Brian White takes role as DoR as the club takes aim at a National Championship

Brian White appointed Director of Rugby, Eric Huss confirmed for Commercial Manager for 2015

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Brian White takes role as DoR as the club takes aim at a National Championship

Brian White takes role as DoR as the club takes aim at a National Championship

Saratoga Springs, NY, December 18, 2014– Saratoga Rugby Club would like to officially announce Brian White as Director of Rugby, and Eric Huss as Commercial Manager of SRC. Saratoga Rugby Club is one of the only clubs in the United States to have these positions to progress rugby in the area. Many international and professional rugby clubs have these positions, and SRC’s dedication to producing professional quality rugby is just one way that the organization sets itself apart from every club in the United States.

Brian has a wealth of rugby knowledge with over 15 years of rugby experience. He has served as President for the Stampede for over 3 years. Brian was also an international player and been on a number of top New England area teams including, Boston, White Plains, Albany, and even Saratoga. He will be succeeding Jaco Visser, who is now the President of Saratoga Rugby Club. The Director of Rugby position is designed to progress the sport of rugby through game development, recruitment, and overall quality of rugby throughout each of our brands

Eric Huss looking to build on all of SRC's 2014 success

Eric Huss looking to build on all of SRC’s 2014 success

Eric Huss has been confirmed as Saratoga Rugby Club’s Commercial Manager. Eric was our CM earlier this year, with over 25 years of rugby experience. With his efforts, in 2014 he managed to secure sponsorship with top businesses among Saratoga Springs, made SRC a member of the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau, produced over 17 participants for the Saratoga Youth Rugby Discount Card, secured an outfitter in Rugby Athletic for the next couple of years, and many more accomplishments.

These two appointed positions will play a pivotal role this spring, as the Club’s 15’s team, the Stampede, will compete for a USA Rugby National Championship in April.

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR SRC 2014 HOLIDAY PARTY!

Saratoga Rugby Club is proud to annouce the details and ticket sales of the 2014 Saratoga Rugby Club Holiday Party!

Every year SRC brings you a great night for family, friends, and food as we celebrate the holidays Saratoga Rugby Club style.

Time: 7-10pm
Date: Sat. Dec 6th
Location: Peabody’s
Cost: $50/pp – payable via PayPal/Square.
RSVP Deadline: Wednesday Dec. 3rd

With your ticket, you recieve:

•7-9pm Open Bar
•Appetizers upon arrival
•Dinner served at 8pm (choice of Grilled Chicken or Guinness Salmon)
•Dessert
•DJ &/or Music
•Streaming Rugby on TV’s
•Ugly Sweater Contest
•Raffle

These holiday parties get more and more exciting every year. Come see what we have in store this year as we celebrate at Peabody’s!

HOLIDAY TICKET

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SARATOGA STAMPEDE XV DEFEATS ALBANY 33-26. TEAM SECURES PLAYOFF BID FOR ITS SECOND NATIONAL TITLE RUN IN 3 YEARS

– On Saturday, Nov. 8th. @ 1pm, Saratoga’s tough victory over their cross-town rivals, the Albany Knicks, has given the Stampede a 6-2 record in the league and secured a top 4 team finish for a playoff run in the Spring of 2015.

Saratoga knew that Albany would be a very straight forward team, with its strengths oriented towards the middle of the field, and that there would be an emotional tinge towards the Knicks, and the game could get out of hand if the Stampede did not stay focused on the victory. It was the great performance by the Stampede’s tight 5 players who held Albany’s offense to minimum advance throughout the day, and it was the kicking from Saratoga’s backline players who kept Albany in the back corner of the field the whole day. Saratoga scored consistently throughout the match. However, Albany never strayed far behind and kept the match a tight one for 80 minutes. Saratoga stuck with their game plan and ultimately finished with at 33-26 victory. This is an historic moment for the club, for on its 10 year anniversary, has managed to beat Albany for the first time ever. It only seemed fitting that it was the game that would secure Saratoga’s playoff spot.

The team’s Man of the Match this week goes to Saratoga veteran forward player, Mike Matrazzo. Mike’s great defensive prowess, great scrumming, and turnover work rate was what really stood out. Congrats Mike! B-side Man of the Match goes to Saratoga Rugby Rookie, Bryan Patterson, whose incredible offensive performance really impressed the players and coaching staff. Bryan, is a great new asset to the team, and we look forward to his progression in Saratoga. A top quality effort from you both!

The team now approaches the final game of the 2014 season, facing top ranked New Haven. New Haven currently remains unbeaten with an 8-0 record.

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The Saratoga Youth Rugby Discount Cards are Here!!!

The Saratoga Rugby Club is proud to announce our Youth Rugby Discount Cards have arrived.

These cards are one of the best deals around, and perfect for the holiday season for anyone!

Here is why:

-Over 17 small and local businesses right here in Saratoga.
All the local businesses on this card are located right here in our back yards. It is the perfect way to support your local economy, but it’s also a great way for you to try out some new business in town as well. Every business on this card has so much to offer. See for yourself.
PIZZA WORKS: Free Garlic Knots w/ any purchase
PEABODY’S: 10% off appetizers
PLUM DANDY: $1 off every $5 spent
SARATOGA HOT YOGA: 20% off all Yoga packages
THE BREAD BASKET: 10% off $20 lunch, Free Coffee w/ Breakfast sandwich
CHILD’S AUTOMOTIVE: $10 off Oil Change, $25 off over $100
SARATOGA COFFEE TRADERS: 20% off any purchase
MINGLE ON THE AVENUE: 10% off all food items
DEHN’S FLOWERS: 10% off any purchase
CREATIVE SPARKS: 1 Free Studio Fee ($8 savings) – 1 per user per day
PARKSIDE EATERY: 10% of breakfast menu order
CUDNEY CLEANERS: $1 off each dry cleaned item
SARATOGA STRIKE ZONE: Free shoe rental for party
THE ICE CREAM MAN: $1 off for every $5 spent
KILWIN’S: 15% off any purchase
SPRING NAILS: 10% off any services

SARATOGA WINERY: Free Wine Tasting- 1 per visit

-Unlimited savings for 2015.
The savings on these cards are valid through December of 2015. There is no limit on how many times you can use the discounts on the card, so the possibilities are simply endless! Just a few uses at just a few places will cover the cost of the cards easily!

-And don’t forget the Rugby!
Saratoga Rugby Club is proud to have the youth program accepted by the Saratoga Recreation Committee, and we are passionate about providing funds to get this program up and running. We believe that rugby is the next new sports frontier in America, and we also believe that Saratoga is the perfect spot for premiere rugby. And building a professional foundation of the game will no doubt bring world class rugby to Saratoga.
The proceeds of the card assist in providing great rugby in Saratoga for generations to come!

Purchase your very own card here: https://squareup.com/market/saratoga-mens-rugby/saratoga-rugby-discount-card

Visit saratogarugby.org/card for more details.

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Saratoga Stampede travel down to Albany to face the Knicks.

On Saturday November 8th, the Stampede will travel across town and take on their closest competitors, the Albany Knicks. The match has been a tight one the past few times these two teams have faced one another, with Albany taking home the victory each time. But the cross town derby match is great for the sport of rugby in the region. The match is sure to be among the greatest bout’s in both squad’s history.

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SARATOGA STAMPEDE XV DEFEATS OLD GOLD 60-12. TEAM PREPS FOR FINAL BYE WEEK AND HEADS TO ALBANY IN A CROSS-TOWN MATCH

On Saturday, Oct. 25th. @ 1pm, Saratoga’s decisive win over Boston’s Old Gold Rugby Club has put the team in a position to secure a top spot in New England Rugby Football Union. With the victory, Saratoga has taken its 5th win of the year (5-2), and also taken 3rd place in the NERFU standing.

Click here for a updated stats and scores around the league!

Click here for a updated stats and scores around the league!

Saratoga knew that OG would be a very straight forward team, with its strengths oriented towards the middle of the field, and assembled an endless barrage of defensive stands that stopped almost everything OG tried to do offensively. Quick defensive lines, and aggressive play in the scrums, lineouts, and rucks gave Saratoga the edge on the day. Saratoga scored consistently throughout the match, making it a testament to how well Saratoga was able keep momentum even after substitutions. OG had a couple of quick momentum shifts, causing a couple tries quickly but Saratoga was able to keep the overall pace of the game moving, making the final score 60-12. The team also secured the bonus point, which they will certainly need as they attempt to secure the final spot in NERFU.

The team’s Man of the Match this week goes to Saratoga veteran and backline player, Korey Rahrle. Korey’s amazing running lines cut right thought OG’s defense on countless occasions, scoring a couple of tries in the process. Korey was also a great contributor to Saratoga’s top quality defense, with physical and effective tackling, even causing a few try-saving hits as well. Congrats Korey! B-side Man of the Match goes to Saratoga Rugby Rookie, Andrew Walmsley, whose incredible work rate netted him over a double digit tackle count. Andrew is a great new asset to the team, and we look forward to his progression in Saratoga. A top quality effort from you both!

The team now come upon their final bye week of the season, and will not have to travel far for their next opponent, in a match that is sure to capture the attention of the local population. The next match is against Saratoga’s close neighbor, Albany Rugby Football Club. Albany is currently in 6th place in NERFU, with a 3-4 record. The game will feature the top two teams in the Capital Region, and both squads are excited to make Saturday November 8th a great rugby day!