Philly Whitemarsh 31 - North Bay 17
Apr 28 2013

Philadelphia Whitemarsh handled Reading (PA) 69-20 in the MARFU semifinals on Saturday and held off North Bay (MD) 31-17 in the finals on Sunday to repeat as Division 3 MARFU Champions and earn a national sweet 16 spot in Virginia Beach in three weeks.

PW Pulls Away Late Against James River in MARFU Quarterfinal Mudbath
After match social starts at 3:00pm at FADO
Apr 19 2013

Philadelphia Whitemarsh RFC defeated James River RFC 32-10 in the MARFU Quarterfinals on Saturday at Memorial Park in their first step this spring in their quest to return to the national championship.  Although the weather was beautiful by gametime, the Philadelphia area received a half inch of rain the night before, making the pitch a slippery track. James River hung around and nearly brought came with in a converted try with 15 minutes remaining before PW pulled away with two tries in the final 10 minutes.

The majority of the first 20 minutes was spent in James River's end but the combanation of a slippery ball, good defense, ill timed penalties and a strong boot kept Philly Whitemarsh from getting over the goal line.  Finally PW was able to set up on James River's 5 meter line and simple passing to the wing allowed winger Brennan Conway to touch down in the corner putting PW on the board first.  A few minutes later, PW was on the move again.  Outside center Jim Rosato was able to recover his own kick on the bounce and offload to wing Kurht Engle who fed a streaking inside center Brian Engle who scampered the final 50 meters for a try.  PW led 10-0.  James River got within striking distance with about 10 minutes left in the half but their kick for points went wide.  As the first half came to a close, PW put 5 more on the board when Bob Haller was able to dive across the line after a 5 meter scrum. Rosato's converstion attempt was inches wide and PW led 15-0 at the break.

James River got on the board almost immediately to start the second half, converting a penalty kick from 30 meters out in the 41st minute.  The visitors again went for points 10 minutes later but again the kick sailed right.  Just when it looked like James River was picking up momentum and was on the verge of their first try, PW scrumhalf Brian Oteri scooped up a loose ball from a lineout and broke several tackles bringing the pill from one 22 to the other.  Two phases later found Conway in a familiar spot; the corner of the try zone.  PW led 20-3. Undaunted, James River marched right back down the field.  Off of a penalty play, the James River hooker picked up a ball and ran in untouched.  The conversion put JR down 10 with 20 minutes to go.  5 minutes later, James River again found themselves within striking distance and chose to kick for points from 30 meters but again the ball sailed right. Philly Whitemarsh's defense held off another push from the visitors from Richmond before turning the ball over and advancing down the field.  Eventually a 5 meter scrum yielded a a try when PW flyhalf Conway Maraki broke through the line and touched down to put PW up 25-10 and the game out of reach with 5 minutes to go.  PW added some insurance off the ensuing kickoff when prop Jay Uli made a long run that was capped off by Rosato touching down and converting his own try.  The final score was 32-10.

After the match, both James River and Philadelphia Whitemarsh enjoyed a great drink-up at Fado.  Songs were sung and great food and beer was consumed.  Thanks for all of those who were involved!

Next weekend, Philly Whitemarsh travels to Pittsburgh for the MARFU Semifinals and Finals.  They face Reading RFC (PA) in one semifial while undefeated North Bay RFC (MD) takes on undefeated Roanoke RFC (VA) in the other. This will be the third meeting of PW and Reading this season with PW getting the better of their rivals once in the regular season 29-10 and again in the EPRU Final 58-33.

Tulio kicks ahead
Apr 8 2013

On a beautiful day for rugby, PW defeated Second City Troop 41-10 in Fairmount Park Philadelphia just across from Memorial Hall. Memorial Hall is the historic showcase building of our nations 1876 Centennial.

Mar 24 2013

PW defeated the New York Rugby Club seconds 27 to 5 at home in Fairmount Park Saturday. PW shared Memorial Hall field with the Schuylkill River Exiles RFC. SR played the New York Rugby Club A side.

Connor James Hoffmaster
Mar 24 2013

It is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow that I report the passing of Connor James Hoffmaster. Conner was the son of George and Helen Betzler's daughter Brenda Betzler Hoffmaster. Having just celebrated his 19th birthday in January, Connor died suddenly this past Friday March 22nd.

Mates of Tony Studdy
Mar 10 2013

Tony's wife Helene and son John Studdy are surrounded by a storied list of who's who in the annals of Philadelphia Rugby Club and Philadelphia Whitemarsh Rugby Football Club history. The photo was taken just outside St. John's Episcopal Church following Tony's memorial service this past Saturday.

Welcome to Owen Joseph Koniecki!
Feb 20 2013

Welcome to Owen Joseph Koniecki, born February 20, 2013 at 10:23 a.m. Congratulations to PWRFC prop, Freddie Koniecki and his wife Alicia!

Mayor's Invitational Rugby Match
Feb 19 2013

Doylestown RFC has partnered with the borough of Newtown, PA to bring rugby into a community that is currently unfamiliar with the sport. All proceeds from this event will benefit The Newtown Theatre, which is our nation’s oldest movie theatre.

2014 Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival
Feb 18 2013

2014 will see the Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival head to Argentina for the first time in its 35 year history where the coastal resort city of Mar del Plata will play host.