The ESRFC ends its season at the top of the heap where they belong, following a 38-15 victory over Dayton in the season’s final match using a skeleton crew that put players in unfamiliar positions and required subs to step up into a starting spot once again.
Repeat try scorers Nick Musarra and Roneil Reynolds put up the bulk of the points against the home team. Mike Ciccolini and Bill Regan rounded out the try scoring. Nick Viviani had an off day with his conversions, though he put over two penalty kicks early in the match. It must be something in the Dayton air.
Relive the season here, complete with all the numbers behind the the results.
Are you worried about the weather getting colder and your rugby going away? Are you unwilling to watch Browns start random players at quarterback and see who can stumble into a decent game and maybe a win? Well then you are in luck. Claddagh Irish Pub in Legacy Village will be broadcasting the November international matches. The dates and times are listed below. Come out, get some matches in and keep the rugby going.
Sat Nov. 2
- 10:30am England Vs Argentina Live
Sat Nov. 9
- 9:30am England Vs Argentina Live
- 12:30pm Wales vs South Africa Live
- 3:00pm France Vs new Zealand live
- 5:00pm ireland Vs Samos Delay
Sat Nov. 16
- 9:30am England Vs new Zealand Live
- 12:45 pm Ireland Vs Australia Live
- 2:45 pm Wales Vs Argentina Delay
Fri Nov. 22
- 2:30pm Wales Vs Tongo Live
Sat Nov. 23
- 3:00pm France Vs South Africa Live
Sun Nov. 24
- 9:00am Ireland Vs New Zealand Live
Sat Nov. 30
- 12:00pm Wales Vs Australia Live
Over the weekend the ESRFC took home their second win against the West side godless heathens in a local derby that saw the Green Horde put up 41 big points on the visiting team. The first half wasn’t a spectacular showing from the ESRFC’s A side but they managed to come out of the initial 40 with a lead. After the break, the match was in the balance – that is until Dave Dragunas ran through the middle of the defensive line early in the second half and put in a five-pointer right under the posts. Dragunas had an additional try on the day as well. Tries by Roneil Reynolds, Zach Webb and Michael Travis, his first since transferring over from the Utica Mud Boggers. Nick Viviani’s foot was flawless on converting the team’s five tries, and he added two successful penalties to his ledger before the day was done.
The Green Horde’s B side suffered a close loss to the heathens’ second side. Long time club members Drew Roberts, Mark Derrickson, Tom Boyle and Randy Viviani brushed off their boots and played alongside some of the club’s young active members.
This weekend the Green Horde takes on a traveling Kent State, who are hoping to stay sharp in preparation for their trip to playoffs. This match is set in place of Michiana’s forfeited match. After that the team travels down to Dayton to close out the Fall season.
Kickoff against Kent is this Saturday at 1:00pm at the Metro Parks Pitch.
See you at the pitch.
Hello Green Horde faithful. There were no real shake-ups this past weekend for the ESRFC due to them having their second bye week of the 2013 Fall season. Though that was the case, it was far from a weekend off for the Green Horde. In a rare rugby threeway, the Green Horde hosted the Cincinnati Wolfhounds’ DIII side as well as their neighbors the Youngstown Steel Valley Men’s Rugby Club. Each team got in roughly the equivalent – with the ESRFC going against the Wolfhounds for a half, the Wolfhounds finishing their day against Steel Valley and the ESRFC returning to the field to close out the day against Steel Valley.
For the Green Horde the day was marked by milestones and debuts. Zach Webb made his first start as flyhalf late in the day and led an almost entirely forward-driven back line. Another notable addition to the core of the Green Horde’s corps were Tim Krause, who is on loan from Loyola. Though not necessarily the biggest pack player on the field by any stretch, he made a big impression on defense. On offense he was no slouch either, breaking through a massive gap in the day’s late competition and it appeared as if a try was inevitable. Unfortunately, he was hawked by the opposing team’s fullback and denied his five points. Blake Regan made a rare cameo on the starting XV in the scrumhalf position and used quick thinking to consistently keep the Wolfhounds and Steel Valley, respectively, on their heels.
Veterans made their presence felt on the field as well. Evan Johnson made his triumphant return after being sidelined with an ankle injury, while Dave Dragunas made a compelling argument for why putting him at full back might not be such a far-fetched idea – crashing through lines and dragging defenders will do that. Not to be outdone, Webb got a hat trick on the day.
This weekend will be quite a different affair, though. With the season coming to a close and the Rovers looking for redemption, all eyes will be on the Metro Parks Pitch and who comes out on top. The ESRFC needs this win to get back to winning ways and regain their spot at the top of the board. The Rovers have pride on the line. No matter what, this match means the world and should be a good one to watch. Kickoff is at 1:00pm.
See you at the pitch.
For those of you who are unaware, the Green Horde A side went to Detroit over the weekend and suffered a hard-fought loss 35-29. This loss takes them out of first place, so we there is a lot of work to be done in order to reclaim the top spot before the cold weather comes in.
Squandering scoring chances, penalties and poor tackling enabled the Tradesmen to escape with their narrow victory. At least twice, the visiting Cleveland side were mere inches away from the Detroit whitewash and seemed destined to score but rather than making one more pass to secure the five points, players went on their own and found themselves held up by the stalwart Tradesmen defenses. When Detroit got the ball out to their backline untouched they seemed destined to score every time. Much of the tackling from the Green Horde was uncharacteristically high and reaching, leaving their defense lacking and allowing Tradesmen runners to gain extra yards and momentum. Two yellow cards nearly back-to-back didn’t help the situation, but the Green Horde stepped up and kept the Tradesmen at bay until their numbers were returned to full strength. Sadly, it was likely that extra energy conceded during the time their defense was diminished that put the game out of reach and let the Tradesmen escape with a win.
On the plus side, the team remained positive and hopeful throughout. Not once did anyone yell at a fellow teammate or the referee. The B side mixed with the Tradesmen’s leftovers and played a 10s match. Allen Lee and Jason Rolf were standouts in the whole affair, with Rolf finding himself in the right place at the right time to cross over for two tries.
This weekend, October 19, and November 2 will be spotlights for our developmental side. These matches are to get these guys as much playing time as possible and highlight their skills on the pitch. They work hard at practices so it is only right that they get their time on the field. This Saturday, the Cincinnati Wolfhounds’ DIII side travels north to play and on November 2, since Michiana has all but folded, the Findlay SCARS will try to put the hurt on our up-and-comers. The Wolfhounds are undefeated so far this year and Findlay is tied for second in their division.
After a spectacular start to the Fall, the Green Horde was exposed to their first taste of defeat when they crossed into the godless land known as Pittsburgh. In a match marred by questionable calls, insufficient field conditions and adverse weather conditions the Green Horde was handed a loss that left them bitter and angry. Those feelings were fresh when Pittsburgh came to Cleveland and went to battle with the ESRFC on the Metro Parks Pitch.
Pittsburgh brought big forwards, strong defense and, of course, the rain. Through a combination of patience, fitness and a very accurate kicker the ESRFC was able to more than able to provide answers for these and secure a win on their home turf. Throughout the entire 80 minutes the Green Horde kept their heads about them and stuck to their game plan and let the referee call the match – well as much as can be expected with the peanut gallery on the sidelines. They bashed their way into Pittsburgh territory and left with points just about every time. The match broke open during the final moments of the match when the Green Horde’s offense opened up their visiting side to a point where Nick Musarra was able to subvert their backline defense for a try and Dave Dragunas was able to power through them for a five-pointer of his own. Not only was Nick Viviani able to convert add on to the two late tries, but he padded his team’s score early on with three penalty kicks.
In the end, the Green Horde came away 26 – 17 victors.
Now, the ESRFC sits at the top of the table, with five wins and a single blemish to their names. The next match stands to be another test. They take on a tough Detroit Tradesmen on the road. The Tradesmen are almost a mirror image of the Green Horde in the standings. They are 5 and 1 as well. The only difference is in the overall points, with the advantage going towards Cleveland.
The match should be a tough one, and it is arguably the biggest one of the season. Kickoff in the rubble formerly known as the Motor City is at 1:00pm.
See you at the pitch.
Last week the Green Horde traveled to Pittsburgh and coughed up a tough 20-3 loss after playing on a rain-soaked, undersized field in a game governed by a referee whose judgement and skills were questionable at best. Not ones to let a loss deter them, the ESRFC buckled down and prepared to take on one of the top teams in their division, the Indianapolis Impalas. On September 28, traveling with a skeleton crew that seemed to be shrinking by the minute, the Green Horde made the drive to Indianapolis ans came back 30-10 victors.
For the majority of the match, it was back-and-forth, with flyhalf Nick Viviani maintaining a razor-thin advantage on the Impalas by putting through penalty kicks early in the match. His boot wasn’t quite perfect, though, fading a few kick attempts to just outside of the goal posts. Fortunately, the four tries – one for Viviani himself, a pair from Dave Dragunas and one of center Mike Ciccolini – were more than enough to keep the Impalas at bay.
The Green Horde traveled with 19 players and used every single one. Blood, sweat and dedication made this win possible. Now, the team looks forward to the upcoming weekend’s rematch against Pittsburgh. After traveling thin for the past two weeks, this weekend’s shot at retribution should be a sight to behold.
Kick off is at 1:00pm at the Metro Parks Pitch.
See you at the pitch.
Getting off to a 38 – 10 victory at the beginning of a season can light a fire under any team. Putting up that performance against their rivals would make that fire even bigger, stronger and more intense. On the flip side, there is the concern in every athlete and coach’s mind that the big win has made them go soft, that they’ve let the past win get to their heads and kept them from concentrating on and giving their all to the match at hand. Well, that was far from the case when the Dayton Flying Pigs traveled north to Cleveland in early September. The results speak for themselves. ESRFC 78. Dayton Flying Pigs 3.
The intensity leading up to the match seemed to be lacking a bit as warm-ups weren’t as crisp as usual and the starting XV took the field. Nick Regan fixed that from the first kick. Regan leaped into the air to retrieve the opening kick and it was a deluge of Green Horde scores after that. The tries and conversions came so fast and furious that it was difficult to keep track. Two players had hat tricks on the day, scoring down the far sideline and straight through the middle, respectively. Captain Nick Viviani had his kicking boots on that day, converting the majority of the tries and putting up the initial three points of the Green Horde’s score.
Superior strategy and fitness fueled the Green Horde’s slaughtering of their visiting opponents. In the first forty of the match, the Cleveland runners were squeezing through gaps and barely slipping past defenders. As the final forty loomed the gaps got bigger and the chasers got farther away. Lack of numbers didn’t help Dayton’s cause either, especially as fatigue was compounded by the general wear and tear that comes from playing a full 80.
The Detroit RFC visits the Green Horde next. If the ESRFC’s players keep improving the way they have in recent weeks, it could get really ugly really fast for the visitors from the Motor City. Kick off is Saturday at 1:00pm at the Metro Parks Pitch.
See you at the pitch.