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2006 Fall



Thursday, August 31, 2006

Fall Season Update 

Outlaws,

I want to thank Joe Hand, Chris Miller, and the rest of the exec. team for their work and running of the team over the past year and a half. I want to also thank the team and those who participated in the elections over the summer. I appreciate your support.

We have a new group of people in on the exec. team now and I look forward to working with all of them. Please check the web site regarding officers if you have not already. There was one change in that Tice and Alex switched positions (Tice became VP and Alex became Match Secretary), because Alex was already into and almost done with the scheduling for this Fall. If you have any questions regarding this change, please email or call me.

Look for an email from Taffy regarding the start date, time, and location of practice shortly after labor day.

Alex will be sending info. out regarding the Summerville 7's Scramble on Sept 9. The schedule for the fall is already posted.

Leo will now be the one to bug you about dues and will send that information out soon.

Posted By: John Wagner

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Friday, September 1, 2006

Fall Practice Begins - 1st Practice 9/7 

The Outlaws welcomes both current and new players to join them for the 2006 Fall Season. All players are welcome regardless of experience or playing level.

Looking back on the past season we have much to be proud of. There were many positives, foremost among them our never say die attitude and the quality of rugby that we played - which at times was outstanding. How we develop as a squad going into the fall games will depend on our collective attitudes and abilities to learn from our mistakes.

A winning team is a team that believes in the concept of team - a belief that everyone who is associated with the club has an important role to play. A positive attitude that permeates within every player to the point that nothing will be allowed to upset the team dynamic.

I am making a personal request to each and every player old and new, to commit yourselves to this Fall Season. To commit to coming out, to work hard, play the game in the way that it needs to be played and most of all have some fun. I also would ask that you be fair not only to the coaching staff but also your fellow players, and indicate if you are not going to be available for the Fall Season - it is not a problem if you are not.

I would ask that you keep very much in your mind and commit to the following for the Fall:

1. Play physical
2. Play smart
3. Play as a team

Location TBD - Thursday September 7th - 6:30pm sharp!

Posted By: Taffy

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Friday, September 8, 2006

First Annual Summerville 7's scramble 

Outlaws,

On Sept. 9th, we will have the first Summerville 7's scramble. The VERY VERY informal event will be played at Summerville YMCA fields. It will be held on Saturday Sept 9th at 12-4 pm, then it's straight to McGuire's Irish Pub for a keg and heaps of fun. Also It's Skip's birthday so I'm told there will be a Birthday celebration.....''Yeeee Haaawww bring out the Gimp'', Well maybe not THAT kind of celebration, but it will be fun anyway. Players will throw their names in a hat and the teams will be chosen at random. Then we will play 7's for a few hours. (Directions)

Posted By: Alex Gray

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Scramble a Success! 

The first annual Summerville 7's scramble on Sept 9th, was a successful one. Upon reaching the field after following Ty's excellent directions, I was surprised to see at least 20 College of Charleston guys and several Outlaws already at the field. The weather was perfect, around 85 degrees with little humidity.

In true scramble style, we had all players line up single file on the side line, and we counted of fin 4's to pick the sides. I think there were around 42 players when we did the count with a few arriving later. We started off the day by playing touch 7's, each team played the others and then we took a short break.

After a short discussion and the arrival of some more Outlaws, we decided to go to a modified 10's format. We had uncontested 5 man scrums, and we played ''wrap up'' for tackle. After only a few minutes we had the first ''incident'' of the day with one of the college kids trading punches with an Outlaw veteran who should have known better. He also left the party before receiving the ''Cock of the Day'' award, which makes him even more of one. And no it wasn't Clark. Although I think he almost had an incident of his own.

Any way after a few hours of running, we decided to do an Old Boys/Outlaws vs. College Kids game. Several try's were scored, the College Kids had some pretty quick guys and our lack of defense at times helped accent their abilities. We were able to string together several nice scores and outstanding support play saw us getting back into what we like to do best....scoring try's.

After the game we went to McGuire’s Pub in Summerville owned by Dave Kroth, (a long time outlaw supporter, and friend to the team). The beer was cold, the food was good, and the several televisions made it the perfect environment to wind down the day watching college football.

I would like to thank everyone who attended the event and especially those who helped to set it all up. A special thanks goes out to Dave Kroth and the rest of the McGuire’s crew for their continued support. I look forward to having more rugby events in the Summerville area in the future.

Posted By: Alex Gray

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Practice Notice - Stono Elementary! 

Practice will now be held tonight and every Tuesday and Thursday until further notice over at Stono Elementary School (directions). That is all! - Taffy

Posted By: Taffy Greenslade

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Fall Season Kickoff Saturday 9/30 

Welcome to another exciting Fall Season of rugby with your very own Charleston Outlaws. The season kicks off this coming Saturday - September 30th against the Fort Bragg RFC - Kick-off 1PM to be played at the Charleston Battery training grounds (see directions). Over the past few weeks the Outlaws have been in hard training and will be looking to get the season off to a successful start.

The Outlaws would like to extend a warm and friendly welcome to all of our supporters, family and friends to come out on Saturday and support your team. Anyone who is the least bit curious as to what the game of rugby is all about, or who would like to get more information about the possibility of joining the club, Saturday is your opportunity.

Posted By: Taffy Greenslade (Head Coach)

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Monday, October 2, 2006

Match Report - Ft. Bragg 

Charleston Outlaws: 92 - Combined Fort Bragg, College of Charleston, Citadel 0
The 2006 Fall Season for the Outlaws got off to a perfect start this past weekend with a comprehensive mauling of the combined Fort Bragg team. With near perfect conditions, the Outlaws played their brand of open, exciting and attacking rugby scoring tries from every part of the field. Outlaws high octane offense, with speed in every position, systematically tore at the heart of the Bragg team racking up 30 points in the first 10 minutes of play. While the end result could be determined in some quarters as the Outlaws showing bad sportsmanship by racking up the score, the comments of the Bragg captain perhaps offers a different view. ''Rugby is a tough, but fair sport. Many of our guys have never experienced a beating like the Outlaws gave us today. We will be a better team for it and we look forward to playing them again in the future.''

Thanks to everyone who came out to cheer us onto victory, your support is very much appreciated.

Chris ''Taffy'' Greenslade - Head Coach

Posted By: Chris "Taffy" Greenslade - Head Coach

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Outlaws Lose a Close One 32-21 

The Outlaws traveled to Greenville this past weekend to take on Division rivals the Greenville Griffins. With a depleted squad, the Outlaws fought their way into the game, scoring three brilliant tries from within their own half. The call to get the ball wide was the obvious choice as Greenville had no answer to the pace of the Outlaw wings. Unfortunately, the obvious was not always the chosen play and the Outlaws got themselves caught up in a dog fight with a vastly heavier Greenville pack. To add insult to injury, a series of very questionable calls by the somewhat biased Greenville referee ended in a red card for an Outlaw forward and the rest they say is history. The Outlaws play Greenville again in the Spring for what promises to be an exciting game. As one Outlaw player commented, ''Come the Spring, we will unleash holy hell on the Griffins.'' Until next time. - Taffy (Link to Photos)

Posted By: Chris "Taffy" Greenslade

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Friday, October 13, 2006

This Saturday's Game 

This Saturday's game against the Citadel RFC will be held on the Parade Deck at the Citadel (Link to Directions). Kick off is slated for 12 Noon so come early to grab yourself a piece of prime viewing real estate. Remember that the Citadel is a dry campus so leave the adult beverages at home.

Posted By: Webmaster

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Shootout at the Citadel: Taffy takes down Hawkins 

Any rivalry, no matter what the sport, adds that extra buzz and anticipation. This past Saturday's game with the Citadel pitted two of the Outlaws coaches against each other. When ''Disco'' Dave Hawkins is not working with the Outlaws forwards, he can be seen at the Citadel Parade ground passing along his 30 plus years of coaching to whomever will listen. So as befits any rivalry, he marshaled his troops to play above themselves as the Citadel fought a valiant, albeit loosing campaign, against a much stronger Outlaw squad. ''My players needed no more motivation before the start of the game than my simple words of wanting Dave's ba**s on a platter'' commented Taffy! Joking aside, rugby was the winner on an awesome day to play rugby. The spirit and commitment demonstrated by both sides was the reason why we love and play this game. - Final Score Charleston Outlaws 48 Citadel 10 (Link to Photos)

Posted By: Taffy Greenslade

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Mutiny at the Outlaws 

Charleston Outlaws 19 - US Coast Guard 24 - If the loss was not bad enough, having two Outlaws abandon ship and play for the enemy was simply too much to take! While Jeff Collins and John Leo now realize the folly of their ways, a Kangaroo court will be convened at a later date to decide their ultimate punishment. (As a foot note, both Jeff and Leo were spotted Saturday night walking naked into Wings with the word 'Judas' painted all over their bodies!)

Taking nothing away from the Coastguard, they played with a great deal of determination and were worthy winners in the end - many thanks for the game and for showing up with numbers. My thanks to those Outlaws who did show and for those players who played injured - Jake, Kelly and Clarke in particular. It was also great to see Butch and Bob back out on the paddock.

For those Outlaws who decided they had better things to do on Saturday, and did not even have the decency to contact the coaches re their availability, you owe your fellow team mates an apology. (Link to Photos)

Cheers

Posted By: Taffy

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Sunday, November 5, 2006

Citrolo Tied Up in Saturday's Match 

Saturday's match was a match of a different sort. The winner as we all know weighs little more than 100 pounds, is a woman, goes by the name Corine, and found time to run Bob Citrolo all the way to the proverbial altar. Alas, another Outlaw goes down, and the Outlaw family grows larger. For those of you in prison, stranded on a deserted island or simply too drunk to check the mailing list, Bob Citrolo married his longtime sweetheart and his babies' Momma on Saturday. For the ladies: It was a short but sweet ceremony in the failing light of an Autumn's day. She looked beautiful, and a tad bit nervous and ended the ceremony with an ''I Do'' and a kiss. For the men: There was an open bar!

The reception certainly met expectations and everybody (civilians too) ate, drank, and merrily sang the wedded couple into the night. The night came to a crescendo when somebody handed Taffy a microphone and suggested he say a few words... From there, congratulatory words turned into congratulatory song, and then just song after song after song. Outlaws and guests alike all contributed to the serenade and nary a sad face was to be found in the house.

A big Outlaw congratulations to Bob and Corine for tying each other up! (Link to photos)

Posted By: Webmaster

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Saturday's Match - Cape Fear @ Citadel 

This Saturday's Match will see your Charleston Outlaws face-off against the squad from Cape Fear. The kickoff is set for 2 PM at the scenic Citadel Parade Deck. This match is a rivalry, and as such, provides for some of the year's best rugby. So come early and reserve a seat along the sidelines for the low country's best free entertainment. Sponsored by Subaru! See you there. (directions)

Remember: The Citadel is a dry campus, so leave the adult beverages at home.

Posted By: Webmaster

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Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Sharks in Arizona? Yep! 

Outlaws Family,

The Shark will be leaving the Outlaws after a good long run. He is moving to Pheonix AZ later this month. He has been a BIG part of this team for many years now and will be greatly missed. I remember the mid 90's when he first came out to play... Man! he used to knock the ball on a lot! He brought us such phrases as ''Tan fat is muscle'' or ''She's hot!'' as he looked to cut in on someone's girlfriend or lady of the night. His countless demonstrations of the O'le! when going in for a tackle will be remembered fondly.

He plans to play next Saturday and so should you! The game is at 2:00 at the Citadel and the party will start at The Brick following the game. Look for details later this week from myself or Joe. Please send any interesting photos you may have of Sharky to Clark. - Wags

Posted By: Johnny Wagner

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Statement for the 2007 Season 

Outlaws play their own brand of ''Fear'' and make a statement for the 2007 Season
Charleston Outlaws 21 Cape Fear 7

The annual Charleston Outlaws vs Cape Fear match always manages to bring out the best in the Outlaws. Cape Fear, once a perennial powerhouse in the South were brought down to earth by a good old fashioned dose of Outlaw whoop Ass. Playing a brand of rugby much admired around the nation, the Outlaws ran the boys from Wilmington into the ground scoring three magnificent tries from deep in their own half that oozed class as it did skill and imagination. While there were spells of pressure from Cape Fear, the fearless tackling and steel defense of the Outlaws shut the door tight as wave after wave of attack ended either in a turnover or simply running out of options.

Perhaps the significance of this being the last game for Messer's Shark and Lapish made the victory all that more sweet as both made second half appearances to great applause from their adoring fans. A perfect end to a perfect day and an outstanding way to end the Fall Season. Thanks to all the players, Executive Committee, Sponsors, Disco Dave, Todd and to our fans. More great things to come in the Spring. One more game in December in support of Toys for Tots - See you then. (Link to Photos)

Posted By: Taffy

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Toys for Tots KO 1015 A 

Toys for Tots tournament this weekend!

It's that time of the year again. Just when you start to miss the sport, camaraderie, and unadulterated fun of rugby, the Toys for Tots Tournament swings into action and spells you until the Spring season. That's right folks! At the Citadel parade deck this Saturday, six teams will vie for the right to be called Champion in the annual tournament to benefit the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots charity. Come to see if your Charleston Outlaws can once again defend their status of tournament Champion. Kick off is set for 10 AM so be sure to arrive early and reserve yourself a spot on the sidelines for a full day of rugby viewing pleasure. Kick off is slated for 1015 AM. See you there.

Posted By: Webmaster

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Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Santa makes a surprise visit to the Outlaws! 

It is customary at this time of the year for Santa to make his Christmas visit when the snow is thick on the ground and the temps are well below freezing. What a shock it must have been then on Saturday for Santa, as he arrived at the Citadel for the Annual ''Toys for Tots'' Rugby Tournament expertly organized by Bill Bell. With temps in high 70's, a playing field that is possibly the best in the South and an abundance of toys supplied by each participating team, Charleston once again rose to the challenge and supported this most worthy of causes.

The rugby was also not too bad either, with the Outlaws beating Old Grey of Columbia in the first game and then the Shamrocks of Savannah in the next. Both opponents put up an admirable fight, but the sheer pace of the Outlaw backline proved in the end to be a more than adequate weapon against the heavier cumbersome forwards of the opposition. The Outlaws are indeed thankful to both our opponents for not only contributing to a great day of rugby, but more importantly contributing to a great cause.

Thanks to everyone who is associated with the Outlaws for supporting the team in the Fall, the Spring promises to be very special and we have high hopes for success. - Happy Holidays!

Posted By: Taffy

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

New Year's Party @ Mad River 

At the request of Hank 'The Boat Man', one of our club sponsors, we are posting an advertisement for the Mad River of Charleston New Year's Eve Party.

Doors open at 9PM and close at 2AM. All inclusive with your $100 paid admission is 'All you can...' top shelf liquor, beer, dinner buffet, party favors, and champagne fountain. So call early and often to reserve your ticket (843) 732-0032. Ask for Hank, and tell em that the Outlaws sent you.

Posted By: Webmaster

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