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!
The Griffins roll into Miami.
27 road tested ruggers took their traveling show to Miami on Saturday to face the Miami Bumblebees.
Miami opened the scoring and after about 15 minutes of getting to know one another the Griffins lit up the scoreboard. 31 unanswered points in the first half and another 4 trys in the second half left the Bumblebees wondering what hit them.
The final was 59-14 in favor of the red hot Orlando Griffins RFC.
Trys on the day went to Dave Gush with 2, Daniel McGann, Bart Longchamp, Kyle McCormick and Sam Nelson. Dylan Hamilton put the finishing touches on all 8 trys and while adding 2 trys of his own amassing a season high 29 points on the day. The Griffins wide open style of play spread the Bumblebee defense opening up the running lanes allowing for some brilliant trys. Excellent handling, patience and timely tackling was the order of the day. With the win Orlando improved to 6-2 on the season with the two remaining matrix matches coming up at home on March 21st and 28th.
Man of the Match honors went to Daniel McGann, congratulations!
“Dick of the Day” went to whoever scheduled a 4 o’clock soccer match on the same pitch that resulted in our Orange Cup team having a second straight match cancelled. Thank you Dick.
Miami visits Orlando on the 21st and Jacksonville is here on the 28th for a much anticipated rematch. Come support your Orlando Griffins.
See you there.
It was a perfect day for Rugby on Saturday at Showalter East.
League leading Boca Raton Buccaneers sailed into town with their sights set on an undefeated season.
NOT on this day.
On what could be best described as a sloppy track the Griffins took it to the Buccaneers from the opening whistle. Aggressive tackling and patience was the order of the day. To the man the Griffins pressed the Buccaneers and did not allow them out of their own end all day.
Patience and hard work on offense resulted in a well earned try by Dan McGann to open the scoring.
An outstanding try by Taylor Alley (third in the last two matches) in support of the hard charging Vilia Mumanua put the Griffins up for good late in the first half. Dylan Hamilton converted 1 of his 2 conversion attempts and chipped in 2 penalties to round out the scoring.
The Buccaneers scored late in the second half making the final score 18-7 in favor of the Griffins, improving their record to 5-2 with 3 matches remaining.
Vilia Mumanua made his 2015 debut with the Griffins for the injured Grant Seymour and made his presence felt in the center immediately. Solid tackling and aggressive running with the ball kept the Buccaneers under pressure all day. Timely kicking from Dylan, Dave and Sam put the visitors on their heels giving the Griffins overwhelming territorial advantage all day.
Man of the Match honors went to everyone who stood on the sidelines in support of the First team as they put themselves back in the running for a playoff birth.
Thanks to everyone for their support and apologies to everyone on the Second XV who did not play after play was suspended due to unplayable field conditions. I feel bad for the Bumblebees…..
Up next the Miami Bumblebees in Maimi next Saturday March 7th.
Training on Tuesday at Gilbert McQueen and Thursday at Hungerford school, both at 7pm.
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.
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.