By Matthew Hayden, Coach
The history of Okapi Wanderers Rugby Club is as unusual as its name. The club was founded in October 2014, with 32 youngsters and a few parents. The pitch consisted of half a soccer field in a Weston, Florida, public park. Club founders Matthew Hayden, Mariano and Mariana Gallo, and Gavin McLeavy wanted do more than just start a rugby team; they wanted to bring the energy... Read More
In the penultimate weekend of the American Rugby Premiership fall season, Old Blue held off a surging Mystic River club, 32-25, and the New York Athletic Club crushed the Boston Irish, 81-29. Old Blue’s victory completes a season sweep over the defending DI National Champions, but Mystic will now shift its focus to NYAC this Saturday. Old Blue will conclude its fall season at home against Boston... Read More
The ability to travel and win in any competition is essential for a successful club. Each team in the DI Mid-Atlantic, except for one, has struggled on the road. Besides Rocky Gorge, the home team has won almost twice the number of games than away. On Saturday, the Potomac Exiles, the Schuylkill River Exiles, and the Pittsburgh Harlequins each defended their home fields beating the Norfolk Blues... Read More
With two weeks remaining the fall season of the American Rugby Premiership, the latest chapter of the NYAC and Old Blue epic rivalry was on display Saturday at Randall’s Island, N.Y. After winning the first match 19-13 a month ago, NYAC completed the season sweep against Old Blue winning 30-25. Life completed its Atlantic Cup exhibition with a 43-17 road loss to Mystic River and the Boston Irish... Read More
With only three weeks until the end of the fall American Rugby Premiership season, the New York Athletic Club and Mystic River clobbered the Boston area teams, while Old Blue ventured to Georgia to play former ARP participant, Life, as part of the Atlantic Cup. In the DI Atlantic North/ARP competition, NYAC blanked Boston, 74-0, and Mystic River came back in the second half with four tries to... Read More
With six weeks of the DI Mid-Atlantic fall season in the books, Rocky Gorge is clearly the best team in the conference and a realistic contender for the DI National Championship next year. Gorge won its sixth straight match against the Norfolk Blues, 51-23, passing the 400 total points mark in the process. The Pittsburgh Harlequins leapfrogged Schuylkill River to tie the Blues in second place... Read More
After six weeks of competition in the DI Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Gorge has further distanced itself from the pack with a 106-6 demolition of Baltimore-Chesapeake. Gorge’s next opponent, the Norfolk Blues, took care of business shutting out their second straight foe by blasting Wilmington, 84-0. Finally, Pittsburgh dropped its second consecutive match after losing to the Potomac Exiles, 31-12.
For the... Read More
Week Six in the American Rugby Premiership brought two blowouts and the Atlantic Cup exhibition opener between NYAC and Life. In rematches from September, Old Blue and Mystic River blew out the Boston Irish and Boston by a combined score of 168-0. In Life’s first match of the season, the Running Eagles traveled up to New York for the first match of the inaugural Atlantic Cup. In a competitive... Read More
The three-headed monster that is the American Rugby Premiership enters the fifth week of play with each of the top teams playing. In the battle between the last two DI National Champions, NYAC came from behind in the second half to beat Mystic River, 27-22, and Old Blue stomped Boston in Massachusetts, 96-0. Only seven points separate the teams at top of the standings and one-loss Old Blue trails... Read More
The top three clubs in the DI Mid-Atlantic improved their records over the weekend. With Pittsburgh on a bye, Rocky Gorge, Schuylkill River, and Norfolk won their games by impressive margins. Rocky Gorge almost hit the century mark crushing Wilmington, 89-12, Schuylkill River cruised to a 31-8 win over the Potomac Exiles, and the Norfolk Blues blanked Baltimore-Chesapeake, 41-0.
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