Toys for Tots 10's Tournament a Success!

posted Dec 11, 2014, 1:26 PM by Bill Blackett

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.

Charity Touranament & Youth Academy Announcement

posted Dec 4, 2014, 11:35 AM by bill blackett

Rugby Club to Hold Charity Tournament


Youth Academy Announcement


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 or search for Gaston Rugby on Facebook. 

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!!

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