Spring rugby is upon us. Both D2 and WPL sides have matches upcoming this spring. We will be having a women’s club-wide meeting on Tuesday, January 19 at Analog Cafe (upstairs) from 630-8pm to discuss the look of ORSU rugby from now until the Summer 7s season begins. Please do your best to attend and bring along anyone interested in the joining the team.
Men’s Training Begins 1/19
Practice Schedule has changed to the following:
Thursday 2/16/2017 From 9-11pm at Delta Park, Portland
We’re training at West Linn High School
Tuesday 2/21/2017 and Thursday 2/23/2017 from 7:00 – 9:00pm. See you there!
Starting 2/28/2017 We will be at Bloomington Park (SE 100th and Steele, Portland, OR) Every Tuesday and Thursday for remainder of year from 7-9pm
Plenty of Portland games this weekend – Come out and support your Jesters!
D1 Men vs Tsunami 1:00pm at Columbia Park
D3 Men vs Eugene 3:00pm at Northgate Park
D2 Women vs Tacoma 1:00pm at Lents Park
WPL Women vs San Diego Surfers 3:00pm at Lents Park
ORSU D1 Men are currently are 4-0 in the league after defeating the Eastside Axemen this past weekend.
Pacific Northwest Men’s D1 Standings
ORSU WPL Women are currently 2-2 after a close loss to Glendale this past weekend but are only 1 point behind Berkeley who are currently 2nd in the conference and only 2 points behind the leader, Glendale.
Women’s Premier League Standings
Currently the D2 Women are 1-1 for league matches this season which puts them into 4th place behind teams that have all already had 3 league games. Come out this next 2 weekends to watch the D2 play their last 2 league matches in Portland!
Pacific North Women’s D2 Standings
ORSU D3 Men have had a tough start to the season but still have plenty of time for a comeback with 4 remaining league matches.
Pacific North Men’s D3 Standings
ORSU WPL Women – 27 vs. San Diego Surfers – 24
Check out some amazing photos from the WPL game here!
Saturday (10/3) ORSU Men at Reed College (SE 31st & Steele)
11:30am – D3 Men vs Quake
1:00pm – Quake B vs Reed motley
3:00pm – D1 Men vs Tsunami
WPL Women are traveling to San Diego to take on the Surfers and D2 Women have a bye this weekend. Have fun everyone and watch some rugby!
D1 Men vs. Snake River Match Report – Courtesy of Dane Barclay
The ORSU Men’s D1 had their first home game of the season Sunday at Lents Park. The Loogan Cup was on the line as the Jesters hosted, 2015 PNRFU champion, Snake River. Splitting the series each of the past 4 years and battling for 1st place in the union down the stretch, the importance of this matchup was not lost on either side. Perfect weather and a fast track at Lents gave way to a battle of two of PNRFU’s best.
The match opened with both clubs testing each other out and neither side gaining the advantage. Eventually the stalemate was broken at the 10 minute mark when, Fly Half, Talo Fetuuaho dummied a connection to the centers before cutting back inside for a 15 meter dash to the posts. Kick good, ORSU 7 – 0. The boys followed Fetuuaho’s lead and marched themselves back down the field within minutes of first strike to put themselves in position to extend the lead. After moving the defense over to one side with a series of crash balls and picks from the pack, the Jesters quickly transitioned the ball out wide to, Outside Center, Tim Minks who delivered a perfect shovel pass to, Wing, Nathan Kimmel for the try. Kick no good, ORSU 12 – 0.
Snake River responded to the wakeup call by, doing what they do best, pounding the ball with their physical forwards. Despite a sound effort by ORSU’s defensive line, led throughout the day by, Flankers, Tysen Gray & Stephen Boger, and, Inside Center, Geoff May, Snake found themselves just outside ORSU’s 22 on two separate occasions. In both cases a penalty by ORSU for being cheaters in the ruck led to an easy chip shot for the men of Boise. Unfortunately for Snake, it was becoming clear penalty kicks alone were not going to do the trick. After each successful shot at goal ORSU responded with a try from, Scrum Half, Dane Barclay. The first came from Barclay using a tap-n-go at the five meter line to duck under a defender for 5. The other came from Barclay finding a present at the back of the ruck, which he gladly brought home for his second of the day. 1 of 2 kicks converted, ORSU 24 – 6.
Showing why they are the reigning PNRFU champions, Snake River didn’t dwell on the score for long. They immediately fought their way back into Jester territory and muscled in for their first try of the day. The conversion was off, but they were back in the game. ORSU managed to get one more say in before the half-time whistle with, Wing, Tyler Thompson hitting a penalty kick from 30 meters out. Halftime score, ORSU 27 – 11.
After a few words of wisdom from the coaches, the second half action got off to a quick start. Snake, finding their 2nd/3rd wind after playing Tsunami the day before, came out of their corner swinging. The offense delivered a series of crash balls and quick hands, which seemed to catch the Jesters off guard. 5 minutes into the half, Snake River managed to shrink the lead to single digits with a try and successful conversion. After getting their bell rung, the Jesters came alive looking to make a statement.
Over then next 20 minutes ORSU went on to score four unanswered tries. May, who moved to #10 to start the half, found a pop pass from a forward running with pace, Gray went untouched hitting a hard crash ball from 5 meters out, Scrum Half, Austin Robinett did his best sniper impression off the ruck, and, Center, Josh Tabak received a bounce pass from Kimmel who had ran half the field to setup the last points of the day for ORSU. The match ended with Snake securing one final try, but it was not enough to overcome the collective effort of ORSU. Final score, ORSU 53 – 23. Alex Bercovici, lock, received man of the match honors for ORSU. His impressive running and relentless defensive effort led the team to an important victory.
Both teams get another crack at each other in 3 weeks when ORSU travels to Boise 10/17. In the meantime, the Jesters face another tough opponent this Saturday as they host Tsunami at Reed College (SE 31st & Steele). D3 vs Quake kicks off at 11:30am followed by a B-side match with Reed. The D1 vs Tsunami kicks off at 3:00pm.
Fetuuaho – 1
Kimmel – 1
Barclay – 2
May – 1
Gray – 1
Robinett – 1
Tabak – 1
Guy – 2 conversions
Thompson – 1 penalty, 3 conversions
ORSU Women’s Motley vs. Central Washington University
Big Thanks to all the players who came out and played for our ORSU motley this past weekend!
Read the great match report at CWU’s website.
Things are happening at Fuller’s Farm! We’re moving into our next phase, which means the house will be moved soon. It also means the clubhouse had to go, so this past weekend it was demolished.
Many fun memories were had at that clubhouse but ORSU is excited to be moving forward with it’s plans for Fuller’s Farm.
There’s currently a Kickstarter to help get the field back up and running. Please consider lending some support.
Courtesy of Dane Barclay
This past weekend the Men’s D1 traveled up North to Ferndale, WA to take on the Chuckanut Bay Rugby Club. This was the first D1 match for the men in nearly a decade. The side traveled light due to a number of players being unavailable to make the trip. The conditions at the pitch were just short of ideal with low 60 degree temps, cloudy skies, no wind, and just a few light showers during warmups to soften the ground.
The first half of play exposed rust on both sides with ORSU and Chuckanut exchanging knock-ons, Ill-advised passes, and missed opportunities. This led to a fair amount of extra practice at the set piece. Throughout the match ORSU controlled the scrums, led by the veteran props Jason Fields and Enrique Lopez, while also disrupting line outs with jumpers Alex Bercovici (lock) and Brendan Hobbs (#8).
The Jesters had a few opportunities to strike within several meters of the goal line, but Chuckanut’s solid defensive line and unfortunate drops spoiled the attempts. ORSU took the only shot on goal for either team in the first half with, fullback, Justin Guy missing just right of the sticks from 35 meters out.
Hobbs made the play of the first half when he chased down Chuckanut’s outside center, who kicked a loose ball through ORSU’s backline, and forced him to knock forward on the 5-meter line. The half ended with neither team putting points on the board.
The second half opened up with ORSU again putting pressure on the opposing defense. After several phases the Jesters were awarded a penalty from 30 meters out. Electing to take a shot at goal, Guy missed another close one to the left.
The drought didn’t last long as ORSU pushed the ball into Chuckanut territory eventually forcing a knock-on and a 5-meter scrum near the right sideline. The Jester pack threw their weight around pushing the opposing forwards within a meter of the try zone where, scrumhalf, Dane Barclay sniped between the weak side flanker and wing to dot it down for the games first points. Kick was no good, ORSU 5 – 0.
Chuckanut answered quickly getting the ball to their replacement inside center who, with his size and change of pace speed, barreled through the ORSU defense for a try near the left post. Kick was good, ORSU 5 – 7.
Back and forth action resumed until Guy boomed a kick across field to the opposite side where winger Tyler Thomson chased to apply the pressure and force the opponent out of bounds within the 22. Winning the following lineout, ORSU’s pack once again moved up the field with a collection of pick-and-go ending with Fields securing another 5 points for the good guys. Kick was good, ORSU 12 – 7.
However, the lead was short lived as once again Chuckanut found their way into Jester territory through costly mistakes and solid rucking at the breakdown. The drive ended with Chuckanut using hands to find their winger in the far corner for a try. Kick was no good, ORSU 12 – 12.
Momentum seemed to be on Chuckanut’s side as they continued to put pressure on ORSU with quality runs and defense. Then the game calmed down as ORSU, content with playing a game of territory, continued putting kicks down field off the legs of Guy, Thomson, and, fly half, Talo Fetuuaho. This eventually led to a penalty by Chuckanut in their own territory and a successful attempt at goal for Thomson. ORSU 15 – 12.
With several minutes left in the match, ORSU put together a number of solid phases with hard runs and picks before getting the ball out wide where, new comer, Tysen Gray found a gap in the defense, breaking off a long run and off-loading to Fetuuaho for a try in the corner. Kick was no good. Final score ORSU 20 – 12.
Gray, Nathan Kimmel (winger), and Austin Robinett (scrumhalf) all made their first appearance with ORSU.
Congratulations to the fellas for their first win of the season. Next up is PNRFU champion Snake River this Sunday (9/27) at Lents Park (SE 88th and Holgate). Kickoff at noon.
Barclay – 1
Fields – 1
Fetuuaho – 1
Thomson – 1 penalty kick, 1 conversion
It was a hard fought weekend for ORSU Women’s teams. The WPL faced off against the Glendale Raptors at home and lost out 24-27. Check out some game highlights here:
WPL – Glendale at ORSU
The D2 women traveled north to Budd Bay where they lost 24-27 when Budd Bay scored in the final minutes. Thanks to both teams for the great competition.
This upcoming weekend is technically a bye week for both teams but come to Lents Park this Saturday for an ORSU Women’s Motley against Central Washington University.