September 25, 1998 |
Ask Roger Neilson a question, you might be surprised by the answer. The Flyers' coach is known around the NHL as kind of a cerebral eccentric. He is also known for his emphasis on video analysis. So a reporter wondered, during the two days Neilson took off with lower back spasms while the Flyers hosted Pittsburgh Tuesday and visited Montreal Wednesday, how did he pass his time? The Flyers haven't played enough for him to need to break down very many game tapes. And Wednesday's game, a 7-1 victory, wasn't even televised locally.
August 15, 1999 |
Philadelphia-Whitemarsh shook off Elvis at the Opry, 17-12, during pool play of the USA Rugby National Sevens Club Championship yesterday at A.A. Garthwaite Stadium in Conshohocken. Last year, Philadelphia-Whitemarsh was eliminated by Elvis at the Opry, of Nashville. Not only did the hosts avenge that loss yesterday, they also beat Belmont Shore, 24-17, and Sacramento, 12-0, to advance into today's quarterfinals with a 3-0 record in pool play. It's the third straight year that Philadelphia-Whitemarsh has advanced in the tournament from an elite 16-team national field.
November 10, 2010 |
Temple and Penn State will be among 16 teams competing next spring in the USA 7's Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park in Chester. The tournament is scheduled for June 4 and 5, and will be broadcast live nationally on NBC both days. Rugby sevens will be an Olympic sport beginning in 2016, and the USA 7's Collegiate Rugby Championship will give a preview of the talent pool for the U.S. team. "International sports fans have always supported rugby with an ardent fervor, and we hope the fans of Philadelphia will similarly embrace it," said Jon Miller, executive vice president of NBC Sports.
June 5, 2011 |
The 20-minute-long rugby matches hurried by Saturday as relentlessly as the Shore-bound traffic on the Commodore Barry Bridge, whose long span hovered high above PPL Park's grandstands. Even as two teams lined up for post-match handshakes, two more were sprinting onto the field for another of the compact rugby sevens contests. Watching 16 teams play 24 games in a 10-hour span, you realize there's a lot you didn't know about the game. For example: This ain't the NBA. Baggy shorts haven't cracked rugby's traditions yet. As a result, with all the short-shorts and thighs on display, the games resemble Village People performances or the mosh-pit at a Debbie Gibson concert.
May 15, 2013 |
Rugby teams from local colleges gathered in Rittenhouse Square on Tuesday, closing off parts of 18th and Walnut Streets to promote the 2013 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park in Chester on June 1 and 2. Players from Temple, St. Joseph's, Delaware and Penn explained proper tackling, ball movement, how scrums work, and some of the rules governing the game. "Basically, it's a demonstration to get people acquainted to what rugby is," said Hawks junior wing Eric Jackman, a graduate of St. Joseph's Prep.
April 13, 1992 |
The lettering on Josh Hopfinger's T-shirt says: "Rugby is a beastly sport played by gentlemen. " It could just as easily read: Rugby is a beastly sport played by some not- so-gentle women. For clarification, just ask those who play for the unofficial West Chester University women's club team. Or you can ask Hopfinger. He's their coach. The team is "unofficial" because the university has not recognized it as a club sport for women. A men's club has received sanction, another issue that can make these rugby women beastly - or, at least upset.
October 17, 1989 |
As the sun rose Saturday morning over Edgely Field in Fairmount Park, a dozen members of the Philadelphia Women's Rugby Football Club were busy hammering stakes, erecting goals and chalking lines into the expansive plateau. Sitting nearby on a baseball bench, team captain Maryanne Sorensen went to work taping her big toe. "I've got to do the big toe by itself because the nail can come off," she said, proceeding to pull adhesive tape around her instep and ankle. Within the half-hour, Sorensen was sprinting gustily on the bum toe down the newly fashioned rugby fields.
May 21, 1992 |
Just seven years ago, a local high school wrestling coach organized Bucks County's first rugby team for boys. Since then, the founder and coach, John Tomlinson, has turned the Doylestown Junior Rugby Football Club into something of a power in the small world of high school rugby. And, last weekend, in a testament to the strength of the local team and their coach, Doylestown was host for the USA Rugby High School National Championship. All previous championships had been held in cities.
May 31, 2013 |
The fourth annual USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship, which kicks off Saturday at PPL Park and will continue Sunday, features 20 of the country's top collegiate teams competing in a variation of traditional rugby. Rugby sevens pits two teams of seven players against each another in two seven-minute halves, allowing for 47 matches to be played over two days. "It's a 14-minute game, so if you don't like the two teams going, sit tight. There's another one coming right around the corner," said St. Joseph's coach Sean Duffy.
August 26, 2010
I FIRST SAW Emily Tunney and Emily Record at the gym, doing what appeared to me to be a wrestling or extreme fighter-type of routine. I was floored when they told me that they played on a women's rugby team. Tunney, 26, a Temple University graduate who works as an administrative coordinator at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and Record, 29, a computer programmer and Drexel grad, met and are now teammates on the Philadelphia Women's Rugby Football Club, a Division 1 league.