Dead Pheasant Rugby, Men’s 2017 Fall Season is over, and the boys bounced back with a winning record.
They showed very well in all matches, had some new guys join the club, did get better after each game, had lots of fun while working hard, and they have a positive future for sure. Congratulations to the coaches, head coach Gene Adams, & his 3 assistants, Matt Agugliaro,,Zach Rutkowski, and Matt McGovern, well done gents, the boys progressed nicely, and the final match was one well played match, you are getting through to them, and we NURFC Alumni really appreciate all your help, keep it going.
Kudo’s to the leadership of the club, Trevor Wasik, rallied the boys to get to campus early for workouts, and it paid off with a fit team and fewer injuries, Rahiim Smith, Christopher Sherman, and Joseph Crisafulli, were the officers of record, who all played very well on the pitch, and gave even more off of it, doing all the behind the scenes things that keeps us all together, thank you guys as well, great job.
Finally, the entire club deserves praise, for this successful Fall season, keeping all the guys together, and representing NU the best we rugby players know, with class and fun.
Dead Pheasants finish strong. Last night, Niagara University NY, NU Men’s Rugby hosted rival Canisius, in their final Fall match, designated Senior Night, large crowd, clear and near 60 degrees, all this resulted in a very good rugby match, between 2 well coached clubs, NU 24 – guest 5. 4 tries to one, Dead Pheasant scorers were the steady, the reliable, the speedy, the man who knows how score, our winger Rahiim Smith, Dannie Wea, #6 put the first score down for us, as he plays with an “Animal,” demeanor and pace, I definitely appreciate, Keon Wavey Peterkin, a rising rugby star NU is fortunate to take from the basketball court and onto the rugby pitch, he is the packs number 8, runs like a winger with point guard quickness, piles up plenty of yards and seems to score each game, James Bell, tallied the other try, with his always moving forward, strong, direct running, he is a force tackling, running, rucking, and gives the young guns plenty of good rugby to copy. Congrats to the Seniors, the coaches, and the entire club for turning the program back into winners. Dead Pheasant, Dave Piraino, is coaching at Canisius, good luck to him, except vs us.
NU Men’s Rugby now 3 and 2 after traveling to Hobart and winning 22 – 17.
Try scorers Rahiim Smith, our speedy reliable winger, knows how to finish, Cole Sebastianelli,
Ryan Schwinn, and John Ceneviva put down the others, it was John’s first ever game.
Porky Jamie Donovan, 1980, was there with another recent alum in support.
Next match, under the lights Saturday night 7pm, vs rival Canisius, at NU Rugby’s turf field, see you there.
Dead Pheasant Men’s Rugby, Niagara University at St. John Fisher. Winning by 36-32, NU now 2 wins and 2 losses, heading to this weekends bye week, they will hold practice for the NU Alumni weekend, Sat Oct 7th 2pm at the pitch.
The try scorers were Tj Major, James Bell, Robert Frazier, Keon Wavey Peterkin, Joseph Crisafullii, and Dannie DarkHorse Wea.
All the scorers are part of leadership group, that keeps this club moving forward, great job boys, now onwards and upwards to a winning record.
Billy Broomfield and James Werner, both NURFC Alumni and HoFers, were there to support Dead Pheasant Rugby.
DEAD PHEASANT Rugby wins!
Today at Niagara University, Men’s Rugby hosted U of Rochester, and held on for a much needed, long awaited, harder than it should have been, could not wait any longer, WIN.
Rochester had many guys with little experience, just like NU, and the match was marked by broken plays, errors and penalties, but through all the battles of rucks and tackles Pheasants prevailed 19-10. Keon Wavey Peterkin, my Dead Pheasant of the match, scored 2 tries, and pounded his way forward all game, Dannie Wea, scored the other try with our Freshman #9, Ryan Schwinn, converting 2 of 3 kicks. Our backs need to work forward line drills, and our forwards need to study the laws of the game, to avoid those untimely penalties, these would be the harshest criticisms, as the boys on both clubs played with lots of effort and courage, the B game was no different, here we let the second sides and fill ins, get a run in game conditions, the Ref usually helps, and NU won this one as well, 3 to 2 scores, Jimmy Martin, Colton Crump, and Tyler Moskala were the try scorers. 88 degrees and sunny, many events on campus, another great collegiate rugby experience for NU, congrats boys, good luck next week.
Dead Pheasant rugby, NU Men’s club played Sunday at Alfred and lost yet again, 35-5, now at 0-2 to start the Fall 2017 NCRSO, DIII season. the boys will try to get that all important 1st win this Saturday against the University of Rochester, at home 1pm. Below is a picture from last week the effort is awesome, we just have played too good of opponents so far, so as our experience grows, and our foes less so, we will see the wins, and confidence- to keep winning come back, Keon Wavey Peterkin, as always is a fine example. See you Saturday.
NU Men’s Rugby opening day match at home today v Ithaca was a 44-10 loss, 8 tries to 2.
No one is happy with losing, but this was a good rugby match, for the first one, with lots of new players and 2 weeks of practice, against a veteran top of the league club, our Dead Pheasants played their hearts out, gave everything they had, but the execution just was not there yet, lots of penalties, mainly off sides and high tackles, those can be taken care of with practice and teamwork. The scrum looked very good by games end, and NU scored the last points of the match, so plenty to look forward to. This week at Alfred on Sunday at 1pm, another strong opponent, that will play a better Niagara 15, have no doubts.
Dead Pheasants scored a try at the end of the half and the game, never giving up, will get a win next week, good luck.