First off, a big thank you to everyone who joined us last night at the 2012 LA Rugby Annual Christmas Party at Luigi's Bella Italian Restaurant! This was a great time for the LA Rugby Family, including Youth, Blues, LARC Men, friends, family and significant others. The White Elephant gift exchange was full of surprises and the evening was perfect for everyone to come together and celebrate the holiday season!
Secondly, congratulations to the LARC Men's DI and Blues for taking both matches against Kern County RFC in Bakersfield on Saturday. The Senior Men's DI side got off to a flying start, scoring a long breakaway in the first two minutes to take early control. After conceding a try and penalty to Kern near the end of the first 20-minute quarter, LARC settled down, found it's rythym and generated a flurry of offensive plays which resulted in trys from a variety of players. LARC never looked back and the full-time score was LARC 42 - Kern County 10. In the second match, LA Blues vs Kern County, the Blues brought a physical style of play and quickly found themselves in the try zone. After some crafty plays by both sides, Kern was able to get on the board, but in the end, the determination and skill of the Blues was too much for Kern and the LA Blues took the victory 28 - 12.
The match against Kern marks the end of the preseason for both clubs, and we now look ahead to the start of the regular season against OMBAC at home on January 5th (only 19 days away!!). Despite a solid victory by both clubs on Saturday, there is a lot of room for improvement, namely our fitness. Therefore, it is important all members make the effort to attend our final 6 training sessions leading up to our first regular season game. As a reminder, we will be training over the holidays. Please see the training schedule below:
LARC Training Schedule:
- Tuesday, December 18th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm (Sharkeez MB after)
- Thursday, December 20th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm (Coordinated training with South Bay Rhinos / Small social in parking lot after)
- Wednesday, December 26th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm (Sharkeez MB after)
- Thursday, December 27th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
- Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm (Sharkeez MB after)
- Thursday, January 4th, 2013 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Please note, Coach Owen has indicated this week will include a live scrimmage versus the South Bay Rhinos at Westchester on Thursday evening. Be sure to bring proper rugby attire, including Rugby Jersey, Rugby Shorts, Cleats and Mouthpiece. Do NOT wear a t-shirt, basketball shorts or tennis shoes...we will be going live.
USA Rugby Registration - Gentlemen, if you have not already CIPP'd yourself, this MUST BE COMPLETED!! Our insurance and use of the fields is contingent upon all members being registered with USA Rugby. Any member who participates in any on-field activity relating to our club, be it a practice, match or even an organized touch game, must be registered. A violation of this can result in strict penalties for our club, so please make sure you are registered at www.usarugby.org/membership.
Dues - Membership with the Los Angeles Rugby Club has several benefits, including free merchandise, discounts at local retailers, access to top notch medical professionals and exclusive invitations to all LARC sanctioned events. The club has been able to offer these great benefits by way of our generous sponsors and the members who comprise our club. That said, there are several costs incurred over the season, including training/match facilities, insurance, league dues, referee fees, equipment, etc. As a member of the Los Angeles Rugby Club, there is an expectation that everyone contribute. The dues for the 2013 season are $250 and need to be paid in-full by January 3rd, 2013. We also recognize financial challenges individuals face and we can craft a unique plan by which your contribution to the club is made. These requests need to be brought to my attention no later than January 3rd, 2013.
Our next social event has been scheduled. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 @ 6:00pm for the Comedy and Magic Club Fundraiser in Hermosa Beach. Cost is $20 per person and the more people you bring, the more funds we can raiser for LA Rugby! This will be a night of laughter and fun, and we look forward to seeing the LA Rugby Family there.
On a final note, I personally would like to wish everyone a safe, warm Holiday Greeting and hope you have a Happy New Year!
Treasurer - LARC