Results of the Always Unofficial Florida Old Boys Championships
- From: Rugby Dan <rugbydan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 10:41:48 -0500
Holiday Rugby Greetings to everybody around the world and down the block.
The tenth or so Always Unofficial Florida Old Boys Championships took
place on Sat. Dec. 8 in Sanford, Florida (next to Orlando) at Sylvan
Lake Park during the USARFU Nat. All-Star Championship weekend. There
were 4 35+ matches and a 50+ match with nearly 40 participants.
The event was hosted by the Orlando RFC and included the Fort Lauderdale
Silver Knights, the St. Petersburg Pelidactyls (old Pelicans), the
defending champs Florida East Coast Elderly Side (FECES) from West Palm
Beach and Orlando. Many players from Brevard and Golden Isles RFCs also
participated as well as many NASC coaches or other oldsters who wanted a
holiday run in the sun.
The opening contest pitted long-time rivals Orlando and St Pete in a
match reminiscent of their rugby wars of past decades. The opening 25
minute stanza saw only Orlando's Mike Brockman convert a penalty kick
for a 3-0 halftime lead. The Pelidactyls got on the board midway thru
the second half as Larry Sims took a support pass from Mark Bongo to cap
a 30 meter try run for a 5-3 St Pete lead. Orlando missed a PK at the
final whistle (as Pelly hooker Stacey Deannuntis asked the crowd to pray
for a miss) giving the Birds a 5-3 victory. Pelly back Mike Haverty
wearily quipped, "It's wayyyyy too early for that type of match!"
In the day's second tilt it was the FECES turn to wipe out FTL, beating
the crap out of the Silver Knights 38-0. Andy Tolson, Alex Rinehart,
Jorge Abascal, Pat Gordon, Adam Konesey and Dave "The Mole"
Schnegelberger each touched down for WPB with Schneg adding 3
conversions. I stepped on the pitch for a few minutes in each half at
flanker for FTL and it's not easy to tackle someone while you're writing
down notes on the game. Not that I could actually catch anyone, but.....
The eagerly anticipated 50+ match at high noon was more fun than
fighting as the mostly Florida blue team topped the guys in the spiffy
Golden Isles gold jerseys 45-0. Highlights of the match included a
"give-and-you-go-no-you-go-no-you-go" try between Boca Raton's Dan
Carter and Dennis "Bigfoot" Frisch, Mikey Littleman's 25 meter jaunt,
Steve Muldoon actually PASSING the ball (!), 5 of the New South Wales U
18 coaches playing and generally an all around good time. Muldoon
(rhymes w/buffoon) scored twice and came to the sidelines to sign
make-believe autographs each time. Yours fooly filled in at lock &
flanker for Florida and evened my day's record at 1-1. The man of the
match was 70 year old Timmy Connell of Jupiter, FL.
The consolation match saw Orlando storm back from a 10-5 halftime
deficit to top FTL 47-15. Dave Williams of Brevard and Rocco Kryns of
FTL got the Silver Knights out to a 10-0 lead and then a variety of
Griffins found the try line thereafter. Brockman and Brian Richardson of
Daytona each touched down for Orlando with Richardson setting up 3 other
The finals pitted the 2 teams that merged to share the 2006
championship, St Pete and the FECES. Pat O'Donnell of Naples put the
Pels on the board early with a penalty kick but Tony Zhou of WPB scored
a quick try to give the FECES a brief 5-3 lead. Luke Nabiau muscled over
late in the first half for the Pels with Bongo booting the conversion to
give STP a 10-5 lead at the break.
The second half was literally for the Birds as Nabiau, O'Donnell, Mark
"Crazy-ass Cajun Coon-ass" Harris, Brad Pardee and former Fijian
Barbarian Jim Turaga all touched for a 39-5 championship win for the
Pelidactyls. Coach Russ Boring even got on the pitch for two minutes and
Wendy would kill him if she found out! The aftermatch party centered
around Pat O'Donnell's motorhome dubbed "The Beast" which Pat says will
be in attendance @ the FTL Ruggerfest in late February.
Lastly, the championship trophy was awarded to the Pelidactyls but for
some strange reason they didn't want to pose for a team picture.
Instead, they asked their spouses to pose and the pix is below.........
(If it does not appear then write me directly rugbydan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx)
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