Orlando will travel to Jacksonville this Weekend!

February 12th, 2015

Valentine’s Day this year of 2015 will see your Orlando Griffins travel to play Jacksonville with a 2pm kickoff. Updated details on travel plans will be posted Friday.  Come follow your Griffins to see them play for 2nd place in the top Division of Rugby in Florida. Look for further details.

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Orlando Men Volunteer with Orange County Clash Quad Rugby Team!

February 10th, 2015

The Orange County Clash, Orlando’s very own Quad Rugby Club, held a fundraiser this past weekend that saw your Griffins put in a competitive side in the tournament. Quad Rugby, otherwise known as “Murderball” is a sport for athletes with a disability and proved to be very compelling.

Orlando Players- Daniel McGann, Patrick Keady, Andrew Tatro, Rinaldo Cartaya, Chris Corchado and Jeremiah Murphy.

The open style of the tournament saw your Griffins go 2-0 over other local volunteers including match ups with Florida Hospital and Seminole PTA’s. Orlando showed that any type of Rugby has the same basic principles in communication and teamwork as the Final between the Griffins and The Orange County Clash went into the half all tied at 8-8. The Clash and their experience proved too much for your Griffins as they came up short in the end, losing 15-11 to the Clash.

The overall fundraiser was a great success and ORFC has now built a lasting relationship with the Clash. There are talks of another Quad Rugby Tournament March 21st and the Griffins will be looking to attend. Thank you for all the volunteer help and a special thanks to our physio Casie Richards for helping the Griffins find this opportunity.

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Men’s Practice on Thursday Feb.5 and Feb.12 to be at Hungerford Prep.

February 5th, 2015

The men will be practicing the next 2 Thursdays at Hungerford Prep, location below:

Robert Hungerford Prep Field

Location: 100 E Kennedy Blvd Eatonville, FL 32751

Tuesday practice will still be held at Gilbert McQueen.

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Orlando drown Naples in Trys

February 5th, 2015
Well, well, well. The Griffins are 4-1 at the midway point in the spring matrix after a 61-21 victory over the Hammerheads.
The trip to Naples went better than expected.  Dewey Lamont would not be denied as he rumbled in from 20 meters out to start the scoring.  Followed closely by tries by Grant, Sam, Will and Gunner, the Griffins held a 35-0 lead at the break. Dylan Hamilton converted all 5 tries to round out the first half scoring.
In the second half Naples kept coming adding 3 converted of there own but with a strong effort from the skipper Will Doherty and Chris Corchado with 2 tries each the Griffins ran away with the victory.
For their efforts Dewey was named “Forward of the match” and Chris was “Back of the match”. Congratulations to both on the well earned honors.
Dylan Hamilton was 8 from 8 conversions on Saturday making a strong bid to be the highest scorer in the league. At the start of the match Dylan was ranked second in the state among all scorers.
Danford “Sammo” Sammons, Adam Roderick and Jeremiah “Pitbull” Murphy all debuted with the First XV this past weekend.
Congratulations and thanks to everyone for making the trip.
The Orange Cup team dropped their first match of the season 35-21 on Saturday.  They took on a spirited Naples squad that looked eerily like their First XV.  The newest Griffin John Alfano (Marine from Quanico) scored his first try with the Griffins rambling some 40 meters and sticking it in the corner. Eric Jacovetti and Gunner Johnson each added 1 to round out the try count. Eric converted on 2 and Gunner on his own try to account for the scoring.
Henry Villagra DeCastillo was “man of the match”. Henry was a late substitution on the First XV and played all 80 munites in the second match as hard as the first. Congratulations to all.
The Orange Cup team drops to 2-1 on the season.
It might be time to have a word with the comissioner.
Well done lads.  All in all a great weekend.
Up next Jacksonville RFC in Jacksonville February 14th.

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Orlando Take down I-4 Rivals Tampa for and take the 2015 I-4 Challenge

January 22nd, 2015
Saturday’s a RUGBY Day,
and last Saturday was no exception.
After spotting the Krewe and early 17 point lead the Griffins showed their metal by mounting an epic come from behind win that sealed the fate of the Tampa Krewe for 2015.
The Krewe opened the scoring with a penalty and then after adding two converted tries the Griffins kicked it into gear. Dylan Hamilton started things off with a long range penalty kick followed by Dave (brother of Dan) Gushs’ try that Dylan converted to get things a little closer.
The “Skipper” Will Doherty took matters into his own hands with a classic 30 meter run off the back of the lineout, all while nursing a bad wheel.
The half saw the Griffins down 20-17.
After regrouping at haltime the boys took it to another level. Second half tries by Jason Kinsley, impact substitute Jason Browning and Grant Seymour put the Griffins further ahead as the result never seemed in doubt.  The 19 point, unanswered, run was capped off by Dylan Hamiltan and David Gush’s conversions earning David “Man of the Match” honors on the day. A stingy defense and good open field play was the order of the day. Set pieces settled down a little after last week and the lads found a way to get it done.
Congratulations to all and thanks to all of you that attended and supported the lads.
The Griffins moved to 3-1 in pool play with Saturdays’ win, Naples next up in Naples, FL January 31st.
Orange cup update
The Krewe and the Brevard Red Eye combined to give the Orange XV a match late on Saturday.
Gunner Johnson led the way for the lads converting 5 of 6 attempts from the tee and scoring a try of his own. Paul Diaz continued his try onslot adding 1 (5 in the last 2 matches), Eric Jacovetti added 2, Richard Mizell with a try and Tony Omar rounded out the scoring with a hard earned try, continuing his fine play for a second straight week earning “Man of the Match” honors for his efforts.
Jeff Nagle continued his strong play from the lock spot Saturday, controlling everthing form the front of the line out. Special thanks to Anthony Muniz for his contributions and his service for the country. Well done Anthony.
In the end the boys in Orange came away with a 40-0 win.
The Orange XV moved to 3-0 (2-0 in pool play) with the win.  Next test in Naples on the 31st.  All hands on deck.
Congratulations lads.

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