Wednesday, May 02, 2012

WATCH AND LEARN

HAIL, PELICUS!

HELP WANTED MAY 5

St. Mary’s will be hosting Utah this Saturday. We need ARs and fourth officials.

Let us know if you can help.

DOWN ON THE FARM MAY 11-12-13

Stanford’s Steuber Family Field will host three USA Rugby competitions, the women’s college D1 and D2 championships and the girls’ high school invitational

The staggering of the competitions means that while only one pitch will be in use on the Friday and the Sunday, there will be three in play on the Saturday.

We need ARs and 4/5/6 officials. Two or three more for Friday the 11th and Sunday the 13th would be great, but we need about ten more for Saturday, May 12.

Please let us know, and your jersey size (USA Rugby provides jerseys).

ANNUAL SOCIETY AWARDS BANQUET

The Pelican Refs 2012 awards banquet will be held on Saturday, June 30th. This is also the first weekend of the Palo Alto Summer Sevens.

Mark your calendar and invite your date so we can celebrate our addition to rugby together.

HIGH SCHOOL TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND

May 4-5-6: the Northern California Invitational Tournament, for high school boys’ and girls’ teams, in Sacramento.

The tournament will be held on six pitches. Games will be played from 9 – 7 on Saturday and from 9 – 3 on Sunday.
http://sites.google.com/site/norcalinvitational/home

Hotel rooms will be provided if we know you are coming from afar.

Please reply with your availability for this weekend.


CALIFORNIA MARITIME ACADEMY: SECOND IN THE NATION

The CMA earned second place in the inaugural National Small College Rugby Organization championships this past weekend, played in Glendale, Colo.

The Keelhaulers defeated North Florida 31 – 26 in the semis and then lost another close one to Salve Regina (Rhode Island) 15 – 22.

Congratulations to Steve Hiatt and his team.


CR1 PLAYOFFS

These four winners advance to the men’s club D1 final four in Glendale the first weekend in June:

EPA BULLDOGS 35 – Las Vegas Blackjacks 24
OMBAC 37 – Olympic Club 26
BELMONT SHORE 45 - Sac Lions 12
SANTA MONICA 36 – Utah Brothers 24

Go Bulldogs!


GAMES


SeƱors – SOBs/Faded Roses Referee: Ray Schwartz
No report received.

SF/GOLDEN GATE 52 – Chicago Griffins 10 Referee: Nick Ricono
ARs: Mike Gadoua, Rich Anderson
Evaluators: Kat Todd-Schwartz

EPA BULLDOGS 35 – Las Vegas Blackjacks 24 Referee: Denny Russell
ARs: John Coppinger, John Pohlman
Evaluator: David Williamson

Seconds: St. Mary's – Santa Rosa Referee: Evan Schlinkert
No report received.

EPA Razorbacks – Barbarians POSTPONED TO MAY 5

MEN’S COLLEGE PLAYOFFS AT STANFORD

San Diego State advanced out of the D1 sweet sixteen round that was played at Stanford.

Santa Clara’s season ended with their loss to UC Santa Barbara in Saturday’s semi-final

Sierra College and Santa Rosa JC competed in the D2 bracket, out of which Utah Valley University earned the right to play almost at home, in Salt Lake City, for the finals.

HS PLAYOFFS: TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF IT

These games were listed as playoff games:

BOYS VARSITY GOLD
Lamorinda – San Mateo Referee: Tom Zanarini
No report received.

Islanders – Santa Rosa
We received a text that Islanders had beaten Santa Clara. Our correspondent was certain that it was Santa Clara. So we’re not sure what happened here.

Marin – Mother Lode Referee: Ian Johnston
No report received.

GRANITE BAY 27– SF/Golden Gate 14 Referee: JC van Staden

BOYS VARSITY SILVER
Buchanan – Stockton

Marin – South Valley Referee: Ian Johnston
No report received.

Diablo – Sac Eagles Referee: Darren Folau
No report received.

ELK GROVE over SF/Golden Gate by forfeit

Bullard – Clovis

Silicon Valley – Nevada Referee: John Pohlman
No report received.

BOYS JUNIOR VARSITY GOLD
Lamorinda – Diablo

SIERRA FOOTHILLS 77 – Marin Highlanders 0 Referee: Bruce Ricard
High-school teams are definitely nice to referee. Players and coaches seem to be much more fair-play and respectful of the referees. This was a very nice game, even if not very balanced.

Sierra Foothill scored 7 tries during the first half, despite a yellow card for repeated infringements. 6 more tries were scored by the home team in the second half. Marin was very close to scoring a try at the very end of the game, but the ball was held up in goal, and the final whistle was blown.

Danville 17 – JESUIT 22 Referee: Tony Levitan
After their scheduled playoff opponent Sacramento Islanders were unable to field a team, Danville coaxed Jesuit to San Ramon for a spirited, high-paced match of exuberant rugby.

The match went down to the final seconds after a furious second half charge by Danville, spearheaded by their dominant scrum play.

Granite Bay – Peninsula Green

SINGLE-SCHOOL GAMES
We have no idea how these fit into playoffs, or whether they are even playoff games at all.

Christian Brothers 26 – BELLARMINE 31 Referee: Jeff Richmond
AR: Anthony Nguyen
By the coaches' accounts, both teams were missing key players as the regular season drew to an end. Bellarmine had been roughed up by Dixon the day before and had spent the night in the area rather than make the trip to San Jose and back. It was a very competitive match with Christian Bros. taking an early lead. A CB forward played very heads up ball on a tackle close to the goal line - he was brought down less than a meter short but immediately reached out and touched it down in-goal for the try. Bellarmine was effective in finding overlaps and brought the score to a 19-19 tie at half time.

The pace slowed down a bit in the second half with two stoppages for injuries where players needed medical attention. Bellarmine pulled ahead for good with their 8-man taking the ball out of the scrum and racing 20 m weak-side for the score. CB came back to within a try with less than 2 minutes to play. On the ensuing restart by Bellarmine, CB took the ball methodically downfield. Time expired but no stoppage occurred, as CB ran several phases of pick-and-go from their rucks. A CB forward crashed into the Bellarmine defense at 3 m out but lost the ball in a knock-forward. Bellarmine grounded the ball in-goal to end the match.

Thanks to Anthony Nguyen for his AR support and referee coaching report.

HOW TO REFEREE BETTER

Richard Every sent along these links. If you want to know how to move up the ladder, here are some excellent examples of both the right way and the wrong way.

“Below are the USA RUGBY REFEREES videos produced this season for the RSL and 1A competitions. Please feel free to circulate to your referees, as we expect these standards to apply to all referees in National Championships. Thank You!

“Feb V1 - https://vimeo.com/37711945
March V2 - https://vimeo.com/38172822
March V3 - https://vimeo.com/38574917
March V4 - https://vimeo.com/38992375
March V5 - https://vimeo.com/39415943
April 3 - https://vimeo.com/39766892
April 12 - https://vimeo.com/40230378
April 19 - https://vimeo.com/40672018
April 25 - https://vimeo.com/41006314
NO ARMS/SHOULDER - https://vimeo.com/39663073
DUMP TACKLE - https://vimeo.com/39827144

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