Undefeated State Champs!

Woodlands Rugby goes 15-0, Wins Texas State Championship

Following an undefeated season, the Woodlands Youth Rugby Club has been crowned the Rugby Texas state champions.

The Woodlands season started back in January with a pre-season win against Austin’s West Lake High School. Since that game the team has been on a roll, defeating all of their 10 regular season opponents and even winning against a touring rugby team from Wales. Senior coach Frank Rizzo said of the team, most who have been together for 4 years now, “They are all leaders. Playing at a very good level”.

Reaching the playoffs, the Woodlands had a tough quarter final game against Lake Travis High School. Lake Travis, a worthy opponent,  has knocked the Woodlands out in the finals for the last two years. But not this year. On the day, in front of a large home crowd, playing a fast paced free flowing style that has been the characteristic of the team all season, the Woodlands won through 37-15, advancing the team to the finals in Austin.

Saturday saw the Woodlands play in a dramatic semi-final against Houston’s Cy Fair Warriors. The game was intensely physical and the lead changed several times. Cy Fair contained the Woodlands running play for most of the game. The Woodlands Alex Rayton, a High School All American U18 player, summed up the talented Cy Fair team saying “their forwards were a lot bigger, they were stronger. They were powerful. They were a great team to play against”. Trailing minutes before the final whistle, the Woodlands Matthew Myers made it across the goal line to clinch a dramatic last gasp 29-25 win.

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Sunday saw the final against the Dallas Harlequins Colts. The Woodlands showed all of their skills, putting on a rugby masterclass to record an emphatic 48-15 win. Fly-half Kieran Farmer helped to launch continuous waves of fast running rugby. The Woodlands moved the ball around the field with flair, demonstrating what they had become after 4 years of commitment. Summing up perfectly the emotions of the entire team, captain Stijn Albers said “we were there last year and the year before, but this year we finally won it”.

Following the game Woodlands Head coach Phil Beck, retiring at the end of this season after 11 years at the helm, said “it feels awesome”. Eleven years ago “every game we lost and now here we’ve won every game. So it’s a great way to go out”. Speaking of manner of their victory he summed it up; “today is Woodlands Rugby, this is how we play”.

And for next season? Graduating senior Captain Albers said to the remaining players “keep working hard and stay disciplined”.

For those thinking of trying out Rugby new head coach Rizzo says that “rugby is the fastest growing youth sport in the US right now” and “it’s a lot of fun”. Woodlands Youth Rugby has around 250 players in teams for grade levels 1 through 12, for both boys and girls.

May 14, 2017 Clive Rayton

 

 

We Remember and We Mourn….

It is with great sadness that Woodlands Rugby announces the loss of one of our own.
Quinn Noel  has gone home to the greatest pitch of all, where everyday is a rugby day.  Quinn was an alumni member of the State Championship team of 2012 and a member of the Texas Tech Rugby Team. Our rugby family and all who knew him are better team mates and individuals for having known this young man.

Many will not know but in October, Quinn started planning and organizing a match between Texas Tech and Lone Star Rugby Club, also led by Coach Phil. LSRC  just happens to have about 60% of former Woodlands players and many that played alongside Quinn.FullSizeRender

A statement from Coach Phil
“He was certainly not one of the biggest players I have ever coached but he played one of the hardest positions in Rugby. I am not sure that there are many players I have known who have played with such heart and determination. That made him the player he was and made him the friend he became to so many. Quinn is a huge loss on a personal level and a loss for our rugby family. He will be dearly missed and very sad time indeed
Please join Quinn’s family, friends and team mates in a celebration of his life.
Services will be held at Forest Park Funeral Home and Cemetery 
18000 I-45 S (between Research Forest and 242) 936-321-5115
Friday, Feb 3rd- Visitation 5:30pm
Saturday, Feb 5th- Memorial 3:00pm
Due to short notice, we will update you on the organization Quin’s family designates, in lieu of flowers.

 

Survey Says!

The Board of Directors would like to thank all the players, parents and volunteers for another great season! We have experienced another year of  significant growth, and as we continue to meet the challenges of a growing club, field management and match scheduling, we would like to get your feedback. This is your opportunity to let us know what is working and where we can improve. We value your input and we look forward to hearing from you.  Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey.

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Texas Children’s Hospital- Our New Medical Team

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We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Texas Children’s Hospital- Sports Medicine Team. The team consists of an Athletic Trainer,  Susan Niles and Dr. Kristin Ernest. During our home matches, we will now have a dedicated team on the sidelines to assess and treat injured players.  Because a child’s bones, muscles, brain and other organs are different than an adult, they respond much differently to injuries, stress and athletic training, and require comprehensive, specialized treatment.

 

Having the TCH med team present helps all our players who sustain any type of  injury get the care they need and they will be a great resource for follow-up care, if needed.

Welcome to the pitch, Texas Children’s Hospital. We hope you enjoy our fast paced matches!

For more information about Texas Children’ Hospital, please visit www.texaschildrens.org/departments/sports-medicine

Photo Gallery

We are so very  fortunate to have parents show us their photographic talents and share those pictures with us.  Most notably, Chuck Macune takes some incredible action shots and we are ever grateful for his time and talent.  To check out the galleries please click here and you will be directed to our SmugMug site.

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Fixtures Are Complete

We’re pleased to announce that most of the fixtures for all sides have been posted.  Keep in mind, while these dates are set, there can be last minute changes that occur.  The calendar is laid out in agenda style, meaning each event will be listed individually. You can click on CALENDAR view to get a monthly view of events. When you hover over your team of interest, the information will be highlighted so you can see the who, what, when. Again, keep in mind last minute locations, weather issues and other circumstances may change an event status.  You can subscribe to the calendar to your iCal, Google+ , Outlook, etc. Simply change the view to calendar mode and scroll down to the bottom right side of the calendar where you will see the “Subscribe” button. To keep most up to date, follow us on Facebook and check your email from Lead Parents and Coaches.

 

Oh, What Fun…..Annual Alumni Match

Join us for the Annual Alumni Match on Tuesday, Dec.  22nd. Should be perfect weather! This will be a fun evening of rugby when alumni members reunite to take on the Houston United Rugby Team. It’s a special night when old friends reunite  on the pitch once again for auld lang syne.  No better way to celebrate the season than with a great match up between our Woodlands Rugby Alumni and the HURT! We encourage all new/current players and families to come out, especially if you’ve never been to a rugby match. Come out and support the old timers and the really old timers!

The match is scheduled for 7:30pm at Alden Bridge Sports Park on 242.

Woodlands Youth Rugby Club Sponsorship

The Woodlands Youth Rugby Club is a non-profit youth sports organization with the mission and vision to promote, encourage and facilitate access to rugby to young members of our community from the ages of ten through eighteen. While many of our players come from northern Harris and Montgomery counties, players from any and all school districts are accepted allowing players to bond with a diverse group of teammates.

Growing Popularity:

Rugby is an international sport and the fastest growing sport in the US. Our players have the opportunity to meet other players throughout the United States as well as internationally.  We have hosted teams from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Chicago, Louisiana as well as many from here in Texas.  Rugby is a unique sport that accommodates players of different abilities and body types.  Male, female, tall, short, slight of build, heavily muscled they all have a place on our rugby teams. Since its inception in 2001, our club has sponsored players with financial needs as well as travel to matches, tournaments and playoffs.

Rugby makes its return to the Olympics next summer in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.  Both the men and women’s USA Eagles will proudly represent the US.  Meya Bizer, a Woodlands Rugby alum, will be on the women’s team.

Community Impact and Successes:

The Woodlands Youth Rugby Club impacts the community by providing its players the opportunity to interact with a very diverse group of teammates and competitors.  It fosters a love of the game and deep sense of camaraderie which lasts well into adult hood.  The Club teaches good sportsmanship and emphasizes the highest level of conduct in the players who represent it. We have an elite class of coaches who all serve on a volunteer basis.  Many of our players have gone on to play at the Texas Elite, and U.S. Junior Eagle levels, and a majority of our players have been, or are currently active on college teams around the country to include, Life University, Texas A&M, Penn State, LSU, University of Texas, Arkansas State, and Arizona State.

What your sponsorship means:

Woodlands Youth Rugby Club works hard to keep registration costs at the lowest level possible. Due to increased field costs (double) and additional fees associated with registration, referees etc., we are unable to fund scholarships at the same level.  One way we do this is through fundraising and corporate sponsorship!  Your help in regard to this mission would be greatly appreciated, and the Woodlands Youth Rugby Club Board of Directors, Coaches, and players thank you for your time and consideration.

 

Woodlands Youth Rugby Sponsorship 

Please review the sponsorship options below.

 

Club Level Sponsor                        $5,000 +

  • Premium level sponsorship plus
  • Logo identification on all new team jerseys, marketing material, game-day banners
  • Match tickets and parking for state championships
  • Flexibility based on sponsor wishes

Premium Level Sponsor                 $2,500 +

  • All platinum level activities plus…
  • Sponsor Logo on all recruiting and marketing materials (including match day banners/activities).
  • Premium sponsor mention & logo on front page of web site with link to your own pop-up page and up to 500 word description of your company/business/services (includes link back to your web site).
  • Depending on donation level and sponsorship desires, items that are sponsor-logo identified, such as jerseys or other team wear, can be included.
  • Media mentions as appropriate (“Thanks all our sponsors including…”) in club newsletter, news updates, etc.

Platinum Level Sponsor                  $1,000+

  • Logo on Woodlands Youth Rugby sponsorship page with link (prioritized by sponsor level).
  • Sponsor name/logo on match day banners
  • Broadcast email message to membership in conjunction with other platinum sponsors on a weekly basis.
  • Team photo/sponsorship plaque.

Gold Level Sponsor                         $500 +

  • Mention on the Woodlands Youth Rugby sponsorship page with link.
  • Broadcast email message to membership in conjunction with other gold sponsors

If you or your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at woodlands.rugby@woodlandsrugby.org

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