The Dallas Rugby Football Club was established in 1968, and is the premier USA Rugby Men’s Club in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
DALLAS REDS WIN GOLD CUP
The Dallas Reds D1 side travelled to Minneapolis for the final leg of the Rugby Gold Cup on March 31st looking to win the second annual tournament, a USA Rugby sanctioned, premiership-level tournament featuring the top men’s clubs from the Midwest and Red River Competitive Regions. The Reds boarded the plane with a 4 point lead over second place Metropolis in the Gold Cup standings after an undefeated outing in Austin during the first leg of the tournament. A win against the hosting side Metropolis on Friday night was all that was needed to secure the Gold Cup title however with the home crowd at their back, Metropolis were not going to give the Reds an easy match.
Metropolis and the Dallas Reds battled to a 25-25 draw in Friday’s action. Dallas’ #7 and vice-captain Chad Joseph struck first with a penalty kick followed by a try from fullback Kyle Palm off of a chip kick from captain Jonny Herron. Joseph converted for the 10-0 lead.
Metropolis and Dallas exchanged penalty kicks before Metropolis dotted down two tries to close the gap to 13-10. Before the half, Dallas halfback Tyler Miller stripped his opposite number and wing Kelly ‘Spike’ Kolberg capitalized to put his team up 18-10 at the break.
In the second half, Metropolis quickly got two unanswered tries to grab a 20-18 lead. The back-and-forth match got chippy with two Metropolis players spending late-game minutes in the sin bin. Dallas took advantage with a pick and go try from Spencer Cameron, but Metropolis wasn’t done. Down two men, Metropolis marched the ball down the field for a try in the 74th minute and had a conversion to take a 2 point lead in the dying minutes. The kick went wide, leaving the scores locked at 25-25. The Reds decided to kick the ball out of play once the full time siren sounded, leaving Metropolis 4 points back in the tournament standings and leaving the title to be decided in Sundays match against Chicago.
Injuries forced significant changes to the Reds starting line-up, however the team put in a hard fought performance in what ended up being a high-tension thriller with the defenses leading the way. Chicago struck first with a try from its scrumhalf but was unable to add to its lead when Reds’ captain Simon Thorpe was sent to the bin for repeated infringements. The defenses kept the offenses in check and the Griffins held the 7-0 lead at intermission. Dallas’ sloppy play continued in the second half with a handling error leading to Chicago try and the 14-0 score. With the game slipping away, the Reds turned to a couple of seasoned veterans in Hal Struckman and Man of the Match Kevin Clark to come off the bench and lead the way. The leadership paid off quickly with a try from #9 Tyler Miller. Flanker Chad Joseph followed it up with a pair of tries and fullback Kyle Palm split the two conversions for the 19-14 Reds’ lead.
Just when Dallas thought it had righted the ship, its own handling error put the Griffins on top again, 21-19. With no time left, the Reds took a penalty from the Griffins and Palm lined up the shot at goal from 40 meters out. He struck it clean to give the Reds took a narrow 22-21 victory, and with it the 2017 Rugby Gold Cup Championship to take back to Dallas.
D1 Match Report v Austin Blacks 02.25.17
The Reds finally put together a performance the coaching staff have been looking for this season and the result was a dominant win. The match had the collisions, skills and excitement we have come accustomed to seeing when the Reds take on the Blacks, however the score line wasn’t as close as previous meetings.
The Reds were determined to start better than previous games and were able to open the scoring with a penalty goal in the opening minutes however the Blacks were first to land a major blow through a try off a grubber kick and taking an early 7-3 lead. The teams took part in an aerial battle, field territory proving a key to scoring points. It was the Reds who were able to find their way into the Blacks 22m zone and take control of momentum, leading to 17 unanswered points through tries to Dale Russ, Zack Klump and Lucas Bersin. The 13 point deficit spurred the Blacks into action, and they were able to flip the momentum of the game, running in back to back tries and taking a 21-20 lead with 10 minutes left in the first half. The momentum had one more shift before the half ended, and it was Chad Joseph who was the beneficiary of patient forward work on the Blacks try line, the Reds reclaiming the lead 27-21 at half time.
The half time break did nothing to halt the Reds momentum, finding their way into the Blacks half and earning a penalty in the Blacks 22m zone, Captain Herron showing no hesitation in electing to take the 3 points and extend the Reds lead to 9. The Reds forward pack begun to flex their muscle and the backline reaped the rewards. Bersin again broke the line and found support in Spencer Cameron who was able to win the foot race to the line and give the Reds a 37-21 lead. With all the momentum, the Reds kept rolling forward and off a turnover, Jonny Herron was able to bust his way through tacklers and give the Reds a commanding 44-21 lead going into the final 20 minutes. The Blacks were not about to give up and were able to shift the momentum and find their way into the Reds 22m zone, leading to a passage of play that would prove critical in the final result. The Blacks attacked the Reds line, throwing wave after wave of attack and while the defence didn’t crack, the Reds were too eager to force a turnover and had not one but two players awarded yellow cards. The Blacks continued to pressure the Reds, and with only 13 players, the Reds defence still didn’t crack. Eventually a wayward pass was scooped up by Blake Boulton who took the ball the length of the field and gave the Reds a 28 point lead with 15 minutes remaining. The Reds were only playing with 13 men, and gave the Blacks 7 points almost immediately after but the damage was all but done. A full compliment of forwards was all the Reds needed to ice the game in dominant fashion moments later. The forward pack drove a scrum over 10 metres before number 8 Dale Russ was rewarded for a strong game, crashing over for his second try and putting the lead back to 28 and the Reds score above 50. The Reds had one more try in them and Chad Joseph showed his pace, winning a 50m sprint and scoring his second. The Blacks scored a consolation try in injury time to take the final score to 63-35. The Reds next home match will be on April 8th against the only side to beat them this year, the Austin Huns.
Our Sin Bin report was this week features Lucas Bersin and Spencer Cameron who were sent to the sidelines for 10 minutes. Don’t forget that if you get into trouble off the field you can send yourself to 20 minute Bail Bonds.
D2 Match Report v Austin Blacks 02.25.17
The Reds knew they had to be on their game on Saturday as a highly anticipated match with the Austin Blacks would need a top level performance. The Reds played a grinding match, but in the end, let the opposition have too much possession of the ball.
From the kick off, both teams hit hard around the rucks and were often penalized for being too over eager with their aggression. After a slow start, Bobby Cannell produced a turnover and orchestrated a perfect switch of play to Marquale Pierson who went 20 meters for the try. After some outstanding early attack from the Reds, the Blacks capitalized on some mistakes from the Reds, scoring 3 unanswered tries. The Reds woke from their mid-match nap and the forwards began to flex their muscle, surging the team into the Blacks’ end of the field, which led to a successful penalty from Mike Vogel. As the clock ticked to halftime, a wayward kick for territory from the Blacks landed into the arms of Pierson, who busted through two defenders and raced 60 meters to level the score 15-15 by the half.
The Reds started the second half like they finished the first. Good ball movement created an overlap for Gus Holt to cross, however the Reds let the Blacks reply almost immediately with poor defense leading to a Blacks try. Alec Hernandez soon crossed for a try that put the Reds in the lead with full time fast approaching. But the game had one last twist. The Reds gifted the Blacks a penalty right in front of the Reds goal posts in the closing minutes, allowing the Blacks to tie the match at 25-25 at the final horn.
The D2 Reds produced one of their finer performances of the season, but just could not close out the fighting Blacks. Holt received player of the day for his hard running and great leadership on the paddock.
D3 Match Report v Lost Souls 02.25.17
The Reds D3 squad and the Lost Souls got the day’s rugby started at noon. Within the first 20 minutes, a parade of injuries for the Reds saw the team on the field change drastically. No matter, though, as the Reds were consistently on the attack and flanker Joe “Fetta” Feliciano scored the first 5-pointer on a rolling maul from 10 meters away. Bentley Alsup nailed the conversion from the corner. The back row kept the try scoring going when 8-man Phil Iuliucci broke a tackle and dashed 30 meters down the touchline for a try; and Fetta was across again after taking a wide ball and stepping past two defenders. At the half, the Reds led, 17-0.
Early in the second half, the Lost Souls pushed across for their only try. Dallas fullback Dwight Coleman was sent to the sin bin after a punishing run that saw him stiff-arm a defender in the face. The refs saw it as malicious, despite it being good rugby. The Lost Souls threatened during Coleman’s absence; twice in one minute, the Souls kicked and chased the pill into the Reds’ try zone, but back-to-back diving defensive groundings from Reds wingers Jackson Long and Andrew Valenzuela prevented points for the opposition. Still a man down, the Reds scored three tries in less than 10 minutes. In the 63rd minute, the backline quickly moved the ball to a massive overload and forward Nick Coleman took a pass from Kevan Montgomery and rumbled half the field to touch down directly between the posts. Speedy passes in the 66th minute got the ball to Long on the edge, who raced 70 meters before swerving in for a try under the posts. Minutes later, Long was again dashing down the sideline, before cutting back in-field just short of the try line. Debutant back Darrien Pipkins cleaned up a messy offload from Long and with some fancy stepping and power in contact, willed himself across the line. Nick Coleman converted, closing the day’s scoring ledger, 34-7. On debut were Pipkins, Lucas Russey, Rico Coloso and Adam Cook. Nick Coleman and Alsup each contributed points in their second-ever outing.
The Reds felt they left plenty of points on the board by not getting the ball wide often enough and they can clean up the penalties and high tackles, but they’ll take the victory in stride as they prepare for their next league match. “With our focus on defense, we were able to keep the opposition scoring to a minimum,” said coach Joe Kelly. “Great plays were made around the breakdowns by [forwards] John Cabanez and TJ Maher. Valenzuela looked natural at 15 and Fetta was a stand-out in a new position. We have plenty to work on as a team, but this was a step in the right direction.”
Dallas Youth Rugby Football Club
We are proud to announce the launch of the Dallas Youth Rugby Football Club (“DYRC”) (https://www.facebook.com/dallasyouthrugbyclub/). This program for at-risk youth in South Dallas will be run in conjunction with the City of Dallas Parks & Recreation Department, St. Philip’s School & Community Center, and hopefully, the participation of other Dallas-area rugby clubs. Modeled after the Memphis Inner-City Rugby Club (https://www.facebook.com/MemphisInnerCityRugby/), and with the assistance of that club’s founders, DYRC will focus on teaching at-risk youth in South Dallas to play rugby. We will begin with U-11 and U-13 teams at each of the four inaugural locations. The program will be focused on 7s for this season and a progression to 15s in the future.
The Training Locations
Training will commence at 6pm Tuesday and Thursdays, finishing by 7:30pm at each of the following locations:
|JJ Craft Rec. Center
4500 Spring Ave.,
Dallas, Texas 75210
|St. Philip’s School & Community Center
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Dallas, Texas 75215
|Pleasant Oaks Rec. Center
8701 Greenmound Ave, Dallas, Texas 75217
|Exline Rec. Center
2525 Pine St.
Dallas, Texas 75215
There will be six tournaments between the end of March and May, which will be held on Sundays. Tournaments will kick off at noon and wrap up around 6pm on the following tentative schedule:
Mar. 26, 2017 – @ Pleasant Oaks
Apr. 2, 2017 – Makeup / Off Week
Apr. 9, 2017 – @ St. Philip’s
Apr. 16, 2017 – @ JJ Craft
Apr. 23, 2017 – @ Pleasant Oaks
April 30, 2017 – @ JJ Craft
May 7, 2017 – Makeup / Off Week
May 14, 2017 – @ St. Philip’s
We will hold four player registration / meet the coaches sessions—one for each training location—on the following schedule:
2/27 –Monday Evening
JJ Craft- 6:00pm to 7:00pm 4500 – Spring Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
Exline- 7:30pm to 8:30pm 2525 – Pine St, Dallas, TX 75215
2/28 –Tuesday Evening
Pleasant Oaks- 6:00pm to 7:00pm – 8701 Greenmound Ave, Dallas, TX 75227
St. Philips- 7:30pm to 8:30pm – 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Dallas, TX 75215
This is one of the areas where DYRC really needs your help. (Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/gYeSpIkLoKjRvuqE3). Many hands make light work, and coaching opportunities are open to you whether you are currently playing rugby or not. The staffing plan is to have at each location a head coach, two assistant coaches, two youth coaches and ready reserves. We will be working side-by-side with the area youth football coaches to teach them the sport, and assist with recruiting the kids and parents.
We will be hosting a coaching clinic for both experienced ruggers looking to help out with coaching, and for the youth football coaches to get their feet wet. This clinic will be this Sunday, Feb. 26 from 1pm-4pm at JJ Craft Rec. Center.
How to Help:
Volunteer: Please click on the following link and fill out the Google form if you can volunteer to be a Head Coach, Assistant Coach, in the Ready Reserves, or can help with some of the administrative functions of the Club: https://goo.gl/forms/gYeSpIkLoKjRvuqE3.
Donate: The DYRC is also in need of funds for training equipment. If you cannot make it out to volunteer, please consider making a donation to the DYRC through the Dallas Rugby Football Club. We are in the process of setting up a designated DYRC donation button on the Dallas Rugby website, but in the meantime, you can go to https://dallasrugby.org/shop/, and use the “Donate” button to make a donation via PayPal. When you receive your email confirmation, please forward a copy to Treasurer@DallasRugby.org, with the notation “DYRC”.
We could also use any old training equipment (tackle bags, balls, hit shields, cones, water bottles, etc.) that you may have lying around in your garage.
Spread the Word: If you know anyone not affiliated with DRFC who you think might be interested in volunteering, please forward them this email and encourage them to participate.
Please help DYRC grow the sport of rugby in Dallas!
New Year, New Schedule
The Christmas and New Years break is over and its time for the Dallas Reds to increase the focus on the 2017 season. The club is straight into action with a D3 competition match against Shreveport Rugby in Shreveport this Saturday January 7th. Following this weekend, the club’s season is full of tough matches both home and away through to May.
Practice will continue to take place at St. Philip’s School, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Dallas, TX 75215 on Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30pm. Any week to week changes to the training schedule, due to weather, will be broadcasted on our Facebook page ‘Dallas Rugby Football Club’.
We welcome players to join the club throughout the season, just come along to practice and get involved!
During the 15s season, the Club trains every Tuesday and Thursday, from 7:30pm to 9:30 pm at St. Philip’s School & Community Center, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Dallas, TX 75215. If you are having trouble finding the location, contact Mike Vogel at email@example.com / 816-719-4396.
Players are expected to be ready to start practice at 7:25 PM so please show up early to get kitted up and ready.
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