Fall 2014 Season Finale

posted Nov 12, 2014, 11:30 AM by Allen LeCroy   [ updated Nov 12, 2014, 11:37 AM ]

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!

Toys for Tots Tournament - December 6th

posted Nov 5, 2014, 12:36 PM by Bill Blackett

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.

Tournament Information:

·         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.

·         Provide:

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

Last Wednesday Night Workout

posted Oct 28, 2014, 5:27 AM by Bill Blackett


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.

Bill Blackett, Coach
Gaston Rugby Football Club

Game v. Royals September 27th

posted Sep 26, 2014, 1:05 PM by Bill Blackett

Address: 4820 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208

Get to the field for 11:45, and be kitted up by 12:00, so that we can go through set plays before the game.

New Board of Directors for 2014 - 2015

posted Sep 5, 2014, 5:49 AM by Bill Blackett


Please join me in congratulating our recently elected Board of Directors for Gaston Rugby Club:

President: Allen LeCroy
Vice President: Andrew Albright
Treasurer: Rob Cassam

Appointed Positions:
  • Match Secretary: Fletcher Ross
  • Social Coordinator:  BJ Ferguson
  • VP of Marketing & T-Shirt Sales:  Bill Blackett

Time to Pay Dues & CIPP Fees

posted Aug 28, 2014, 7:32 AM by bill blackett


It's time for you to Register as a USA Rugby Player (CIPP), Pay your Club Dues & Participate in Club Elections (for Gaston Players).

Pay CIPP Fees:

Registration is now open to CIPP through USA Rugby:

Just as they change the damn scrum cadence every year, they've changed the registration process on us again.  Personally, I couldn't find my name or registration number on their database and had to create a new login.

All players are to CIPP under "Table Rock Rugby Club". 

Why should you CIPP? 

There will be some games  where  you HAVE to be CIPP'ed in order to play, and being CIPP'ed also gives you secondary health insurance.

Pay Club Dues:

Dues for the Gaston club are $50.  We prefer for you to pay cash to the club Treasurer at practice.  Be sure to get a receipt.  Club dues is what pays for referees, post game socials and our equipment.  If you don't have enough money to both CIPP and pay dues, we'd rather you CIPP, so that you have secondary Health Insurance, then you can work out a payment plan with the club's Treasurer.

Gaston Rugby Club Elections:

The Gaston crew will be holding club elections after practice next Wednesday.  This is more along the lines of who's willing to do what to help the club than it is an election.  If everyone does a little bit, no one has to do a lot.  There are three Board member spots (President, Vice President & Treasurer) and 3 Captain spots (Team Captain, Captain of the Forwards & Captain of the Backs).

You must be a player in good standing (have paid dues and be CIPP'ed) in order to be eligible for any of the team positions.  A player cannot be both a Board member and a Captain.

There are of course other appointed positions, which don't require a person to be an active player.

With You!

Bill Blackett, El Presidenté

Morganton Mashup - Saturday Aug 23rd @ noon - 100 Greenlee Ford Road, Morganton, NC

posted Aug 21, 2014, 8:15 AM by bill blackett

The 4th Semi-Annual Table Rock Rugby Morganton Mashup

An organized pre-season pickup game designed to give new rugby players game time experience, let old ruggers get in a bit of a run, and a chance for active players to dust off their boots for the upcoming season.

When:  Saturday August 23rd, 2014 @ Noon

Where:  Morganton Soccer Complex – 100 Greenlee Ford Road Morganton, NC

Cost:  For Table Rock Rugby players, this is a practice game covered by Club Dues.  For all visiting players, a $5 per player donation would be appreciated.


·         12:00 – Player check-in begins.  Players will be assigned to the “Blue” team or the “Red” team based upon position(s) played, experience, fitness level, etc.

·         12:15 – Team practice.  We will have a couple of rugby coaches on hand to instruct those new or nearly new to the game. 

·         1:00 – Kickoff of first match. 


The amount of time played and the number of games will be entirely dependent upon how many players show up.  The past three pre-season mashup games have had approximately 30 to 40 players.  The primary purpose of this event is to give new players experience and teach them the rules.  So if we see that some of the new players are making mistakes or repeatedly breaking rules, we will stop the game, explain the rules to them and then resume play.  If one side or the other proves too dominant, we will re-arrange teams during a break in play.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Question:  Can we bring a full squad and practice against one of the pickup sides? 

Answer:  No. The purpose of this event is to bring new players into the game, not provide cannon fodder for existing teams.

Exception:  College teams who could not field a full squad last Spring are welcome to bring as many as they can, and we will try to keep them together.

Question:  Who will be refereeing the games?

Answer:  We typically have one of the coaches referee the games.  Some are experienced referees and some are not.

Question:  I’m old and decrepit.  What if I can’t play the whole game?  Can I just come out for a 20 minute run?

Answer:  Yes.  We will adjust sides as players tire out.


Fall 2014 workouts/practices

posted Aug 3, 2014, 7:14 AM by Allen LeCroy   [ updated Aug 3, 2014, 7:15 AM ]

On August 13, I will start showing up at North Belmont Park with rugby gear (6 pm). 

The Morganton mash-up is 2 weeks later. I suggest you start conditioning, DAILY, now.

Start recruiting last month.

Gargoyles on 3... 1 2 3 - GARGOYLES!!

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   [ updated Aug 3, 2014, 7:18 AM by Allen LeCroy ]


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:

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

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