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Wee Heavy 7's - June 14th

posted May 19, 2014, 7:37 AM by Bill Blackett   [ updated May 19, 2014, 7:39 AM ]

Clover Scottish Games

Wee Heavy 7’s Rugby Tournament

June 14th, 2014


Teams must maintain a combined weight of 1,400 lbs on the field at all times. Any players weighing less than 200 lbs are not eligible to score. All players will be weighed prior to kick-off. 18 yr old minimum age.  Old Rugger Exception:  Add 2 pounds for every year over 35.  So if a player is 45 years old, and weighs 180 pounds, their official weight is 200 pounds.



·          Weigh-in: 9:00

·          Kick-off: 9:30



Tournament play will be a round robin.   Team with the best record wins.

·          1st Tie Breaker - Winner of Head to Head match

·          2nd Tie Breaker - Most points scored

·          3rd Tie Breaker - Most Tries scored



We are only accepting Adult Men’s teams at this time.

Information Website:



About the Clover Scottish-Irish Games:

About the Clover Area – Contact the Clover Recreation Dept: 803-222-9495



Send the following to


·          Team Name:

·          Contact Name:

·          Contact Email:

·          Contact Cell #:



·          New Centre Park:  Memorial Drive - Clover, SC

·          Post match watering hole: Patio Grill – 1007 Old North Main Street - Clover, SC

End of Season Notes & Summer Schedule

posted Apr 28, 2014, 7:09 AM by Bill Blackett


Great win over Guilford College last Saturday! 

While the Spring season got off to a slow start, we certainly finished strong with convincing wins over both Guilford and the Royals.  We are planning to get some publicity in newspapers and local magazines over the Summer in order to get some new recruits for the Fall, and continue the winning trend.

President's List

One of the most difficult tasks in organizing a Social Rugby team is finding suitable teams for us to play against.  We absolutely must travel to play this fringe sport.  We cannot expect other teams to come to us for every game, and not return the favour by traveling to play them and bring good numbers.  In reviewing my notes from this past season, I'd like to give a big shout out to the following ruggers who made every AWAY game this season:

  • Andrew Albright
  • Andrew Beard
  • Rob Cassam
  • Allen LeCroy
  • Chris Mayes

Looking for Sponsors

If anyone knows of a company that has advertising dollars, and you think would be willing to spend some money promoting both their company and our team, I've put together the attached form letter for sponsorships.  I specifically need the name of the decision maker at the company in order to address it directly to them.  The  big event I'm looking to promote is an "Open Tryout" in Gastonia before the Fall season begins.

Summer Schedule

The two big events we have planned for this Summer are an exhibition match before a Gastonia Grizzlies game and the Open Tryout.  When we play at the Grizzlies game, we are expecting a crowd of 2,000 to 4,500 to be watching us!  With the exception of the Wee Heavy 7's tournament, all dates below are subject to change as none of them have been confirmed.  This is just to give everyone an idea of what we have in the works for this Summer:

May 23rd - Fundraiser - Selling beer at Friday Night Live in Belmont
June 14th - Wee Heavy 7's Tournament in Clover, SC
July 26th - Exhibition game @ Gastonia Grizzlies
August 23rd - "Open Tryout" and Resume Practices in Gastonia
August 29th - Fundraiser - Selling beer at Friday Night Live in Belmont
September 6th  - 4th Semi-Annual Morganton Mashup

With you!
Bill Blackett, El Presidenté Milagro!
Gaston Rugby Football Club

Big Game This Saturday

posted Apr 9, 2014, 7:58 AM by bill blackett


The biggest game of the season is this Saturday at 1:00 against our across the river rivals - The Charlotte Royals.

This is not the Royals of old.  They have been recruiting and practicing, and they  beat us quite soundly last Fall.

Be ready for some hard hitting rugby action.

Players be there by noon in order to get geared up and assigned positions.

Location of Field:
WA Bess Elementary School
4340 Beaty Rd, Gastonia, NC

Post Game Social:
Friends Bar & Grill
16 N. Main Street Belmont, NC

Game Change!

posted Mar 21, 2014, 3:56 PM by Bill Blackett

Change of plans Ruggers:

Rather than playing at Davidson College this weekend, we will be having a scrimmage game against the Charlotte Barbarians in Gastonia at WA Bess Elementary school at 1:00 tomorrow, Saturday, 3/23.

Savannah Tournament Information

posted Mar 5, 2014, 12:49 PM by Bill Blackett   [ updated Mar 6, 2014, 1:56 PM ]


Here is the information for this weekend.  You might want to bookmark this page on your smart phone.


La Quinta Inn Savannah Midtown
6805 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA
(912) 355-3004


Daffin Park, Savannah, GA
Located between Waters Ave. and Victory Dr.

Bill’s Cell #: 704-853-9218

First Game:

10:00 AM - vs. Ken Ton Misfits

Practice Location Change

posted Feb 27, 2014, 6:40 AM by Bill Blackett

Due to field availability, we are now practicing at Davis Park in Belmont.

Practices are held on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM throughout the season.

Bring a change of clothes, as we always go to Friends Bar & Grill for post practice pints.

Details for 2/22 Game @ Greenville - B Side

posted Feb 19, 2014, 10:19 AM by Bill Blackett

Here are the details for Saturday  -

Greenville vs Life D2 ( matrix ) KO @ 1:00 PM
Greenville B vs Gaston_ KO @ 2:30 ish PM

The pitch is located on Furman University's campus ( as in the past ). They will have a MT from St.Francis Sports Medicine on hand as well to tape ankles / look at any injuries before, during, and after the matches. They are supposed to have a tent setup.
Directions / Address for the pitch: - scroll down to the bottom of this webpage for directions / map to the pitch coming from Charlotte or Asheville area

 - The address ( for GPS's ) is:

Furman University - Timmon's Arena
Duncan Chapel Rd -  Entrance
Greenville, SC 29613

After match Social / Directions:
They will hosting a social afterwards which is in the middle of Downtown Greenville and all are welcome:

Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria ( Upstairs Bar Area )
25 West Washington Street
Greenville, SC  29601

* Free parking is on parking deck across the street from Barley's *
Here is a Google map link from our pitch to the social at Barley's -,or.&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=barley%27s+greenville&fb=1&gl=us&hq=barley%27s+greenville&hnear=barley%27s+greenville&cid=0,0,14937523544528469359&ei=D7htTYmZJMygtge01LXLBQ&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&resnum=2&ved=0CBwQnwIwAQ

Saturday Feb 8th Game v. Charlotte B-Side

posted Feb 5, 2014, 5:45 AM by Bill Blackett


We are playing Charlotte B-Side this Saturday @ 1:00 at WA Bess Elementary School in Gastonia.  Post Game Social is at Friends Bar & Grill in Belmont.

WA Bess Elementary School:
4340 Beaty Rd
Gastonia, NC 28056

Friends Bar & Grill:
16 N Main St
Belmont, NC 28012

Dues! Dues! Dues

posted Feb 4, 2014, 11:59 AM by Bill Blackett

Brother Ruggers,

If you have not yet paid your dues for this season, please seek out and find our club Treasurer, Allen LeCroy.  Dues are $50/season.  If you need to pay a little at a time, that is fine.

Game Schedule and Practice Location Updates

posted Jan 23, 2014, 10:03 AM by Bill Blackett

Please review the Spring 2014 schedule, and note the following changes:

1.  Our game against Wingate on 2/15 has been cancelled. 
2. We have added a game on 3/15 in Morganton against UNCC's B side.  There is a High School rugby game on the same field immediately prior to our game.
3. We had to change practice locations due to field availability.  We are now practicing at Belmont Middle School in downtown Belmont.

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