Montclair Rugby Club rolls over North Jersey
The Montclair Men’s Rugby Football Club successfully battled harsh playing conditions Saturday to defeat North Jersey, 37-10. Pete Driscoll won player of the game honors for Montclair after scoring three tries from his flanker position
Driscoll started the scoring after receiving the ball from a quick-tap penalty near the North Jersey goal-line. Soon afterwards, he broke three tackles to score a second try that was converted by Harold Vasquez for a 12-0 lead. Bobby Tucker added another converted try by touching down his own kick and chase leaving Montclair with a 19-5 halftime lead.
Vasquez started the second half scoring with a penalty kick before Driscoll completed his hat-trick by finishing off a long run by Tucker. Collins Obwogi then returned the favor to Tucker when his off-load left the fullback with a clear path to an easily converted try.
Andrew Goldman then completed the scoring by diving over after another long run by Driscoll brought Montclair to the North Jersey goal line. Special recognition goes to Montclair’s forwards who dominated the set plays and provided a strong attacking platform throughout the match.
Montclair will be back in action this Saturday, April 16, at 1 p.m. when it hosts Old Blue-C at Brookdale Park.
Montclair Rugby is sponsored locally by Rhodes, Van Note and Company, Realtors and Tierney’s Tavern.
All of the club’s sides are always actively recruiting new and experienced players. Practices are held at Colgate Park in West Orange every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. For more information, visit montclairrugby.com.
— information courtesy of Mike Schickram
The Montclair Men’s Rugby Football Club successfully defended the Shillelagh Cup on Sunday, defeating the Bayonne Bombers by a 26-14 margin. The annual game is part of the Irish Sports Expo, held at the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh in West Orange.
The game started with some furious rucking and counter-rucking as both team’s scrums battled for earlier possession in steamy conditions.
Montclair native and team captain Tim Andre started the scoring by scampering 50 yards with a quick-tap penalty. Another try was soon added by scrumhalf Rich Giglio, who recovered a blocked kick and cut through the Bayonne defense untouched. Harold Vasquez converted both tries to give Montclair a 14-0 lead.
Bayonne scored a try early in the second half to cut the score to 14-7. Montclair answered the challenge after a long run and several kicks ahead by Glenn Desmond left the ball recovered by a Bayonne player near his goal line. A strong counter-ruck left the ball free for Joe Aiello to steal it and run in for another converted try.
Montclair closed its scoring after stuffing a Bayonne attack on its goal line. Giglio burst through the Bayonne defense with the turnover ball and the Desmond finished the length-of-the-field play for an unconverted try.
All Montclair Rugby sides are actively recruiting new and experienced players. Practices are held at Brookdale Park every Tuesday and Thursday night at 6:30.
For more information, log onto http://www.montclairrugby.com.
-courtesy of Mike Schickram
On the Pitch With the Montclair Rugby Club
As Baristaville emerges from a seriously frosty winter, the mind turns to outdoor sports—and the players in theMontclair Rugby Clubare ready to spring straight into the rough and dirty business of a good game of rugby.
Founded in 1976, the club is part of theEmpire Rugby Football Union, which manages and fosters rugby for more than 100 men’s and women’s clubs and colleges in New York State, Northern New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut. So it’s pretty serious stuff: the team tries to practice in the winter (they did their best during the various Polar Vortexes) and thrives in the warmer weather, gathering for practice on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Colgate Field in West Orange.
“Practice generally starts off with a game of ‘touch’ where we play a loose game to warm up and get the blood flowing,” says Verona native/Hoboken resident Matt Soderman, who is one of the club’s captains. He says the MRFC has approximately 50 players on the roster who get their game faces on for Saturday afternoon action in Bloomfield’s Brookdale Park.
“We generally have two games, an A Side and B Side match,” says Soderman. “The A Side is our starting side, and B Side is for those who are a bit newer to the game and/or are working on building their skills so they can move on up to play on the A squad.” The club mixes it up with other local teams in the Empire league
And then there are the big away games: periodically, the MRFC hits the road to get in the dirt with other like-minded rugby squads. Soderman says the team just returned from Savannah, Georgia, where they had a winning run at the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Rugby Tournament.
“A recent addition to MRFC, Anthony Machcinski, had a phenomenal kick-off return,” says Soderman. “For a bigger guy, the kid had wheels! He ran over 60 meters, breaking tackles left and right. Everyone on the Montclair side thought it was the funniest and greatest thing they ever saw, while the other team didn’t seem to appreciate it as much…”
But there’s more to the MRFC than just butting heads on the rugby field…ahem, rugby pitch.
“We work hard on the pitch to better ourselves physically, but off the pitch we are all friends,” says Soderman. “There are many people who have gotten jobs from networking within the club. We have a tremendous support system and owe a lot to our ‘Old Boys’ who played with Montclair at some point and continue to support the club.”
He adds, “I can’t say how many friendships I have made that I am sure will last a lifetime,” and encourages anyone with either a passing or serious interest in rugby to come out for the squad.