Below you will find various entries related to events that affected Deep South Rugby and members of the Deep South RugbyCommunity during the 2011-12 season.
Sadly the season started with the passing of Tom Alderton on Sept. 24th in
Ft Walton. Tom had been the president of the Deep South Union in the 1990s and an integral part of Okaloosa Rugby holding many positions over the past couple of decades. He will be missed.
7 Selected Events from 2011-12 and then some
1. NORFC Green (B) side wins Div. 2 Men’s Natioanl Championship
2. Three New High School Teams in 2011-12
3. Cameron Falcon plays for USA U-20 that wins JWRT.
4.NORFC Gold (A) side advances to Round of 32 in first season in Div. 1.
5. Shake-Up in College Divisions/ LSU in Div. 1AA
6. French Quarter Fest & Tulane Reunion/Maud
7. DeepSouthRugby.Net Gets Press Credentials to
I’ll start with Event #7, as that was the one I was most directly involved with,. At the finals in Auckland as the French faced the All Black haka, I scanned down the press table and there sandwiched between the signs for ESPN and Sky Sport was
the placard displaying the location for “Mulletwrapper/DeepSouthRugby.net”.
Bucket list item checked off for this sports reporter.
(See 2011 Rugby World Cup link for articles from New Zealand.)
Event #6: Billy Goddell called together an incredible number of regional over-50 rugby players that formed 3 complete sides and competed in the French Quarter Fest Masters Tournie. Tulane Old Boys (circa 72-79) reunioned on the occasion and Pete Maud – one of the founders of Tulane (1967) and NORFC (1973) was on hand to accept a ball signed by many players who had had the fun of playing for Tulane or NORFC with Peter way back when . (See article in 2011-12 archive)
Event #5 was therearrangement of college divisions that took place this seasonr. Perrenial DeepSouth powerhouse LSU moved down from the College Premiere Div to an SEC-type Conference within the DIV. 1AA umbrella. That is an oversimplification of what happened in college rugbyrealignments in this season, but to move ahead … In Montgomery on April 14th LSU lost to Florida (35-17) in the SCRC (Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference)semi-final. Florida beats TN in the final 22-14. Alabama lost 31-22 in their semi-final vs TN (34-12). In Sweet 16 Florida lost to FSU, but TN came back as at-large team to the tournie beat Maryland (47-13) and FSU (45-27) to advance to the Final 4. San Diego State beats TN in semi (25-12) and then lost to Davenport (39-0) in the final.
In the former premiere division now Div. 1A Arkansas State lost 49-42 to BYU in Salt Lake City in front of a homecrowd of 8,733. In March 2011 LSU lost 58-0 to Arkansas State.
In Div. 2 Sewanee and East Carolina came out of Dixie and South divisions in the Deep South Union region. Neither progressed to Final 4 – East Carolina losing to Salisbury 41-9 in Round of 8. Salisbury lost 51 -12 to Lindenwood in the National Championship. Lindenwood is in St Charles, Missouri, and has an enrollment including graduate students of about 17,000.
Story #4 NORFC Gold A team after winning the Div. 2 National Championship the year before moved up to Div. 1. They had a fantastic season and advanced to the national round of 32 losing to Chicago Lions 34-12 in New Orleans on April 29th . Chicago had moved down this year from the Super League. In their next match they defeated the Boston Irish Wolfhounds (43-5) . On day 2 of Play-Offs Chicago lost to Palmer (19-15). Palmer lost to Glendale in the semi-finals and Glendale lost to Belmont Shore (another team moved out of Super League) 34-11 in the Final.
Story #3 : Three new high school teams formed and played
competitively 15 aside in the LA high school league. The teams were Mississippi ( an u-17 club side based on MS Gulf Coast), Lake Area High School (New Orleans-based public charter school) and Audubon (an u-17 New Orleans based club side) . (See articles on LA High School Rugby in 2011-12 Archive.)
Story #2: USA Rugby Men’s Junior All Americans (U-20s)
Cameron Falcon (LSU & Shaw) made the USA Rugby Men’s Junior All Americans that played matches in Canada May 23rd & 26th in preparation for the Junior World Rugby Trophy held in Salt Lake City June 18th-30th. Teams competining in Salt Lake City were USA, Canada, Chile, Russia, Georgia, Japan, Tonga, & Zimbabwe.
Cameron was the starting hooker in the USA’s defeat of Japan (37-33) to claim the championship. In pool play Cameron scored a try in the USA’s victory over Tonga.
Italy was the losing team in the next level of the IRB U-20 national tournaments (Junior World Championships) which was won by SouthAfrica in a 22-16 victory over New Zealand. Italy will now move down to the Junior World Trophy tournament and I have not yet seen a report on if the USA will be moving up to the Junior World Championship tournament.
Story #1 : One year after NORFC Gold claimed the Div. 2 National Championship the Green (B) side rolled into Glendale and thumped Tucson 36-8 in the semi-final and then Philly Whitemarsh 36-20 in the Final to claim the Div. 3 USA Rugby Men’s National Championship.
Other Stories from the 2011-2012 Season:
Men’s Div. 2
Birmingham defeated Nashville on April `14th (30-18) in a US Rugby South Quarter Final. They lost to Naples (35-5) in the South semi-final. Naples went on to lose to Montauk (NY) in national play-offs in double overtime 26-21. Montauk did not make it to Final Four. Rocky Gorge (Mid-Atlantic Union) took the Div 2 title defeating Wisconsin 37-26.
Rocky Mountain Youth Rugby Challenge
In June, 2012, a Louisiana Youth A ll-Star team participated in the 12th Rocky Mountain Rugby Challenge. The team defeated Nebraska 24-20 and lost to Heart of America 26-20 and Wisconsin 31-5 before losing to Southern California in the 5th-6th place play-off.
June 12-16th, 2012 – USA Rugby South College
Women’s Select Side
Ariel Hector (LSU & Baton Rouge WRC) and Emily Loudermilk (Clemson) were selected to play in Glendale, Colorado for the USA South All Star team in the National All Star Championship.
May 5th, 2012 – South Select Side vs Bermuda
Brad Yandle (Ole Miss) and Brendan Smith (Birmingham) were selected from 52 players at South trial camp at Kennesaw State University for May 5th match against Bermuda national side. Bermuda was ranked 46th in IRB world rankings at the time of the match, Bermuda was using the match as a warm-up for 2015 world cup qualifier. That didn’t stop the USA South from handing the Bermuda National Team a 38-33 defeat. (See article in 2011-2012 for more accurate report on team selection and match.)
Jan. 2nd – USA Rugby South U-21 vs Cayman Islands
The following Deep South region players were selected to the USA Rugby South U-21 team that played the Cayman Islands on Jan. 2nd, 2012. Cayman Islands won 16-15.
Nathan Joseph – Tulane
Zack Bolsted – Auburn
Vaughan Blacksher – Univ. of South Alabama
Brendan Smith – Birmingham Vulcans
Benjamin Winiarcyzk – Auburn
Dec. 2-3rd – Dubai 7s
Corey Fredericks (NOWRFC Half Moons) was selected to the USA Women Eagles squad that played in the Dubai 7s. The Eagles finished 4th overall defeating South Africa 22-10, China 14-7, and losing to England 31-0 in pool play. They lost to Canada 36-0, and Australia 22-0 on the second day of competition.
Nov. 12-13th North American Caribbean
Rugby Association (NACRA) DHL 7s Tournament
Liz Carrier (NOWRFC Half Moons) played for USA Rugby South select women’s side that finised 4th in the tournament with 5 wins and 2 losses.
Jeff Reuther, Eric West, & Chance Doyle from NORFC played for the USA Rugby
South select team that finished 9th out of the 15 sides participating.
If you would like to make a correction or addition, mail to DeepSouthRugby@hotmail.com. This report was compiled by Tom “Croz” Crosby with input from many people.