On Saturday the Gotham Knights Rugby Football Club continued to make history. With its win over Old Maroon in the METNYRFU
Division III semifinals they clinched a spot in the finals of the Union
playoffs. When they take to the pitch next Saturday they will be
competing for the Division III Championship and assured themselves of
no less than a 2nd place finish. Prior to this season Gotham had
finished no higher than 6th in their division. I do believe (I may be
wrong here and I am sure as this entry gets read and spread that
someone will correct me if I am) that Gotham is now the first
predominantly gay rugby team in the US to compete for
its Union championship.
On Saturday, our club finally fulfilled its Mission! The mission of Gotham RFC is to:
Increase diversity within the sport of rugby football
Refute negative stereotypes
Create a welcoming and encouraging learning environment for new ruggers
Create a competitive team on both local and national levels
Gotham's roster features players from a multitude of races, creeds, colors, nationalities, socio-economic backgrounds, education levels and careers. The vast majority of our players are indeed gay, but we are diverse when it comes to orientation too. We feature three brothers (well, sometimes only two) on our team, only one of whom is gay (we think). We are guided by an Australian player/coach who after playing with us convinced his best friend from Australia to join us as well. When you come to our matches on Saturdays you will see not just friends and boyfriends (or tricks) on the sidelines cheering the team on, but you will also see girlfriends, wives, children, parents, grandparents and co-workers (oh and a dog or two or three... And I am not talking about tricks here).
Since the beginning of 2002, Gotham has earned the respect of its Union brethren by strapping on their boots every Saturday and playing their best on the pitch. Our never quit attitude has won us accolades throughout the Union. So much so that you can find members of our fellow Union teams helping us out at various events including playing on the Barbarian side in Bingham Cup '06, sending teams to our annual East Coast Rugby Invitational and sending members to be auctioned off in our annual Bachelor Auctions.
If you watched Saturday's match, you would have seen that most of the tries scored were by players who never played rugby before joining our team. In fact many of our members had never played in a competitive team sport before discovering rugby with Gotham. Twice a year, Gotham holds Bootcamps to introduce new players (newbies) to the game we love so much. We actively recruit new members at various events each year, including our most successful recruiting tool... the Pride parade and street festival.
And now, in our sixth year Gotham will make its mark on both the local and national rugby scene. It is a long way from the 150+ point losses of 2002 and 2003. I know we frown on saying “Gotham, look where you are” on the pitch as superstitious people think it is a jinx. But I think now is a good time to reflect on where we are, where we were and how far we have come... GOTHAM, LOOK WHERE YOU ARE!
Below is the match report for the game:
The Gotham Knights defeated Old Maroon 41-5 on Saturday, Oct. 20, to reach the Met New York RFU Division 3 Championship Final for the first time in club history.
Jerry Reilly capped off an opening drive to put the Knights up 7-0, and
Gotham held back Old Maroon's late first half assault at goal to take a
26-0 lead at half. The day saw great efforts from the entire Gotham
side, and featured the first tries of the season for Reily, Jose Rogel
and Paul Bockwoldt.
The win also qualified Gotham for next Spring's Northeast Rugby Union tournament, the first stage of the USA Rugby National Playoffs,
another milestone for the club. Gotham is the first team predominantly
composed of gay and bisexual men to play for a Met New York Union
championship and advance to the USA Rugby playoffs.
The Knights will travel to Montclair, New Jersey, on Saturday Oct. 27 for a 1:00 PM rematch with Montclair RFC for the union championship. Montclair bested Gotham 26-15 last month.
You can check out pictures from Jess by clicking here. As usual, I stole the action picture above from him.
While much of the world is caught up in rugby fever with England and South Africa meeting in the finals of the Rugby World Cup, you too can get caught up in rugby fever at the local level.
The Gotham Knights (NYC's only predominantly gay rugby team) will play in the Met New York Union Division 3 Semi-finals for the first time after Saturday's 22-21 first round playoff victory over top-seeded Hudson Valley in Newburgh, NY. The match was the Knights' first win over Hudson Valley since entering the union in 2002.
Gotham will now face Old Maroon on Saturday, October 20, for the right to advance to the Division 3 championship final and likely next spring's Territorial or regional playoffs. The match will kick off at 1:00 PM on Randall's Island.
DIRECTIONS TO THE PITCH (FIELD)
Randall's Island is located between northern Manhattan and Queens.
Subway/Bus: Take the 4,5, or 6 (green) lines to 125th St. When you get out there, you'll see a Duane Reade, where the M35 bus stops. You'll see guys from Gotham and other teams waiting for the bus. The M35 then goes to Randall's Island. The M35 runs every 15 minutes.
Car: From Manhattan or Queens take the Triboro Bridge (toll is $4.00). There will be an exit for Randall's Island, and when you come off the exit ramp, take the short loop around the parking lot, looking for the signs for fields 15-23.
Yesterday was a red letter day for Gotham Knights RFC as the boys in Blue and Gold upset the Rebels of Hudson Valley for the first time ever. Long a goal of Gotham, their first win over Hudson Valley came at a perfect time... in the quarterfinals of the METNYRFU Div. III playoffs. Gotham entered the playoffs as the 4th seed from the Blue Division traveling to take on the previously undefeated Rebels who captured the 1st seed in the Red Division.
Match report from Alex Fallis, President of Gotham Knights Rugby Football Club:
"The Gotham Knights will advance to the Met New York union Division 3 semi-finals for the first time after Saturday's 22-21 first round playoff victory over top-seeded Hudson Valley in Newburgh, NY. After the sides spent the first 20 minutes feeling each other out, Callum Sigg broke away from the 22 meter line to give Gotham a 7-0 lead after his converted try. But the Rebels answered back almost immediately, taking an intercepted pass in goal to tie the game at 7-7. At this point it was clear that neither side had intentions of ceding, and the teams settled in for a fight to the wire.
The Knights' Mike Cromey put them back on top at 12-7 by the half, capping off a series of attacking phases, but Hudson Valley answered again the second half, going up 14-12 on a converted try. Cromey then found the center of the goal area, scoring his second try and helping Gotham retake the lead 19-14, which Sigg extended to 22-14 following a Hudson Valley penalty inside their 22 meter line as the game entered its final two minutes. Hudson Valley refused to back down, though, and took advantage of Gotham miscues to pound the ball across the goal line and cut the margin to 22-21. With seven minutes remaining, the Knights then had put on three goal line stands, including a five meter attacking scrum by Hudson Valley, but when Keiran Lanham kicked the ball into touch, the referee sounded his final whistle.
The match featured great play from each of Gotham's starters and reserves, and included some excellent runs by rookie Jason Maschi and flawless line-out play by jumper Tony Birks. It was also the Knights' first win over Hudson Valley since entering the union in 2002. Gotham will now face Old Maroon on Saturday, October 20, for the right to advance to the Division 3 championship final and next spring's Territorial playoffs. Details on the match time and venue will be posted in the next couple of days."
Next up for the Gotham Knights will be a semifinal match against the Old Maroon RFC next Saturday. Old Maroon comes into the match as the 3rd seed from the Red Division. Old Maroon advanced after upsetting North Jersey, the 2nd seed from the Blue Division.
The action photo above is borrowed from Jess, who is one of our team photographers. More fantastic action pics from Jess can be seen here.
In the summer of 2005 Lamont joined Northampton Saints from Glasgow.
Recently scored two memorable tries for Scotland against the hopeful
Grand Slam winners (France) in Scotland's six nation stunning 20-16
victory on the 5th February 2006 , one of which he joined a ruck and
used his strength and power to bundle over the line and take the Scots
to victory. Then, 13 days later added to his growing reputation by
scoring 4 tries against Saracens.
He is the first Saints player to achieve this since another Scot, Craig
Moir, in 1996. On 26th February 2006, he played a major part in the
Scotland squad's victory over ENGLAND to win the Calcutta Cup by 18
points to 12.
His younger brother Rory Lamont plays on the wing for Sean's former club Glasgow.
Sean recenlty expanded his world wide appeal by appearing in the Dieux du Stade
pin-up calendar for 2007 and accompanying "making of" DVD. His well
endowed full frontal nudity has brought Sean tens of thousands of new
admirers from all corners of the globe, mostly gay men. Sean's the new
gay icon, a "Sporn" star (Sporn: the combination of Sports and Porn,
where straight male athletes strike gay porn poses for various
advertisements and endorsements.)
That is where this blog entry comes in. Most of you probably already know about the Dieux du Stade calendars put out annually. It seems that some still pictures from the "making of the calendar" DVD have leaked out and they are now on the net. OK, I know my blog has gotten a little risque and overtly sexual lately. I am not sure why exactly, but please accept my apologies. However, you will want to check this out. And after you do, I am sure you will forgive me. This time I am only going to provide the link to the on-line rugby debauchery, rather than post the pictures here. I might as well give the credit and the hits to the guy who actually posted the pics in the first place. In any event, I stumbled upon these beauties this morning and had to share them with you. WOW! Enough said. All of a sudden I am hungry for some thick pieces of sausage!
Can you say woof? Grrrr. OK, I am so totally stealing this from my friend. But how can I not have Luisma Molinari on my blog? If you know me, you will know why I say that. I also know that so many friends of mine are going to just drool over this man.
Neither I nor Andres can confirm that he actually plays rugby. But who cares really? I would rather look at him than some of those fake rugby players in a rugby porn that I saw a promo for recently.
In any event, you have to check out this car ad from Argentina. Click on "Mira el comercial." It is in Spanish, so I will also steal Andres' translation. Also check out some of the outtakes linked under the commercial.
This makes me want to run out and buy a Peugeot. OK, not really (unless Luisma comes with the car), but it does make me want to run off and do something else. But I don't need to blog about that.
For those, like me, who are Spanish-impaired, here is a lose translation:
Referee blows whistle and a rugby match ends, Argentine rugby player Luisma Molinari walks off the field pouring a bottle of water over his body. Catches two girls oggling, he looks back, girls are still oggling.
Luisma talks directly to camera:
And yes, it's just like that: [People call me] Luisma, my idol! Rugby player! 275lbs of love! Pure testosterone!
He points at his bruised neck:
You know what this is? This is a hicky from a couple of nights ago. But what could it be? Could it be this [point at his chest]? The fact I play rugby? Or the fact I'm so macho? I even had to get some business cards done!
He points at headband:
You call this a rag? Well, you put it on and you become an indian. Me? [I put it on and become] Master of the Universe! Let's look. They're probably still staring at me!
He looks back at the 2 girls and realizes they're looking at his car instead.
Alright!The car, me.Me, the car.We're like a pact of love! [he clasps his hands together]
He lets out a sigh dissapointed that the girls are not looking at him and walks off the screen. Voiceover talks about the merits of the car.
Found a great article on rugby in the US by Bill Syken on SI.com on his blog. My favorite observation in the article:
"The United States could own this game. If schools like Miami and Auburn and Michigan sent their backup running backs, linebackers and safeties into the USA Rugby program after college, Wales wouldn't be beating up on the American team for long."
United States' Matt Wyatt is pulled down by Wales' Ryan Jones during the friendly match on June 4. (AP)