Orlando youth kicks off vs United today at 4pm. Here is the link to the match. Go Orlando, this is the second year in a row that Orlando has represented the State of Florida at the National Level.
April 2015 now known as Orlando Rugby Club State Champions Month, signed by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
Taking 2 out of 3 Championships is not bad. Orlando traveled to the Florida Rugby State Championship tournament on April 25 having three teams competing. The Men’s Orange Cup side started out the day playing a determined boca Raton side who was knocked out of the State Playoffs two weeks earlier by the Orlando D2 Men’s side. Boca made sure to start their most experienced D2 players within the rules of the Orange Cup to gain an advantage over the Orlando side. This in the end proved to be the difference even though Orlando gave a valiant effort they left the tournament as Runners Up in the Inaugural Orange Cup.
The Youth were the next to play for a State Championship, kicking off against Weston. This tight affair saw leads by both teams and Weston proved to be a very tough opponent, but the teamwork displayed by the Young Griffins coupled with great individual efforts saw the Orlando Youth Club crowned victorious with a score of 21-18. Congrats to the Florida High School Boys Champions, Orlando!
Lastly the D2 Championship match would be played in front of all onlookers from the Tournament as Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale took the field. The match started with big hits and fast play by both teams but saw Orlando get the first opportunities to score off of 2 penalty kicks that were just missed wide. The pressure was kept up by Orlando in the first half and saw them put up 4 tries with 3 being converted to go into halftime up 26-0. Ft. Lauderdale was not able to break the tough defensive line of Orlando and only held advantages in play during the scrum. The second half started with the same pressure from Orlando and saw Ft. Lauderdale kicking to relieve pressure. This led to Orlando giving a 5 meter scrum on defense and after 5 consecutive scrums near the try-line Ft. Lauderdale finally put their first points on the board. Respect should go to both forward packs as the consecutive 15 minutes of scrumming in the heat of South Florida was definitely a sight to behold. Orlando then after the kick took the ball back to only miss another opportunity at penalty points. With some heat related substitutions Orlando became disjointed for 5 minutes allowing a good team try by Ft. Lauderdale. With the score now 26-12 with under 10 minutes remaining in the game Orlando landed a good opportunity to ice the victory with another penalty opportunity, this time the Wind did not cause havoc with the kick and Orlando went up 29-12. The game would close out with a controversial Non Try that should have saw Orlando win the match 34-12, but the non-try just ended the game as it was said to be knocked on when putting the ball down. Orlando Men, congrats on your effort and congrats on being The Florida D2 Mens Rugby State Champions!
Next up will be South Championship Tournaments for both the men and youth, please go to the GOFUNDME link to help the teams on their journeys to capture a National Title. Below you will find links for both the Men and Youth GOFUNDME pages. Thank you, anything that you can donate is appreciated. Go Griffins!
http://www.gofundme.com/qgggqak – Youth
Orlando to play Ft. Lauderdale in the State Finals while Orlando Orange Cup and Youth teams also play for State Championships!
On April 25th at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, 3667 120th Ave S, Wellington, Florida 33414, the Orlando Men DII and Orange Cup sides will find themselves in the State Finals facing off against Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton respectively.
The Orlando High School program will also be in the State Finals on the same day facing Weston HS. More Information at www.floridayouthrugby.com/statechampionships.
Please come out and support your Orlando Griffins Youth and Men programs as 3 of your Griffins teams fight for State Championships. Again the date is April 25th and the location is the International Polo Club Palm Beach, 3667 120th Ave S, Wellington, Florida 33414.
There will be a BBQ fundraiser after the final match of the Day which happens to be the DII final where Orlando Men face off against Ft. Lauderdale. Please bring $5 for parking donations and buy your tickets to the BBQ fundraiser here, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/florida-rugby-championship-dinner-and-auction-tickets-16388179486?ref=ebtn.
Match Times(Subject to change)
5:30pm: Men’s Division 2–State Championship (Orlando vs Ft. Lauderdale)
4:00pm: High School Boys Varsity–State Championship (Orlando vs Weston)
2:00pm: Men’s Division 3–State Championship
12:30pm: High School Boys–Varsity Plate Championship
1:30pm: Orange Cup Championship (Orlando vs Boca Raton)
12:00pm: High School Boys Varsity–Bowl Championship
11:00am: High School Boys Varsity–Shield Championship
Under 12 Field #1
2:00pm: State Championship Match
12:00pm: SemiFinal (1) 1st v 4th
11:00am: 7th v 5th
Under 12 Field #2
2:30pm: 3rd v 4th
1:30pm: 5th v 6th
12:30pm: 7th v 8th
12pm: Semi Final (2) 2nd v 3rd
11:00am: 8th v 6th
Under 14 Field #1
4:00pm: State Championship Match
3:00pm: Loser Semi Final (1) v 6th
1:00pm: Semi Final (1) 1st v 4th
Under 14 Field #2
3:00pm: Loser Semi Final (2) v 5th
1:00pm: Semi Final (2) 2nd v 3rd