Orlando moves past Boca Raton, 13-7, to State Finals on April 25th!

April 14th, 2015
Oh how the tables have turned.  37 men traveled to south Florida, in a show of strength, and dared to succeed.
Both the First and the Second XV came away victorious in south Florida this past Saturday.
At 1130, in Ft.Lauderdale, the Orange Cup team led by John Alfano and Eugene Louw took on the mighty Miami Tridents.  In a back and forth hard hitting affair the Griffins scored two trys in the last three minutes to beat Miami 27-21. Trys on the day went to Eugene Louw with 2, Tony “Omar” Soto, Erik Elsasser and Robert “Dewey” Lamont.
Sami “AJ” Aijazra made his debut in a Griffins uniform and Erik Elsasser took home “Man of the Match” honors for his efforts. The Orange Cup team moves on to the State Championship match against Boca Raton on April 25th.
At 2pm, in Boca Raton, the Griffins booted up against the Buccaneers.  Dylan Hamilton capitalized on an early penalty by Boca to take a 3-0 lead that the Griffins never relinquished.  Chris Corchado stepped in front of a Boca pass in the centers and touched one down, at the 34 minute mark, and it was on. Tireless defense, hard charging offense and relentless tackiling from all 15 men kept the Buccaneers off the scoreboard until late in the second half when an errant pass went for 5+2.
The Griffins were able to capitalize on the Bucanneers mistakes and walked away with a very hard fought 13-7 victory.
Chris Corchado led the defensive effort and earned “Man of the Match” honors.
Next up Ft.Lauderdale on April 25th for the state Championship.
Not enough can be said about the men and women of the Orlando Griffins who stepped up this past weekend.
Thank you to everyone who supported one another on this day.
More work remains.  Both teams will lay it all on the line on April 25th in Palm Beach at the International Polo grounds to take a run at history.
NO EXCUSES let’s do this.

dsmcgann Men

Orlando on the Road for the Playoffs this Weekend!

April 10th, 2015

Both Griffins Men’s sides will be traveling this weekend. The D2 side will take part in the  semi-finals at Boca Raton, while the Orange Cup team will host the Miami Tridents on a neutral pitch in Ft. Lauderdale. Kickoff times have been staggered with the Orange Cup match starting at 11:30am so that the players will have the opportunity to meet up with the D2 side in Boca before the semi-final match up kicks off at 2pm this Saturday, April 11.

In previous match ups the D2 side won a spirited match here in Orlando in the only game between Orlando and Boca this year, 18-7. The Orange Cup side also played a strong Miami Tridents team earlier in the year and should know the opponent well.

We hope all supporters can travel and Go Griffins!

dsmcgann Men

Alumni Weekend, March 27th -March 29th

March 25th, 2015

Dear Esteemed Members of the Orlando Rugby Family,

This weekend we will be hosting our first annual Alumni Weekend in quite some time. The festivities kick off Friday and will continue through Saturday evening. We sincerely hope you will be able to attend. This is a big weekend for all parts of the club and will see the youth, women’s and men’s teams all compete. Please come out and support your Griffins at the matches scheduled to kickoff at 12:00 pm this Saturday, March 28. Below is the official agenda for the weekend.

Friday March 27th – Afternoon
Some old boys have decided on a golf outing. There may be time to squeeze in a few more. Please contact Jim Millar, information on contact was sent to the old boy mailing list.

Friday March 27th – 6:00pm
Location: McFadden’s Irish Restaurant & Saloon (back room)
Address: 8291 International Dr. Orlando, FL 32819
Purpose: Social between Old Boys and current Men/Women/Youth players


*Free Parking Garage
**The current teams will treat the old boys to Appetizers and Drinks

Saturday March 28th -12:00pm
Location: Central Florida Fairgrounds
Address: 50 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801
Match Schedule
12:00pm – Field #2, Orlando Youth v Cape Pirates
2:00pm – Field #2, Oland Women v Fort Miami
2:00pm – Field #3, Orlando Men (A side) v Jacksonville
3:30pm – Field #3, Orlando Men (B side) v University of Central Florida (B side)
*The current teams will treat the old boys to a BBQ
**Social to follow all matches at Whiskey Dicks (downtown)

Saturday March 28th – 5:00pm
Match Social
Location: Whiskey Dicks
Address: 50 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801


***Shenanigans to follow

dsmcgann Men

Orlando 101 – Miami 7, the road to the playoffs

March 23rd, 2015
It was a valiant effort.
A depleted but capable Miami Bumblebee squad made the trip north to take on the Griffins this past Saturday at the Orlando Fairgrounds complex.
After a week off the Griffins came out firing scoring the first try of the day only 5 minutes into the match. Miami had no answer on this day and the boys from Orlando took care of business in workmanlike fashion.
Trys on the day went to Kyle McCormick with 3, Taylor Alley with 2, Dave Gush, Dylan Hamilton, Mike Shope, Jason Hamilton, Grant Seymour, Danford Sammons, Gunner Johnson with 2, Karl  McKay and Micah Kropp. Dylan converted 7 of 8 attempts, Sam Nelson went 4 from 5 and Gunner Johnson was 1 from 2 to round out the scoring.
Hats off to the Miami Bumblebees who not only faced an 80 minute onslaught from the First 15 but then manned up to give the Orange Cup team a game as they prepare for the First round of the playoffs against the Miami Tridents on April 11th.
Man of the Match honors went to Kyle McCormick with a strong effort from the lock spot and Paul Diaz who has really stepped up as of late.
Congratulations to both players on a fine effort.
Up next the Griffins play host to Jacksonville this Saturday, starting at 1pm, as part of the Alumni weekend celebration at the Florida Fairgrounds Complex. The Griffins will be looking to bounce back from an earlier 3 point loss to JAX and put the finishing touch on a solid regular season.
On Saturday March 28th the place to be will be the Orlando Fairgrounds complex as The Griffins Women’s XV host Ft.Miami, The Youth take on the Cape, The Men’s First XV take on Jacksonville and the Orange Cup squad matches up against UCF.
Orlando Fairgrounds
4603 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808

Plenty of rugby for your viewing pleasure.
Stay tuned for game times.
See everyone Saturday
Cheers from the sidelines

dsmcgann Men

Orlando vs Miami on the Return Leg, Saturday March 21 at 2pm

March 20th, 2015

Two weeks ago Orlando traveled down to Miami to face the Bumblebees and came back with a 59-14 win. This weekend at 2pm Orlando will host the return leg as Miami and Orlando face off in the second to last match in the matrix season. The match will be located at the Orlando Fairgrounds, 4603 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808, with A side kicking off at 2pm and the B side match to follow.

This contest holds a lot of significance for both A side and B side as they both battle for positioning in the playoffs. Orlando currently sits in 3rd place just behind Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton who play each other this weekend. You will see a strong lineup for the Griffins as they have been building some stiff competition for the starting XV over the season and hope to roll into the playoffs firing on all cylinders.

Come Out and Support Your Griffins!

dsmcgann Men