Reading looked more like a swarm of bumble bees than a playoff contender as they arrived yesterday sporting their new black and gold striped uniforms sponsored by Gold's Gym. Reading's play, however, proved formidable as a well contested EPRU semfinal match was enjoyed by several hundred fans on sunny day at Memorial Hall field in Fairmount Park.
PW will open the spring season with a match at Kutztown University. Kutztown, a successful member of the college Premier League will be loaded for Bear ... or loaded with Golden Bears. Whitemarsh alumni Gregg Jones has been coaching Kutztown for over 20 years. In that long span PW has played KU several times and, I believe, the Golden Bears have come out on top each and everytime.
PW took care of business Saturday and picked up the bonus point win. The final was 37-19. Tries were scored by Karas, Foley, Miller, Knab, Haller, while Frey was perfect off the pin. A real team effort. The Man of the Match was Dominic Bartone.
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.
Philadelphia Whitemarsh (4-1) finds themselves back on top of the EPRU Keystone Division after a 29-10 win at Reading (3-1) on Saturday. PW needed to win by at least 8, score at least 4 trys and hold Reading to under 4 trys in order to clinch the division because of the bonus points at stake.
The details are in...come one, come all to celebrate and honor Emil Signes. The date is Saturday, February 9th at 9:30 p.m. at Firkin on Paradise, located at 4503 Paradise Road, across from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Contact email@example.com to let her know you are coming!
On the afternoon of Sunday, January 6th, 2013, Sean, the 7 year old son of Brian and Kimberly Fischel, lost his courageous battle with the rare auto immune disease HLH. He had been hospitalized since September. Many in the medical field used the word miraculous when speaking about Sean. Indeed, he was a miracle child to those who knew and loved him. He will be greatly missed by so many and there is no doubt that this brave boy is now shining in GOD's light.
Philadelphia Whitemarsh kicks off the fall season with a home match against the ever feisty Harrisburg Rugby Club.In our short time in Division 3, this is a match that brings out the best in both clubs.
Philly Whitemarsh vs Reading was played in the late afternoon Saturday but the sun and heat was still very much a factor as the game quickly turned into a track meet. Reading drew first blood in the second minute after two quick penalties against PW set Reading up just outside the PW 22. Reading slotted the kick for points and led 3-0 early.
Philadelphia Whitemarsh RFC (9-0) took another step on its path back to prominence Saturday morning with a convincing 50-22 win over visiting Roanoke RFC (5-3) in the MARFU Quarterfinals. PWRFC representing the 1 seed out of the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union jumped out to an early lead and then exploded in the beginning of the second half to knock out Roanoke, the 3 seed out of the Virginia Rugby Union.
Philladelphia Whitemarsh RFC (2-1) returned to their winning ways, putting up gaudy numbers in a91-7 win over Whitehorse RFC (0-3) this past Saturday. Scrumhalf Brian Oteri and Flanker Tim Foley contributed multiple tries with 3 and 2 respectively while 10 other players also touched down en route to 15 total tries for the home team, ten of which came before halftime.
On another hot and humid day in the city, PW kicked off to Whitehorse, but PW captain Bob Haller gathered the kickoff to give PW possesion. A few minutes later PW got on the board and never looked back. Oteri picked the ball off of a ruck deep in Whitehorse territory and found a lane to exploit, picking up his first score of the day. Flyhalf Conway Maraki's kick went wide, giving PW a 5-0 lead. Minutes later Maraki made a break through the line and fed Foley on the 5 meter line. This time Maraki's kick was true and PW was quickly up 12-0. Oteri added his second, finding a seem alongside a ruck and Maraki's kick pushed the score to 19-0. As the game started to look like a track meet, Inside Center John Knab got in on the action, taking a crash ball through the Whitemarsh backline and galloping in for seven more with Maraki's kick. Next it was Haller's turn, turning a long run into points, freezing the last defender with a fake pass outside. Foley took a crash ball after the ensuing kick all the way to the house. Maraki's kick pushed the lead to 40-0.
Maraki broke from his conversion duties to add a try of his own, beating a defender head on before touching down under the posts. He again converted as he would 8 out of 10 times before leaving the game at halftime. Tim Antoian, getting his first start for PW at fullback got his first try as well, recieving a ball outside, and then cutting in to score under the posts. Oteri added his 3rd before halftime and Outside Center Cliff Webster finished a long run by Maraki in the last play of the half. The halftime score was 66-0.
The second half began with back and forth play as PW's substitutes at most positions found the flow of the game. Eventually Brian Engle fielded a kick an ran it back to paydirt. Jim Rosato's kick from the sideline was no good. Brandon Unruh, got on the scoresheet with a 30 meter scamper pushing the lead all the way to 76-0. Whitehorse finally was able to put a few phases together, aided by a couple PW penalties and pushed in to spoil the shutout. PW answered with 3 more tries however, from Dave Peirce, Cesare Coscia and Steve Fry. The final score read 91-7. Although, he was missing from the score sheet, lock, Ryan 'Mongo' McLean was awarded man of the match for PW for his play fielding kick-offs and for being all over the field both offensively and defensively.
Next weekend, PW takes on Second City Troop (2-1) at PCOM.
Big day. We have a lot of new faces playing. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised in the transition of the club with the young players and the work of our new head of rugby football operations - Chris Ryan. We're all very excited to kickoff the season. Come on out and catch the action.