Volume 2 Issue 1 Spring/Summer 1997
Web Page: www.oldgoldrugby.com
Old Gold RFC
PO Box 540225
Waltham, MA 02454-0225
Secretary – Doug DeMeritt
Old Gold to Co-host the 19th Annual New England 10's Championship
Old Gold in conjunction with John Logan's Ten Good Men RFC to co-host the prestigious Ten Good Men Tournament. Jordan Hoy has been working for the past year with John on the arrangements on hosting the tournament together. It is scheduled for Saturday, July 19th in Acton. We need a lot of volunteers so call the hot-line and offer your services. We are going to be putting in A, B and Old Boy's sides (Peter “Squeak” Logan has volunteered to help call up the Old Boy's. ) So mark the date in you calendar. The day starts at 11 a.m. as team representatives meet. Call the hot-line or check the web page for directions. Any questions call: Jordan Hoy.
6/14 – Charles River 7's
6/28 – Beacon Hill 7's
7/12 – Newport 7's
*7/19 – 10 Good Men Tourney
**8/1-3 Saranac Lake Tourney
8/9 – Worcester 7's
*See article above for details
**We are getting vans for Saranac check with Stan Tasker or Brian Lottridge.
Ireland/Scotland Tour Off
The tour has been postponed due to lack of participation.
The reason this newsletter is combined with spring, summer and the beginning of the fall is due to the fact that we have had no outside sponsorship to offset the mailings. Most of you seem to like it so step up to the plate.
Old Gold Golf Outing
Is currently being scheduled. We are looking for a weekend day after Saranac. Check the hot-line for details..
Fall 1997 Schedule
8/23 Providence (away)
9/6 Burlington (home)
9/13 Worcester (home)
9/20 Newport (home)
9/27 Portland (home)
10/4 Charles River (away)
10/11 New Haven (away)
10/18 Schnectedy (away)
10/25 OPEN TBA (TBA)
11/1 Springfield (away)
John William Reynolds born February 8th, congratulations to Bill and Nancy on the birth of third child and their first boy.
Bill & Nancy Reynolds
48 Col. Mansfield Drive
Scituate, MA 02066
Joe & Linda Connors are the proud parents of a new prop (9.1 lbs) named William Francis Connors. Born April 7th. There is already plans in the works for Connors & Sons Attys.
Joe & Linda Connors
41 Hagar Lane
Waltham, MA 02154
Old Gold weekly updates. For the past season weekly updates were sent out to over 40 Old Gold members that have forwarded their e-mail addresses. For those of you that have not been receiving the updates please forward your e-mail address. These updates can also be viewed on the web page under the page called “season highlights”.
At Thursday, May 15th's practice the Old Gold Officers met and selected Tom McGuire as selector replacing Lawrence Losinsky who moved to California. Tom is a hard playing second row who fancies himself as a flanker and at times back. Tom is a BC Graduate but we will not let that stop him. Remember if you want bitch at Tom, he can be reached at W and H or email@example.com . Lets wish Tom good luck with his new position on the club.
March 22nd, though previously stated in earlier notifications this was Old Gold's day of planes, trains, ferries and automobiles. Yes, our new over zealous fixture secretary had scheduled our first match of the spring against Montauk, NY (Long frigging Island). About a mere 6 hour car ride or thereabouts with a ferry across the sound… After further discussions it was noticed that the side that was going would have made up a good 10's squad. So we gave the call down to the ruggers from Montauk and said “game off”. This was just as well, since there were rumors that they were a miserable lot and not very sociable… We all know Old Gold win or lose likes a drink up… So as practice was scheduled to replace to the game we got a call to fill in for Albany against the Boston Rattlers. So we packed up our kits and took the long journey to Smith Field for the game. As we pulled up we saw the pretty Rene V., former Dutch head case that we were stuck with last season now playing for Boston. The mad Viking as he was known to Old Gold redefined the term wing nut. I guess you would be a little crazy surrounded by dikes that retain water.
The game started out poorly as Old Gold was against the wind. The second half contain scores from the “mad Mormon” Mike Rooney and Trevor Roberts. In the end we just rain out of time as we closed out the game and Boston just squeezed out a close victory. There was some stellar play throughout for the first game but we would like to mention newcomer Mike Brass rattled many a player with his bowling ball running.
6. Tasker (c)
7. Roberts (replaced by Connolly)
11. Burke (replaced by Roberts)
March 29th, REVENGE. After our terrible effort last season up in Old Port with Old Gold taking two humiliating losses from Portland's A's and B's. This day seemed to be different. In the first few minutes of the game Gold came out firing on all cylinders. A quick try and conversion had the score 7 nil. In the next few minutes our favorite little Scottish friend Rob Kemp hit a drop goal about forty meters out, 10 nil. The game went back and forth but Old Gold maintained the lead and kept increasing it. The final score was Old Gold 35 Portland 15. Some key injuries though as Frenchy was struck down and Jim Daylor hurt his hand. Not to worry Jim uses the other one for the important business.
2. Mausean (replaced by Connors)
5. Daylor (replaced by Trembly)
12. Campbell (c)
The B side wasted no time in thumping the boys from the North by scoring early and often. There were several tries scored and Trevor Roberts even had the decency of passing when he should have scored. The pass was knocked on no score. After a good 80 minutes of rugby that ended on a Brian Walsh score, the B's had a much more convincing win at 47 to 12. Old Gold newcomers Tom Burke, Judd Caulfield, Rick “Pocket” Rockett played well. The day went to Brian “When is the next tour” Walsh took home the accolades as man of the match with his stellar play. Today brought the return of Neil Herlocher who unfortunately left the game in the second half with another injury.
6. Herlocher (replaced by Campbell)
8. Calhoun (replaced by Lottridge)
9. DeMeritt (c)
12. Kilgannon (replaced by Banaszewski)
April 5th, MIT Canceled due to the blizzard.
April 12th, New Haven. The day started out well with the play going back and forth. After a few minutes a little tussle broke out. After a couple of seconds of shoving Mike “peacemaker” Rooney delivered a calming forearm that stopped the scuffle and put him off the pitch. Being down a man Old Gold played valiantly but Old Black played better. As the rain came down at the end New Haven had a close victory. The play of the day was Trevor's run down the sidelines culminating in a diving try.
7. Rooney (thrown off)
12. Campbell (c)
The B side was much better. With a mixture of Old Gold and non-touring Hartford players the first try was scored seconds into the match by a rejuvenated Mike Rooney back from suspension. The next try was scored by “Aussie” Simon as he ran through the New Haven pack We scored again by Hartford eightman Mark. Before the half ended there was a fantastic defensive play by Darren Trembly as the Old Black scrum half was racing for a try when Darren grabbed him with one arm and threw him back for a loss. The half ended with Old Gold up 17 nil. The second half had Old Gold playing poorly as the conditions declined as Old Black was able to score two tries with no conversions. The rest of the game had New Haven on the attack trying to achieve the game tying try. With just a few minutes to go Old Gold was able to counterattack with some nifty play between the forwards and backs that ended with a Tom McGuire try. As the game ended the B's stayed undefeated with a 24 – 10 victory against New Haven.
6. Daylor (replaced by Millerd)
10. DeMeritt (c)
April 19th, Danbury. The day started out windy and raw it was the second day of the latest Noreaster to hit Old Gold this season. The weekend had Jordan Hoy Stan Tasker, Geoff Millerd, Mike Rooney and Joe Bognanno and a collection of spouses at the Cayman Islands to attend the Linehan faux wedding. The 5 missing persons not withstanding, the showing for a home game was embarrassing as we had about 17 at 1 p.m. The game started out well with some play going back and forth when we were pushing hard and some nice passing had Matt Taylor in the try zone heading for the posts. The only problem Matt was unaware of a Danbury player in hot pursuit. The Danbury player was able to tie up Matt and cause a scrum to be given to Danbury, no try. I little while later Jonny May ran to the corner and scored a try the kick was missed. Old Gold 5, Danbury nil. As the half ended the score remained the same. At the half-time pep talk Matt offered the suggestion “If you get into the try zone. Score!” The second half had more of the same back and forth play. Danbury was able to gain a penalty kick Old Gold 5 Danbury 3. The play continued and Danbury forced play in our end and score a try. The conversion was made, Old Gold 5 Danbury 10. Near the end of the game Old Gold went back on offense but was unable to punch the go ahead try in. The game ended Old Gold 5 Danbury 10.
12. Campbell (c)
The B game appeared to be same type of match with the weather causing a lot of distractions. The game brought happy Matt Greene back to Old Gold as Matt returns to Boston after his brief interlude in Annapolis, MD. Old Gold played a majority of time in their own defensive end. This allowed Danbury to score. The B's played hard but unfortunately they suffered their first loss of the season.
By Jonathon May
Old Gold at the Harvard 7's April 20th.
The day started out with Old Gold shaking out the cobwebs of a typical Saturday night. With a first round draw of local newcomers State Street, Old Gold chose to throw caution to the wind and place their speed unit on the pitch. The strategy paid off, after a couple of miscues in the first few minutes, as Old Gold valiantly tried to uphold their tradition of playing down to the opponent's level, the team started to play their own game. As State Street began to show their fear of tackling, Old Gold took each opportunity as presented and steadily began to run up the score. Tries were scored at will, from set plays, kickoffs, and breakaway runs. Valiant drop-kicked efforts for conversions proved the squad's only weakness, as they managed to convert on only two of seven tries. As the final whistle blew, Old Gold had run the score up to 39-5.
1. Brabeck 1 try
4. May 2 tries, 1 conversion
5. Campbell 1 try, 1 conversion
6. Lottridge 1 try
7. Brass 2 tries
The second draw matched Old Gold up against weekend rival Danbury. Following Saturday's hard-fought match, the team sought revenge on the seven's pitch. Old Gold held the lead throughout the entire match, with dominating pack play and a solid showing of their abilities in the loose. Again, Old Gold scored from set plays and from sheer hustle as loose balls were recovered for tries, breakaway runs down the sidelines turned into tries beneath the posts, and defense smothered the Danbury backline, resulting in intercepted passes turned into scoring opportunities. Yet the game plan followed the same script as Saturday, and Old Gold came out with a flat second half. With ten seconds to play, up by two, Old Gold was assessed with a questionable penalty, which resulted in a chip kick recovered in the try zone for Danbury. Final score as time ran out: Danbury 22, Old Gold 19.
4. May 3 tries, 2 conversions
5. Campbell (replaced by Westerman)
With that match out of the way, Old Gold looked forward to facing some new blood in the quarterfinals of the championship bracket. Alas, this was not to be. With the greatest business minds of the world in consultation, Harvard Business School decided Old Gold and Danbury should meet again. Old Gold was slowly running out of players as the day wore on, whereas as Danbury seemed to be doing a solid job of recruiting local Select Side players to step onto the pitch in place of their own team members. Old Gold fought valiantly throughout the final match, and tied up the score late in the second half to send the game into sudden death. Try as they might, however, Old Gold was eliminated shortly into the overtime period, as Danbury scored on a 70 meter breakaway to end Old Gold's day.
2. McGuire (replaced by Shea)
3. Daylor 1 try
4. May (replaced by Brabeck)
6. Banaszewski 1 try
By Stan Tasker April 15th – 22nd
The “Old Gold, Non-Linehan
Wedding/Cayman Island Chic Tour '97”
This proved to be a rousing success. The first half of the match saw J. Hoy and S. Tasker working skillfully at pina colada mixing, while J. Bognanno and K. Bognanno had some initial troubles seeing eye to eye in the pack. These troubles were quickly worked out by K. Bognanno.
J. Hoy (Tour MVP) and J. Bognanno showed brilliance at accommodation juggling, and J. Hoy clearly showed up his opposite number M. Mcglade (the ex-Linehan fiancee) on numerous occasions. The old gold couples scored first in the treasure island pool bar, by ringing up a $200 tab within a few short hours. They continued this feverish pace up until the stingray and barracuda feeding/snorkeling expedition, after which the team looked a little ragged and seemed to lose some pace.
S. Tasker, ragged from the first half's drinking pace, was replaced by Sheila Depolo at hooker (much to the delight of the other male pack players). The team finished the half with M. Rooney being thrown off by D. Rooney for illegal nakedness during a peeing expedition. With Old Gold a man down in the second half, the scoring went back and forth with no team having a clear upperhand. With time running out, the combined efforts of a fast footed M. Millerd on the dance floor, a naked bar strutting by S. Tasker, and consistent support from G. Millerd, put the team above their opposition.
The lineup read as such:
1. Bognanno (Joe)
2. Tasker (Stan) – replaced by Depolo (Sheila)
3. Bognanno (Kelli)
4. Rooney (Debbie)
5. Millerd (Michelle)
6. Rooney (Mike) – thrown off
7. Hoy (Jordan)
Coaches: Millerd (Geoff) and Pam (Jordan's girlfriend).
April 26th, Springfield as told by Stan Tasker. Mark Maragnano was kicked off in the second half for illegal use of the boots, so we played 14 on 15 again. Not as much fun as it sounds. In addition, the referee was a Springfield guy because the league referee never showed up. They won a close contest sparked by break through by outside center newcomer Mike Brass. Mike Rooney scored twice under the posts by supporting Brass through the holes and taking the pass before their fullback's tackle.
Al McCarthy kept the contest close by making some superb open field tackles at fullback. The whole team tackled well for the most part. One of these weekends we should try playing 15 on 15 for a whole match.
1. Maragnano (thrown off)
6. Tasker (c)
May 1st, University of New Brunswick, Canada. The day started out promising as we wrestled the field away from the frisbee faithful with the 4:30 kick-off. As one by one Old Gold showed up we had fourteen minus a second row. So thankfully one of the 55 extra UNB's filled in for Old Gold. This was a rag tag set up to say the least but Old Gold played strong but UNB was able to overload the wing and get a try scored under the posts. A short while later UNB scored in the corner to push the score. The play went back and forth and Old Gold was unable to score but UNB was. The University of New Brunswick played as a cohesive unit and Old Gold played well but with so many new faces the they could not match UNB. In the end Old Gold being the social side that they gracefully let UNB win.
2.Roman (replaced by ULowell)
6. Tasker (replaced by ULowell)
8. Calhoun (replaced by ULowell)
11) Banaszewski (replaced by ULowell)
12. Campbell (c)
13. Lottridge (replaced by ULowell)
14. Caulfield (replaced by Rockett)
May 3rd, Village Lions, Bourgeois Wedding. On Tuesday of this week there was great concern that Jay may have invited the whole team to his wedding after the bachelor party. We were prepared to play multiple games based on the wedding participants. The game started out well with Tom Banaszewski intercepting a Lion pass and running it into the try zone. The game in the beginning had Old Gold charging and a try was scored under the posts again. The play for the rest of the half went back and forth. The highlight of the last few minutes was Rob Kemp pushing one of the Village People into PVC posts and breaking the top of the posts. The second had the Lions pushing into Old Gold's end and scoring a couple of tries and a penalty. For most of the half Old Gold held 12 to 8 lead. When Rob Kemp scored a try but injuring himself. Another try was scored by someone I do not remember pushing the score Old Gold 20 Lions 8. The game ended with no other activity. The men of the match were Tom McGuire and Brian Lottridge.
2. Tasker (c)
10. Kemp (replaced by Murphy)
The second game appeared to be repeat of the first as Mike Brass intercepted a pass at our own 5 meter line and outran all Lions 95 yards to the try under the posts. The next try was scored by Mike Kilgannon and the rout appeared to be on. As all Old Gold teams do we started to get a little confident with the early success and the rest of the half had the Lions pressing and able to score a try. As the second half kicked off Old Gold played well but after a few minutes the Lions were able to get the score Old Gold 14 Lions 13. The play went back and forth but Old Gold was able to finally score near the end of the game on a nice run by Mike Murphy. The forwards also took a lineout and drive 10 meters for the try. As the game ended Old Gold B's had a 24 to 13 victory.
1. Reynolds (c)
14. Brass (replaced by Caulfield)
Saturday May 3rd, Evening — Northeast Brewing Company. The evening started out well with Electric Humus (Todd Lena's band) starting up at about nine. They played with one break until 1 am. Boy, are Todd and his mates fit! With Todd “switched on” playing with “body height low” Old Gold and many others rocked the night away. This was a rousing success as Old Gold had one of its more profitable social ventures. Special thanks go to this years Social Secretary Brian Lottridge and the many that helped him with the setup and those who worked the door.
Saturday May 10th, Boston Rattlers RFC, Newport, RI. We got down early with a quick try being scored by Boston. The play went back to the Rattler's end with nice back line play set off the forwards crashing the ball. The ball went swiftly down the back line to take advantage of the overload. Mike Brass passed the ball to a charging me (Doug DeMeritt) filling in from the fullback position and I outran the rest of the Boston back line to score the try. Old Gold 7 Rattlers 5. The lead lasted for a few minutes but Boston was able to score again. Old Gold kept the score close at the end of the half with a penalty kick. The second half had Old Gold pressing but Boston kept pushing the play into our try zone. Near the end of the game Matt Greene used his head on Rattler's fist and was able to get the Rattler banished from the match. The game ended and Boston had the victory by the closest of margins. Boston 13 1/2 Old Gold 13. I hate Boston!!!
1. Rynak (Replaced by Maragnano)
2. Josh ULowell
3. Donovan (Replaced by Walsh)
6. Maragnano (Replaced by Mike ULowell)
7. Tasker (c) (Replaced by Donovan)
11. Mike ULowell (Replaced by Capello)
12. Lottridge (Replaced by Campbell who replaced Tasker as (c))
13. Brass (Replaced by Lottridge)
14. Burke (Replaced by Brass)
May 17th, Brian Cody Memorial Family Day, Charles River RFC. This was a first in the morning the day was sunny but alas the day turned cold and raining as all family day's before it.
The A side took to the field with a few new faces in the pack as injuries and other commitments necessitated. The beginning of the game was good but the Rats were able to score a couple of tries on some break away runs by their backs. The game was back and forth but the A's were unable to equal the score. In the end the Rats had a close victory.
10. Kemp (Replaced by Mike ULowell)
12. Campbell (c)
The B game had Matt Greene stepping into his referee's shoes. This game was a little better and the first try was scored on terrific run by Tom Banaszewski. As Tom entered the try zone he was being tackled he tried to score the try but lost the ball, I (Doug DeMeritt) was able to touch the ball down for the first try. Unfortunately Tom was taken off the pitch on a stretcher. Not to worry, Tom returned to the sideline before the end of the game with a mild concussion. The next try was scored by the entire pack of forwards as they took the lineout and pushed through the Rats with ease led by “Smiling” Joe Connors. This was the referee's first test as a Rat punk refused to heed Matt's authoritative words so Matt after ample warning ejected the idiot. This caused the Rat sidelines to start chirping. In the confusion of the moment Ski took a second to introduce the Rat coach to what happens when one enters the pitch without permission. After Matt settled the dispute the game continued as the forwards continued to dominate the Rats. The second half had the Rats getting a couple of scores but it was too little to late. As Old Gold B's rolled 27 to 12.
6. Mike (ULowell) (Replaced by Day)
9. DeMertt (c) (Replaced by Kerstin)
10. Herlocher (Replaced by DeMeritt (c))
14. Banaszewski (Replaced by Andrew (ULowell))
The Old Boy's had a mixture of young and old on both sides. The game was going back and forth as everyone was trying to work out the kinks of inactivity. This included the referee Ned Stanton. The first points were scored on Tommy Rose's penalty kick. The game continued and Old Gold played well but we were unable to score. This was ok as the Golden Oldies shut out the Rat's 3 to nil. This concluded a successful day as Old Gold was able to take 2 out of the 3 games on the day.
2. deSaint Phalle (c)
5. Mike (ULowell)
9. May (Replaced by DeMeritt)
11. Roberts' Friend
13. Roberts, Trevor
14. Roberts, Tony (Replaced by May)
15. Rose (Replaced by Lottridge)
Connecticut 10's By Stan Tasker
Setting: Seaside, Sunny, and 70.
1. Darren Trembly
2. Frenchy Mausean
3. Brian Walsh
4. Tom McGuire
5. Mike Rooney
6. Stan Tasker
7. Jeff Campbell (c)
8. Brian Lottridge
9. Mike Brass
The first Old Gold match vs. Central CT kicked off at 10:30 am. After selecting the starting 10 players at 10:15, Old Gold wasted no effort in routing their first opponents. We scored often, them not so much.
The second match was much more challenging, as Old Gold played both White Plains and the ref from hell. This ref actually called a penalty on us for asking who would kickoff after the first try, this gave our opponents the ball at midfield. After a tough loss, Old Gold was apologized to by the White Plains players for how terrible the ref was. Turns out he used to play for them. Oh yes, and Trevor was kicked out of the game by the ref from hell for what we believe was illegal skin color (see later notes), so we played 9 on 10 for a while.
The loss put Old Gold into the runner's up bracket and pitted us against Sturgeon Creek from Canada. Old Gold drew first blood, and the scoring went back and forth, but we found ourselves in a hole with a minute left in the match. A well run play by the backs enabled a good second phase opportunity for the pack, and Mike Rooney scored the game winning try (and kicked his first conversion ever) with very little time remaining. Old Gold ended up with the victory.
We advanced to the semifinal round to find our opponents to be Yankees Gold and our old friend the ref from hell. Down 2 tries early, Old Gold battled back to tie the game with less than a minute left. Unfortunately, the opposition was able to overload a back play & take it in for the winning score by the wing. Tough tackles and even tougher runs made this game the best of the day.
As a note, the eventual CT 10's champion was White Plains and the runner up was Yankees Gold. I guess that makes us third since they were the two teams we lost to?
In being good sports, and not wanting to leave while there were still full kegs, Old Gold watched both final games. The most exciting of the games was the runner-up game which featured a Jamaican team from NY vs. Yankees Gold and the ref from hell. In an inspiring show of brainless call after brainless call against the not-so-white Jamaican team, the ref from hell once again proved his incompetence. 2 minutes into the second half, and with a try being the difference in the score, one of the Jamaicans was ejected from the
game. After much protest by the Jamaicans, and everyone else on the sidelines, the ref from hell blew his whistle and called the game with 8 minutes left in the match. Thus awarding the runner-up trophy to the whiter Yankees Gold team. The ref ran from the park to escape the Jamaican team which chased after him in protest.
June 14th, Ipswich 7's. The first game pitted Old Gold against Boston A's. This game was close however the score was not reflective of that fact. The second game had Old Gold up against Springfield a game which Old Gold won. The third game had MIT pulling out a close victory. The players on the day were:
1. May 2 tries
5. Daylor 1 try
6. Wheeler 1 try
7. Westerman 1 try
Thanks to Derek Yimomyines and Matt Shafer from Tufts who filled in with our friends from ULowell.