March 6, 2015

Woodlands Youth Rugby Hosts Tournament

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Big Day for Youth Rugby in Texas Hosted by the Woodlands Rugby Clubtournamnet balls

February 28th turned into a great day for youth rugby in Texas.  Over 250 young athletes from 1st to 8th grades played matches  at the Alden Bridge Sports Park in The Woodlands in the first ever Youth Tournament sponsored by Woodlands Rugby. The Plano Rugby Club traveled through snow & ice to play along with sides from Houston: Katy Barbarians, Lanier Middle School, & the Regis School, and representing the Heart of Texas Rugby Club from Killeen was Kazie Lynne Cheek who played with the Lanier side.  Saturday was also the inaugural meeting of the grade 1&2’s Katy Barbarians and Woodlands Wombats.  They each won a round in the touch rugby exhibition matches. Woodlands Youth Rugby Club is one of the largest rugby clubs in Texas. Our ongoing goal is to grow the game of rugby at all levels, from youth to high school. 

Much thanks to:

·         The Texas Rugby Referee Society answered the call: Travis Bartniski, Paul Purcell, Maurice Mullaly, and Brian Kee made a great difference for the new and experienced players.

·         The field-side medical assistance from Richard Davis, ATC and Dr. Joe Edralin were busy through the day and extremely appreciated.

·         Woodlands grade 7&8 side showed up early to set up the goal post and pitches for the rest of the day.  Thanks to Coach Mitch & Coach Bryan for getting the lads out of bed early.  And the Woodlands Mens and Lonestar Mens clubs for letting us borrow the goal post, pads, and pylons.

·         The parents of the Woodlands Youth Rugby Club for tents, tables, & coolers of ice.  Christa Morgan for getting our fields reserved.  The team managers Terri Blang, Diane King, and Julie Everett had the players uniforms and water ready.  And a super shout out to the concessionaires: Mike Griggs (and his Springbok buddy), Justin King, Patrick Masterson, Lance McDermott and the servers who cooked and served lunch for the duration of the day. 

·         Our sponsors for the tournament; BB Law Group, Nutrition Depot of Sterling Ridge, and Plant Design Solutions.

·         Lastly – to the all the coaches: we are setting the stage for growing rugby as a great option for kids to play in Texas.  We need more teams to play and hopefully there are a few more clubs joining us for the matches next year.

YOUTH RUGBY TOURNAMENT ON SAT. FEB 28

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Woodlands Youth Rugby Tournament  is scheduled February 28th at the Alden Bridge Sports Park.

Our goal is to provide a great day of rugby for all of the players. We hope to help grow youth rugby in Texas as a safe and exciting sport and invite new players check out a few matches. Please note: The Woodlands Marathon is Feb 28th. Some roads will be closed off in the Woodlands from 7am – 1pm. Check the Woodlands Marathon Website for road closures.

Great number of youth teams competing in Grade Level’s:  7youth rugby

  • 7 th & 8th – 30 min matches
  •  5 th & 6 th – 24 min matches
  •  3 rd & 4th – 20 min matches
  • 1 st & 2nd – exhibition matches

 

 

We would like to thank our tournament sponsors:

BB Law Group PLLC P: (832) LEGAL-TX   www.BBattorney.com

Nutrition Depot Sterling Ridge                      www.nutritiondepotsupplements.com

Plant Design Solutions                                       www.plantdesignsolutions.com

Click below for the schedule

WRFC Tournament Schedule

Meet The Coaches- Season 2015

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 Spotlight On…..Coaches

To coincide with the commencement of match play, this issue is dedicated to all the volunteer coaches who give of their time to make Woodlands Youth Rugby Club such a fantastic organization for youth rugby in our community. These men and women are committed to our club and our players. They give their time, the most precious commodity of all. We are thankful for their commitment. As you read their profiles, you will find the common theme that runs through all rugby veins….camaraderie, opportunity, experience and friendship. All the good things in life!

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  Phil Beck- Head Coach

Coach Phil’s favorite quote is  “Leave it all on the field”. It’s possible that he likes that  quote because he lives it! Coach Phil’s dedication to the club is unwavering.  He has been Head Coach for WYRC for almost a decade, leading the club to one State Championship and top three performances nearly every season. Coach became involved with WYRC when he came to help out when the club was in its infancy. Today, Woodlands Youth Rugby Club is one of the largest rugby clubs Texas, thanks to Coach Phil and all the volunteers involved with the club.

From the young age of 8 in England, Coach Phil began his storied rugby career. Before he left England, he had 3 seasons with the Wasps before rugby went professional. Coach Phil’s background is in teaching so coaching is a natural fit. He states to be able to give back to this amazing sport and help introduce players to the game is very rewarding. I am extremely grateful to all the coaches who help us and the huge support from our board, team helpers and fans”  For Coach Phil, rugby represents great experiences, life long friends and huge camaraderie. This is not an uncommon theme armong rugby aficionados. Coach Phil has a nice collection of rugby pals all around the world.
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Honorable Mention

Visiting Coach- Gareth Nicholas

Woodlands Rugby Club is thrilled to see the return of Welsh Coaching Legend Gareth Nicholas. Gareth is the Director of Rugby for the Bridgend RFC and Bridgend College in Wales, UK. He is a former Wales U18 & U19 Head Coach, and holds a UKCC Level 4 coaching certification. Two years ago, WYRC hosted the Bridgend College Rugby team. Rugby is a sport of friendships- we forge them and we keep them. Coach will be working with our club for the next week. If you see him on the pitch, please give him a big welcome. Our players will learn a lot. 

Frank Rizzo- JV/Varsity Coach-Forwards

Coach Rizzo got his rugby start playing for Santa Ana RFC in California in the      early 70’s, Back then, rugby was a relatively unknown sport in the US. Coach Rizzo then went on to play in college, then toured New Zealand, England,  Australia. He made it all the way to Texas, then      took on the role of  Head Coach at Sam Houston State University. With some      coaxing from Coach Phil, Frank graciously came on board to coach JV/Varsity.

All three of the Rizzo boys have played or are playing for Woodlands Rugby. To Coach Frank, rugby represents life as we attempt to make order out of chaos.  Woodlands Rugby is fortunate to have Frank on board. Here is a glimpse of Coach Frank’s philosophy..I don’t do facebook so no matter how hard you try to like me, it’s just not possible.” No coach, we don’t like you, we love you! Thanks for playing along.


Doug Mooneyham- JV and Varsity Coach

Coach Doug loves the game, just like every other coach out there. Another California transplant, What is it about these California kids? Coach Doug got involved with Rugby at San Diego State University in 1989, then played  from 1995 – 2003 in the newly formed Super League at the time (this was USA’s 1st stab at professional rugby).

 He became a part of WYRC when he landed in Texas and his son Conner played for the club. CD thinks about rugby as a character defining sport        based on what you put into it.If you can apply the same effort you do during games and practices to everyday life challenges then you have already won. I have seen it happen with players, more than once.”

We often see Coach Doug running around and playing like a varsity kid. In fact, his favorite rugby quote is “It’s the game they play in heaven.” Not that any one of us is rushing to get there, but it sure gives us something to look forward to!


Chelsea Peper – Ladies High School

If you like tricks, you’ll love the story of how Coach Chelsea came to be the ladies coach. She was asked by the coach at the time, to come and help the team out while the then coach was away. Two weeks later, the coach said she was leaving for England and Chelsea would be the head coach. “Best trick someone ever played on me!” says Chelsea. That was two years ago.

Coach started playing rugby at Texas A&M about 6 years ago, She has played for A&M, The AustinValks and the Houston Athletic Rugby Club (HARC). She assists with the Ladies team at A&M assistant Coach for Texas High-Performance U19 Girls.

Coach Chelsea details the meaning of rugby in the following way. “Rugby is a great game it brings together all different people, it teaches you strength and discipline to work hard, play to your strengths and to work on your weakness. As great as that is it’s not the part of rugby that has stuck out the most for me. It’s the close knit groups that we become as we play together and against each other, it’s the friends that you have made for life! It’s about the friends that you don’t see for months at a time, but as soon as you do, you fall back into that friendship like you still see each other every day. They are the reason that the game is played with passion, the reason you will push yourself a little harder. You play the game for the love of the game, but it’s the friendships that are made that will make you a little bit better, make you work just a little harder and a little longer! They are your best friend on the Pitch and off, they become a part of your family. That’s what rugby has meant to me, I love the game and know I will be a part of it as long as I can but I know when I stop playing and stop coaching I will still have those friends that have become part of my family.”
Nic James also assists the ladies team. This dynamic duo keep the ladies team excited about rugby
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Mitch Earley- Junior High

Coach Mitch answers the question of the meaning of rugby

“Rugby to me means opportunity. Opportunity to
meet new friends, learn life lessons, travel the world, and most importantly
have fun.”


Coach Mitchell has come full circle with Woodlands Rugby. As the son of one of the club founders, Donovan Earley, Mitchell started playing rugby at the YMCA in the 5th grade.  As Woodlands Rugby got  its start, Mitchell continued on his rugby journey, playing from the ages of 10 through high school. During this time, his mad skills were recognized and he was chosen to play for the Texas Select side starting his sophomore year.  He moved up to play scrum half for the USA Eagles on their U17 and U18 teams.  Following his graduation from high school, young Mitchell went on to play rugby for Life University on scholarship.

Today, Mitchell has the honorable distinction of being addressed as Coach Mitchell. He has coached the U11/13 for the last  2 years is now the Junior High team coach.

He recently completed his Level 200 Coach Certification which focuses on player welfare and teaching players the technical skills to play safely. The assessment requires coaches to demonstrate effective coaching techniques. These techniques include teaching through games, technical skill development through progressions and collaborative coaching. Rugby is a special community and we are grateful to have Coach Mitchell giving back to the club.

“The aspect of sport that you learn is that you have your good times and your bad times, but you share it with great people.” – George Gregan


Phil Devos- 5th and 6th Grade

Originally from sunny South Africa, Coach Phil started playing school rugby when he was 12 years old until his senior year. He also had the honor of serving as the school’s rugby captain. Played for U21 Alberton Rugby club, then immigrated to the great State of Texas. Played a season for the Houston Old Boys RFC before joining The Woodlands RFC in 1993. A proud player on the team that won the 2001 USA National Division II Rugby Championship for the Woodlands. Still an active member/player of The Woodlands RFC Men side and Woodlands Deadwood (over 35) side.

Coach Phil started helping out the club when his sons started playing a couple of years ago. He is glad to be a part of the club and to able to give back to youth rugby. He is even more thrilled that his two boys are keen to play and learn this great sport. Thankful that The Woodlands has a great youth program. Looks like Phil will have lots more rugby to watch and help with in the near future!For those of you in the front row, hear Coach Phil’s favorite quote  “Squeeze – Sink- Drive!


Kevin Murphy- 5th/6th Grade

Newcomer Coach Murphy relocated back to the states from Australia. ” Ironically his coaches asked some guy from upstate NY to help coach the forwards.  They were great mentors for coaching kids at this lev
el so upon moving to the Woodlands, it was excellent to see the strong youth rugby program and I knew it would be a good way for my son to meet friends with a bit of character.”Without hesitation, Coach Murphy jumped right into Woodlands rugby. He was instrumental in developing the club’s Touch Rugby League and he continues to help coach now that the season is in full swing.

Kevin switched from soccer to rugby his freshman year of college and he never looked back. He has played for many clubs in Fort Colins, Co and in NY.“These days I try to keep Woodlands Old Boys ‘Deadwood’ Games on my calendar and hope to make Siena Rugby Alumni Match in the spring without looking to beat up for work on Monday.”

Week 3 Standings for High School Boys

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Standings for High School Boys Rugby

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High School Boys and Girls At Kingwood

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JV Boys- 11:30 am

Varsity Boys- 1:00pm

Ladies play at 10:00am, 11:00am and 2:40pm

JV/Varsity boys are at Kingwood for 11:30 JV Game and 1:00 Varsity.  Players meeting at Woodlands High School at 9. 

All players to be at field by 10:15 at:

 Insperity Sports Complex

1703 Northpark Drive

Kingwood, Texas

Girls Travel to Dallas

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WoodlandsRugby Girls Girls Team travel to Dallas for three matches against Plano, HEB and SW Houston!

JV/Varsity at St. Thomas

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Woodlands Rugby takes on St. Thomas at 7pm

Scrimmage on Sat. Jan 24th!

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And we’re off to the pitch!! Please join us as we kick off the season with a friendly scrimmage against Plano Rugby Club. JV and Varsity will be playing. Please check back for kick-off time. Match will be played at Alden Bridge Sports Park on SH 242.

 

Touch Rugby Deemed A Success

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Woodlands Youth Rugby has taken yet another significant step in growing the game of rugby in The Woodlands and surrounding area. This season, WYRC introduced a new Touch Rugby League, also known as rookie rugby, to expose younger players to the great game of rugby. The season began alongside rugby try outs for contact and was open to players from 3rd grade to 6th grade. We had approximately 75 young players. Players were then assigned to teams of evenly skilled players to promote a fun, yet somewhat competitive atmosphere. At the end of the season, players then had the option to sign up for contact rugby. Many thanks to Kevin Murphy and all the volunteer coaches and parents who helped make this a success.

Happy New Year From Woodlands Rugby

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