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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Fall Season Kick-Off Party! 

The beginning of the Fall 2007 Season party will be held this Saturday at The Brick! The party will start at 6PM and run until the last rugger is standing. There will be one free keg to start the event and there will be drawings and contests throughout the evening. Admission is $10 which goes to the get Taffy out of a Welsh jail fund. All players, former players, wives, girlfriends, fans and interested observers are welcome! So come one! So come all! And don't be afraid to put your drink on! We look forward to seeing YOU there at The Brick!

Posted By: Webmaster

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Fall Practice to Begin 

Gentlemen,... The Fall Season is nearly upon us, so it's time to begin thinking about getting out to practice and putting in the hard work for the games ahead.

For those of you who have been out to 7's and running at least once a week, all credit to you for keeping the fitness going. For those who have preferred to practice at Wings, I hope you feel it was worth it :)

I have being doing a great deal of thinking over the summer as to how we finished the Spring Season and more importantly, why it ended it in such a disappointing way in our defeat to Memphis. My conclusion overall is that we forgot about the basics of playing rugby. We forgot about how good it feels to win. What it means to play as a team. Why playing smart and to our strengths is the key to everything we have achieved as a club to date.

Are we capable of getting back to where we want to be? I am 100% convinced that the answer is yes! The real question each and every one of you need to ask of yourselves is, 'Do you want it? Have you the desire, the drive and ambition?

If you do, make yourself the promise that you will commit to this season, commit to practice and commit to improve individually and as a team. Practice is not just about getting ready for Wales, it is about getting ready for the season.

First practice this Thursday Horselot Downtown 6:15 PM.

Looking forward to seeing you soon and to welcoming all of the new faces to the club.

Posted By: Taffy

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Tonight's Practice Cancelled! 

Due to circumstances beyond our control regarding field availability, practice tonight 8/23/07 has been canceled. There will be no 7s practice tomorrow either. Please check your e-mail regarding the location for practice next Tuesday 8/28/07. I sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.

Posted By: Wags!

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Practice this Week! 

Outlaws - Practice this week will be at a new venue and under lights at Stono Elementary School. Directions.

Practice will begin at 7pm - 9pm - so you have no excuse to be late - be at the field in kit ready to run at 7pm.

Numbers so far have been strong, let's make sure this continues. We play Ashville this week - a strong team who will present us with a stern test as to where we currently are both in terms fitness and game readiness'.

Posted By: Taffy

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Match Against Asheville! 

This weeks match against Asheville RFC will be held at the Charleston Battery's practice field. Kick off is slated for 2 PM. (directions)

Posted By: Webmaster

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Saturday's Scrimmage 

Adversity they say, comes at you the hardest when you are least expecting it. After putting in two hard weeks of training and preparation for the visit of North Carolina powerhouse Asheville, how disappointed were we only to discover that two hardy souls made the trip South for the game. What were we to do? With over 40 players ready and willing play (many new faces), an internal scrimmage was the way to go. Even better, was the fact that were able to play the Welsh squad (who will be touring later this month to Wales) against the Outlaws.

An outstanding game of rugby ensued that witnessed some 10 tries, in a game of fierce tackles, beautifully crafted tries, played in the true spirit of this most wonderful game. For the record the Welsh squad won the day but only just. A round of applause to the two Asheville players - you were a credit to your team - shame on those apathetic w*****s who call themselves your team mates, who instead, preferred to wallow in their own mediocrity.

Thanks to everyone who made the day a very successful one, including our generous fans who cheered us on! - Cheers

Posted By: Taffy

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Columbia Showcase! A surprise to everyone.... 

On an incredibly hot and humid day - The Outlaws played a 30 minute game against the Greenville Griffins in a drawn match 26-26. In the second match an under strength Outlaw squad went down 22 - 18 to Olde Grey. Highlight of the afternoon was seeing Houston play Center, then Second Row and finally Prop - the exercise was a huge success in that Houston has finally stopped moaning about the forwards. (Link to Photos)

Posted By: Taffy, Head Coach

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Outlaws off to Wales! 

The Outlaws will be departing the US for their Wales Tour at the end of the month. Waiting for them will be two games, one against Llandaff North RUFC and the other against Oakdale RUFC - the latter fixture will be part of the 100 year celebration of the Oakdale Village. Thanks to everyone who has helped organize what truly will be a memorable tour - stay tuned for future updates and scores!

Posted By: Taffy, Emcee, Roadmaster, Bionic Hip, Killer of Guinness, Long Crank, Greenslades

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Practice Thursday! 

Practice is still on for Thursday 9/27. Practice will be at 7PM sharp at Stono Elementary.

Posted By: Alex

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

No Practice Tonight 

Outlaws - There will be no training tonight as our practice field is under water. Taffy is out of email shot for the day. We need to find out who is planning on going this weekend and who is not. Please email me today and let me know. I already know about Rob, and Andy. Ben and Jake are still in the U.K. Everyone else, please let me know today.

p.s. The head count is important so if you are reading this....respond to me please. Directions were sent yesterday. I will send them again today along with a time and place to meet Saturday morning.

Posted By: Alex

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Monday, October 8, 2007

Practice this Week 10/9 & 10/11 

We are practicing this week both Tuesday and Thursday. Be at the field ready to run by 7:00 pm sharp. If you do not plan to attend you need to contact Taffy and let him know (csgoakdale@aol.com).

Posted By: Wags

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Outlaws Take Two in Savannah 

This past weekend saw your Charleston Outlaws travel down to a rain-soaked Savannah, GA for a pair of test matches. The first match pitted Chucktown against a plucky and determined Macon squad. The Love attempted to use their size as an advantage early on, but they we're hit head on by a the ferocious and deliberate tackles of the Charleston defense. As the field dried, Charleston showed effective, albeit sloppy support and won the ball for the back-line who managed the game through strategic kicks, confounding the Macon squad deep in their own half. The constant pressure from the forwards produced some timely turnovers and the backs delivered the scores as Charleston carried the match 38-0.

The second match matched Charleston against our old friends from Hilton Head. Dark clouds loomed and the skies opened up in a torrential downpour just as the whistle blew for the second match. As the field turned to slop and the pitch rivers and lakes began to fill, the match evolved into a forwards smash and crash match. In the end, fitness carried the day, and the Outlaw pack manhandled the Hilton Head pack to allow for two unanswered second-half tries.

As the team traveled light to Savannah (17 players), the team as a whole deserves notable attention for playing with great heart in inhospitable conditions. But the standout players Saturday were Grandpa for converting two tries from the corner in 6 inches of water, and Johnny Leo for finally realizing and running like he is 6' 4'' and 240lbs. Excellent wins gentlemen. (Link to photos)

Posted By: Webmaster

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Rugger for Sale! 

To be charitably kind you need a charitable mind, and it seems that Ben Pollard (our resident Kiwi) has both! Ben has graciously volunteered to be sold off to the highest bidder tonight at the annual ''Bids for Kids'' event. The winning bidder will win a date with Ben and his witty and sparkling personality and includes a private plane to take Ben and the winning bidder to the location of her choice (within 2hrs. flight). Proceeds will benefit Winwood Farm Home for Children to help fund their therapeutic intervention programs for neglected and abused children (Link to Bids for Kids). Winwood Farm is a private nonprofit residential care and treatment facility that was established in 1985 in Awendaw, SC. The event kicks off at 7PM at the Francis Marion hotel downtown. Tickets to the event are $40 and limited in number. Also there will be a silent auction for the hitched folk, so make sure y'all try to attend. And remember, all the proceeds go to help the Kids!

Posted By: Webmaster

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Practice 10/16 and 10/18 

Lads, Practice this Tuesday and Thursday 7PM sharp over at Stono Elelmentary School. Also, for those who traveled over to Wales on tour - check out their home page has a great team photo of the Outlaws.

Posted By: Taffy

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Friday, October 19, 2007

OB's Off to Pinehurst 

This weekend's events will see the Olde Boys travel to Pinehurst to play the Southern Pines Olde Boys. This will be the second meeting between these two teams with the Outlaws winning the first decision 24-10 here in Charleston. This should be a banger match as the Southern Pines will be looking to avenge their loss and the Chucktown boys will look to keep their record unblemished. Look here for the results if you cannot make the trip, and don't miss the World Cup Final this weekend!

Posted By: Webmaster

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Monday, October 22, 2007

OB's Lose in a Shorthanded Effort 

Charleston Olde Boy's drew first blood with a try by some old fat bald guy at flyhalf from the 5m. (Butch - conv. good 7-0). Southern Pines quickly countered with nice forwards support and nice try. (Conv. good 7-7). Charleston Olde Boy's go back on top with a drop goal from aforementioned fat pig from 15 out (10-7). Southern Pines regained possession and ran the length of the field for a nice score. (Conv good 14-10). Southern Pines quickly ran the same play and scored another quick try. (Conv good 21-10). Southern Pines then scored another try because aforementioned fat pig tried a chip kick that was blocked and the opposing prop picked up the ball and danced 90 meters for a try and an oxygen bottle. (Missed conv. 26-10) The Charleston Olde Boy's bounced back with the forwards and Matt ''The Tiger'' Harless scored try from 5 meters out. (Butch- conv good 26-17). The Southern Pines closed out the match with a beautiful backline supported try. (31-17)

The forwards rocked in the set pieces, and forwards in the backline did a great job. However, we talked back too much and it cost us too many penalties.

Posted By: Joe "Not So Young" Young

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Rugby Saturday! 

The high number of players at practice this week can only mean one thing,... It must be a home game this week. Yep, I guessed right! Your Charleston Outlaws will take on the Savannah Shamrocks this Saturday (10/27) at the North Charleston 'Navy Base Pitch' (directions). Kickoff is set for 1 PM with a B-side match to follow. So come out this Saturday and watch the Outlaws as they stay their win streak and carry that momentum right through to the Palmetto State Championships.

Posted By: Webmaster Extraordinaire

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Tomorrow's Game Cancelled 

Tomorrow's game has been canceled due to a sudden lack of ability to travel on the side of the Savannah club (Even though we sent 17 players to Savannah 4 days after returning from Wales).

Posted By: Webmater

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Charleston Brings Home Palmetto Cup 

In a fall season that had just about everything (canceled games at the last minute, teams turning up to play with only two players, and as well as an amazing tour to Wales) how fitting it was then, to end the season in victory as State Champions.

The Outlaws have always taken the Palmetto cup very seriously. One, because we love the competition. Two, because it provides a true test as to where we are in our development going into the Spring.

Arriving in Greenville with a squad of 24 players who had not really played as a team, we knew we were going to be under pressure to perform. First up was Augusta, the 2006 Champions. The final score of 43 - 5 to Charleston may seem like a comfortable win, but all credit to Augusta - they never gave up.

The other semi final was a dour and forward dominated affair between Columbia and Greenville - with Greenville the eventual winners.

The final saw Greenville play their predictable forward game with Charleston having to absorb the early pressure. In the end, the sheer pace, skill, fitness and better game plan of the Outlaws prevailed for a well earner victory of 20 points to 13. At times, the Outlaws played with such passion and flair that it was a joy to behold not only for the coaches but for the many spectators who enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining game.

Posted By: Your Humble Servent - Taffy

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Practice This Week 

Gents,... With the Toys for Tots tournament just around the corner (December 1st at the Citadel) it's important that we get a few practices in as well as to determine who is going to be available to play. If you already know ahead of time that you will not be available for selection, please e-mail me.

There will be a practice tomorrow over at Stono 7 PM sharp. Nothing heavy, some ball work followed by a simulated game and then a few beers over at Genes to begin the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will also practice the following week.

It is important that we have a large presence at the Toys for the Tots, not just because it is in our own backyard but also because it supports a most worthwhile cause. Many of you who have not gotten much playing time will get plenty on December 1st.

One further note - Alex, who has been a tremendous servant to this club in more ways than we can ever thank him for, sadly will be leaving us in December to return home to Pittsburgh with his family. The club will be hosting a farewell party post the Toys for Tots - don't even think of making an excuse to not attend for that night - EVERYONE is expected to be there - Location and times to follow.

Posted By: Taffy!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Charleston Takes Toys-for-Tots 

What more could you ask for? A perfect playing surface and and perfect weather to play in the annual 2007 Citadel Toys for Tots. Bill Bell can be thanked for giving the Outlaws a 9 AM start. Yes a 9 AM start, that is what I said. A 9 AM start against a spirited College of Charleston side. We must give a lot of credit to the lads of CofC. They managed to get themselves out of bed and to the field to play with 2 minutes to spare. While the Outlaws prevailed 35-3 winners, the game was not a blow out by any means.

Next up in the semifinals was the Citadel A side, coached by none other than the Outlaws very own Dave ''Tap Dancing, I have Gout'' Hawkins. In a very competitive game the Outlaws prevailed as winners 28-7. However, for long periods of the game, the Citadel played some very entertaining rugby and should have scored on a number of occasions only to be thwarted at the last minute by some very resilient Outlaw tackling.

The final was a grudge match against the Old Grey of Columbia. As this was the last match for Alex Grey, a tremendous servant of the club, who was departing back home to Pittsburgh, the Outlaws owed Alex one last stand to bring home the trophy. In a match that was at times as brutal (Joe Hand's tackle on Ty could be heard all the way back in Columbia) as it was riddled with basic mistakes, the Outlaws unrelenting spirit won the day 23-7.

Thanks to everyone who participated and for making the farewell party that followed for Alex an evening to remember. In fact some of us are still in recovery and trying to remember. Kudos to Ty and Philly from Columbia who manned up and stayed to party all night. (Link to photos)

Posted By: Taffy "Shagalicious" Greenslade!

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