NRU Sevens Championship Series - 7/16/2016
In what turned out to be a bittersweet victory at the 2016 Northeast Sevens Championship Series, the NYAC 7s team finished their season by repeating as tournament champions in Saratoga, NY this past weekend.
Going into the match, the team knew they were long-shots to make the National Championship tournament in August. Everything had to fall into place in order for them to make it; team NYAC would have to win the tournament, and hope that Mystic River finished in fourth place.
The team got off to a great start beating Old Blue B 47-0. Next, they defeated Mystic B 34-7, and capped off a perfect record in pool play with a 19-12 victory over Old Blue. Team NYAC advanced to the semi-finals to play the Village Lions, while Mystic River and Old Blue were to square off in the other semi-final match. The team had no problem with the Village Lions, advancing to the final by a score of 36-5. Moreover, Old Blue won the other semi-final, meaning Mystic River and the Village Lions would play in the third-place match.
With Mystic River playing for third place, team NYAC still had a chance to make the National Championship tournament; but, they needed the Village Lions to win. Unfortunately, Mystic River cruised to an easy victory, ending the NYAC’s championship hopes.
Going into the final, the team had nothing to play for but pride. The match flew by as NYAC played phenomenal defense and moved the ball with ease on attack, controlling the pace of the game and frustrating Old Blue. In the end, NYAC repeated as Saratoga champions by a score of 17-5. The 22 points from the tournament win put NYAC level with Mystic River in the standings. However, Mystic River’s 2-1 record against NYAC meant they would finish in third place, ahead of team NYAC.
Newport 7s Final Results:
10:20 vs Old Blue B - W 47-0
12:20 vs Mystic River B - W 34-7
13:40 vs Old Blue A - W 19-12
Semi-Final: Village Lions - W 36-5
Final: Old Blue A - W 17-5
As yet another summer of sevens comes to a close, the team would like to thank everyone who supported them through the summer. Thank you to everyone at the New York Athletic Club for giving us the opportunity to play every weekend.
NYAC vs. Life - 04/16/16
NYAC lost a very tight game to a strong Life team, 28 points to 19.
On a glorious sunny afternoon afternoon at Travers Island, round four of the Spring ARP games kicked-off with NYAC recovering from the loss to Old Blue last week.
The NYAC started strongly and got possession of the ball all the way to the Life try line, only to be turned over.
Life showed their quick thinking and skill to shift it wide to the wings, accelerate past the trailing NYAC defense and score in the corner. The try was converted and left it 7-0 with only three minutes on the clock.
That woke the NYAC up, and they returned with and extremely well worked team try, finished off by center Seamus Kelly.
Life struck again five minutes later and converted to retake the lead, only to be caught up just as quickly, with a driven maul by the NYAC pack, pushed over and finished by Pat Coleman. The NYAC dominated possession and territory, but couldn’t get the finishing touch to a multiple of phases, Life always clinging on and keeping them out. The half finished level, at fourteen all. And was probably a fair reflection of how the game went.
The second half started with the NYAC continuing the pressure and through a number of rumbling forward carries, the line was broken by hooker Nick Discala.
Life suddenly found a new gear, and through some serious dominance in the scrum, exploited a number of penalties, made it to NYACs try line, and their scrum dived over at close range. This left the NYAC down two points, with 12 minutes on the clock.
Through continued pressure and phases, the NYAC couldn’t find a rhythm, and lost the game when Life’s open side flanker dealt a crushing blow with a final try, to leave the score NYAC 19 – Life 28.
A disappointing finish to an up and down ARP pool this season for the NYAC, but still some big games on the cards, with Mystic and Rocky Gorge coming up soon.
NYAC 19 Life 28
Seamus Kelly 15min
Pat Coleman 35min
Nick Discala 45min
Simon uphill x2
NYAC vs Boston Irish Wolfhounds - 04/02/2016
In the second round of the ARP, the NYAC notched a convincing win against visitors Boston Irish Wolfhounds. The rain subsided just in time for kick-off at Travers Island, to give pleasant conditions for this weeks match-up. The Wolfhounds kicked off into a light breeze and the NYAC started well, by moving the ball about and running through phases early on, but were met with a strong line of Irish defense every time, especially out wide.
It took 10 minutes of play, before team NYAC opened the scoring, with a close range try from scrum half Tobias Henry, and well struck conversion from Simon Uphill. NYAC made good inroads at scrum time, through front row of Brandon Wynne, Nick Discala and Kirk Hamilton. Time and time again, NYAC would play through phases, and the Wolfhounds line would scramble superbly to halt progress or force a pass, and keep NYAC at bay. Then finally after 20 minutes, Seamus Kelly, who ran strongly all afternoon, scored the NYAC's second try.
The NYAC also finished the half with a try scored from a driving maul at line-out time through number eight Mike Webb. The halftime score was 19-0 in NYAC’s favor. The second half started with the NYAC pack ramping up the pressure and turning into points. Two close range tries from strong rolling mauls after line-outs from hooker Nick Discala and new back rower Ryan Clarke. Team NYAC continued their dominance through scores from AL McFarland and Ryan Clarke adding his second.
With thirteen minutes left on the clock, Boston Irish finally broke the NYAC defensive line, and with two quick passes and four missed tackles, they touched down in the corner. NYAC rang all the changes and emptied their bench, they gave a final flurry of scores, through longtime servant of the club Ryan McTiernan, and flyer Kyle Granby, to leave the final score at 53-5.
NYAC vs Boston - 03/19/2016
Team NYAC kicked-off their spring 2016 ARP campaign with a 45-14 win against Boston.
The match took place at Milton High School in fresh spring conditions with a light breeze favoring the NYAC in the first half. The NYAC was the first on the score sheet with a well worked team try, dotted down in the corner by Greg Voigt. The touchline conversion was masterfully slotted by the NYAC's latest recruit at 10, Simon Uphill, who ended the day with a kicking record of five from seven. The first half set piece was dominated by the NYAC with Nate Brakeley controlling the line-outs, with three stolen away from Boston’s grasp. While the whole pack got stuck in at scrum time and proved to be the more powerful for the first 40 minutes.
Strong ball carrying from Al McFarland, Seamus Kelly and standout back row and captain James Denise resulted in a total of six first half tries. Including a first half hat trick from Seamus Kelly. Half time came with a score of 38-0 in favor of the NYAC.
The second half kicked-off, and again the quicker out of the blocks, the NYAC was quick to charge down field and three phases later, scrum half Tobias Henry touched down under the posts. NYAC rung the changes, and the tide very quickly turned. Boston upped the intensity, and through some poor defending and ill discipline at the breakdown, Boston managed to cross the whitewash twice in quick succession. Leaving the score at 45-14.
After repeated infringements, new NYAC recruit John Kinnell, was only on the pitch for two minutes, before receiving a yellow card. He left the game on 70 minutes and would play no further part.
The game finished with no further scores, but Boston was definitely the stronger of the two sides in the second half. Team NYAC was pleased with the bonus point win and very encouraged by the first half performance, but they will need more than a forty-minute performance against the likes of Old Blue and Life. The next match up for NYAC will be at home against Boston Irish in two week’s time.
NYAC vs Boston RFC- 10/4/2014
It was driving wind and horizontal rain as NYAC's final fall season game kicked off In the otherwise beautiful Harvard University Campus, the weather was the only negative part of what was tipped to be a big clash between Boston and NYAC. Boston kicked off with the wind at their backs and were quickest out of the gate, and on the scoreboard, with a penalty kick after just 5 minutes. Boston enjoyed a large chunk of territory and possession in the first half, and definitely used the wind to their advantage to keep the pressure on NYAC. The NYAC defense held up extremely well, and with regular starters like Eagles Troy Hall, Brian Doyle, and 7s player Justin Hundley away with the ARC squad, it was time for the rest of the squad to step up and show what they could do. The Back row of Al McFarland, Steven Sanchez and Chris Soderman got through a ton of tackles kept Boston without a try when the half time whistle blew. The score remained 3-0 at the half, but Boston doubled the lead to 6-0 after a well struck penalty, following an offside in midfield. This sparked a big effort and change in gear from NYAC, and after some well worked patterns and phases of play, with new recruit Tobias Henry pulling the strings at 10, Boston were stretched in defense.
While playing advantage following a ruck infringement, Mike Petri slotted a drop goal, to claw back into the game at 6-3 in Bostons favor. Then as Boston tired, NYAC found another big push and hammered out 3 tries in the remaining 15 minutes. After some superb lineout drives and quick forward rucks, new tight head prop Chris Baumann crashed over. Closely followed minutes later by a Mike Petri try after a clean linebreak form Tobias Henry. This was converted by Chris Chapmann and left the score now 15-6 with NYAC in the lead.
In the final minutes, there was a clever kick down the line which was chased in by NYAC flyer Kyle Granby who touched down in the corner to finish the game at NYAC 20- Boston 6. NYAC's Fall season ends with a 3 and 1 record, with the spring season to come! Full credit to both sides in putting on a great display in rough conditions.
NYAC vs Boston Irish Wolfhounds - 9/13/2014
Venue: Irish Cultural Centre, Canton, Mass
Kick off 1pm
Score: NYAC 58- BIW 21
NYAC rugby got their 2014 season campaign off to a winning start on the road against the Boston Irish Wolfhounds.
Playing their first game in the newly, constructed American Rugby Premiership, NYAC traveled to the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton Mass.
With their family day in full swing, there was a decent sized crowd out to watch a high scoring match up between these two teams.
Boston struck first on the scoreboard through ex NYAC scrum half Mike Durant, which caught NYAC off guard and definitely lit a fire under them. NYAC led by captain Mike Petri, replied with first half tries from hooker Patrick Fiffe, debutant prop Chris Baumann and Troy Hall.
It was a pretty one sided affair most of the first half with NYAC putting together some clinical patterns and taking their chances. The wolfhounds were an extremely physical outfit, however ill discipline cost them to have 2 players sent to the sin bin, resulting in NYAC taking full advantage.
NYACs set piece scrums and lineouts functioned well all afternoon and gave a solid platform for Justin Hundley to launch some superb attacks through a new look back line. As the second half started, the Wolfhounds made significant territory and moved swiftly into the NYAC half, only to be thwarted by Justin Hundley who snapped up an intercept and ran 75 meters to score.
More pressure was added through Troy Hall, who scored 3 second half tries, brining his personal tally to 4 for the day. Further tries came from NYACs wingers Kyle Granby and debutant Dom de Falco.
The Wolfhounds gave a late surge and managed to score and try and were awarded a penalty try after persistent infringement at the breakdown from NYAC.
But resilient goal line defense from the NYAC squad stopped the Wolfhounds from gaining a valuable 4 try bonus point and finished the game deserved winners at 58-21.
The Wolfhounds were gracious hosts and we look forward to having them down at Travers Island for the return fixture in the spring.