Stingrays Match Reports: Feb 9, 2019
U16 & U18's: Coach Peter Crick
Very early start for the team on Saturday morning as we headed up to Arroyo Grande for 8:00a.m. Rain had been tumbling down all week so the field conditions were heavy, standing water all across the pitch, ground soft and spongy. AG had left the grass long to slow the players down and nullify our free flowing attacking game. Bringing everyone one down to the same speed. True mud runner course conditions.
Stingrays started off slowly & conceded the first points - a try in the corner off a long powerful run from the AG pack. This woke the players up and we responded with two tries during that first half. Score at half time was 10-5 Stingrays. We needed a tactical change of game plan at half time, one that worked better in these heavy, wet field conditions. We have been training and developing a running, fast, wide open game style, getting the ball to the outside quickly. We really wanted to release the hounds, but the track was far too wet and slow and the ball was the proverbial "wet bar of soap". We changed strategies, kick to the corners to pin AG in their 22m zone and make them play out from there. That's when we could go back to our original pod work and implement our 'piston play' putting them under pressure down by their try line. However, we were unable to do this also. Our play makers were unable to kick to the corners, we continued to run the ball into the teeth of the defense eventually making errors (knock ons etc.) & putting us under pressure in our own half of the field. We eventually scored two more tries and in the second half run out winners 22 to 5.
Back to the blackboard this week at training as more wet weathers forecast. If we want to have successful season this year we need to be able to adapt and change our game plan depending on weather conditions and opposition game plan.
No individual player efforts are mentioned in this report because the ones that did their job and tried to execute the game plan knows who they are and the ones that did not do this also know who they are!! We need full attendance at practice this week so everyone understands the changes in out game plan for this weekends game on Saturday.
U4's: Coach Richard Lotz
The U-14's had a very competitive match today versus a combined team of Santa Ynez and Arroyo Grande at the wet and sloppy pitch in Arroyo Grande.
AG/SY came out strong as they had some 'older players' competing. Due to that we really struggled with our scrums. However, what we did have was ball movement and speed. With Eric's first score and a try by a loaned player the Stingrays had a slim 14-12 halftime lead. AG/SY came out strong and scored to pull ahead but the Stingrays worked together to score with Eric putting down another 5 points right under the posts. The Stingrays then had to up their defensive game. Numerous tackles made by Garo, Davis, Ryan, Nico and Giddeon as well as some quick running by Waylon, Noah and Davis gained a lot of ground. Ultimately Garo scored to final 5 points as time closed out. Ryan made another successful kick (total of 3). Ultimately the Stingrays won 26-17.
Man of the match is Eric for his 2 scores. Best forward is Ryan for many tackles and some game saving kicks. Best back is Waylon who filled in for injured Elias and kept our game moving quickly.
I also wanted to acknowledge that Nick, Joe and a number of other players were playing after being ill during the week. I know that they did not feel great and want to recognize their effort for the team.
We will play the same team again this weekend and hope to get two players back from injury/illness to fill the squad out.
Stingrays Match Reports: Jan 26, 2019
U18's: Coach Peter Crick
Unfortunately U18's won by forfeit against Orca but we were able to put together a game of 7 aside. By lending Orca 3 of our players. Thanks to those individuals that played on the Orca side enabling us to have a great game on Saturday. Looking forward to next weekends game where we will be able to play a full 15 aside squad.
U16's: Coach Peter Crick:
A full 15 a side match took the field with the Orca's producing a huge forward pack & looking quite an intimidating unit as they took the pitch. The Stingrays side although being outsized was a lean, mean running machine & it became evident very quickly if we spread the ball wide to the outside backs we could run their forward pack out of steam, & that's exactly what happened. Stingrays came out victorious to the final score of 41 to 10. Although all the whole team played well there were a couple of outstanding plays during the game worth noting. Firstly, Aaron absolutely burned the back line in several situations & scored some scintillating tries capping off a super human effort with some slicing & dicing moves that left the Orca bamboozled & shacking their heads in amazement. Aaron will be forever known as "Atomic Aaron" from now on! Sam had an exceptional game demonstrating a lot of grit in the #8 position, he made a strong 30 meter run right through the teeth of the Orca defense, tremendous effort, well done Sam. Finally Erik was very impressive at #9 showing good ball distribution, backup, tackling & over all commitment to the game. Keep improving & develop that half back pass from the base of the breakdown.
Well, done Stingrays, a strong commitment from the whole team. Keep up the good work and do something special next week and get a write up in the match report!
U14's: Coach Richard Lotz
A fantastic start of the season for the U-14 team. A lopsided win against Orca/SLO of 70-0. We have a mix of experienced and new players. Noah stepped up as a new player and made a fantastic solo run to flip the field for us. Waylon made many tackles and runs for gains. Best forward goes to Everett who made many long runs and countless tackles. Best back is to Eric for tremendous scrum half play. Man of the match is to Davis for numerous long runs, dozens of tackles, and 3 scores. All players made a significant contribution to a great day of youth rugby.
We will play a combination of this team next week-- so we need to be ready for them to play hard. See you all at practice.
U12's: Coach Zach Rissel
Legendary All Blacks Captain, Sean Fitzpatrick, use to sometimes describe his team's performance as "a game of two halves" when giving his post game interview. Well, Saturday was a day of two games : )
Game 1 Recap - The game and season started out with authority. Sebastian received the kick-off and flicked a nice pass to Isaiah who ran the length of the pitch for a try (just like we practiced!). The boys came out very strong the first 15 minutes. Lots of solid rucking and getting players to the breakdown. Tackling overall was strong and though we missed a few tackles, in general our defense were not letting the Orca get breakaway runs. The scrum was dominant the whole match and credit to pack (Ben, Manny, Aaron, Isaiah, Braeden, Aiden) for a strong performance throughout the day. We will definitely use the scrum as an attacking platform during the season. Isaiah ran in two more tries during the 1st half and maybe another two in the 2nd (I lost count!). Laird found some good combinations with Sebastian and Hudson at 1st five. Hudson showed some great organization marshaling the back-line and getting the ball out wide. Laird had a nice try where he found some space week-side and outran the opposition for the try. Manny had some barnstorming runs and pulled out his trademark fend. Davey had a long, run where he came up a foot short of a try and he also showed some good rucking throughout the day. Sebastian scored a nice try with some evasive running and was a threat with the ball in hand all day. Lucas, making his debut had several good runs on the wing and nearly bagged a try on debut. Jack had some nice open field tackles during the match and also a couple good runs. Braeden was all over the pitch with strong rucking, tackling and some nice runs. Aaron also scored a nice try in the 2nd half and also made some great open field tackles. Travis had some strong runs up the center of the field and made good meters. Bradley had a couple nice runs as well and was always amongst the action. Aiden was playing close to the rucks and made some tough yards. Overall, game 1 was a dominant performance from the Stingrays across the park. I believe the final tally was 7 tries to 3. Great job!
Game 2 Recap - The energy levels just were not there for the 2nd game and the Orca took advantage of that to outscore the boys 5 tries to 3 . The boys did work a nice try with some great passing with Sebastian finishing off a movement where Aaron and Aiden kept the ball alive. Ben made a monster driving effort to score his first try for the Stingrays!!! Well done Ben - who also tackled well throughout the day and was a force in the rucks for game 1 and 2. Credit to the Orca for turning in a much improved performance for the 2nd match.
Player of the Day - Isaiah ran in a bunch of tries. Was strong in the tackling and creating turnovers. Also had some nice combos with Aaron in the line-out. Well done Isaiah! Overall, very pleased with the effort from all the players. Lots of positives and a great day of rugby to build on. Everyone made good contributions on Saturday.
U8's & U10's: Coach Tim Metcalf
U8’s and U10’s had a lot of fun this past Saturday. I saw tremendous effort by all the kids. It’s wonderful to see the little ones figuring out rugby while figuring out also how to work together. I started to see communication on the field between some of the U10’s players. Henry put a good display on scoring tries. When asked to not break away but instead slow down and make a pass, he did just that. Great team spirit. All the kids have it. I’ll look to develop more positional confidence in the next two practices. I want all the kids to run with the ball and make tackles.
The U8’s were spirited as they learned a new style of rugby. Touch. We will keep doing very light contact together and look to build on their desire to play by organizing around the ball a bit more. I hope you all had a fun afternoon. Thanks you for your support.
Stingrays Match Reports: Jan 19, 2019
U16 & U18: Coach Forrest & Coach Peter
What a fantastic day of rugby all around today! On behalf of the coaches, we are extremely impressed at the level of play and composure by our athletes today.
U16 kicked off the day with a game against Santa Ynez. We were outnumbered by a significant margin, and filled out our side with Eric (u14) and a couple players from SLO. We kicked the ball off and turned it back over after just a few phases, with Aron running the ball in for a try moments later. This was the tempo of the entire game that I stopped keeping score at 27/O. It was not a score clobbering, but it was in possession. We held the ball for the majority of the game and spent most of the time in their 22. Well done u16’s.
Special mentions go out to Sean, Sandro and Eric who all had exceptional games.
Our first u18 game was SB vs the team that traveled all the way from Sacramento Solo.
Solo showed up with probably close to 30 u18’s. Large bearded men that I as a 30 year old rugby player would consider formidable if I had to face them on the pitch myself! We (stingrays) had 12 actual u18’s and borrowed Aaron, Thomas and Sam from the u16’s to fill out our side. It’s fair to say that we the coaches felt like we may be physically dominated heading into that game.
Well, we couldn’t have been more wrong. We received the ball from kick off, went through 3 structured phases and scored. Then we did it again, and again and again and so on.
All the boys deserve praise for how hard and well they played, shutting out SOLO with a 51/O victory. It’s was beyond remarkable. However, a special mention goes out to Tommy Schaffer and Harrison who collectively threw up more than an orphanage with stomach flue. I personally counted 7 (that’s right- 7) curled over throw ups from the two of them. But I will say this, at no pound did either one of the puke partners want to quit playing and after a short vomit intermission, they were both back on the field grinning ear to ear and scoring tries!.
Immediately after playing SOLO, Sb was asked to face another large formidable team from Fresno; Edison.
Edison came out of the gate strong, but quickly learned when you run hard at the stingrays, you end up pretty sorry! The big boys such as Jesus, Zac, Lucas, Tatum, Gavin, Jay and Rhett put a clobbering on the big Fresno runners who though they could power through us. Soon they were on the back foot which allowed us to begin putting points on the board. Once again, every member of the team deserves recognition, but I was so extremely impressed by Sam, a u16 who stepped up to play with the 18’s at 8man, a very tough position and not only played amazingly well defensively against an older team, but managed to break away and score. Again, I won’t name everyone even though they all deserve it. We won this game 29/0.
Congratulations new u18 captain Rhett on your teams wins today.
For me, the highlight of the day was right after coming off the field against solo. There were 15 boys, a true team, all exhausted after a huge game of rugby. I asked them, who of you guys will volunteer to play back To back against another big team. One of the players (Jesus) stood up and addressed his team by saying this “we are a team guys, let’s all play and give it our best and help each other out if we’re tired.” EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF OUR TEAM, u16 and u18 alike agreed with enthusiasm and walked back out on the field. 120 mins of straight hard rugby and it was extremely impressive. That was true teamwork and sportsmanship. This is the kind of thing that makes me beyond proud to be a stingray coach.
In summary, our boys played with amazing structure and composure. Their fundamentals were next level allowing them to focus on advanced strategy that benefited them big time. The u16’s stepped up to an extremely
Competitive level of rugby and our u18’s played with the wisdom and structure of a well drilled collegiate team, looking well beyond their years.
I am extremely impressed by not only the wins, but for not allowing a single score against us all day. Well done stingrays, we the coaches could not be more pleased with our season opener.
Thank you everyone. See you Monday.
U14: Coach Richard
Today we had a great start to the season for our U14's. Many thanks to all players and parents that made the drive up for a mix and mash up U14 game. The boys got lots of great experience with many seeing the speed and intensity of the game for the first time. A number of excellent try's from Davis and Owen put the Stingrays over the top. Great supporting play from Niko, Joe, Giddeon, Nathan and Everett. Many thanks to Eric for playing both the U14 and U16's match.
This was an informal match-- so no man of the match this week.
We look forward to making improvements this week at training. Please attend both Tues and Thurs so we are ready for next Saturdays match -- In SB at Elings park.