The USA South Team 2 (featuring RedHawk-Evan Thomas) will kick off at 12:30pm today against Turks and Caicos. The game was rescheduled from yesterday due to lightning. The following website has a live feed. Click on the Live link from the website.
Evan Thomas from the Raleigh Redhawks will again feature for the USA South against Turks and Caicos at 6pm on Wednesday July 19th in the consolation semi final. The following website has a live feed to the upcoming USA South v Turks and Caicos. Click on the Live link from the website.
6 P.M: USA South vs. Turks & Caicos
The 2 nd USA South team was knocked out by Mexico in a competitive close fought match in round 1. USA South went down early, but several bulldozing runs from inside center Doug Vawter would help USA South take an early lead. Right before the end of the half Mexico would take back that lead with a lengthy phase of play ending in a try in the corner. Mexico’s tactical kicking and strong defensive structure would keep USA South from scoring. Final score was 17-15 to Mexico.
Evan Thomas from the Raleigh Redhawks will be on the wing against Mexico today (11). There are 2 USA South teams representing the USA. Evan team will play Mexico at 3pm; then other countries depending on their rankings. If anyone wants to watch, it will be televised. Not sure about TV stations; but you can go to:
Click on the YouTube channel on the bottom. It will take you to the live link!
Please join me in congratulating Evan Thomas for being selected to play for the USA Rugby South U-19 All-Star team in the Rugby Americas North tournament commencing this weekend in Florida. Evan traveled to Nashville to attend one of the regional tryouts for this team and was one of only four North Carolina players selected to the team! The tournament is a week-long international competition with the winner advancing to and representing the Rugby Americas North region in the 2018 world tournament.
Evan will have the opportunity to play against Mexico on Saturday and then, depending on the results of that game, any of the following country participants in further rounds of this tournament: Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda, Cayman, Jamaica, South America and Turks & Caicos.
We wish Evan well in the tournament and are proud of him and our other players who are being selected with increasing frequency for state, regional and Country all-star teams. Their selection is a testament to their hard work and to the quality of the Redhawks program!
Well done Evan and bring home the gold!
Best, Coach Dave
We are very proud to officially announce that we have three EIRA National Team Rugby players. George Obrien, Naheul Wingord and Nate Roebuck are part of the EIRA U16 National team traveling to Canada this summer. Congratulations Boys and more to follow!
HOW ‘BOUT THEM REDHAWKS!!
I can’t help but send this Krosneresque lengthy email because I am so proud of the boys right now. I will also cover some season updates so please bear with me and please share the kudos part with your son.
Games this Week. Varsity versus Raleigh Rattlesnakes on Wednesday evening at the Poole Road fields. Game time to follow. (Raleigh only has about 15 kids so this will be varsity only and we will announce the 23 man roster tomorrow or Wednesday. That said—we are a team and you never know what happens so we want all HS players to be in attendance). Saturday—game time and location to follow--is our last league game—varsity and JV—in Charlotte versus Charlotte Tigers. (If we win both varsity games, that may well put the varsity team in the final four and competing for the state title. If we finish outside the final four, we will play on an upcoming weekend against the bottom 4 teams to see who finishes in 5-8th position). The other main event we are now targeting is the Mother’s Day JV Tournament to declare the state JV champion. That event will be on Mother’s day Sunday in Charlotte and there will be some special items for the moms. We want to win that tournament to leave no doubt who the best JV team is in the state so please keep that on the calendar.
Gonzaga Tournament. JV Champions! Freshman Champions! A 6-0 record. A total of 5 tries scored against our two teams over 6 games compared to more than 50 tries scored by the Redhawks. Great parent support. Professional attitude and behavior by the players all weekend (with one silly hotel transgression that needs to be forever eliminated). Kids playing out of position. 8th graders contributing to our 9th grade team’s success. Overcoming injuries, weather, delays, uncertainty and a split coaching staff for the championship games. Great teamwork, camaraderie and sportsmanship and on and on and on. I could not be happier or more proud of the Redhawks!! Great job to everyone!
I want to point out a couple of themes I have been emphasizing all season because I think this weekend helps demonstrate the accuracy of those themes. I have said that for the Redhawks to be a great club and to be able to win big events, we need 50-60 players capable of playing on any given day without our team’s chances of success changing at all. And I have said that it is critical for our players, where possible, to be able to play more than one position. At first, I think the kids thought I was crazy. If they were not starting varsity, some kids were upset. If we asked a player to play a different position than his usual, sometimes the player got upset. But can anyone disagree that this weekend, it took all 45 players in attendance for us to be successful. Without every single one of them, our chances of winning would have dropped significantly. Then came Sunday—we had to play both championship games simultaneously so we could not use our 9th graders as subs in the JV game and we had to split our coaching staff. We also had players injured so we had to move two forwards from our JV pack into the backline. If those two players did not have experience playing in the backline, our hands would have been tied and the injuries would have likely killed our chances of winning. Instead, we were able to move them into different positions that they still understood and our other players were able to step into the game and we were still able to win the JV game 37-5! Can anyone argue that having kids capable of playing in different spots can make the difference between success and failure?
I think we learned valuable lessons this weekend. I saw the best teamwork and sportsmanship I have seen yet. I think we handled all the adversity like champions. We warmed up well even though we had little space to do so and we supported each other in all the games. That is what I want to see from now on. Every single JV player watching the varsity game and cheering the varsity on and every single varsity player watching the JV team and cheering the JV team on. That is a team and a team will be unstoppable.
I had many proud moments this weekend. The first was seeing our injured Redhawk Caleb Faneuf in attendance and cheering his teammates on. Fantastic! But perhaps my proudest moment was when the 9th grade championship game was winding down and the JV squad (sorry—the JV Redhawks Champions!!) arrived to cheer our 9th graders on. The looks on their faces were to die for and the way they cheered for our 9th grade boys to finish our second goal of the weekend was fantastic. But maybe even more fantastic than that—when the 9th graders won and everyone erupted with excitement—as is appropriate and understandable—immediately Jaden Roundtree from our JV side told the boys (in an extremely nice and respectful way) to hold the cheering and to first finish up with our end of game ritual—cheering for the ref, Gonzaga and the Redhawks and then shaking the hands of their competitors. That is leadership and sportsmanship at its best—and guess what, when he said that—our boys reacted to their teammate’s leadership and quieted down and completed their tasks. I could not have been more proud.
Two years ago, Andy reached out to Gonzaga to see if they would play us in a single match at their DC fields. Andy knew their proud rugby history and wanted our club to see how a quality rugby organization operates. We got that game and by playing them well, we garnered an invitation to their upcoming tournament. Andy and I then sat down and planned for the future. We evaluated our club and our ages and we decided we would enter only a 9th grade team in the tournament our first year and our goal would then be to enter 9th and JV the following year (and to win) and then Varsity, JV and 9th the year thereafter. Here we are in year two and we did exactly what we planned to do. We entered and won both 9th and JV! Next year, all three is the plan and the challenges will be even greater for us. Based on what I saw this weekend and how we are becoming a TEAM, I look forward to watching us meet those challenges!
We set some goals at the start of the season—and winning the Gonzaga Tournament was at the top of the list. Mission Accomplished!! Well Done Boys!!
Finally—I would be remiss if I did not do two more thank yous--
First, thanks again to our parents for all their work—especially the Forbis’ and Kurke’s who kept us dry and fed and hydrated all weekend. Thank you!!
Second—thanks to my fellow coaches. I feel truly blessed that, in my humble opinion, we have the best coaching staff in youth rugby! Thank you gentlemen. Well done!
See everyone Tuesday.
Best, Coach Dave
North Raleigh sweeps Gonzaga in friendly exhibition
First game: Redhawks (freshman) 39-5
RedHawks freshman team captain: Aadil Mehasanewala.
The Redhawks came out swinging in the first half, not letting up any ground and plowing forward to get those crucial yards. Raleigh pounded Gonzaga with their forwards stepping up in the trenches. The back line was solid for Raleigh as the backs sprinted out scoring 3 tries in the first half. Among the try scorers were George O'brien, Aj Kurke, Nathaniel Roeback. The Redhawks sprinted away, scoring multiple tries in the second half to give Raleigh a nice cushion. Gonzaga scores a try with 3 minutes remaining but fails to convert the extra, too little too late as the Redhawks pick up a solid victory.
The RedHawks freshman return in April to compete in the annual Jesuit invitational tournament in Leesburg, VA.
Second game: Redhawks (JV) 50-0. RedHawks captain: Kris Thomas
North Raleigh continued their dominance into the second friendly, pounding Gonzaga with Redhawks forwards. Ball movement was key in this game. The Redhawks had tremendous ball movement out to the back line for the backs to do their job. The Redhawks scored 30 points in the first half, adding 20 in the second half to shutout Gonzaga. The ball was distributed all throughout the team as a spread of 10 players scored a try or multiple each. A true team effort.
RedHawks compete in ruggerfest this weekend in Charlotte.
By Aadil Mehasanewala
February 17th 2017
Final Score Raleigh Redhawks 21 – Clayton Copperheads 19
Friday the 17th served as a landmark day for the Raleigh Redhawks Varisty Team. The Redhawks started out their Varsity inaugural season with an away game at the Highlanders. The young squad took some lumps early in the first half, after starting the season with a very difficult game against experienced State champions. As a brand new Varsity high school team, it would have been easy to fold under the pressure exerted in the first half, but the team came together and fought hard in the second half.
The score will illustrate a lopsided loss, and will serve as a starting block for our marathon. To the credit of the Redhawks players, they went out and played hard against the odds and they slowly began to show improvement with each passing minute. With almost half of the lineup consisting of players in their first season of High School rugby, it was a slow learning process, but progress was made!
On Sunday February 5th the Redhawks faced Union County and after a sloppy first half and some disciplinary issues the Redhawks came back in the second half and showed their pace and opened up the scoring quickly against the experienced Union County side. They rallied in the second half and there were periods of play in which they showed potential of what can be accomplished this season with experience.
Riding a little bit of momentum, the team faced their cross-town brothers the Clayton Copperheads. Under the lights on a brisk Friday evening, the Redhawks went up in the first half from two tries from wing Scotty Lindsey.
The second half started with the Redhawks down to 13 men. Clayton took advantage, came back strong, and tied the game with 15 minutes to go. At full strength, the Redhawks 9th grade scum half George Obrien finished with a 30 yard solo try to bring the score to 21- 14. Another yellow gave the Copperheads and opportunity to score in the corner with Preston Slater for his second of the night. The difficult missed conversion made the difference, with the Redhawks holding out for a 21-19 win over the Copperheads.
The Redhawks rucking and set pieces were vastly improved and the Redhawks showed growth throughout the game and will take great optimism into the next game. A few notable player mentions: Caleb Faneuf at number 8 find his natural home, Kris Thomas at fly made all three crucial kicks and controlled the tempo of the game. Both played complete games, with a few strong runs and were solid in defense.
All Stars 7s tournament Atlanta
Winners Middle School U14 division
32-0 win over CJRA U14
27-7 win over Atlanta Phoenix
24-0 win over Mustang's
Final 24-7 win over Shockers
Total points for the day:107 points to 14
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