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2011 Fall



Thursday, August 11, 2011

BACHELOR AUCTION 

Charleston Rugby Charity Auction ~ The SC Aquarium, Sept 8, 2011
Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 7:00 PM (ET)
Charleston, SC

Posted By: Johnny Bravo!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

START OF FALL SEASON! 

Guys:

Practice for the fall will begin this coming Thursday at 6:30 PM at Hampton Park and every Tuesday and Thursday going forward.

As you all should be aware by now, we will be running two sides this year - one side in Division 11, the other in Division 111. It is going to be a big ask to field 2 competitive sides each week especially when it comes to matrix play. However, with over 60 plus players on the roster we are confident of being able to fulfill our respective division responsibilities. The entering of a Div 111 side is in part a response to wanting to create a more competitive environment at the club as well as listening to players who rightly so, are dissatisfied with not getting adequate playing time.

From a coaching point of view, we hope that the clubs confidence and trust in entering a Div 111 side will be repaid by you the players current, new, old and on the fence by coming out to practice and committing to the club. The objective of the Div 111 squad is to be a developmental one - providing new players to the game an opportunity to learn and get some playing time as well as to provide a competitive environment for more established players to stake a claim for Div 11 inclusion.

The goal for the Fall season will be for us to practice together when going through our standard drills and skills routines and then split into 2 squads respectively for more dedicated coaching. We all have lives away from rugby which makes it difficult for any of us to commit to every practice and every game. However it takes one second to make a call or email to a coach to inform that you are not available. This is going to be critical for the Div 111 side. Some players have already contacted me indicating that they will only be able to make one practice a week. This is fine, as long as we are able to field 2 strong squads each week.

The schedule for the fall (while still being tweaked) is 90% complete and has been repeatedly sent out by Rob Jones. NOTE THE AWAY GAMES - YOU HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO PLAN AHEAD TO ENSURE YOU TRAVEL SO NO EXCUSES!

The lesson of the passed Spring season is a very simple one - you don't win fuck all by coming second! The bottom line is that we were not good enough to advance in the South - end of story. Spring is behind us, the Fall presents a new set of challenges and opportunities.

This Fall season is going to be one of getting back to the basics, getting our feet firmly back on the ground and have some fun. Taking each training session and each game as a gauge to determine where we are and what we need to do to individually and collectively to advance to the next level. There will be no talk of national championships or getting revenge on Greenville, or how we are going to destroy Columbia. All the talk is conjecture unless we put the hard work in on the practice field and let our talking be based on the way we play and the results we produce.

The single goal for the fall is TEAM. History plays a huge part in determining the next chapter in the name of the Charleston Outlaws. This fine club of ours is known as a team of fighters that collectively play as one solid unit until the bitter end - never ever giving up and never ever relinquishing their label as the 'junk yard dogs', who feed off the underbelly of the opponents they have beaten into submission and rip them apart in the last quarter of the game. We have lost a bit of the 'dog' and we need to establish it right from day one. We need to get back to the fundamentals - the forwards will determine who wins the game - the backs will decide by how many points - simple, end of story.

If we ALL are prepared to put in the effort, then all things are possible. With a new season, brings new opportunities and new beginnings. Past reputations count for nought. It's all about the here and now. Let's put in a season to remember and one we are all proud of.

I look forward to seeing everyone out this coming Thursday.

Posted By: Taffy!

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Practice at the Citadel 

All practices this fall will be held at the all weather field at on the Citadel campus.

OUR SEASON KICKS OFF THIS COMING WEEKEND WITH 2 GAMES SO WE NEED ALL PLAYERS TO MAKE AN EFFORT AND BE OUT AT PRACTICE THIS WEEK. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO ONLY MAKE ONE PRACTICE, ONE IS BETTER THAN NONE AT ALL. FOR DIV 111 SIDE IF YOU CAN MAKE IT TO THE GAME BUT NOT PRACTICE - PLEASE DROP BUTCH, CLARK OR WES AN E-MAIL TO LET THEM KNOW.

THE GOAL IS TO PICK BOTH STARTING 15'S ON THURSDAY AND THEN RUN AGAINST EACH OTHER.

PRACTICE TUESDAY AND THURSDAY AT THE CITADEL ALL WEATHER PRACTICE FIELD: 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Posted By: Taffy

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fall Season Kicks Off Saturday! 

The Fall rugby season kicks off this Saturday on Daniel Island (directions). The 1PM match will feature the Charleston Outlaw D2 side in a scrimmage against a very tough Coastal Carolina. At 3PM the inaugural D3 side will be put to it's first test against an experienced College of Charleston Cougars side.

So to all the low-country rugby fans, accept an open invitation out to a great Saturday afternoon of fun, sun and rugby!

Posted By: Webmaster

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Encouraging Start to the Season for the Outlaws 

The Div. II side opened the season against a very spirited Coastal Carolina squad running out eventual winners 46 - 0. While the score line could paint a picture of 'one way traffic' the reality was a hard fought match with the Outlaws fitness and rugby experience coming to forefront in the last 20 minutes of play.

The Div III side tied the College of Charleston 5-5 in a hard fought and very physical game. Both sides had players leave the game with injuries but the spirit of rugby won out in the end. The game marked the first ever game for the Div. III side who on this showing portends the development of a competitive side as the games increase in intensity.

For our second game of the season we traveled to play Div. I foe the Raleigh Vipers. A four hour car ride and an early Saturday morning start may not be everyone's idea of fun, but the 28 players traveled up to Raleigh were determined to put in a good performance. The Outlaws came up short 41 points to 31 points but left a staggering 31 points on the table with missed opportunities and not very smart decision making. That being said, we deserved to get something out of a game where, besides numerous changes in personnel with some players having to play out of position, the Outlaws were by far the better side on the day. To come away empty handed is indeed a bitter pill to swallow.

The Div III side beat the Raleigh 'B' Side 31-21 Saturday in a major upset. The team has come together quickly and looks good for their Matrix season in the Spring. The youth and fitness of this group is impressive. Could we be seeing the start of a playoff team in their first season?

Posted By: TaffY

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Mixed Day for the Outlaws  

Mixed Day as the Outlaws Div 11 Side Looses 41-31 to Raleigh Vipers Div 1 Side - Div 111 Gains Memorable Victory.

Posted By: Taffy

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Dr. Joe Markovich 1954-2011 

It is a heavy heart and great sadness that I announce the passing of Dr. Joe. Joseph Patrick Markovich passed away on Friday, September 30, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. (Obituary)

Dr. JoeI remember his first day on the rugby practice pitch. He was excited about getting involved with the team and it's players. At 54 years of age, he displayed the attitude and dedication seen in a quality prospective player; something I never forgot.

Over the next 2 years, I got to know Joe pretty well. His participation with the team increased and he convinced me to come in for a chiropractic once over; for those who don't know, this man was an incredible chiropractor. And of all those visits, those hours of conversation, I can't say that I knew him as well as I would have liked. But, I can tell you some things that I learned about the man. I know that he is a loving father and husband. I know that he was absolutely devoted to his family. I can tell you (again) that he is an amazing chiropractor. I can tell you that when I lost my job and my insurance, he saw and treated my busted-bones for free. I can also tell you this was a man whose charity reached more people than I could mention. I suppose that sometimes I am not the man I should be; there were times when I overheard the quiet whispers of 'thanks' which were only meant for his ears.

More important to this posting, I can tell you he loved to play sports. He played football and wrestled as a young man. Spent time with all his children encouraging their athletic aspirations. And interestingly, I can tell you this, he never played rugby. That is, he never played rugby until his son became a rugby player. This is a man who, in an effort to form a greater bond with his son, decided to play rugby,... at 54. I have played since '89. This is not a kind sport. It is a hard sport, with hard players with little time for folly or pretense. Joe fit right in. I always thought he had played for years.

As to his relationship with his son and their new sport; I never came that close to him. But in his efforts to draw closer to his son, he invited a new family into his life. The Outlaw family. We were fortunate enough to spend time with Joe. And as I write this, I don't think I can quite articulate what he meant to us as a family. So I will pass on a sad, but genuine anecdote. This past Saturday after Joe's passing, the team traveled up to Raleigh, NC for difficult match. My trip was a long 5 hour trip with 4 veteran players; our conversations filled with inanity and sophomoric quips. When there was a lull in the inane chatter, I cut in with the sad news of Joe's passing. I had not expected what came next. It was the first time in my life I had experienced deafening silence. 30 minutes. Not a word.

God's speed Dr. Joe! Your family, and all of your families miss you! Heaven's rugby team just got better.

Thanks for fixing me up buddy...

Posted By: Clark

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Homecoming Weekend October 15th  

Outlaws To Play 2010 National Champions Tampa Krewe Rugby Club

This upcoming weekend your Charleston Outlaws will host 2 teams from the Tampa Krewe Rugby Club. Krewe won the Club National Championship in 2010 and were beaten finalist in the Championship game in 2011. This is a great weekend to come on out and support your Charleston Outlaws and watch some competitive rugby. Both our Division 11 and Division 111 teams will be in action - first game kicks off at 1pm. Party to follow at our sponsor bar the Brick, (Downtown on East Bay Street.)

Posted By: Taffy!

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Outlaws Test Tampa Bay Krewe 

Outlaws Div III side gains HUGE victory over National Champs Tampa Krewe RUFC. Div II Looses on last kick of the game - Tampa prevails once again!

Posted By: Taffy

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Palmetto Tournament - Mixed Day for the Outlaws at the 2011 

Winning by 75 points to 3 against a spirited Columbia team, in the first game of the tournament proved to be a false dawn of sorts as the Outlaws came up short in the final against a far better organized and smarter Greenville side who have now become a bogey team for the Outlaws. Greenville now visit the Outlaws on November 19th for a matrix showdown knowing that whoever wins this game, will be in the driving seat for home field advantage come the Spring matrix season. Clash of the Titans perhaps?

Posted By: Taffy

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Outlaws to Host Charlotte Saturday November 12, 2011 

The Outlaws will play 2 games against Charlotte RUFC beginning at 1 PM at the Charleston Battery Practice Fields on Daniel Island. Come on out to support your Outlaws for what is sure to be a fun day of Rugby. The Div. II team Kicks off at 1 PM with the Div. III team kicking off around 3 PM. All fans are welcome!

Posted By: Taffy

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Final Match of the Fall Season 

FINAL GAME OF THE SEASON VERSES GREENVILLE
NOVEMBER 19th - 1PM CHARLESTON BATTERY PRACTICE FIELD
A MUST WIN FOR THE OUTLAWS! YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED


As your proud coach of the Outlaws, I am making a personal appeal to the Outlaw nation to come out this Saturday and support us. Of all the fixtures we have played this Fall, the Greenville game has always been on the calendar as the most important one. Why? Because it's a matrix game - the winner, if then goes undefeated in the Spring season will gain home field advantage in the South Playoffs.

The Fall season to date has been one of inconsistency. While results and performances have not been favorable, I cannot fault the efforts by the players who are working so hard. If there was ever a time when they needed your support, it is this coming Saturday. A bitter loss to Greenville a few weeks ago in the final of the Palmetto Cup, has made us even more determined to find a way to win.

This amazing club of ours is more than the players - it's about everyone - sponsors, committee, wives, girlfriends, friends, family and the ardent supporter who simply loves the game of rugby football on a Saturday afternoon. If there was ever a time when the team needed the Outlaw family's support, it's this coming Saturday. I thank your for your time and support and hope to see you, see us come out victorious against Greenville.

Posted By: Taffy

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Outlaws Post Two Impressive Victories  

Outlaws Post Two Impressive Victories Against Greenville and WIN It's First MATRIX Match

Two solid performances by both the Div. 11 side (who secured the Matrix win 35 points to 0) and the Div 111 side 34 points to 0 this past Saturday against a competitive Greenville squad provided the Outlaws with much needed momentum going into the 2012 Spring Season. As the coach, I am very proud of the efforts put in by everyone who played on Saturday. We managed to keep to the game plan, defense was much improved and we played as a team - which was vital in ensuring both victories.

It was also great to see so many players and supporters out at the Brick on Saturday night enjoying themselves - lets make sure we keep that up over the holidays.

NO practice this week - lets enjoy the results while we can and go into the Thanksgiving holiday to get a much needed rest.

NEXT games will be Saturday Dec 3rd 'Toys for Tots Tournament' to be held at the Citadel.

On behalf of the Outlaw nation have a blessed Thanksgiving.


Cheers,

Posted By: Taffy!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Outlaws Back in Action 

Outlaws Back in Action December 3rd 'Toys For Tots' Tournament at the Citadel Parade Ground (Citadel Campus)
Rugby matches start at 9 AM and will run until 4 PM. The Outlaws play at 9:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM.

Come on out and support your Outlaws as well as the Citadel/Marine Corp drive to provide toys to needy kids at Christmas. You can show your support of this most worthy cause by bringing an unwrapped toy with you to the game. Cambria Sports will be in attendance selling rugby gear for your Christmas shopping needs!

See you all Saturday.

Posted By: Taffy

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Monday, December 5, 2011

4 Game Winning Streak to End Season 

Outlaws End Season With a 4 game Winning Streak and Retain the 'Toys For Tots' Cup

The Outlaws retained the 2011 'Toys for Tots' Cup this past weekend by beating Camp Lejune, Columbia and Augusta in what turned out to be 3 very competitive matches. Congratulations to everyone who played and thanks to all of our supporters who came out to watch us. To quote coach Dave, 'we'll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day.'

We finished the Fall season on a high winning our last 4 games including the all important Matrix win at home to Columbia which hopefully will create momentum going into the Spring Season. Over the holiday period, look out for e-mails from Butch re 7's once a week to keep the fitness going - location and times TBD. Practice for the Spring will begin in January - first practice TBD.

Have a great holidays, thanks for everyone's efforts over the past few months and let's all keep praying for Coach Dave's continued recovery from heart surgery.

Have a Happy and Blessed Holidays

Posted By: Taffy

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