Middlebury had a good outing at the Newport Sevens this past Saturday winning their opening game and losing the next two games by small margins. The team comprised several current players and young alumni and finally this Middlebury group has begun to adapt to the sevens style: moving the ball and avoiding contact on offense. Amazing job by team captain Michael “Renaissance” Pappa ’11 in organizing and leading the team.
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The Middlebury College Rugby Club will once again be entering the Newport 7′s Rugby Tournament being held this summer in Newport, Rhode Island. The tournament will take place at Fort Adams State Park on July 23rd and will feature competition from all over the Northeast. We invite all current players, alumni, and friends to join us in the competition. The cost of entering the whole team will be split between the participating players. If you are interested or have questions please contact Michael Pappa ’11 at email@example.com. We hope to see you out on the pitch!
Despite three losses The MCRC still enjoyed a good day out at the Newport 7s tournament. The MCRC struggled to put together consistent and fluid 7′s style play but improved with each game and by the third match we were poised to be a strong competitor. Our first game was against eventual tournament winners: The Darkside, a highly talented 7′s team that featured two former Middlebury rugby greats: Epeli “Fiji” Rokotuiveikau ’04 and Matthew Volz ’07. Our second game was against CT Collegiate Sevens and we lost a close 3rd game to a tough New London team and were unfortunately eliminated. Alumnus Dan Richards ’95 was a force to be reckoned with on the field with strong runs and even stronger tackles. Future MCRC hopeful Parker Gilbert (now entering his senior year in high school and hoping to start at Midd in 2011) led the team strategically much of the day alternating between scrum half and fly half. Steve McKenna ’13.5 found himself at home on the wing making great tackles once he got used to the different flow of 7′s rugby. We would also like to thank Dylan Whitaker for supplying us with a few extra players that he knew at the tournament to fill out our ranks. All in all it was a great day and we look forward to another run next year.
The Newport 7′s Team: Michael Pappa ’11, Sam Harrison ’11, Parker Gilbert, Drew Harasimowicz ’11, Steve McKenna ’13.5, Dylan Whitaker ’13, Dan Richards ’95 (with cameos from: Matt Volz ’07 & Epeli Rokotuiveikau ’04)
Spotted at the Tourney: Linda Pappa P’11, Elsie Menicucci, Danielle Kearns.
The Middlebury College Rugby Club will once again be entering the 2010 Newport 7′s Rugby Tournament being held this summer in Newport, Rhode Island. The tournament will take place at Fort Adams State Park on July 24th and will feature competition from all over the Northeast. We invite all current players, alumni, and future players (last year’s tournament witnessed breathtaking play by Dylan Whitaker before he had even begun his freshman year) to join us in the competition. The $400 cost of entering the whole team will be split between the participating players. If you are interested or have questions please contact Michael Pappa ’11 at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you out on the pitch!
For more information on the Newport 7′s tournament visit http://www.newportrugby.com/tournaments.php.
The annual Newport 7′s tournament is on July 25th and we are entering an alumni team, which is rumored to be featuring some legends of the MCRC including the unstoppable Loseke Pascal Losambe ’07, the ever melodious Josh “Pipes” Hendrickson ’07.5, and the ever present Muchadei Zvoma ’07! Rumours abound of cameo appearances from Epeli “Fiji” Rokotuiveikau ’03, who brought the haka to Middlebury and former scrum captain “Uncle” Jimmy Manyuru ’07. This promises to be a great weekend, both for good rugby and for good fun – we may even face-off against a team made up of current students (and I can report they have been trash-talking all summer about running circles around some “old” men).
Please email email@example.com asap if you are interested in playing on this team!