Fort Collins Youth Rugby Boys finished the season winning the Wooden Bowl Championship at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday, May 2. In the first match Fort Collins took on Chaparral B and controlled the game shutting them out 17-0. In the semi-final match they met a much improved Junior Gents of Aspen and with 6 minutes left in the match they found themselves down 19-5. Not letting up as a team and with some great runs they scored 3 trys with the final try being scored with 1 minute left to go in the match and came out on top 20-19. In the Championship match they played Cherry Creek B and found a tough opponent for the first 10 minutes before taking over and controlling the rest of the match winning 22-0 to take home the Wooden Bowl Championship.SEASON AWARDS MVP – Bobby Hyatt MVP Backs – Gabe McCabe MVP Forwards – Jeremiah Perou MVP Forwards – Cory Dale Most Improved Player – Tyler Eldridge
The Fort Collins Youth Rugby Boys finished the season winning their final three matches to take home the Wooden Bowl Championship at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday, May 2. In the first match they played Chaparral B and never looked back controlling the match completely and winning 17-0. In the sem-final match they took on a much improved Junior Gents of Aspen and saw the Gents jump to a 19-5 lead with only 6 minutes to play in the match. Fort Collins then took over scoring 3 uncoverted trys, the last coming with only 1 minute to go in the match to pull a come from behind victory 20-19. In the Championship match Fort Collins took on Cherry Creek B and with Cherry Creek keeping the match close in the middle of the first half, Fort Collins took off and never looked back winning 22-0 to make them the 2009 Wooden Bowl Champions.Awards to Players for 2009: MVP – Bobby Hyatt MVP Backs – Gabe McCabe MVP Forwards – Jermiah Perou and Cory Dale Most Improved – Tyler Eldridge
Fort Collins played Chaparral on Saturday in there first home league match of the season and saw the score change hands as momentum changed from one side to the other with the final score of Chaparral 20 Fort Collins 15.
Fort Collins started the match and immediately put pressure on Chaparral keeping the ball deep inside their territory. After several nice attempts to score Chaparral was caught offsides at the 10 minute mark of the match and Ethan Middleton hit the penalty kick to put Fort Collins up 3-0. After the kickoff Fort Collins moved back into Chaparral territory and with some great pressure near the goal line and a turnover Todd Oswald scored the try and with Ethan’s conversion the score was 10-0. Chaparral kicked off and stepped up the pressure and with pressure in Fort Collins territory was able to score a try to bring the score to 10-5 where it would stand at halftime.
Second half saw a change in tactics by Chaparral and with just 3 minutes into the second half and up and under kick by Chaparral was caught by the fullback and he was able to race for a try and give Chaparral the first lead of the match at 12-10. Chaparral kept up the pressure with more kicks and with a penalty deep in Fort Collins territory they were able to make the penalty kick and extend the lead 15-10. Fort Collins didn’t let up and kept up the pressure with the match moving back and forth until a quick pick from the ruck by the scrum half and a run down the sidelines for the try put Chaparral up 20-10 with 7 minutes to go in the match. Fort Collins didn’t let up and put the pressure back on driving deep into Chaparral territory and with Mitch Yake crashing from 7 yards out Fort Collins tightened the lead to 20-15. In the final few minutes Fort Collins kept the pressure on Chaparral with some great runs but was unable to finish them off and at the final whistle it was Chaparral 20 and Fort Collins 15.
On Saturday, March 8 Fort Collins Youth Rugby Boys took on Glendale rugby in a league match in the new Glendale Stadium before a near sell out crowd and came away with the victory 17-5 to even their league record at 1-1.
Match started with great defense by Fort Collins keeping Glendale pinned deep in their end of the pitch and when Glendale tried to move the ball out from behind their own try line and made an error Todd Oswald fell on the ball to give Fort Collins the first points of the match at the 8:00 minute mark and with Ethan Middleton conversion they were up 7-0. Match moved back and forth down the pitch until around the 25:00 minute mark when a good drive by the forwards resulted in Alex Godin scoring the try and with Ethan’s conversion Fort Collins was up 14-0. In the final minute of play in the first half a penalty by Glendale resulted in a penalty kick by Ethan that put Fort Collins up at halftime 17-0.
Second half saw Fort Collins keep on the pressure but due to some missed opportunities the score remained 17-0 for most of the match until Glendale was able to get the ball outside and score at the 27:00 minute of the mark to make the score 17-5. The rest of the match saw a lot of pressure on defense by Fort Collins that would result in turnovers by Glendale but Fort Collins was unable to capitalize on them and the final score was 17-5.
The Fort Collins Youth Rugby Boys opened the league season with a 27-19 loss to Northside in Denver on Saturday, March 1. FCYR Boys were up at halftime 12-5 but the second half saw the score go back and forth until the last 7 minutes of the match when Northside pulled ahead for the win.
FCYR Boys kicked off but started right off putting pressure on Northside and not allowing them out of their half. After a turnover by Northside around mid field Fort Collins spun the ball wide to winger Mark Rosenhagen and he was able to beat the defense to score the try. Gabe McCabe made the conversion and Fort Collins was up 7-0. The match then moved back and forth down the pitch with neither team able to finish off a drive until the 25 minute when Northside pushed it in and brought the score back to 7-5. Fort Collins didn’t let this hamper them and with two minutes before half Mitch Yake broke several tackles up the middle and scored the try to put the lead back up at 12-5 where it would stay for the first half.
Second half saw Northside come out firing and after getting the ball wide and breaking a couple of tackles they scored to tighten the lead 12-10. Northside kept the pressure on and within a few minutes of scoring they were once again able to get the ball wide and to score another try and take the first lead of the day 15-12. Fort Collins didn’t give up and with 8 minutes to go in the match Ethan Middleton sliced through the defense breaking several tackles and scored, with the conversion by Drew Grigsby Fort Collins retook the lead 19-15. Northside didn’t surrender and with 6 minutes to go they were able to once again break the Fort Collins defense and score a try to retake the lead 20-19. Finally with 4 minutes to go Northside once again broke through and scored another try and with the conversion was up 27-19. Fort Collins attempted to fight back and drove down inside the 5 attempting to score but a knock on stopped the attempt and the final whistle sounded with the final being Northside 27 Fort Collins 19.
Fort Collins played for the Colorado Rugby State Championship against Summit at the new Glendale Rugby Stadium (Infinity Park) and after a tight first half with the score tied 8-8, Fort Collins took control in the second half and scored two trys and held Summit from scoring to win there sixth State Championship 22-8.
Fort Collins took the opening kickoff and within minutes the tone of the match was set by both sides as the defense on both sides attacked hard. Fort Collins was able to make some pushes into Summit’s side of the pitch with kicks into the sun that were hard to handle by Summit. After driving inside the 22 of Summit and showing the first threat of either side to score, Summit was penalized and Sadie Anderson kicked the penalty to put Fort Collins on the board first 3-0. Summit kicked off and once again put on the pressure on Fort Collins deep inside their half and after a penalty by Fort Collins, Summit was able to drive the ball in for the try and take the lead 5-3. Fort Collins struck right back and kicked deep into Summit territory and put pressure on. After several clearing kicks by Summit that were returned by Fort Collins, Maddie Robinson found an overload and was able to make it around the corner to score Fort Collins first try of the match and with Sadie’s conversion, Fort Collins retook the lead 8-5. After kicking off, Summit kept pressure on and with only a few minutes to play in the first half and a penalty inside Fort Collins territory, Summit made the penalty kick and tied the match 8-8 where it would stay at halftime.
Second half saw both teams play conservative ball as no team wanted to make a mistake in this tied match. Seven minutes into the match Fort Collins had the ball around midfield and Sadie launched a corner kick that was chased down and caught on the bounce by Morgan Ackley and she was able to make the corner and outrun the defense to score the try and with Sadie’s conversion the score was 15-8. After the kickoff Fort Collins once again attacked with positional kicking and good rucking by the forwards to stay deep inside Summit territory. After almost getting another score, Fort Collins then got the ball out and Morgan made a break for the try zone but was tackled just short but was able to pop the pass up to Caitlin Chvatal and she was able to stretch in from the tackle to score the try and with the conversion by Sadie Fort Collins was up 22-8. Summit kicked off and the final 8 minutes saw extreme pressure put on by Summit as they kept the ball inside Fort Collins 22-metre line as they attempted to score to get back in the match. Great gang tackling by Fort Collins kept repeated attempts by Summit from scoring and finally with no time remaining Fort Collins was able to grub a kick down the pitch and stop the attack until the final whistle blew to give Fort Collins the State Championship.
A well fought hard hitting match by both teams with exceptional defense played by Fort Collins especially in the closing minutes of the match. Glendale Rugby Stadium (Infinity Park) was a great venue and even made better with the announcers, film crew, and use of the jumbotron. MVP of the match for Fort Collins was Morgan Ackley and Sadie Anderson was selected as the Colorado Youth Rugby (CYR) Player of the Year. Congratulations go out to them and the entire team on an undefeated season (9-0) and their sixth State Championship in nine seasons.
Fort Collins took their undefeated record and number one seed into the semi-final against number four seed Chaparral and came away with a victory 36 to 14 to advance to Colorado Rugby State Championship on Saturday at the Glendale Rugby Stadium (Infinity Park) where they will take on number two seed Summit at 3:30 p.m. Fort Collins kicked off and put pressure on Chaparral right away but good tackling by Chaparral stopped several potential chances at scores. After a turnover by Fort Collins, Chaparral attempted to get the ball out wide but Katie Novey picked off the pass and was able to break a couple tackles and score the first try of the night, with Sadie Anderson’s kick Fort Collins was up 7-0. After the kickoff Fort Collins moved the ball back down the pitch and after a penalty for offsides by Chaparral and several phases of play by Fort Collins inside the five, Hannah Wilson picked the ball up from the ruck and dove in for the try to
push the lead up to 12-0. Chaparral kicked off and started putting pressure on Fort Collins deep in their territory and with a penalty inside the five they did a kick tap and was able to push their way in for a try and tighten the lead to 12-7. Fort Collins kicked off and quickly recovered when just a couple minutes later Maddie Robinson sliced her way through the defense for a try and with Sadie’s conversion the lead was 19-7. With only a few minutes left in the half Fort Collins was once again in Chaparral territory when Maddie made a break and with great support was able to get a pass off to Hannah and she drew in more of the defense and made a nice pass to Morgan Ackley to complete the try and a 24-7 halftime lead.
Second half saw Chaparral kickoff and their defense stiffened with good tackling and pressure. After about five minutes into the second half Chaparral had some good passes and was able to score their second try of the night and cut the lead to 24-14. Match then became defense and when Fort Collins had a scrum around midfield Hannah picked the ball and went weak with support and after a nice run to draw the defense in passed the ball to Caitlin Chvatal to finish the try and stretch the lead out to 29-14. Fort Collins wasn’t finished and late in the match Sadie went right up the middle and side stepped and broke several tackles to score under the posts and with the conversion the match ended with the final score of 36-14.
The last league match of the season pitted Fort Collins against Douglas County with Fort Collins trying to finish the regular season undefeated and Douglas County needing a win to make it in to the semi-finals for the playoffs. Fort Collins played great team ball and came away with the win 39-0 to finish the regular season at 7-0. Fort Collins once again came out attacking and keeping Douglas County deep into their side of the pitch and when a clearing kick was tried to relieve pressure it was caught by Sadie Anderson and returned for a try and with Sadie’s conversion Fort Collins was up 7-0. Pressure was kept on by Fort Collins and after a mistake by Douglas County and a scrum to Fort Collins; Cassie Chiodo was able to pickup the ball in loose play and score the try to move the score to 12-0. As the half was nearing end Fort Collins had the ball and a clearing kick by Sadie was chased down by Katie Novey and finished off with a try and conversion by Sadie to end the half at 19-0.
Second half saw Douglas County attempt to get back in the match with pressure deep inside Fort Collins territory but every attempt to score was stopped by gang tackling from Fort Collins. When Fort Collins went on offense some good ball movement saw the ball go out to the wing and Alex Clinton score to up the score 24-0. This was soon followed by Cassie picking up a loose ball and falling in for the try and a 29-0 lead. This continued with good ball movement and running by both Maddie Robinson and Caitlin Chvatal to end the match with two more trys and a final of 39-0.
The team took a road trip to New Mexico to take on Los Alamos in a league match and with only 15 players available for the trip and able to play defeated Los Alamos 34 to 0.
Fort Collins kicked off to start the match and immediately started to pressure Los Alamos keeping then pinned deep in their end of the pitch. After several near trys Los Alamos tried to kick it out but was returned by Fort Collins and after a pass to Hannah Wilson, she was able to break into the try zone and start the scoring 5-0. Los Alamos played good defense for most of the first half until Sadie Anderson broke a tackle and went in for the score to make it 10-0 where it would stay at half.
Second half saw Fort Collins take control and early on Sadie did a chip kick over the defense that was run down by Maddie Robinson to up the lead to 17-0 with Sadie’s conversion. This continued when the ball was spun out to outside center Alex Clinton and she fought her way in for a try and a 22-0 lead. With about 10 minutes to go in the match Fort Collins was forced to play a player down due to injury but that didn’t slow them down as Sadie followed it up with two more great runs for trys and a conversion to end the match at 34-0.
Another great team effort especially for several players that haven’t had much playing time on the A-side and were forced to step it up and that they did. Overall a good road trip as Los Alamos showed great hospitality both on Friday night with a dinner for us and on Saturday with a post match party that included lunch and showing the Rugby World Cup Final.
Fort Collins took on a ThunderRidge squad that had several injuries and after loaning two players to ThunderRidge cruised to a 29-0 victory.
Fort Collins once again took off from the start and in the early minutes after a kick by ThunderRidge the ball was brought back by Fort Collins and pushed wide where Maddie Robinson score the try for a 5-0 lead. This was followed a few minutes later when Fort Collins had a five metre scrum and Sydney Boling took it week for a try and with the conversion by Sadie Anderson the lead went to 12-0. Just before half the ball was pushed wide by the backs and once again Maddie was able to take it in and score the try to put the lead at half 17-0.
Second half saw Fort Collins keep up the pressure and Sadie was able to do a clearing kick over the defense of ThunderRidge, chase it down and score both the try and conversion to push the lead to 24-0. Maddie closed out the scoring with another try for the hat trick getting around the end again to end the match 29-0.