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.
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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!
On Saturday, Oct. 18th. @ 1pm, Saratoga’s tough win against South Shore has the team one step closer to finishing the final half of the season with victories. The team now has their sights set on the final home match of the year against Old Gold RFC.
Saratoga had centered its game plan around South Shore’s athletic style of play and their ability to spread the ball out quickly on the edges, but the team also had a very big and physical pack, making SS a very tough opponent to beat. SS scored the first points of the game, taking a penalty kick and getting 3 easy points. After that, the game became one of the most physical games the Stampede had faced all season. Brutal tackling by both teams made this an intense bout, causing South Shore a yellow card and even a red card early in the second half on a high and late tackle on Scrum Half Adam Crooks, but Saratoga was able to pull away towards the end of the match making the final score 32-20. 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 Flanker, James Versput. James’ relentless pressure on defense, aggressive rucking style, and ferocity in the line-outs was simply brilliant. Congrats James! B-side Man of the Match goes to player Vernon Peek, whose experience and tremendous kicking skill always kept Saratoga in the game. A top quality effort from you both!
The team will now take on Old Gold Rugby Football Club. OG is currently in 8th place in NERFU, with a 2-4 record. The match is Saratoga’s final home game for 2014, which the team has a record of 2-1 at home.
Saratoga Rugby Club and Charlie Goodridge have teamed up! Charlie, an Associate Broker at Prudential Manor Homes, is one of the hardest working and most respected Realtors in the business. He has agreed to partner with Saratoga Rugby Club on a pioneering referral basis. It is a partnership that SRC is proud of, and one that will provide the people of the Saratoga area with the opportunity to work with one of the best around!
Whether you are selling, buying or renting in the area, check out his page in our sponsors section and fill out the form or reach out to Charlie directly and tell him Saratoga Rugby Club sent you; it’s that easy! We wish to give people the opportunity the chance to sit down and talk with Charlie, and we guarantee you will not be disappointed by his professionalism and work ethic, which is the epitome of what SRC is all about. By doing so, you are not only getting a chance to work with one of the best Realtors in the area, but you are also assisting in your favorite rugby club.
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