity to focus on areas for improvement.  Orlando will travel again to Naples on March 2nd for another big contest, and finish off the cross-overs at home against Boca Raton on March 9th.

The U-19s played as well but Ft. Lauderdale had their number as well. No word on the score yet.

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Youth Griffins Crack Coconuts

January 28th, 2013

Orlando Youth kicked off their season on Saturday with an important home win against neighbors Daytona. The late afternoon kickoff left both sides with great weather for attacking rugby. Orlando recieved the opening kick off and marched right down the field with great forward runs breaking the opposition line and applying early pressure on a dug in Daytona defense.  Second rower Maxime Remesey,  flankers Adam Gunn and Josh Wilson set the tone early and Orlando was able to score in the 7th minute from a set piece with Gunn finishing off an 8 man pick off the scrum; conversion missed, Orlando 5-0.

Using more tactical kicking to get out of their half Mitchell Wilson kicked deep into touch to set up a line out for Daytona. Orlando jumped on a long line out throw and Maxime Remesy was able to take the mis-throw in and give ORFC their second try, conversion missed, Orlando 10-0.

Daytona wasted no time in getting to the kick off and poor readiness by Orlando saw Daytona recover the restart and shortly after score their first try of the match in the right corner, conversion missed, 10-5 Orlando. Now with there heads up Daytona applied good pressure against Orlando but found very few opportunities credit to great ‘A’ gap defense from Hector De Juan, Nick Plale and company. When Daytona chose to go wide there was little space out there as well with Mark King, Harry Allen and Parker McCormick meeting Daytona before the gain line. Nearing the end of the first half both teams continued aggressive play but it was Orlando that was able to score with Adam Gunn scoring his second try of the match 4 minutes before the halftime whistle, conversion missed, 15-5.

Play stalled somewhat in the second half with both teams struggling to maintain consistant possesion. Hector De Juan, Sam Voegle and captain Jack Ponder all made great runs but Orlando lack suffcient support to finish great runs into points. Anthony Morales was able to take a try in during the 45th minute, conversion made, 22-5. It would be Orlando’s last points of the day. Daytona played well after some Orlando mistakes and were able to score two more tries before the final whistle. Orlando walked out passing their first test as a 22-17 winner. “We did things well but we have more to work on.” said captain Jacob Ponder. “We are going to work hard to fix our mistakes and be prepared for the Trojans” added junior hooker Nick Plale.

The Junior Griffins will be in action next on February 16th as they travel to Ft. Lauderdale to play the Taravella Trojans.  We would like to thank all supporters and members that came to support Saturday.

Tries: Gunn (2), Remesey, Morales

Conversions: M. Wilson 1-4

Man of the Match: Josh Wilson

Hit of the Match: Hector De Juan

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Orlando Over Pelicans 45-7

December 9th, 2012

Saturday’s a rugby day, and both Orlando Men’s and Orlando U-19 had matches this weekend.   The U-19 were notified at 10am that Daytona was forced to cancel.  Using this as an opportunity for training, Coach Matt Wise held an intrasquad match, and the boys played some good, solid rugby during the session.   Needless to say, Orlando was victorious.  ORFC Men’s hosted the Pelicans of St. Petersburg at Lorna Doone for a 2pm kickoff.  Many of the Old Boys were able to attend including Steve Udodj, the Alley brothers, Ken Lindsay, Dan Klein, Russell Givens, Rick Higgins, Brendan O Mahony and many more.  Orlando came out strong with brilliant ball movement from the backline, and the forwards could have conducted a clinic on fundamental counter-rucking.   The ref disagreed, however, and Orlando was flagged for a number of rucking penalties.  This weeks yellow card was granted to Bart Longchamp, not because he committed a foul, but because he’s just too pretty out there.  Mr. JD Flynn used his red card suspension in a productive manner, to consume adult beverages on the sidelines, while making a serious effort to study the game.

A strong overall performance in the first half put Orlando up 40-0 at the half.  Tries were put in by Blake Herrington (2), Will Doherty (2), Mike Shope, Eugene Louw, and Dan Gordon.  The Griffins let up in the second half and coasted with one more try for a final of 45-7.   5 of 7 conversion kicks were scored by Eugene Louw on the day.    Unfortunately, during the drink-up, Orlando was unable to win the boat race, but both teams were able to hold their own in the singing.   The Pelicans always put in a good showing at the socials.  Man of the Match was awarded to Will Doherty for his aggressive style and ability to lead the pack, as well as his two tries.   Multiple tries by a forward is not only a rare feat, but counter-intuitive and shameful to the game.  Honorable Mention goes out to Mario Dipola, who came in during the second half to hold down the corner at wing, making all of his tackles, and pulling out some nifty tricks by kicking and catching his own balls.  Not really sure how that happened.  Henry Villagra played well on his birthday, as did Jason Browning, Haus, Dan Gordon and our resident Preacher, Blake.

Orlando faces the Tampa Bay Krewe this next Saturday at Lorna Doone for a 2pm kickoff.   We encourage as many Old Boys, Alumni, and fans as are able to do so to come out and support Orlando Rugby.  In the initial meeting between the two clubs, Orlando was able to fight back from a 17-0 deficit to beat Krewe in overtime.   No doubt, Krewe will bring the house this weekend for the rematch.   This match will be THE showdown of the North Division II this season to help determine seeding against the South Division.  Please make an effort to attend.  The club is very appreciative of the support so far thus season and would like to continue this trend.  Orlando Rugby – On the Rise!

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Two Matches at Home on 12/8

December 7th, 2012

The Orlando Men look to improve to 4-0 this season hosting the Pelicans at Lorna Doone Park. Prior to the men’s match, the U-19s will play Daytona at noon.

Match

Date:  Sat. 12/8

Kickoff: U-19: 12:00 pm   Men: 2 pm

Location: Lorna Doone Park (Next to Citrus Bowl) – 1519 W. Church St. Orlando, FL 32805

Referee: Rocco Kryns

Social – immediately following the match

Location: Dive Bar

63 North Orange Avenue  Orlando, FL 32801

http://www.divebarorlando.com/

*Drink will be provided

Directions from Lorna Doone to Dive Bar

  • East on W. Church Street towards downtown Orlando
  • Left on Orange Blossom Trail
  • Take a right on Washington and head East towards downtown
  • Dive Bar will be at the corner of Washington and Orange Ave.

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Orlando Beats Daytona 42-26

November 17th, 2012

Orlando traveled well to Daytona going 23 deep….well, 24, after Bart decided to stroll out to the pitch.   Daytona struck first, conversion was good, putting them up 7-0.  Not more than two minutes later, Orlando answered back with Eugene Louw and Kenny Britt teaming up for the score.   Shortly thereafter, Blake Herrington turned the corner going 50 meters for the second try ( *Zero style points for the slide – Rookie move).   Orlando seemed to be firing on all cylinders with Eugene putting up an Eagle kick as Mason Whittle grabbed it and dove in for another.   Orlando opened up the game taking a sizable 32-7 lead into the half.  The second half saw Daytona bringing the heat early.    Orlando played sloppy, missed tackles, and struggled all around for first 20 minutes.  We finally got back into our game plan, thanks to the efforts of Jason Browning, breaking a long run for a score.   Multiple tries were scored by Kenny Britt (Hat Trick), Blake Herrington (2), and Mason Whittle (2).   Note to ORFC, we have two new Zulu Warriors in Browning and Whittle that still have an outstanding debt.  Orlando pulled it together for the win, with a final score of 42-26.   Raoul was able to get everyone time and the team was able to pick up where we left off against Krewe.  Man of the Match went to Preacher Blake for a great all-around performance.   Honorable Mention goes to Jason Browning, Mason Whittle, and Eric Ruiz for
solid play.   Beast-Mode award goes to Adam Hyche.   He might be old, but the boy still has some gas in the tank.

Special recognition goes out to the Orlando U-19 boys.  They were only able to travel with eight players, for a 7’s match against Daytona.   Under the leadership of Coach Quigley and Coach Randy, the boys upset a Daytona squad who specializes in 7’s rugby, 20-10.   After borrowing a couple Daytona players for a 10’s friendly, ORFC U-19’s came away with a second win 10-5.

A special Congratulations goes out to Mike and Sarah Seifollahi, as well as Matt Wise and his bride Christy.  Mike and Sarah welcomed a baby girl into the Orlando Rugby family last week.   Mikey’s currently working on losing the baby weight.  Matt and Christy will be giving birth to a baby boy, scheduled for this Monday.

Another great weekend for Orlando Rugby in the books.   The team was able to play, not as Superstars, but as it should….a team.  Well played Boys!

Pics from the weekend available here.

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