Monthly Archives: March 2015

FLORIDA RUGBY UNION WOMEN’S HPP TEAM GOES 1-2 IN GEORGIA

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The Florida Rugby Union Women’s team competed in the 15-a-side division of last weekend’s Atlanta 7s Rugby Festival, winning one game and losing two.

In their opening contest against the Cincinnati Kelts, the Florida ladies played a great defensive game but just couldn’t find the scoreboard in a 10-0 loss. Vicky Becerra (Fort Miami) made several thumping tackles, while Zoe Sanchez (Orlando) showed off her speed on a number of occasions.

Against the Harleblues in their second game, the FRU women really shined, coming away with a 29-17 victory. A first-minute penalty try was complemented by a pair of tries each from wings Mary Blizzard (Jacksonville) and Alison Beattie (University of Miami). Blizzard’s tries were particularly impressive, as she sprinted 50 meters for one score and 80-plus meters for the other.

In their final match, Charlotte were just too much for the Florida team, as they went down to a heavy defeat. Shannon Steele (Orlando) scored the only Florida try.

“I was so very proud of what this team was able to accomplish in such a short period of time,” said head coach Jason Schiessl. “We had two tryouts and one two hour session to put together a competitive team. That speaks volumes of the quality of players and the type of personalities on this team.”

Here is the complete roster, along with coaches and staff:

  1.  Alison Beattie – University of Miami
  2. Vicky Becerra – Fort Miami
  3. Danielle Becker- Eckerd College
  4. Mary Blizzard – Jacksonville
  5. Amanda Butler – Fort Miami
  6. Andrea Cammarano – Florida State University
  7. Cory Champer – Eckerd College
  8. Amanda Colton – Orlando
  9. Amber Cook – Indian River
  10. Michelle Durr – Eckerd College
  11. Ally Gallagher – Eckerd College
  12. Kristen Hanratty – Jacksonville
  13. Lindsay Jordan – Jacksonville
  14. Pam McCullough – Eckerd College
  15. Stacey Nemeth – Jacksonville
  16. Sam Norman – University of South Florida
  17. Foulso Ogundepo – Jacksonville
  18. Alex Pierce – Orlando
  19. Rayehanna Salkey – Florida International University
  20. Zoe Sanchez – Orlando
  21. Kristi Schnepp – Fort Miami
  22. Shannon Steele – Orlando
  23. Liz Yanuskeiwicz – Eckerd College

Head Coach: Jason Schiessl

Assistant Coach, Backs: Eyal Hakim

Assistant Coach, Forwards: Mike Lane

Conditioning: Alexander Chriest

Manager: Ross Devonport

For Further Information Please Contact

Ross Devonport, Team Manager

561-703-5176

RossDevonport@gmail.com

MACCABI USA ACCEPTING RUGBY APPLICATIONS FOR 2015 PAN AMERICAN MACCABI GAMES

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Philadelphia, PA, March 11 –  The Games will be held from December 26, 2015 – January 5, 2016 in Santiago, Chile.

“We’re excited about gathering a young squad that will not only compete, but hopefully take home the gold medal. While part of the intention of the tour is to prepare for the World Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2017, our primary focus is certainly on Chile,” said Davis, winner of the silver medal at the Maccabiah Games in 2001 and 2005 and two National Championships with the Santa Monica Dolphins.

The Rugby competition at the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games will feature both 7s and XVs. Argentina, Australia, Chile, South Africa and USA have confirmed their participation in the one day 7s tournament. Countries that have confirmed their participation in XVs include Argentina, Chile, South Africa and USA.

“There will be three XVs games and a full day of 7s packed into the short tour, allowing us to take players who specialize in either code, or those that play both,” explained Davis, who was the vice-captain at the 2013 Maccabiah Games.

Stanford, Team USA’s Assistant Rugby Coach, was also involved in the 2013 Maccabiah Games, captaining the squad to a bronze medal in XVs and gold medal in 7s. The former USA Eagles player will be taking the field in Chile for the 7s event.

“It’s an amazing honor to represent your country, and to play one of the greatest games on earth, especially alongside people that share a similar heritage. We’re hoping to attract plenty of new up and coming players to Chile to add to our already impressive Maccabi USA Rugby alumni network, which includes Super Bowl XLIX Champion Nate Ebner and USA Rugby Olympic athlete Zach Test,” smiled Stanford.

Erik Dollman, Maccabi USA’s Rugby Chairman, is extremely excited about the upcoming tour: “Although we’ve received a ton of applicants, we know there are still plenty of young, talented and Jewish Rugby players out there.

To apply for the 13th Pan American Maccabi Games, interested Rugby candidates should visit http://www.maccabiusa.com/sports_main/rugby/ to fill out an application. All athletes are responsible for raising $5,900; Maccabi USA has prepared a robust fundraising plan to aid players in securing their funds for the trip. For more information, please contact Rugby Chairman Erik Dollman at erik.dollman@tbs.toshiba.com, Aaron Davis at aaronloringdavis@gmail.com, and Dallen Stanford at dallen.stanford@playrugbyusa.com.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs. The organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America. As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. It strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport. Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit organization becomes one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.

Latest Results and Standings — March 11th, 2015

Womens Division II

TEAM GP W L T PF PA PD BT BL FF PTS
 Fort Miami Rugby 4 4 0 0 118 79 39 4 0 0 20
 Orlando Rugby 3 1 2 0 98 97 1 2 2 0 8
 Jacksonville Sinners 5 1 4 0 85 125 -40 3 1 1 7
Mar 7th Jacksonville Sinners 22 – 34 Orlando Rugby League

Mens Division II – 1st XV

TEAM GP W L T PF PA PD BT BL FF PTS
 Boca Raton Buccaneers 8 7 1 0 256 125 131 7 0 0 35
 Fort Lauderdale Rugby 8 6 2 0 306 162 144 7 1 0 32
 Orlando Rugby 8 6 2 0 263 168 95 4 1 0 29
 Jacksonville Rugby 8 5 3 0 250 199 51 4 0 0 24
 Miami Tridents 8 4 4 0 212 217 -5 3 0 0 19
 Miami Rugby 7 1 6 0 131 221 -90 2 2 0 8
 Tampa Bay Krewe 8 1 7 0 146 273 -127 1 1 0 6
 Naples Hammerheads 7 1 6 0 100 299 -199 1 0 0 5

Round 8

Mar 7th Boca Raton Buccaneers 45 – 15 Jacksonville Rugby League
Mar 7th Miami Rugby 14 – 59 Orlando Rugby League
Mar 7th Tampa Bay Krewe 29 – 20 Miami Tridents League
Mar 7th Naples Hammerheads 14 – 43 Fort Lauderdale Rugby League

Mens Division II – 2nd XV – Orange Cup

Team  GP W L T PF PA PD WIN %
  Boca Raton 5 5 0 0 124 26 +30 80%
  Orlando Rugby 4 3 1 0 81 41 +40 75%
 Miami Tridents 4 2 2 0 105 83 +22 50%
 Naples Hammerheads 5 1 4 0 60 80 -20 20%
 Miami Rugby 4 0 4 0 26 126 -100 0%

Round 8

Mar 7th Miami Rugby 0 – 20 Orlando Rugby League

Game not played due a facility double booking issue. Win awarded to Orlando 20 -0.

Mens Division III 

TEAM GP W L T PF PA PD BT BL FF PTS
 Daytona Beach Coconuts 7 5 1 1 263 122 141 6 1 0 29
 Palm Beach Panthers 6 5 1 0 258 38 220 5 1 0 26
 Brevard Old Red Eye 7 5 2 0 194 148 46 5 0 0 25
 Gainesville Hogs 6 5 1 0 168 80 88 4 0 0 24
 Sarasota Rugby 6 3 2 1 136 80 56 4 2 0 20
 Bay Area Pelicans 6 2 4 0 134 119 15 3 0 1 10
 Tallahassee Conquistadors 6 2 4 0 101 144 -43 2 1 1 10
 Tampa Bay Krewe D3 6 0 6 0 37 268 -231 0 0 0 0
 Indian River Raptors 6 0 6 0 50 342 -292 0 0 0 0

Round 7

Mar 7th Indian River Raptors 19 – 31 Tallahassee Conquistadors League
Mar 7th Brevard Old Red Eye 45 – 7 Tampa Bay Krewe D3 League
Mar 7th Sarasota Rugby 9 – 8 Palm Beach Panthers League
Mar 7th Daytona Beach Coconuts 34 – 19 Bay Area Pelicans League

***Last updated on  Wednesday March 11th, 2015

Latest FRU – Results and Standings — March 5th 2015

Womens Division II 

TEAM GP W L T PF PA PD BT BL FF PTS
 Fort Miami Rugby 3 3 0 0 118 79 39 2 0 0 15
 Jacksonville Sinners 3 1 2 0 63 91 -28 2 1 0 7
 Orlando Rugby 2 0 2 0 64 75 -11 1 2 0 3

Womens Division II

Round 4 – Results

Jan 31st Orlando Rugby 43 – 48 Fort Miami Rugby League

Mens Division II – 1st XV

 Boca Raton Buccaneers 7 6 1 0 211 110 101 6 0 0 30
 Fort Lauderdale Rugby 7 5 2 0 263 148 115 6 1 0 27
 Jacksonville Rugby 7 5 2 0 235 154 81 4 0 0 24
 Orlando Rugby 7 5 2 0 204 154 50 3 1 0 24
 Miami Tridents 7 4 3 0 192 188 4 3 0 0 19
 Miami Rugby 6 1 5 0 117 162 -45 2 2 0 8
 Naples Hammerheads 6 1 5 0 86 256 -170 1 0 0 5
 Tampa Bay Krewe 7 0 7 0 117 253 -136 0 1 0 1

Round 7 – Results

Feb 28th Miami Tridents 30 – 15 Jacksonville Rugby League
Feb 28th Orlando Rugby 18 – 7 Boca Raton Buccaneers League
Feb 28th** Miami Rugby Naples Hammerheads League
Feb 28th Fort Lauderdale Rugby 45 – 17 Tampa Bay Krewe League

**Match Venue Closed due to rain on Match Day. Game to be moved to mutually agreed date or it will be registered as a win to Naples.

Mens Division II – 2nd XV – Orange Cup

Team  GP W L T PF PA PD WIN %
  Boca Raton 5 4 1 0 90 60 +30 80%
  Orlando Rugby 3 2 1 0 61 41 +20 66%
 Miami Tridents 4 2 2 0 105 83 +22 50%
 Miami Rugby 2 1 1 0 60 92 -32 50%
 Naples Hammerheads 5 1 4 0 60 80 -20 20%


**** Ft Lauderdale RFC withdraw from the Orange Cup after three rounds of play. The FRU Board has ruled that all Orange Cup games played by Ft Lauderdale are now considered friendly-games and will not count towards the final standings of the League****

Round 7

Feb 28th* Orlando Rugby 0 – 20 Boca Raton Buccaneers League
Feb 28th** Miami Rugby Naples Hammerheads League

*Match Venue closed after Division 2 match was played. Boca wins match 20 to 0.

**Match Venue Closed due to rain on Match Day. Game to be moved to mutually agreed date or it will be registered as a win Naples.

Mens Division III 

TEAM GP W L T PF PA PD BT BL FF PTS
 Palm Beach Panthers 5 5 0 0 250 29 221 5 0 0 25
 Gainesville Hogs 6 5 1 0 168 80 88 4 0 0 24
 Daytona Beach Coconuts 6 4 1 1 229 103 126 5 1 0 24
 Brevard Old Red Eye 6 4 2 0 149 141 8 4 0 0 20
 Bay Area Pelicans 4 2 2 0 115 85 30 3 0 0 11
 Sarasota Rugby 4 1 2 1 127 72 55 3 2 0 11
 Tallahassee Conquistadors 5 1 4 0 70 125 -55 1 1 1 5
 Tampa Bay Krewe D3 5 0 5 0 30 223 -193 0 0 0 0
 Indian River Raptors 5 0 5 0 31 311 -280 0 0 0 0

*Tallahassee and Brevard were due to be play their match on February 7th. However, Tallahassee were unable to play. This game has been ruled as a forfeit by Tallahassee.

Round 6 – Results

Round 6

Feb 28th Tallahassee Conquistadors 5 – 47 Palm Beach Panthers League
Feb 28th Indian River Raptors 14 – 41 Brevard Old Red Eye League
Feb 28th Daytona Beach Coconuts 20 – 24 Gainesville Hogs League
Feb 28th Bay Area Pelicans** Sarasota Rugby** League

**Match Venue Closed due to rain on Match Day.

***Last updated on Thursday March 5th, 2015

All results are based on officially reported rosters and scores. If you have questions on these standings please contact FRU General Manager Evan Haigh (evan.haigh15@gmail.com)

Please note all other 3rd party website standings and results are not official. The FRU does not officially endorse or direct 3rd parties to report results independently from the FRU’s reporting process.

FLORIDA RUGBY UNION ANNOUNCES WOMEN’S HPP ROSTER

A 23-strong roster for the Florida Rugby Union Women’s High Performance Program (HPP) Team’s trip to Georgia on March 14, 2015 has been announced.

The squad, which will participate in the 15-a-side division of the tournament running alongside the World Rugby Women’s 7s in Atlanta, features players from nine teams all over the state.

Eckerd College contributed a team high of six players to the roster, while Jacksonville contributed five players, Orlando four and Fort Miami three. Here is the complete roster, along with coaches and staff:

Alison Beattie – University of Miami

Vicky Becerra – Fort Miami

Danielle Becker- Eckerd College

Mary Blizzard – Jacksonville

Amanda Butler – Fort Miami

Andrea Cammarano – Florida State University

Cory Champer – Eckerd College

Amanda Colton – Orlando

Amber Cook – Indian River

Michelle Durr – Eckerd College

Ally Gallagher – Eckerd College

Kristen Hanratty – Jacksonville

Lindsay Jordan – Jacksonville

Pam McCullough – Eckerd College

Stacey Nemeth – Jacksonville

Sam Norman – University of South Florida

Foulso Ogundepo – Jacksonville

Alex Pierce – Orlando

Rayehanna Salkey – Florida International University

Zoe Sanchez – Orlando

Kristi Schnepp – Fort Miami

Shannon Steele – Orlando

Liz Yanuskeiwicz – Eckerd College

Head Coach: Jason Schiessl

Assistant Coach, Backs: Eyal Hakim

Assistant Coach, Forwards: Mike Lane

Conditioning: Alexander Chriest

Manager: Ross Devonport