College of Charleston Men’s Rugby would like to wish all our fans and followers a very happy holiday period and the best for the New Year. Make sure you keep updated on the teams progress in the matrix, it’s sure to be a great season.
The 2010 Rookie Cougars all met at Coach Clint’s house on a beautiful Saturday. With the help of Coach Sam, Assistant Coach Rob, Team Vets O’Bannon, Lee, and Pip, and Captains Joey and Coon, the CofC RFC put on its first ever “Rookie Clinic”. At this event, the leaders dissected a few professional rugby matches for the young cougars, in order to teach the flow of the game, along with calling attention to the fundamental game plan that the team will use going forward. The basics of rucks and ball placement were highlighted in a short tutorial, followed by a short jog down to the beach (while singing a new, interesting song led by Coach Clint). On the beach, the Cougars played touch rugby until the sun went down. At sunset, the cougars walked back to Coach Clint’s house to enjoy a cornucopia of delicious barbecue chicken, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, and corn on the cob. Hopefully, the lessons learned during this clinic will pay dividends as the team moves forward.
The 1st scrimmage of the year for the young 2010 Cougars went better than anyone could have expected. Two equally talented teams were created out of over 30 players. The overall effort and enthusiasm overwhelmed the few learning curve mistakes made by the new rugby players. After 3 hard fought periods, there were a few notable highlights and low-lights, but in the end, it was clear that the sky is the limit for the College of Charleston RFC. Highlights: Rookies “Hot Schlautz” and Ryan Koons made several ankle breaking moves on the way to tries and also laid the wood throughout the contest, while veteran Frank TJ Mackie had an overall outstanding game. Low-lights: There are times when high-energy players tend to take it too far, this was one of them. In an effort to tally as many tackles as possible, Jeremy “Penguin” Tindal added to his total in the most unconventional way… By tackling his own scrum-half. That scrum-half, however, had an unfortunate play of his own. “Pantheon” Andy was planning on restarting play after a dead ball, but instead of lightly tapping the ball on his foot and then giving it to one of his forwards, he dropped the ball forward…
Men of the Match: “Hot Schlautz”, Koons, and Frank
Dicks of the Day: “Penguin” and “Pantheon”
Special thanks to Sam Cook for reffing a fair game.
Check out the new schedule for the Fall 2010 rugby season!
Come support the CofC Cougars at the Yard on James Island during home games and then participate in the infamous post-game activities.
We are still looking for new players to join our team for the upcoming season, so it’s not too late to email Club President Joey Ingham (contact info on the officer’s page).
On Thursday, August 26 there will be a new recruit information meeting in Cougar Mall (outside of Maybank) at 7:30pm. Anyone remotely interested in playing rugby for the College of Charleston should come hear what the officers have to say and then enjoy a little socialization immediately afterward.
On Friday, August 27 the team will hold a light voluntary captain-led practice. This is a great opportunity for new players to begin learning the game by watching and/or participating and for returning players to get back into rugby mode.
The 1st official practice will be held on Monday, August 30. Time to Shock the World and leave our mark on collegiate rugby.