Beantown RFC

September 25, 2015

Home against Albany for another victory

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Beantown hosted the Albany Sirens for a second home game of the season. Though both teams racked up a number of penalties and turnovers, Beantown put points on the board early and never gave up the lead. In the second half, the gap widened further, as Town’s high fitness level kicked in, taking Beantown to a 51-17 victory.

Read the play-by-play: https://storify.com/BeantownRFC/vs-albany-home

Halftime score: 22-12
Final score against Albany: 51-17 (Beantown Victory)

Beantown tries: Sarah B (4), Autumn, Lili (2), Jones, Duzzi, Lili; Conversions: Jones

Beantown and Albany then squared off for a B-side match, which Beantown won 17-5. Beantown’s B-side tries scored by Sophie, Autumn, EmHsieh; conversion by Jones.

Check out photos from the match here (thanks Lynne Silken for the awesome photography!)

Forward and Backs awards went to Jones and Xanni!

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September 16, 2015

Beantown kicks off the season with a close win over Boston

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Beantown’s first match of the season was a fiercely fought game against long-time cross-town rivals Boston. The game opened with back-and-forth tries – Beantown took an early lead with an unconverted try, then Boston answered with their own try, converting for a slim 2 point lead. But Beantown came back with another two tries and a conversion in the first half, to go into halftime with a 10 point lead.

In the second half, Boston brought in two more tries to bring them into the lead: first, a breakaway from their half of the field brought them into the try zone, bringing the sore up to 17-14. Then, more than 30 minutes into the half, Boston turned over the ball in a Beantown scrum, leading to a try off an eightman pick – and putting Boston ahead at 17-21.

Finally, with just a few minutes left in the half, and Boston backed up against their try line, a Boston penalty for playing the ball on the ground put Beantown in good position for a score – a position capitalized on by captain Jones, who put the ball over the line for a try and finished it up with a conversion, to bring Beantown ahead to what would be the final score of 24-21.

Read the play-by-play: https://storify.com/BeantownRFC/vs-boston-home-fall-2015

Halftime score: 17-7
Final score against Boston: 24-21 (Beantown Victory)

Beantown tries: Secret, Jones; Conversions: Jones [other scorers not recorded]

Beantown and Boston then squared off for a B-side match, which Boston won 19-7. Beantown’s B-side try was scored by Hannah.

The backs award went to rookie Sarah, and the forwards award to Clarie.

The backs award went to rookie Sarah, and the forwards award to Clarie.

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September 2, 2015

It’s easy to play…

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Pick a winning NFL team each week for a chance to win a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place cash prize!

Email BeantownSurvivorPool@gmail.com to enter.

Deadline to enter is Sunday, September 6th.

The Rules:

  1. Cost per entry is $20 for the entire season; 50% to winner’s pool, 50% to Beantown.
  2. There is no limit to the number of entries per person.
  3. Select one team each week to WIN, no spreads just a straight up win, a tie is a LOSS.
  4. If the team you select wins, you will advance to select the next week. If you’re selection does not win, you are eliminated from the pool.
  5. Each NFL team can only be selected once. There are 32 teams and 17 weeks in the regular season.
  6. Entries must be sent by midnight on Friday or midnight the night before the game you’re choosing if you’re choosing a weekday game.
  7. There will be one re-buy within the first 4 weeks—if your selection loses in weeks 1-4, you can re-enter for another $20. Only one re-entry per entry slot. If you buyback, all teams you have chosen are still off limits.
  8. If you forget to make a pick, you will get the first team alphabetically on the list that you have not taken.
  9. Last person standing wins. 75% of the cash pool goes to 1st place, 25% to 2nd place, $20 to 3rd place. Pool is only through the regular season. If there is more than one entry left after Week 17, all survivors will split the pool and there will be no 2nd or 3rd place.

Payment Options:

  • Paypal $20 to beantownpayments@gmail.com. Choose personal so the team doesn’t get charged the fees.
  • Send a check made out to “Beantown RFC” to Beantown Rugby, PO Box 1164, Watertown, MA 02471.

Beantown Rugby Football Club is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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July 15, 2015

Beantown Thanks Richard Ashfield, Welcomes Kelly Seary

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Richard Ashfield will be stepping down as Head Coach, to be replaced by Beantown alum and top-level coach Kelly Seary. Beantown is also searching for assistant and specialist coaches.

With great regret, we announce that Richard Ashfield will be stepping down from his position as Head Coach of Beantown Rugby Football Club. Beantown would like to thank Richard for his eight years of service to the team as an assistant coach and then as head coach. Richard’s efforts have helped the team to continue a tradition of excellence on and off the pitch, and led Beantown to this year’s second place finish Division 1 Championships in Glendale, Colorado.

Beantown is proud to announce that Kelly Seary, a Beantown alumnae and experienced top-level coach, will be taking over the Head Coach role, effective immediately. We are excited to have the opportunity to welcome a coach who combines a long history of dedication to Beantown with an exemplary resume of coaching experience.

Seary’s coaching experience includes assistant coach and attack specialist for the USA Rugby AIG Women’s Junior All-Americans and assistant coach for Harvard Women’s Rugby Football Club. As a player, Seary played for the Northeast Rugby Union U23 and senior all-star teams, the Canadian U-23 15s team, the USA U-23 7s team and the USA 7s Developmental squad. She has played rugby for 21 years, 14 of them for Beantown , and has served in most positions on Beantown’s Executive Board.

Apply Now: Assistant and Technical Coaches

Beantown Rugby Football Club is seeking qualified assistant and technical coaches to complete the coaching staff of our competitive D1 15s team, located in Boston, MA. Coaches will work closely with Head Coach Kelly Seary to plan and run practices; develop and execute game plans for matches; contribute to player selections; and develop the skills of athletes on the team. Beantown values a high level of communication, inclusion of players of all skill levels, and commitment to a competitive and positive playing environment.

Beantown practices every Tuesday and Thursday from late August to early November in the fall, and mid-March to mid-June in the spring. Regular season matches will take place throughout the Northeast Rugby Union region, with an additional 3-5 matches a year requiring further travel to destinations across the US and Canada for playoffs or additional competition.

Assistant Coach:

All match travel costs are reimbursed by Beantown. In addition, there is a modest annual stipend for this position. . Assistant coaches are expected to attend the majority of practices and games.

Technical Coach:

Compensation negotiable. Interested in technical coaches for areas including (but not limited to) lineouts, scrumhalf skills, and scrummaging. Specialists will attend one to four practices per season.

Interested candidates please contact Beantown president Mary Sung at beantownpresident@gmail.com with all inquires.

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June 22, 2015

2015 USA Rugby D1 Runner-Ups

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Beantown plays with heart and determination, but comes up short in the attempt to beat the Seattle Saracens, in the finals of the D1 Nationals Championship.

In sunny, warm conditions on a beautiful field at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado, Beantown matched up against the Seattle Saracens to see who would take the 2015 USA Rugby D1 Championship. With their strength in their backs, Seattle started the game by putting Beantown on the defensive, putting in two converted tries in the first ten minutes. But soon Beantown rallied back with strong forwards, piling the entire pack over the line to score our first try. After that, Seattle and Beantown traded tries: Seattle with points at about 26 minutes, a penalty try for Beantown at about 34 minutes, after Seattle’s pack was unable to hold up under the pressure of Beantown’s scrum working for a pushover try. After another try for Seattle, the game went into halftime with Beantown down by 7 points.

The second half started with another try for Seattle at 49 minutes. And then…the skies started flashing with lightning, thunder started booming, and the rain came pouring down. The game was suspended for safety at 50 minutes and everyone was sent to the locker rooms for a mandatory 30 minute delay, which turned into a long, grueling, 2+ hours delay as everyone waited anxiously for word that the game would be allowed to resume.

Finally, in a torrential downpour under the lights, officials deemed it safe for players to step back onto the pitch and begin again. The long delay didn’t hurt Beantown’s players, however – back on the field, players in red and blue dominated the play and territory, settling in the the offensive zone. Scrumhalf Liza was able to grab a misplayed ball from SEattle’sscrum and zip in for the score, bringing the totals to 24-31 at about the 64 minute mark. Beantown kept the intense pressure up, coming close to scoring a few times, with Seattle desperately able to clear the ball. Unfortunately, the tying score never came and the final whistle blew, leaving Beantown with the title of D1 Runner-Up.

Read the play-by-play on Storify

Halftime score: 19-26
Final score vs. Seattle: 24-31

Beantown Tries: Sam, scrum penalty try, Jaimie, Liza; Conversions: Jones (2)

Though every player on Beantown wished for a different outcome to this final match, we are proud of a strong season and to have won the title of second best D1 women’s team in the United States. This journey would not have been possible without the incredible support from our friends, family, fans, and alumnae. Thank you for all that you’ve done to support Beantown this season.

See more of Calvin Alexander’s photos from the match on Facebook

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June 10, 2015

Semifinal Match: Victory Against Pittsburgh

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Beantown heads to Denver, CO for the National Championship Match after a victory against Pittsburgh.

First, a brief history lesson is necessary in order to really understand this game. In the spring of 2014, an under-staffed Beantown D2 side met the Pittsburgh Angels in Pittsburgh in the semifinals of the D2 Nationals and were trounced 99-0. This year, Pittsburgh moved up to D1 and arrived in Charlotte to face Beantown’s D1 side in another hot, dusty match in the semifinals of the D1 Nationals.

In the first minute of the game, it appeared Pittsburgh would start with the advantage, when they marched straight down the field using very wide punch balls to score…or maybe not. Instead of a try, the ref blew the whistle and called play back for a forward pass.

After that wakeup call, Beantown put the first points on the board with a try from Ali and a conversion from Jones. Pittsburgh responded with their won try by the 10 minute mark – but before the half, Beantown pulled well ahead with three additional tries, to be up 24-7 at halftime.

The first minute of the second half felt like deja vu – except this time Beantown was the team into the tryzone within seconds, and this time the try was NOT called back. Pittsburgh still hung in there, using their wide punches effectively and keeping Beantown working hard. But the strength of Beantown’s bench came into play, as sub after strong, fresh sub came on, making a clear and obvious impact on the pitch. Pittsburgh got two more tries in the second half, but Beantown answered with three for a decisive final score of 48-17.

Read the play-by-play on Storify

Halftime score: 24-7
Final score vs. Pittsburgh: 48-17

Beantown Tries: Ali, Jones (2), JP, Kat P (2), Kate O, and Mary; Conversions: Jones (4)

The next step after this victory is traveling to Denver, CO for the National Championship! Big thanks to all of our fans, near and far. Players are feeling the support of friends, family, and alums, near and far. Particular thanks to the generosity of those who have made a donation to our fundraising page. If you’ve not given yet, please consider making a gift today.

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June 3, 2015

Beantown Rugby Annual Spring Raffle

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Over $2,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs at Beantown’s Annual Spring Raffle!

All proceeds support the Beantown Rugby players and coaches on their journey to the USA Rugby Division 1 National Championships (June 13th in Glendale, Colorado).
Help us bring the title back to Boston!

We are giving away more than 25 great prizes from businesses around Boston, including:

GRAND PRIZE: 4 Field Box seats to Red Sox vs. Yankees on Sept 2nd

Other BIG TICKET items include:

  • 1 month membership to Republic Fitness ($200 value)
  • $75 gift certificate to Umbria Prime
  • 90 minute massage at Imani Massage ($90 value)
  • $340 cash prize

Plus, great prizes from: Bostonia, JP Licks, Republic Fitness, Jamba Juice, El Pelon, New England Aquarium, Red Bones, Flatbread Company, Starbucks, City Sports, iTunes, Boloco, Lindt Chocolates… and more!

Thank you to all of the businesses that contributed to our fundraiser!

Ticket Pricing:
1 for $2 | 3 for $5 | 7 for $10 | 20 for $20 | 30 for $25 | 100 for $50

Contact your local Beantown player or beantownrfc@gmail.com to win.

Please join us for the raffle drawing at 7pmm on Saturday, June 6th at Patrons (138 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134). Ticket holders do not have to be present to win.

Beantown Rugby Football Club is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Download the flyer (PDF)

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May 30, 2015

Quarterfinal Match: Victory Against Chicago North Shore

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In sunny and warm Charlotte, Beantown kicked off at 3:15 against Chicago North Shore for the 2015 quarterfinal match.

The first half began with a grueling 10 minutes of defense. Chicago battered against Town’s line, pushing all the way into Beantown’s half – but wasn’t able to convert. The next 20 minutes, though, were all Beantown’s, starting with a 3-point penalty kick by Jones and followed by a try from Kat P. and another successful kick from Jones. But in the final 10 minutes Beantown lost momentum and Chicago took advantage, responding with their own 3-point penalty kick from the 40m line and an (unconverted) try, sending the teams into half with Beantown only 2 points ahead.

After the half, Beantown came out fired up and moved almost immediately into Chicago’s half. But Chicago’s defense held strong, keeping Beantown out for twenty minutes – until fresh legs made the difference, with Moose punching a ball into the try zone right under the posts. Jones (on point with her kicks) converted – and not long after, took a penalty kick right in front of the posts for another 3 points. As the 80th minute approached, Town’s energy increased (thanks in part to several strategic subs), and in the final minutes, JP snatched a pass from between Chicago’s centers for a final 5 points. In the actual final minute, Chicago responded with an additional try (no conversion) – but the match was over and Beantown won! It’s on to the semifinal game against Pittsburgh on Sunday!

Read the play-by-play: https://storify.com/BeantownRFC/vs-chicago-north-shore-d1-2015-quarter-final-match

Halftime score: 10-8
Final score vs. Chicago North Shore: 25-13

Beantown tries: Kat, Moose, JP; Conversions: Jones (2); Penalty kicks: Jones (2)

Click to see photos of the match, courtesy of Lynne Skilken

Big thanks to all of our fans, near and far. Players are feeling the support of friends, family, and alums, near and far. Particular thanks to the generosity of those who have made a donation to our fundraising page. If you’ve not given yet, please consider making a gift today.

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May 27, 2015

2015 CR3 Playoffs: Beantown Heads to Nationals!

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Beantown’s D1 side successfully came back from a first half deficit to defeat Boston in the Atlantic North Competitive Region 3 Playoff game to move ahead to the Eastern Regional Playoffs in Charlotte. The Beantown D2 side wasn’t quite as fortunate, losing by one crummy point against Charles River to be bounced from the playoffs.

D1 vs Boston:

Boston managed some early momentum in the game, scoring a try within the first five minutes and another around the 20th minute by capitalizing on Beantown mistakes with their backs putting the points across to go up by 12 points. Most of the half was played in the Boston end, with no extended pressure by Boston in Beantown’s territory. We were within 10 meters of the try zone several times but couldn’t capitalize. The half ended with Boston in the lead by 12 points.

Beantown scored its first try about 10 minutes into the second half and again about 10 minutes later. One was a forwards’ try after some extended pressure in the Boston 22. Beantown forwards were able to march down the field with measured rucks, forcing Boston to unevenly defend our backs. The second try was a backs’ try by Alyssa after some really lovely play from quite a ways out, using a break and great support. Jones slotted in both conversions, the second being key to breaking the tie in points.

Points became harder to come by and the game was still too close through the end of the second half, keeping Boston’s individual talents in mind and their ability to break through and score. However, Beantown still held territorial and possession advantage throughout the second half, with a couple of heroic scramble defense/chasing down by the backs to keep the score as it was.

Beantown dominated scrums the whole game and happily a penalty was awarded about 10 meters out at the end of the game; Beantown chose a scrum and walked in for a last try, for a final score of 19-12!

Final score vs. Boston: 19-12

Watch the game on YouTube

The three elimination games for the Senior Club D1 Nationals Playoffs are split into two weekends: first, quarter & semi-finals in Charlotte on the 5/30-5/31 weekend. Then, a win in Charlotte will send Beantown to Glendale, Colorado for the final game on 6/13. To help defray the costs for the players traveling and help bring home a National Championship, please consider making a tax-deductible donation.

D2 vs Charles River:

Unlike in the D1 game, the Beantown D2 players spent the vast majority of the game defending against the large, tough Charles River pack and tackling, tackling, tackling players in the backs. The scoring was more balanced, trading tries in the first half (Autumn, with Rhi converting) for a halftime score of 7-5.

Another tradeoff of tries in the second half (Jackie F) put Beantown up 12-10. An exciting break down the side led to another Beantown try (Duzzi & Rhi) and the score at 19-10 until the last 10 minutes. Charles River didn’t quit and were able to put across the two tries they needed to go up by that crummy point with 3 minutes left.

Final score vs Charles River: 19-20

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May 6, 2015

2015 NERFU Cup Champions

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Spring came to Newport last weekend, and so did Beantown, ready take another NERFU cup and continue a long-winning tradition. A long weekend with three games Saturday and the championship on Sunday gave everyone plenty of playing time and the opportunity to switch up selections… as well as time to hang out, eat some hamburgers, and pet dogs. Matches on Saturday were twenty minute halves, and twenty-five minute halves for the final on Sunday.

SATURDAY

vs. Boston

Read the play-by-play: https://storify.com/BeantownRFC/vs-boston-spring-2015-nerfu

Halftime score: 5-0
Final score v. Boston: 15-0

Beantown tries: Jones, forwards, Kat

vs. Albany

Read the play-by-play: https://storify.com/BeantownRFC/vs-albany-spring-2015-nerfu

Halftime score: 5-12
Final score v. Albany: 22-12

Beantown tries: Kat (3), E; Conversions: Xanni

vs. Providence

Read the play-by-play: https://storify.com/BeantownRFC/vs-providence-spring-2015-nerfu

Halftime score: 17-0
Final score v. Providence: 27-7

Beantown tries: forwards, Ali, Xanni, Jackie, Kat; Conversion: Xanni

SUNDAY

Championship vs. Boston

Read the play-by-play: https://storify.com/BeantownRFC/vs-boston-spring-2015-nerfu-championships

Halftime score: 12-0
Final score v. Boston: 22-10

Beantown tries: Jones, Kat, Kelsey, E; Conversion: Jones

2015 NERFU Cup Champions

2015 NERFU Cup Champions

 

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