Start will be 10.00am finish 4.00pm. Please be sure to bring ID.
Good luck to all who are trying out!
Start will be 10.00am finish 4.00pm. Please be sure to bring ID.
Good luck to all who are trying out!
It will be a wet one on the pitch tomorrow as Woodlands Rugby hosts Katy Barbarians. Kick off is set for noon for JV, followed by Varsity. Get your umbrella and your rain boots and come out cheer Green!!
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.
· 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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
“Rugby to me means opportunity. Opportunity to
meet new friends, learn life lessons, travel the world, and most importantly
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
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.
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.”
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:
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.
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