Philadelphia Whitemarsh RFC (5-0) finished its regular season with an unblemished record, defeating Harrisburg RFC (1-3) 51-7 at Edgely Field in Fairmont Park on Saturday. Eight different players scored on the hot and sunny day. Second Row workhorse Matt Oberlies won man of the match for PW.
Philly-Whitemarsh battled their way to a big win Saturday in a hard-fought game vs. Lancaster Roses at Monsignor Bonner High School. The 44-0 victory is a great start to the season after having to deal with 4 canceled/postponed matches to date due to poor weather and field conditions.
PW took it's 2-2 season record into Harrisburg last Saturday to play the 3-1 Blue Rams. It was our last match and league game of the season. We lost a couple of key players to injury and travel commitments, so we are were concerned about the turnout. The forecast was sunny and bright for the boys from PWRFC.
Seven were named to the original class of the Philadelphia Whitemarsh Hall of Fame in 1998 . The inductees were Rob Farley, Al Little, Butch Horvath, Michael Siano, Clarence Culpepper, Woody Stone and James Keller. In addition to their contributions to the club, all of the original seven played for the USA Rugby Eagles.
The Philadelphia-Whitemarsh Rugby Football Club started their season off with a 53-7 road win against the Philadelphia Gryphons last Saturday. Left winger Kurht Engle started the scoring for PW early with a try in the corner on a pass from player-coach Conway Maraki 5 meters out just minutes after the opening kick-off. Jim Rosato converted from the tough angle to make the score 7-0.
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.
I played my first game of rugby by just showing up at the field with my brothers John and Jimbo. We won 4-0 ... no - trys were four points not three as many of you now want to believe about me. It was a long time ago, though ... Clark has the binder of Whitemarsh Lineouts. Clark, you wrote them, yes, but they are Al Little's - he loaned them to me ... don't lose them!
Philadelphia Whitemarsh RFC fell one game short of a perfect season and a national championship. After an amazing second half comeback on Saturday propelled PW past the South Bay Rhinos (CA) by a score of 50-26, and into the USA Rugby Championship Series DIII National Championship Game, they fell to New Orleans RFC (LA) in the final on Sunday, 36-20.
PW continues in the D2 of the MAC conference after a successful spring season. Aug. 11 is the first official training session. Gareth is coming in from Wales the following week (Aug 17th) and there are some potential tournaments/friendlies to get us prepared for our Sep 12th season opener. Full match schedule »
PW continues in the D2 of the newly formed MAC conference after a successful fall season. Training at YSC Sports takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 24. Starting March 26, practice is Tuesdays and Thursdays at Heuser Park (through April 23). Full match schedule »
In a match featuring the final two remaining undefeated clubs in EPRU’s third division, Philadelphia Whitemarsh RFC (7-0) held off a late rally from North Penn RFC (6-1) to win 14-11. Jim Rosato scored all 14 points for PW and Freddie Koniecki was named man of the match for his strong play in the line outs and the muddy trenches of North Penn’s pitch.