Just in from Gaston County Parks and Rec:
County has canceled use of all fields for this weekend due to conditions.
Since the cancellation of the mashup due to the terrible weather in January, Gaston RFC has been fortunate enough to have some guys get playing time with some other clubs.
The Charlotte Barbarians have been gracious enough to invite us to play in their B-side games the past 2 weekends, against Triad on January 31st and with Cherry Point RFC on February 7th. Both games have been well played and absolutely hard hitting.
Special recognition to Brandon Rayburn, who continues to show that Coach Blackett's decision to move him to fullback was very wise indeed. Two games - two tries, including the now infamous Superman flying try at Skillbeck field against Triad; and a most skillful run from deep after taking the pass off a ruck, including a stiff arm, a cut and a display of speed to get between the posts.
Other notables include Todd Albala - the ageless wonder keeps going. MY HERO for us old guys. Andrew Albright - slow and steady progression from the Big 'Un - keep at it big fella.
I would also like to mention our ageless prop, Rob Cassam, and ask for special thoughts for his son's recovery. He suffered an unfortunate accident in a youth rugby match in January and needs your thoughts for a full recovery. Rob - your family is on our minds. Wishing for a full recovery, my friend.
Saturday January 24th, 2015.
Due to a water logged field, the 5th Annual Morganton Mashup is being postponed until further notice.
Gaston Rugby Club is looking for HIgh School aged men for two Youth squads: U16 and Varsity to compete against other club teams from Charlotte, Morganton and Mooresville.
Interested players are to contact: Coach Bill Blackett: 704-853-9218 or GastoniaGargoyles@hotmail.com.
Once the Spring season is over, there is the added possibility of playing in tournaments both in Charlotte and other nearby cities in the Southeast.
What Players will need for first practice:
The Gaston Gargoyles Rugby Football Club hosted a Toys for Tots Rugby Tournament this past Saturday, December 6th, 2014 and 70 new unwrapped toys were donated to the Marine Corps Reserve program. While many people may have considered it to be a cold, rainy, miserable day... It was an absolutely glorious day for playing Rugby.
The Gaston Gargoyles have been playing in and around Gaston County for 10 years now, and went undefeated in regular season this past Fall. This tournament was a modified version of traditional Rugby Union in which there are usually 15 players on the field, but for this tournament, there were only 10 players per side. While the Gargoyles had a lot of success moving the ball and scoring trys (aka: touchdowns), their AFC Black & Blue style of running it up the middle proved less effective than swinging it out wide as the venerable Charlotte Barbarians did to win the tournament.
Keeping with Rugby tradition, all four clubs that participated in the tournament spent the day ripping each other limb from limb on the field, making full contact tackles without helmets or pads... And then all met up afterwards at Friends Bar & Grill in downtown Belmont after the game to share drinks, food and camaraderie.
Toys for Tots Tournament
The Gaston Gargoyles Rugby Club will be holding a “Toys for Tots” Rugby Tournament at North Belmont Park on Hickory Grove Road this Saturday from noon until about 3:00. All players and spectators are requested to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.
Youth Academy Announcement
With a dozen or more youth teams playing in Charlotte, Concord and Morganton, the Board of Directors of Gaston Rugby Club have determined that the time has come for there to be some Youth rugby teams in Gaston County. Bill Blackett, a Belmont Abbey graduate and certified USA Rugby Coach, will be organizing U18 and U16 squads to play against teams from the local area. The senior men’s squad will be providing all necessary uniforms and equipment. Players will be required to register with USA Rugby and purchase secondary medical insurance through the USA Rugby CIPP program, which will cost $35.
About The Gargoyles
The Gargoyles have been playing in and around Gaston County for 10 years now. Ages currently range from 18 year olds to 51 year olds and occupations of the players go across a wide spectrum as well. While they primarily practice at North Belmont Park, they have also occasionally used Stowe Park in Belmont and hold games in South Gastonia at WA Bess Elementary school.
Find Out More
The Gaston Gargoyles are always seeking new blood. Both those new to rugby and old school ruggers are welcome. You can check out their website at www.GastoniaRFC.com or search for Gaston Rugby on Facebook.
Our final game is this Saturday at the Gaston County Park field at WA Bess Elementary school at 1 PM. Be at the field ready for warm-ups at noon.
The address is 4340 Beaty Rd, Gastonia, NC 28056.
The post game social is to be held at Friends Sports Bar and Grill in Belmont.
The address is 16 N Main St, Belmont, NC 28012
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Gaston Rugby Toys for Tots 10’s Tournament
Saturday December 6th
What: A 10’s tournament & Christmas toy drive
Where: North Belmont Park, 3110 Hickory Grove Road, Gastonia, NC
When: Saturday December 6th – Starting at noon.
· Each player is requested to either bring a new, unwrapped toy, or make a donation – see Toys for Tots Website for more information
· We have two fields booked and are having a limit of 6 teams.
· Games will be played in accordance to IRB Laws – 10’s Variation
· Each team is guaranteed 4 games (games are 20 minutes each – two 10 minute periods).
· Post-game Social (a limited amount of beer will be provided).
Team Entry Information:
· Team Entry fee: $150
· As per IRB rules – Team roster is limited to 15 players – unlimited substitutions
· A team’s spot in the tournament is not confirmed until payment has been received.
o Team Name
o Team Contact: email and cell #
o Team Jersey Color
o Payment options:
§ 1. Send a check for $150 payable to:
· Andrew Albright
· Attn Gaston RFC
· 3044B Misty Harbor Circle
· Cramerton, NC 28032
§ 2. Send PayPal $154.79 to BillBlackett@Yahoo.com
With Daylight Savings time ending this weekend, it will be too dark to practice on the North Belmont field.
Our last Wednesday Night Workout will be tomorrow evening.
Please make every effort to attend.
Address: 4820 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208Get to the field for 11:45, and be kitted up by 12:00, so that we can go through set plays before the game.