Archives for April 2013

2012-13 High School All State (All Deep South) League Selections

2012-2013 All League Selections


Prop Jay Driggers Shaw
Hooker Blake Faust Shaw
Prop Vincent Duhe Br. Martin
2nd Row Germaine Bezue Jesuit
2nd Row George Knight Shaw
Flanker Joe Caravella Br. Martin
Flanker Otis Leige Lake Area
Eight Man Todd Dupre Shaw
Scrumhalf Tommy Prestari Niceville
Flyhalf Patrick Holden Audubon
Inside Center Ben Gambino Br. Martin
Outside Center Jacob McKay Audubon
Wing Joey Morris Br. Martin
Wing Toney Hughes Lake Area
Fullback Cameron Troxler Shaw


Lloyd Williams – Loose Head Prop                     Lake Area
Kevin Heidingsfelder Prop                                  Jesuit
Dwayne Robertson – Hooker                              Lake Area
Sam Clutter – Hooker                                           Jesuit
Mark Miniclier-Lock.                                            Audubon
Jacob Campos -Lock                                             Jesuit
Mike Fitz Patrick – Flanker                                   Jesuit
Patrick Wolverton- Flanker                                 Audubon
Matthew Hood – Flanker                                     Br Martin
Zack Creel – #8                                                       Jesuit
Ian Growden – #8                                                  Audubon
Brennan Falcon – Scrumhalf                                Shaw
Colin Bergeron – Scrumhalf                                  Jesuit
Connor Glennon – Flyhalf                                     Br Martin

Alex Schultz – Flyhalf                                              MS Rugby
Trey Nicolosi – Center                                           Audubon
Bruce Cuccia – Wing                                              Br Martin
Ryan Baldassaro- Fullback                                   Br Martin



4/13/13 – NORFC Players Selected USA South vs Bahamas

Game result:

 The USA Rugby South beat The Bahamas 42-15 and advance to the North American Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) North pool stage with Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. They’ll host the Cayman Islands May 4th  and travel to Bermuda May 16th.

New Orleans flyhalf Jeff Reuther scored a try in the match.

From head coach David John Conyers

America South squad/management team for
N.A.C.R.A round 3 international in Nassau Bahamas April 13th,

1 Ethan Winel Prop
2 Eduardo Herrera Hooker/Flanker
3 Jason Hinchmann Prop/Hooker
4 Saadiq Ziyad Lock
5 Stephen Hickey Lock
6 Tyler Bishop Flanker/lock
7 Derek Wolfe Flanker/8
8 Brenden Smith 8/Flanker/Lock
9 Saade Bou-Mikael Scrum Half            *NORFC

10 Lucas Biastrocchi Flyhalf/Center
11 Ty Elkins Wing/Fullback
12 Jeff Reuther Center/Flyhalf                 *NORFC
13 Amir Kahn Center/Wing/Fullback
14 Chance Doyle Wing/Fullback/Center     *NORFC
15 Ben Winiarczyk Fullback/Wing

16 Wayne Chermley Lock/Flanker
17 Matt Upton Prop                                              *NORFC
18 Matt Abernathy Lock/Flanker
19 Tim Herff Flanker
20 Jake Finger Scrum Half/Wing
21 Rod Ceasar Wing/Fullback

22 Grant Snyder Wing

David Conyers Coach
Rene Daniel Coach
Jody Hensley Coach
Wes Darwin Coach/Technical
Will Rogers Technical
John Devonport Team Manager
Kevin Kitto South President
Sean Borman Trainer

March Gladness :-) … or Sadness :-?

As the March 7s tournaments in Hong Kong, Tokyo, & China fade into April training for the wind-up of the 2012-13 men’s & women’s 7s series tournaments,  reflections on what appeared to be successful March efforts  cause some concerns that Eagle sides are not in form to achieve the main goal. In March the NZ women’s coach Sean Horan in an interview only 4 days before the China 7s declared that “… it is all about Rio.” There are very few players, if any, who disagree with Coach Horan. Where are the Eagles in relation to chances for Olympic success?

After a disappointing Hong Kong tournament at which the men’s side managed only one winning effort against Scotland in a bowl quarterfinal match (20-12), they  won 3 and tied 1 of their 6 matches in Tokyo to win the plate. On their way to capturing the plate they beat Wales (24-22), Fiji (21-10), and Scotland (17-0). They are currently precariously tied with Scotland at 12th place in the HSBC Sevens Series standings. The precariousness is because  the Eagles must capture 12th place all to themselves in Glasgow on May 4th, or they’ll fall into the relegation tournament in London the following week. If they don’t finish in the top 3 in the relegation tournament,  the USA will  not be a core team in the 2013-14 HSBC Sevens  tournaments . As the host of the 2014 Vegas 7s  they’ll get to play against the “big boys” there. In the 2014 Hong Kong 7s  they’ll have to  finish as one of the top 4 teams out of the  second tier sides to get to the relegation tourney in London 2014, and then finish in the top 3 to climb back into the core teams for the 2014-15 HSBC Sevens Series. That worst case  relegation scenario is only remotely possible but there is a reasonable chance the men will end up in the relegation tourney  in London in May  this year.

To definitely qualify for Rio, though, the men need to crack being one of the 4 best teams in the HSBC Sevens Series  or be able to consistently beat Canada. Neither of those options seems remotely possible.  They continue to flounder at times and fluctuate in the HSBC standings between 12th and 15th.  The compacting of England, Wales, & Scotland into Great Britain for the Olympics would move the USA up to a current position of  11th . They have only won 1 of their last  5 matches against Canada. USA men’s qualification hopes  will probably depend on how the IRB and Intl Olympic Committee work out  some repechage system for the fringe sides that hover around the 12th-16th places: USA, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Russia, Tonga, Georgia, Zimbabwe. The Eagles performance in Japan was encouraging, but the possibility of not being invited to Rio is still very real.

The USA women finished a very respectable  4th in the China 7s  losing to New Zealand in the semi-final and Canada in the 3rd/4th play-off.  The women remain solidly one of the 4-6 best sides in the world, but they continue to struggle against New Zealand, England, & Canada. For most  of the Women Eagles the ultimate measure of success will be to medal in Rio and there is not a medal for 4th place. Qualification won’t be an issue for the women. Finding the 12 players who have the defensive tenacity and offensive flair to beat Canada, New Zealand, or an English side (infused with emerging Irish stars to make a very strong Great Britain team) will be the challenge.

March brought Eagle success, but also pointed out that there is still a gap between where the teams are and where they need to be to achieve their main goal.