JAX falls to Hammerheads in opening matrix match

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Jacksonville takes its first loss of the season to last seasons state runner-up Naples Hammerheads 38-12. Naples would strike first, putting together a play set that had them putting a try on the far right side. Jacksonville would respond with a try of their own. But it seemed that penalties were the crutch for Jacksonville as Naples converted nearly half of their point through penalty kicks. Toward the end of the game, Naples would run away with the win with a final score 38-12. Next matrix match will be January 21st against new D2 team Okapi. Jacksonville will be playing in the FRU Winterfest in Orlando, FL the weekend of January 14th in preparation for our next match.

Sponsor Spotlight: Culhane’s Irish Pub

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Jacksonville Rugby would like to welcome Culhane’s Irish Pub as our newest sponsor. With the help of our coach Ricky Brown and a few local Jacksonville Rugby supporters, Glenn Spigelmyer & Kevin Monahan, we have secured a new relationship with the best Irish Pub in north Florida. “Kevin and Glenn have committed serious time and energy to this partnership for the club, and for that we are thankful and cannot wait for what the future holds.” said coach Ricky Brown. The team will now be holding our after-game socials at Culhane’s Irish Pub as well as fundraising & social events to help grow our relationship with our new sponsor. Here is some information and history about the pub:

Welcome to Culhane’s Irish Pub (Est. May 18, 2005). The Sisters, Lynda, Michelle, Mary Jane and Áine are the first generation to emigrate from Shanagolden, Co. Limerick, Ireland in the 1990’s. The family farm is where the sisters developed a genuine love for the land, wholesome food and Irish traditions. Culhane’s Irish Pub is where one can revel in friendly banter, delicious food and perfect pints. The Sisters strive to bring you a real taste of Ireland. Proud to be featured on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” A Modern International Sports Pub!

Culhane’s Irish Pub website: http://www.culhanesirishpub.com/home

Culhane’s Irish Pub Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/culhanesirishpub

December 10th game celebrating 20th anniversary of champions

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The Jacksonville Rugby Football Club would like to invite all players, Alumni and Fans to  our home game and social on December 10th where we will be holding a special presentation to honor the 20th Anniversary of the 1996’s Team success of competing in Nationals along with being Florida Champions, South Champions and one of the top 4 teams in the nation that year. We would be thrilled to have  the Old Boys spend an afternoon with us reminiscing, getting to know the new players and drinking a few beers!

Game Details: Jacksonville vs. Naples Hammerheads – Kick off 2pm – Cornerstone Park (next to Ponte Vedra concert hall)

Social: Culhanes Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach, FL

Beer and Food will be provided.

 

JAX getting preseason success

Jacksonville Rugby has started their preseason off hot with two wins at home. With early success, Jacksonville looks to use that momentum all that way into the regular season.

 

First game saw JAX play local college club UNF on the UNF campus. The Deadbirds got off to an early lead, while JAX were causing multiple penalties. Jacksonville would come back and score multiple tries. The teams played 20 quarters as it was a friendly match and trying to get as many players in. Jacksonville would win the match.

Second match was against our closest men’s club, Gainesville at Huffman Park. It was a tight match through the tough pitch but JAX were able to hold off Gainesville and get the second win of the preseason. Stay up- to date on our schedule and come out and suppport JAX RFC!

2016-2017 Schedule Released

Men’s Schedule

Sept 9-11th – Rugby Camp

Sept 17th – Home vs. Augusta

Sept 24th – Home vs. Gainesville

October 1st – Home vs. Charlotte

October 8th – Scrimmage vs. UNF

October 14-16 – Oktoberfest Fundraiser

Oct 22nd – Home vs. Sarasota

October 29th – Away vs. Savannah

November 12th – Florida Winter Festival – Possible location St. Pete

November 18-20th – Voidfest Fundraiser at Jax Beach

December 10th – Home vs. Naples

January 14-15th – Winter Rugby Festival – Location TBD

January 21st – Away vs. Okapi

January 28th – Home vs. Boca Raton

February 4th – Away vs. Tridents

February 11th – Away vs. Tampa

February 25th – Home vs. Orlando

March 4th – Away vs. Ft. Lauderdale

March 18th – Home vs. Miami

April 1st – Make up Weekend

April 8th – Semi Finals

April 22nd – State Championships – Wellington Fl

May 6-7th – South Regional Championships

2016 Sunrise 7s beach touch rugby

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The 2016 Sunrise 7s beach touch rugby tournament is in the books. We had a great showing by all the rugby clubs in Jacksonville including some spectators. Winners or the tournament were Lindsey, Brennan, Visalli and Kevin. Afterwards we had a brunch at the Moose Lodge in Jacksonville Beach. Raffle prizes were given away as well as all you can eat/drink Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Overall the event was a great success and we cannot wait for next years #Sunrise7s.

Cold day in Florida, JAX get the Win


Jacksonville hosted Boca Raton at Cornerstone Park in Ponte Vedra Beach. Cold weather and strong gusts of wind were the topic of discussion before kickoff as everyone (being from Florida) were freezing their tails off. Once the game started, body temperature helped plenty. From the opening kickoff, Jacksonville started to move down the field fast. A quick penalty inside Jacksonville’s 22m line set them up for an easy penalty kick. Kick good. Minutes later it would be JAX fly half Randy Dewey who would break the line and pass wide to winger Sean Balaban for the try. Conversion good. Boca would start to put together a good drive but an offload would be intercepted by center Brian Hutchison and he would run it all the way in for the try. Boca would rebound and get in a try of their own on a penalty tap-and-go from their 5m line. Jacksonville would respond as they pinned Boca inside the 22m and kept pushing forward until center Brian Hutchison broke through for the try. After the kickoff, Jacksonville would use that momentum and put one more try on the board with winger Sean Balaban sprinting in for the try. Half time.

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After the half, the temperature still was in the high 30’s but that did not stop Jacksonville’s momentum. But it would be Boca who would strike first with their center breaking through our defensive line and scoring under the uprights. Conversion good. Jacksonville would come right back and maul a lineout from the 5m line with hooker Brennan Mcmahon putting it in. Minutes after, it would be Balaban scoring again after a clean break from his opposite winger David Wandel. Boca would get one more try toward the end, but it would be one too late. Jacksonville gets the win at home, moving their 2015-2016 Florida D2 record to 4-1.

Final score: 37-19 

Try scorers: Sean Balaban (3), Brian Hutchison (2), Brennan Mcmahon.

Conversions: Randy Dewey (2/6)

PK: Randy Dewey (1/1)

Jax falls to undefeated Tridents


Jacksonville hosted the Miami Tridents at Cornerstone Park in Ponte Vedra Beach this past weekend. Both teams coming in undefeated and looking for the number 1 spot in Florida. From the start of the game, both teams were hitting and crash hard. An early penalty from within the Tridents 22m line, put them in line for a penalty kick. Kick good. Minutes later, Tridents pinned Jacksonville in the corner again and go the penalty again for reaching in the ruck. Another penalty kick good. Not long after, Jacksonville started putting together a solid drive where center Brian Hutchison broke the line and passed to wing Sean Balaban for the try. Conversion no good. Tridents would come right back and put in a scoring drive of their own getting a try in the right corner. Conversion good. Jacksonville would so their resilience, and before the halftime hooter, put together a scoring drive where fly-half Randy Dewey threw a skip pass to Balaban again who would tip-toe the sideline and run in for the try. Conversion no good. Halftime score 10-13 Tridents.

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Halftime started with some light rain. From the start of the second half, the Tridents would show off their fitness as they put in a try off a lineout maul, pushing Jacksonville back about 15m. Conversion good. Jacksonville would put together some solid drives, but they would constantly be blown up as the Tridents were quick to get their hands in the ruck to steal possession. It would be the story the rest of the way. Miami would go on to score 3 more tries and converted all 3. Jacksonville let the game get away from them, but were proud of the effort put in by the team. Jacksonville hosts Boca Raton on Saturday 1/23 at Cornerstone.

Final score: 10-42 

Try scorers: Sean Balaban (2)

Conversions: 0/2

Penalty kick: 0/1

Close call against Tampa Krewe


Jacksonville traveled to Tampa to take on the Krewe what seemed to be a beautiful day of Rugby. After beating Krewe to start the matrix season, Jacksonville came ready to compete. Within the first 10 mins of the game, Jacksonville would put in a try by winger Sean Balaban. But Tampa would show their resilience and came out with alot more energy than Jax after that try, putting in a try of their own just minutes later. Jacksonville would later put in a good scoring drive as winger Kyle Goodale would go over for the try on the right side. Conversion no good. Tampa would then put in a penalty kick just before the half.

During the second half, Tampa went with a drop-goal about 30m out and converted. Score now 13-12 Tampa. But Jacksonville would not let up as 8-man Jon Purnell would pick-and-go off the scrum to put in another try for Jacksonville. Minutes later, Tampa would yet go for another penalty kick and convert. After an ensuing penalty, Jacksonville would quick-tap and got it out to Balaban again, who would sprint to the try line and touch it down. Unfortunately the side-judge called the try back as they witnessed Balaban’s foot out-of-bounds. Jacksonville would use that fire to put in yet another try in the right corner off a maul with Lock Mike Carreon putting it down. With the score extremely close, Jacksonville would have to make a defensive stand against Krewe who were inching their way to the goal line. After a penalty, got Krewe just meters away from the goal line, they attempted to punch it in with no time remaining. They would go over the try-line but would be held up. Final whistle blew. Jacksonville narrowing escapes an upset, but get the W non the less.

Final score 22-16

Try scorers: Sean Balaban, Kyle Goodale, Jon Purnell, Mike Carreon

Conversions: 1/4

Road victory down south against Miami RFC

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Jacksonville traveled down to south Miami, Florida  to to face Miami RFC. The weather difference from Jacksonville to Miami was 40 degrees; with Jacksonville hitting around 45 degrees all day and Miami with a hot 85 degree day. But Jacksonville was prepared for a showdown with the bumblebees. With a lot of changes in the back line, Jacksonville would have to rely highly on their forward pack to move them throughout the game. Within 10 mins of the first half, Fly-half and captain Ryan Peterson went down with a groin injury. Flanker Erik Schiff would take over at the fly half position, a position he was not so familiar with, but he made it work. The first try of the game would come from Schiff on a quick tap-and-go on the 5m line. He caught the defense napping and put the first points on the board for Jax. Fullback Jon Pennington would also come in for conversion kicks in Peterson’s absence. First conversion no good. Miami would respond with a try of their own on a long pass from the fly half to the outside wing. It did not take long for Jacksonville to put a few series together with Prop/Flanker Taylor Youngling putting another try in for Jax. Shortly after, it would be a Youngling assist to winger Matt Vissali for another try. The half would end with a pick from Miami for a try.

In the second half, Jacksonville were determined to close the game out. Schiff would once again put in another try just minutes into the half. Then it would be Flanker James Woollcombe-Clarke would take a pick-and-go for another try. Finally a penalty kick of Pennington with no time remaining, ended the game in Jacksonville’s favor.

Final score: 32-12

Tries: Erik Schiff (2), James Woollcombe-Clarke, Matt Visalli, Taylor “Thor” Youngling

Conversions: John Pennington (2)

Penalties: John Pennington (1)