Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Western Suburbs RFC Today

14 May 2008

This Saturday is Jim Joseph's bachelor party.
There will be paintball in the afternoon at the A G Paintball Games field near Leesburg. Starting time is 12:30 pm to kit up and a quick safety/rules talk. We will be finished at 4:30 pm. It will be a total of $115 for the refs for the whole group, plus ammo costs for each player. So the more players, the cheaper the cost. If there are 12 players it should be about $20/per person. Ammo cost is $10/500 rounds.

Directions are here.

That evening we will meet at 7:30 at Rio Grande in Reston Town Center for a few drinks.
(1827 Library St, Reston, VA 703-904-0703)
There are numerous bars within walking distance. This past winter we did this as a club and a good time was had by all.

All club members, Men' s side, Old boys, U 19 (paint ball only) and hangers-on are invited to attend.
This should be a blast even for those who can only make it out for the afternoon or for the night.

Ryan "Yorkie" Findley is moving Saturday and needs help!:
"Hi Gents, I wanted to update the plans for Saturday regarding our move. So as not to impede on Jungle Jim's Bachelor party we are going to start moving at 7:00AM this Satuday at our house in Reston. Coffee, donuts, etc. to be supplied. Truth be told we are planning on moving a lot of the boxes and some of the furniture Friday afternoon/evening so if anyone is more available Friday evening please let me know.

I understand a lot of you will be going out to the paint ball field Saturday and need to be there by 12:30PM. For many of you Reston is on the way and it would be a big help if you could stop by for even an hour or two before you go out to the paint ball field to just help move a few of the larger furniture items onto the truck.

The address is 2408 Wanda Way Drive, Reston, VA 20191.

Give me a call if you have any questions or can pitch in. Again, willing to make a donation to the club for your efforts.
Thanks, Yorkie"

If you can help, please contact Yorkie.

Tuesday and Thursday practices from 7:30-9:30 PM, on a lighted turf field at "Poplar Tree Park".
Go to Practice link for directions.

In case of inclement weather, be sure to check the status of the Poplar Tree Park fields by calling the Fairfax County Parks status line *after 3 pm* at 703-324-5264 for updates. (We are on Poplar Tree field #2.)

Practice consists of playing bugger for the summer months from 7:30-8:30 pm. We have the permit through the month of May. After 8:30 pm, practice will be dedicated to training in Rugby League with the Fairfax Eagles and our very own Steve Grant.

At the end of May we are trying to secure Oak Marr as we have in the past for continued summer bugger and training for the players interested in playing competitive 7s. Stay tuned.

Fairfax Eagles practice schedule for the week is as follows:
Tuesday and Thursday - 8:30 pm at Poplar Tree Park (4718 Stringfellow Rd. Chantilly, Virginia, 22021 - Field #2 )
Saturday - 10 am at Cub Run Elementary School (5301 Sully Station Drive, Centreville, Virginia)

Any problems/questions, give Steve a call 571.247.3733.

from Sean Mackintosh: "I'm planning a trip to see the Nationals vs. Brewers on Sunday, May 25, 1:30 day game. A bunch of us will be tailgating at RFK's parking lots. (the Nationals provide free parking there, with free shuttles to the new stadium). We'll be out there a little after 10 am on game day. Tickets range from $5 to $300 for presidential seats. Come one, come all, bring family, ladies, we'll be playing wiffleball, tossing the rugby ball, eating and drinking."

Dates are posted for the following 7s tournaments which Suburbs may potentially enter.

In parentheses are the Fairfax Eagles matches for those playing league this summer:

*6/7 Lehigh Valley 7s (DC Slayers)
*6/14 Maryland Exiles 7s (Aston DSC Bulls)
6/21 Gorge Slug 7s AND NOVA Battlefield 7s (@ Philadelphia Fight)
6/28 PAC 7s AND Harrisburg 7s (@ DC Slayers)
7/5-6 Cape Fear 7s (Open)
7/12 Norfolk Blues 7s (@ Bucks County Sharks)
7/19 (@ Aston DSC Bulls)
*7/26 MARFU 7s Championships (@ Philadelphia Fight -War at the Shore XI)
8/2 (Northern Raiders)
*8/9-10 – USA National 7s (American National Rugby League Championships Round 1)
8/16 - (American National Rugby League Championships Round 2)
TBD - (American National Rugby League Championship)

* MARFU 7s Championships dates from the MARFU website – the balance were collected from individual club sites. No indication of this year's qualifiers, but last year's were NOVA and M D Exiles.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Western Suburbs RFC Today

Last Saturday night Suburbs played the New York Japan Rugby Club in Manhattan under the lights, in chilly rain at Hudson River Park at Pier 40.
We traveled lightly - only 15 guys - but everyone gave their best effort and pushed through their pain, fatigue, and frustration. The Japanese scored 5 unanswered tries but we didn't give up and came storming back with 3 tries of our own. Thanks to all who made the effort to journey to New York and meet our team's commitment to this match. A blast was had by all - both on the pitch and off - especially at the after-party where the beer kept flowing into the wee hours of the morning. Cheers to our gracious hosts!

Prez Bushy wants to know who has or does anybody know where the tackle bags and ruck pads are? If you have any info, please contact Bushy at

from Ryan "Yorkie" Findley: "Hi Gents, Rebecca and I are planning on moving out of our house in Reston on Saturday, May 17th about 10 miles up the road to Potomac Falls, near the Route 7 and 28 intersection and could use some bodies to help us with the move. The normal incentives of beer, food and thanks are all included; additionally, for each person that shows up for the day to help we will make a $100 donation to the club, up to $500. We have rented a Uhaul truck for the day and have secured a flat bed truck as well. If you are interested in helping out please let us know so that we can plan accordingly. We are starting in Reston between 9AM and 10AM Saturday morning going until everything is moved. We would REALLY appreciate any help you can provide, even if for only part of the day. Thanks and Cheers, Yorkie" If you can help, please contact Yorkie at .

Suburbs U19 results from Friday night at Franklin Park in Purcellville:
Suburbs U19 28, Western Loudoun 7.

Tuesday and Thursday practice from 7:30-9:30 PM, on a lighted turf field at "Poplar Tree Park".
Go to Practice link for directions.

In case of inclement weather, be sure to check the status of the Poplar Tree Park fields by calling the Fairfax County Parks status line *after 3 pm* at 703-324-5264 for updates. (We are on Poplar Tree field #2.)

from Bushy: "On May 13 and thru the end of May we will run touch from 7:30 to 8:30 and then Fairfax Eagles Rugby League team will have practice from 8:30 until 10:00. The Eagles have the permit beginning June 1 and they will trade the time if we need it."

A word from our newest sponsor Nova Pain & Rehab Center:

Dear Players,
Thank you for taking your time to read this information. If you have not already heard about our clinic, I would like introduce NOVA Pain & Rehab Center to you. Our clinic sponsors your rugby club to try to keep its athletes healthy and active. We would like to do the same for you.

NOVA Pain & Rehab Center is a multi-disciplinary health care center that utilizes a team approach in diagnosis and treatment. Our group specializes in musculoskeletal disorders, pain management and physical rehabilitation. Our group has strived to create a facility that goes beyond basic patient treatment, by utilizing the specialties of chiropractic care, physical therapy and physical medicine to offer each patient the most complete treatment available in a pain / rehabilitation clinic.

Some of our s ponsors, clients, and promotional partners include the:
1. Western Suburbs Rugby Football Club
2. Washington Wizards Dance team
3. Washington Redskins Cheerleaders
4. USA Eagles Rugby Club
5. 16 local area recreational teams
6. 4 local high school athletic departments
7. 7 Different Rugby Organizations
8. And more!

We look forward to working with your team and providing you with the best pain management and rehabilitative care available. All the initial examinations are absolutely FREE. We will even work with your insurance to minimize any out of pocket costs.

Our main goal is to keep the player we treat on the field. We offer a wide range of rehabilitative care, pain management and even athletic enhancement services. You can visit us at to view our 4 locations in Northern Virginia. If you have any questions, please us at We will be happy to discuss your case and what options you have with our clinics.

NOVA Pain & Rehab Centers

from "Eagle" Steve: The Fairfax Eagles are pleased to announce that practice for the upcoming season will begin on Saturday May 10, 2008 at Cub Run School in Centreville, VA (directions will be posted on the website and Fairfax Eagles message board). The school is located at 5301 Sully Station Drive, and we have Field #1. Please plan on arriving at 9:45 for a 10 am start. Practice will run through noon and will be followed by post practice beers at O'Toole's in Centreville. Please let Steve know via email at if you are planning on attending.

This past season F'fax Eagles and WSRFC developed a relationship that is best described as an unofficial, somewhat loose affiliation that hopefully will be mutually beneficial as we try to run successful rugby clubs both on and off the field. We have already benefited thru sponsor, player and field sharing. The Eagles begin the League season th is Sat with practice at 10 am at Cub Run school and the final regular season game is Aug 2. A number of our players have expressed the intention to go out for the Eagles team. Since this does not conflict with our 15's program, we encourage those who want to give it a try to follow thru and do it. Let's help insure a successful first season for the Eagles! ps-Coach Kris says the jackknifes will pay off when flailing around on the ground trying to get out of the tackle.