Two of our players Precious Osuchukwu and Daniel Eljuri were chosen to fly to Grand Cayman to take part in the international tour of the LSC Rattlesnakes. There they played two games. Losing on Wednesday the 8th against the Grand Cayman U23 National Team and winning Saturday the 11th against the Cayman Island Rugby Union Men's team. You can watch both games here: http://www.caymanrugby.com/cayman-rugby-tv/dart-alex-alexander-memorial
This coming Saturday (6/6/15) UT Dallas and the UT Dallas Rugby Club will be hosting an inaugural Lonestar Conference All Star Trials.
Originally this event was supposed to be held at Lake Highlands Park in Dallas, but due to the club double booking the field (a TOLA 7’s tournament or our college trails). Well the bottom line, the college trials lost out and had to find another pitch. Tuesday morning, I spoke with our Rec Sports Director Chris Gormley and explained our situation. Like the champ that he is, Chris was able to get us a pitch for the event. Hugh thanks goes out to Chris for helping these college kids and it is greatly appreciated.
Now about the Lonestar Collegiate All Star Trials. During the past season, 5 coaches were deemed the task/honor of selecting the top nominees. 3 coaches from the north conference (myself and Darrin (SMU) and Michael (MSU), 2 coaches from the south conference (Shayne (UTSA) and Brennan (St. Edward’s) looked over each match at the opposition and selected players that might be interested in playing at a higher level. At the end of the league season, we met and discussed the nominees. Emails were sent inviting those players to our first camp.
We’re pretty excited about this trial and feel that we have 50 of the best players from the Lonestar Conference. Out of those 50 players, 30 of the best of the best will be selected and if they are interested, they will take off for a week of rugby in the Bahamas (2 games).
Representing UT Dallas is Andrew Whiteis (scrumhalf/flyhalf), Daniel Eljuri (lock/flanker/prop), Precious Osuchukwu (lock), Nicky DiCarlo (center), Eric Smith (flanker). We wish them all the best of luck this coming weekend as they meet, practice and scrimmage the other players from UD, SHSU, UTSA, St. Edward’s, SMU, MSU, Letourneau, Prairie View, ASU, Texas St.
It would be great if anyone came out to watch the trials, wear your UT Dallas Rugby t-shirts, anything that says UT Dallas and support the players all working to make the traveling squad.
The trials begin about 10:00am, with a scrimmage about 2:00pm and concluding between 4 and 5:00pm. It should be a great day for rugby and the guys will be pumped up for this competition. If you can make it to UT Dallas, field 6, great. If not, I’ll post something next week and keep everyone up to date with the goings on.
On a cold snowy and icey afternoon, 2 clubs traveled a combined 8 hours to Richardson in preparations of a possible match on Saturday. UT Dallas had already closed all fields due to the previous weeks ice, rain and snow, so we moved both the women's match and men's match to Richardson Jr. High School.
On a cold Saturday afternoon, Sam Houston State Women showed up in force (11 players) to our 6 and finally 7th player.
The Line up.
1. Lorraine, 2. Cora, 3. Vic, 4. Alyssa, 5. Rachel, 6. Mel, 7. Yesina
While I personally didn't want the game to go on, but all of the girls wanted to play, and because of that I allowed the games to proceed. Normally, clubs would play the best of three 15 minute matches, but it was decided that we would play one 20 minute match, winner take all.
The match began with both clubs searching for some kind of footing to make a move against each other, It was a very well played match, with Sam Houston taking an early lead in the first half, but in the second half, our ladies came alive with Alyssa scoring 2 trys to make it a game.
Women of the Match - Alyssa Gelman
In all, our ladies have had a great season, growing into adults who have all made several commitments to attend class, some work and those that want to learn how to play rugby, came out to every practice and every game.
Thank you to those ladies and I'm looking forward to next year, working with you all and learning from you.
The players from Angelo State showed up at the same time as the Sam Houston Women and when the women's match was over, the men took the field. ASU was expecting a few more players but due to weather conditions in San Angelo a good number of their players couldn't make it. So they took the field with 13 players. Meanwhile, UT Dallas wasn't very much better, seeing that it was a home match for us, but we did have 15 players. So we played 14 against 13 and we had 1 reserve.
The line up:
1. Brandon, 2. Daniel, 3. Jonathan, 4. Precious, 5. Manny, 6. Luke, 7. Eric, 8. Jake, 9. Nick Pebworth, 10. Andrew Whiteis, 11. Kashan, 12. Nicky DiCarlo, 13. Liam, 14. Jordan
Reserve: Josh who later came in for Luke.
The match was played same way the ladies match went, looking for footing, but it was a little easier, because the women had already broken up a lot of the ice on the field.
UT Dallas struck first with Nicky DiCarlo intercepting a ASU pass and running it back to score the first try of the day. Then ASU came back to battle up and down the field. They played a 8 man game, considering they had 2 very large props both weighting in about 300 plus pounds. And 3 other players that had to weight about 275, which gave us fits every time one of those players got the ball, but we battled.
During this half, we managed to march the ball down the pitch, with some steady and deliberate rucking to put up another score. Jonathan was the one that punched in our second try of the day, with Nick Pebworth converting. The end of the first half UT Dallas 12, ASU 24.
The end of the first half would mark the end of the game, an officer from the Richardson ISD Security Dept. came by and ordered us off the field, like UT Dallas that field was closed, but we didn't know that info. So both clubs joined the ladies at Fuzzy's Taco Shop for some warm food and cold drink.
Man of the Match - Nicky DiCarlo
The last item of business is the Spring Banquet, which is still in the air, but will post that date as soon as it is confirmed. See you all at the banquet.
It's been a busy day, my phone has been blowing up with texts, phone calls and emails. Seems everyone wants to know what tomorrow's going to bring.
The address again is: Richardson Jr. High School, 1813 N. Floyd Road, Richardson. This is just a couple of blocks away from the UT Dallas campus.
Listening to various weather reports, today brought us snow and it's covered everything in the DFW area. I've heard from Angelo St. they're driving to Dallas, some players are already here. I've heard from the mother of one of the Sam Houston Women and they are on the road as well. I've gotten text and phone calls from my officers with the UT Dallas Men and Women's Rugby Club, seems everyone is preparing or wanting to play rugby tomorrow. For this reason, I won't try to stop them.
I have heard from a top quality referee and my friend Randy Campbell that he is now the referee for the match tomorrow. Great news, especially since he lives roughly 10 minutes from our playing site. But just to remind everyone, just because he's a good friend won't mean I'll get any calls to go my way. He doesn't do that, but he is good and I'm happy to have him in the middle.
Everyone please bear with us, we can't make any decisions on playing the actual matches tomorrow, until we see the conditions and all coaches have a chance to talk, once we all meet at the field. So if you plan on attending the matches tomorrow, dress warm and we'll see how things turn out. After the matches are or are not played, we'll go over to Fuzzy's Taco Shop for some grub and beverage and warm up.
This weekend both our men and women play their final rugby match of the season. The women play Sam Houston St. Women, kick off is set for 3:00pm.
The men play Angelo St. University (ASU), kick off is set for 4:00pm, but due to weather creating havoc this week, we are forced to move the matches to a secondary field. Both of the UT Dallas matches will be played at Richardson North Junior High School. The address is 1813 N. Floyd Road, Richardson, TX.
Come on out and cheer the Green and Orange in their final match of the year.
On Saturday (2/21) your UT Dallas Rugby Club traveled the short distance to Irving to take on the University of Dallas (UD). With 19 players showing up for our last away game of the year, they went out to take on a much improved UD side.
The match started as scheduled and in an uncharacteristic move UT Dallas marched the ball down the pitch to score the first Try of the day 2 minutes into the match. The lads came out on fire and played hard, but UD played a similar style of rugby was able to even the score a few minutes later, the score 2 more Trys as the 1st half came to a conclusion. Half time score UT Dallas 5, UD 15.
The Line up:
1. Brandon, 2. Daniel, 3. Maika, 4. Precious, 5. Manny, 6. Arjun, 7. Luke, 8. Jake, 9. Jordan, 10. Andrew Whiteis, 11. Liam, 12. Nicky, 13. Andrew Do, 14. Zach, 15. Octavio
Reserves: 16, Nick Pebworth, 17. Nick Fu, 18. Kashan, 19. Josh Todd
The second half began with only 1 sub coming on, 16, Nick came on for Jordan. Both sides played an intense 2nd half, lots of hard hits and both sides drove between the 22 meter lines. UT Dallas was able to score 3 Trys in this half, Zach scored 2 and Octavio scored his first Try of his young rugby career and then converted his own try, but we were unable to keep UD out of goal. They scored 2 more Trys and the final score, UT Dallas 22, UD 27. The lads played very well and it shows a brief preview of what is to come next year and the years to come.
On another note, it was a surprise to me to see UT Dallas' first Rugby Coach show up at the match. K.C. Kinney, who coached UT Dallas from 2000 to about 2005 traveled to Irving to watch the game. Most of you believe I am the first coach at UT Dallas, but it really was K.C. that started the whole thing, I did work with him for a few weeks, before moving on to coach another school.
This coming weekend (2/28) the final matches will be played by both the UD Dallas Women and Men. The women will play their last match of the year against Sam Houston State Women. The Men take on Angelo State University for their last match of the year.
Preview Women - Kick off schedule for 3:00pm. Sam Houston St. Women don't have to numbers to play 10 a side, so we'll play the best out of three matches. In the past 2 years, our women have won a couple of matches against Sam Houston, but we were still new to rugby and now have very talented players in key positions, so I expect that we will be able to give Sam a competitive run.
Preview Men - Kick off scheduled for 4:00pm. Angelo St. University (ASU), is coming to UT Dallas with an undefeated record and the only blemish on this record is the tie that they had early last fall. ASU will be big, and strong, but we've played this style of club before and were able to compete.
This Saturday (2/21/15) the UTD Men travel to Irving to play the University of Dallas (UD). Currently your UT Dallas Rugby Club stands with a record of 3 wins and 5 losses, UD is sitting on a 4 win and 4 loss season.
UD has steadily been improving this season and has been playing solid rugby, while our club has had some moments and with some injuries to key players and a couple of other outside actions. We've had some good practices the past 2 weeks and look to play a hard match.
Kick off is scheduled for 2:00pm at the University of Dallas, Bob McNabb Rugby Pitch. The address and a link with the directions is posted in this web site in the Venue Directions section.
Will post about the upcoming match and results Sunday morning. Come on out and cheer on the lads as they play their final away match of the season. Then next weekend, we host Angelo State University in the finale match of the 2014/15 season. More on this match next week.
Last weekend, the UT Dallas Women's Rugby Club traveled to Houston to play Rice University. The women traveled down to The Woodlands on Friday night, that way they wouldn't have to get up early Saturday for the drive.
The match began on time (Noon) and from the get go, 13 minutes into the match Amber opened the scoring for the UTD Women and roughly every 6 minutes someone from UTD was scoring a Try.
The Line up:
Brianna, Amber and Vic were the front row, Alyssa, Rachel, Judit and Mel were the backs
Alex and Marsela also traveled played with Rice and also against Rice.
The UTD Women gave up three Trys, but made lots of tackles, had good positioning in support and did a really good job of hustling to the ruck and poaching balls on defense.
Scoring Trys were: Amber (1), Alyssa (3 Trys and 5 conversions), Mel (2 Trys and 1 conversion), Judit (1 Try and 1 conversion)
The final score UT Dallas Women 54, Rice 15 and the UT Dallas Woman of the Match - Mel.
This weekend, the UT Dallas Men take on Midwestern State University (MSU). This will be the second match of this season/year. In the first match, MSU came from behind to take the lead, but with a horrendous call by the referee, which nullified a possible come back by the boys in green and orange. But that is water under the bridge, now with the new year and a new commitment the lads plan on making a good turn out and avenge that earlier loss.
The match will be played at UT Dallas and kick off is scheduled for 2:00pm. The weather should be good and I think we're ready to play.
This Saturday, the UT Dallas Women travel to Houston to play Rice University, kick off is scheduled for 12 noon. The pitch is just across from Rice Stadium, directions are in the Venue Directions portion of this web site.
A year ago, we played Rice in the kick off of the 2013-14 season and while the ladies played well, it just wasn't enough to pull out a victory.
This year with seasoned players returning, Captain - Alyssa, Flyhalf - Rachel, Outside Center - Judit. Wing - Marie, Prop - Vic all playing well with the newbies like Inside Center - Mel, Hooker Amber, Prop - Brianna, Hooker/Wing -
Alex we should be able to bring home a victory.
As always a complete report will be posted after the match.
On January 25th, your UT Dallas Rugby Club traveled down 75 Central Expressway to take on cross town rival SMU. The day was a great day weather wise and we came out hot and hard.
With the pressure we put on SMU early in the match, we forced a knock on and Andrew Do picked up the ball and scored the first Try of the afternoon and the other Andrew (Whiteis) converted to give UTD the early lead 7 – 0.
But that would be all the scoring for UT Dallas, from a couple of mental errors and good ball handling SMU was able to rack up a good number of Trys to complete their first over whelming victory over UTD in 4 years and since the early 2000’s.
The line up:
On January 31st, your UT Dallas Rugby Club traveled to Waco to play a friendly match against Baylor University. This would be the first time ever playing Baylor.
Baylor is a DI university team, currently playing in the Red River Rugby Conference. It was agreed prior to the match that UT Dallas would be playing Baylor’s 2nd and 3rd side players to give everyone that needed match experience. Baylor has a very nice pitch, it was green, perfectly marked and all of the players from UT Dallas were there warming up.
The line up:
The match was played with a lot of good hard intensity from the undersized UT Dallas Rugby players. They fought the good fight, but it was the size and experience of the Baylor Rugby Club that prevailed at the end of the day.
There were many bright spots during the game, but the brightest moment came about when Nicky DiCarlo intercepted a Baylor pass to run it in for our first and only Try of the match. Nick Pebworth converted that try giving him his first points while playing for UT Dallas.
This coming weekend only the Ladies will be playing, they will travel down to Houston to play Rice University. Kick off is set for 12 Noon, directions to the pitch will be posted as soon as the match has been confirmed. Stay tuned for details on this upcoming match. The men have the weekend off, in preparation for their upcoming final 3 matches of the year. More info on these will come later as we get closer.
Mondays 7- 9 pm
Wednesdays 7 - 9 pm
Fridays 5 - 7 pm
Mondays 7 - 9 pm
Wednesdays 7 - 9 pm
Fridays 6 - 8 pm