Day one of All Florida Day, ORFC Men go 1-1 and gain Semi-Final Berth

October 27th, 2014

The 2 day annual tournament brings Rugby Clubs from all over the state. This year was no different as there were representatives from all parts of Florida. The first day for Orlando Men included matches in pool play against D3 Champions Gainesville and D2 Runner Up Ft. Lauderdale.

Orlando beats  2014  D3 Champions Gainesville 22-11

Orlando took the first match against Gainesville with Micah Kropp showing how dangerous he is on the wing, leading the team to a 22-11 win over the D3 Champion Hogs. The game started slow for Orlando in the Back Line as bad passing and penalties at the breakdown led to a lackluster first 25 minutes, but The Griffins came out strong in the second half holding possession for most of the match. The Griffins defense was aggressive in this opening game and Gainesville had little opportunity to score until the waning moments of the game. In the dying moments Gainesville put across a try to make the match appear closer in score than it was on the pitch as Orlando was in control for the entirety.

Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale battle to a close call 17-20

This match-up was a test that would measure Orlando against high level D2 competition as Ft. Lauderdale ended up in second place last year in Florida D2. The first 25 minutes saw hard hits by both clubs and the intensity of this match was definitely dialed up in anticipation of a semi-final berth as Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale had just won their first matches of the tournament.

Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale  exchanged tries in the first half but as penalties slowed the flow of tha game Orlando grabbed the lead before half going in up 10-7 over Ft. Lauderdale. The second half started with Ft. Lauderdale closing the gap with a penalty conversion making the game 10-10. Orlando then gained possesion and through hard work from the pack drove down the pitch to put in a try.  Dylan Hamilton showed great skill and composure from the 10 spot and hit an amazing sideline conversion to put Orlando up 17-10.  This score held true until the final 10 minutes of the match whenever Ft. Lauderdale without any open field play used 3 consecutive penalties to move down the pitch and tie the game up at 17-17. Then with no time left on the game clock Ft. Lauderdale again used penalties to kick a conversion to put away the far more aggresive Griffins 17-20. This was the best match of the tournament and be assured that this matrix match-up will be a tasty one.

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Come Support your Griffins! All Florida Day Schedule and Pool Play Brackets.

October 24th, 2014

Come out and Support your Orlando Griffins as they battle for the Florida CUP!

The Orlando Men kickoff at 10:40 am vs Gainesville on Field 1 and finish Saturday vs Ft. Lauderdale at 4:20pm on Field 2.

The Orlando Women kickoff at 10:40 vs USF on Field 2 and will have their next opponent determined at the end of that match.

Orlando Youth also have teams in this tournament with matches on Saturday at 12:40 pm(B) vs Miami, 2:20 pm vs RBMA and 4:25 pm vs Tampa.

All Sunday games and times determined through pool play on Saturday.

Orlando merchandise will be on sale.

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All Florida Day, Come Support Orlando Rugby! October 25-26 in Clermont, FL

October 22nd, 2014

This weekend All Florida Day will be held at the National Training Center in Clermont, FL. Orlando will be sending both the Men’s and Women’s Clubs to represent the Griffins. The aim is to not only gain valuable minutes on the pitch but also to come away victorious. Orlando has been training hard over the past few months to get ready for the tournament and for the start of matrix season. The Men currently hold a friendly record of 2 Wins 0 Losses and 1 Tie.

The game schedule for All Florida Day has not yet been released, but this post will be updated as soon as it is made available. Please come support your Orlando Griffins Men’s and Women’s teams this weekend in Clermont.

The address for the National Training Center is, 1935 Don Wickham Dr , Clermont , FL 34711.

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Game by Game Analysis, October 18 @ UNF

October 22nd, 2014

Third match report. Overall Season record 2 Wins, 0 Losses, 1 Tie.

October 4th-St. Pete @ Orlando, Score Orlando Wins 43-31

Orlando Starting XV- Cartaya, Lamont, Cardamone, McGann, Keyzer, Villagra, Wyant, Keady, Jacovetti, Nelson, Hesler, Seymor, Johnson, Tator, Browning.

Saturday in Jacksonville was a wild one.

ORFC managed to pound out a 43-31 win over a talented and tough UNF squad. UNF came out hitting right from the opening kick off and were leading at half time. Trys by Daniel McGann, Eric Jacovetti and Greg Hesler along with timely kicking from Sam Nelson kept it close at halftime. The boys settled down in the second half controlling much of the territorial advantage while keeping the pressure on.

Trys by Tony Cardomone, Chase Alley (ZULU Warrior) and two by Grant Seymour sealed the win going away.
Jeremiah Murphy made a successful transition from the youth program entering the game in the second half and quickly made his presence felt.

Pat Keady made his first start, in an Orlando uniform, at the number 8 spot.
Congratulations to you both.

I know we will be seeing a lot more of these two.

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Game by Game Analysis, October 4 vs St. Pete

October 7th, 2014

Second match report. Overall Season record 1 Win, 0 Losses,  1 Tie.

October 4th-St. Pete @ Orlando, Score Orlando Wins 57-14

Orlando Starting XV- Cartaya, Alley, Soto, McGann, Ruiz, Villagra, Shope, Dougherty , Hamilton, Nelson, McCormick, Seymor, Johnson, Browning, Hesler.

Saturday was a great day for rugby.
The Pelicans were in town and they were greeted by a spirited Griffin squad. Weeks of training in the rain, running all over town and beating on one another culminated in a rather onesided Griffins win on Saturday.
Everybody who booted up had a hand in the victory.
Led by some excellent open field play the boys took an early lead and never looked back.  The Pelicans were unable to maintain any sustained pressure due to very good tackling and constant pressure on defense.
Man of the match went to Sam Nelson. From the 10 spot Sam was able to initiate a steady attack and demonstrated his very strong leg all day. Both Sam and Dylan used their feet very effectively, changing the field repeatedly and keeping the pressure on the Pelicans.
Congratulations to Chase Alley on his first start for the Orlando Griffins.
There were too many tries to put down here for Orlando but overall the team came to play as a team and it showed in the boxscore.
Well done lads.

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