My name is Ian Wolk, I was searching/surfing Goggle yesterday, and came across the picture "Rugby Brothers". I am standing next to Clark with my hand on his shoulder in that picture.
I played rugby for Whitemarsh and then Phila Whitemarsh from 1974-1984, during that time,we truly were a band of brothers. We practiced hard, played harder and raised Holy Hell wherever we went. The stories are hilarious and endless. If anyone on the team ever needed anything,we were there for each other.
Our matches took us all over the place. From the local games to Rhode Island ,Pittsburgh,Virginia,Canada etc. We went to England and Wales and also went back to Europe to play on the "MARS" team (Mid-Atlantic Rugby Seminar), which was a team comprised of Whitemarsh players as well as teams from NY, NJ and PA.
(I'll never forget the food fight the TEAM decided to have at a turnpike rest stop on the way back from Pittsburgh, the State Police were called to stop it-thank God for Al Little on that one),
During the off season we did things like white water rafting trips in West Virginia,and visiting each other at various shore houses.
I have attached another team picture, maybe someone would like to have it. Please help yourself to posting it, but if you do, could you please entitle it "More Rugby Brothers"
I also noticed while surfing that Mr.Di passed in November. I wish I would have known sooner so I could have been at the services. Words cannot describe how good of a man he was. I will never forget his kind, caring way. The DiFrancesco's are a wonderful family. They always made all the players feel like we were part of their family.
Back then, after the home games on Glendale Road, the Di's would open their home to the entire team, for showers and and bowl of Mrs. Di's chili! Mr Di. was my friend and my deepest condolences go out to the entire DiFrancesco family.