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2014 Fall League Fixtures
8/23 ESRFC - W
8/30 Detroit - W
9/6 @ Indianpolis - L
9/13 Pittsburgh - W
9/27 @ Detroit RFC - W
10/4 @ Tradesmen - L
10/11 - Dayton - W
10/18 - BYE
10/25 - @ ESRFC - L
11/15 Detroit Tradesmen - L
Match Report: 9/27/14: Cleveland Rovers RFC @ Detroit RFC
Coming out of their bye week, the Rovers traveled to take on Detroit RFC for the second time this season. Earlier this season, the two teams battled closely for 60 minutes before the Rovers pulled away with a resounding 63-23 victory. This game, however, was hotly contested for the full 80 minutes.
With a total of six lead changes, the match could have gone either way. In the first half, flyhalf Mike Pelagalli touched down for tries twice and Derek Imes notched both conversions and a penalty kick to take a 17-15 lead into the half.
The home side would strike first and take the lead in the second half, before fullback Corey Graham put Cleveland back on top 24-22. Detroit would then strike back with two tries for a 24-34 lead with seven minutes remaining in the match.
Outside center Scott Wallace pulled the Rovers within three with three minutes to play. With the Rovers in striking distance, they needed a big play to pull off the comeback. For the second straight game, Wallace had a great run, breaking through the Detroit defense and scoring his second try of the game for the win. Imes put the icing on the cake, notching the conversion for the 38-34 Rovers victory.
With the win, the Rovers move the 4-1 in league play. Cleveland travels back to Detroit this weekend for a matchup of #1 vs #2 when the play the 5-0 Detroit Tradesmen.
Starting XV vs Detroit RFC
1 Alex Rigda, 2 Tom Nemeth, 3 Dan Prater, 4 Jerry Knapp, 5 Drew Evatt, 6 Adam Toporowski, 7 Mike Mooney, 8 Ed Starcovic, 9 Derek Imes, 10 Mike Pelagalli, 11 Tom Ginley, 12 Pat Rahill, 13 Scott Wallace, 14 Ben Foldesy, 15 Corey Graham
Match Report vs Detroit RFC
10’ Rovers TRY Pelagalli 5-0
11’ Rovers CONV Imes 7-0
20’ Rovers PK Imes 10-0
24’ Detroit TRY 10-5
25’ Detroit CONV 10-7
29’ Detroit TRY 10-12
35’ Rovers TRY Pelagalli 15-12
36’ Rovers CONV Imes 17-12
40’ Detroit PK 17-15
HALF Rovers 17-15 Detroit
55’ Detroit TRY 17-20
56’ Detroit CONV 17-22
60’ Rovers TRY Graham 22-22
61’ Rovers CONV Imes 24-22
70’ Detroit TRY 24-27
71’ Detroit CONV 24-29
73’ Detroit TRY 24-34
77’ Rovers TRY Wallace 29-34
78’ Rovers CONV Imes 31-34
80’ Rovers TRY Wallace 36-34
80’ Rovers CONV Imes 38-34
Match Stats vs Detroit RFC
Points - Rovers: 38 (Imes 13, Pelagalli 10, Wallace 10, Graham 5) Detroit: 34
Tries - Rovers: 5 (Pelagalli 2, Wallace 2, Graham 5) Detroit: 5
Conv - Rovers: 5 (Imes 5/5) Detroit: 3 (3/ 5)PK - Rovers: 1 (Imes 1/1) Detroit: 1 (1/1)
Match Report: 9/13/14: Pittsburgh RFC @ Cleveland Rovers
The Cleveland Rovers took on the rival Pittsburgh RFC at Impett Park in Cleveland in front of a large home crowd. Each team was looking to bounce back from road losses the previous week, and both squads came ready to play.
Pittsburgh struck first with a try in the early goings for a 5-0 advantage. The lead did not last long, as flanker Doug Rawlings intercepted a pass and raced for the try zone, tying the match at 5 a piece.
Inside center Pat Rahill would score next for the Rovers, breaking through the line and beating the Pittsburgh back three for a long try, and a 12-5 Rovers lead after the Derek Imes conversion.
Rovers outside center Scott Wallace extended the lead with a brilliant kick and chase try. Imes once again converted, pushing the score to 19-5 for the Rovers. Shortly after, Imes pushed the first half lead to 22-5 with a successful penalty kick.
Not to be deterred, the Pittsburgh side continued to attack, as they spent most of the game deep in Rovers territory, constantly threatening. Pitt was able to close the gap heading into the half with two successful penalty kicks of their own. At the break, Cleveland led Pittsburgh with a 22-11 scoreline.
The majority of the second half continued to show Pittsburgh on the attack, and the Rovers playing constant defense inside their own 22. As a result, Pitt was able to battle their way back into the game.
With two penalty kicks sandwiched around a try, Pittsburgh tied the game up at 22-22. Pitt coming even with the Rovers was only part of the story, as the Cleveland defense made Pitt work extremely hard for those 11 points. The Rovers backline put constant pressure on Pitts backs, regularly hitting them behind the gain line, and the Rovers forwards held up three potential Pitt tries in the second half.
Playing a man down, with their backs against the wall and time winding down, the Rovers defense proved to be the difference. Extreme pressure in the open field from Cleveland lock Jerry Knapp caused an ill-advised pass by Pitt with just five minutes to go in the game. Ever the opportunist, Scott Wallace picked off the pass and took it to paydirt for his second try of the game and a 29-22 Rover lead with just minutes remaining.
Pitt continued to battle, and the Rover defense was tested down to the final whistle, with Pitt threatening deep once again. In the end, Cleveland's defense held for a 29-22 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh side.
With the victory, the Rovers improve to 3-1 heading into their first bye week. Pittsburgh falls to 0-2 and host 0-4 Dayton next weekend.
Starting XV vs Pittsburgh
1 Ed Starcovic, 2 Tom Nemeth, 3 Tom Szorady, 4 Jerry Knapp, 5 Drew Evatt, 6 Scott Liechty, 7 Doug Rawlings, 8 Tony Brown, 9 Derek Imes, 10 Tom Ginley, 11 Ben Foldesy, 12 Pat Rahill, 13 Scott Wallace, 14 Mike Heil, 15 Shane McNea
Match Report vs Pittsburgh
Pitt TRY 0-5
Rovers TRY Rawlings 5-5
Rovers TRY Rahill 10-5
Rovers CONV Imes 12-5
Rovers TRY Wallace 17-5
Rovers CONV Imes 19-5
Rovers PK Imes 22-5
Pitt PK 22-8
Pitt PK 22-11
HALF Rovers 22-11 Pittsburgh
Pitt PK 22-14
Pitt TRY 22-19
Pitt PK 22-22
Rovers TRY Wallace 27-22
Rovers CONV Imes 29-22
FINAL Rovers 29-22 Pittsburgh
Match Stats vs Pittsburgh
Points - Rovers: 29 (Wallace 10, Imes 9, Rahill 5, Rawlings 5) Pitt: 22
Tries - Rovers: 4 (Wallace 2, Rahill, Rawlings) Pitt: 2
Conv - Rovers: 3 (Imes 3/ 4) Pitt: 0 (0/2)
PK - Rovers: 1 (Imes 1/1) Pitt: 4 (4/4)
Match Report: 9/6/14: Cleveland Rovers RFC @ Indianapolis Impalas
By Scott Liechty
The 1-0 Indianapolis Impalas hosted the 2-0 Cleveland Rovers on this wet Saturday afternoon in Division 2 Midwest-East League play.
The first half was a dogfight, with both teams hitting hard and playing aggressive defense throughout. The Impalas struck first with a try 20 minutes in from flanker Adam Schmidt for a 5-0 Impalas lead.
The lead held until the half, but not before Rovers scumhalf Derek Imes hit a penalty kick with two minutes remaining to cut the Indianapolis lead to 5-3 heading into the break.
The Impalas extended their lead to 10-3 with dashing try from winger Ian Neberiza just seven minutes into the second half of play. Just eight minutes later, Indy would strike again out wide to Nico Squadarini. With 25 minutes to play, the Impalas held a 15-3 advantage over the visiting Cleveland side.
With their backs against the wall, the Rovers were finally able to cross paydirt with a try from flanker Scott Liechty off of a penalty play 10 meters out. Imes converted a difficult kick to pull the Rovers within five with time winding down.
With just four minutes remaining, Liechty took advantage of an Impala miscue, taking the ball out of the back of the ruck and going 70 meters to tie the game at 15 a piece.
In the end, Indianapolis flyhalf Michael Temple was able to notch a penalty kick from outside the 22-meter line as the whistle sounded for an 18-15 Impala victory.
With the result, the Impalas move to 2-0 and the Rovers drop to 2-1 but pick up an L7 bonus point. Next weekend, Cleveland hosts Pittsburgh while Indianapolis travel to Detroit to take on the Tradesemen.
Starting XV vs Indianapolis Impalas
1 Dan Prater, 2 Tom Nemeth, 3 Tom Szorady, 4 Jerry Knapp, 5 Ed Starcovic, 6 Scott Liechty, 7 Terry Kilbane, 8 Tony Brown, 9 Derek Imes, 10 Tom Ginley, 11 Mike Heil, 12 Dontez Smith, 13 Shane McNea, 14 Mark Staron, 15 Ben Foldesy
Match Report vs Indianapolis
20’ Indy TRY 0-5
38’ Rovers PK Imes 3-5
HALF Rovers 3-5 Indianapolis
47’ Indy TRY 3-10
55’ Indy TRY 3-15
65’ Rovers TRY Liechty 8-15
66’ Rovers CONV Imes 10-15
76’ Rovers TRY Liechty 15-15
80’ Indy PK 15-18
FINAL Rovers 15-18 Indianapolis
Match Stats vs Indianapolis
Points - Rovers: 15 (Liechty 10, Imes 5) Indy: 18
Tries - Rovers: 2 (Liechty 2) Indy: 3
Conv - Rovers: 1 (Imes 1/ 2) Indy: 0 (0/3)
PK - Roves: 1 (Imes 1/ 2) Indy: 1 (1/ 2)
Match Report: 8/30/14: Detroit RFC @ Cleveland Rovers RFC
By Scott Liechty
The Cleveland Rovers played host to Detroit RFC under a hot midday sun this past Labor Day Weekend at Impett Park. The home side and the northern visitors battled the heat and humidity for the entire 80 minute affair. The Rovers were looking to advance to 2-0 in the league in a match that would prove to be a tail of two halves.
The first half of action saw the Rovers come out of the gate firing, pulling out to a quick lead in the first ten minutes. After a Derek Imes penalty that started off the scoring, outside center Tom Ginley did his best forward impression with an opportune pick-and-go try. Just a couple minutes later, lock Drew Evatt took the ball off a Rovers tackles and took it from outside the 22, breaking multiple tackles, and scoring his first try of the season. Imes continued his kicking prowess, converting both tries to take the scoreline to 17-0 after just ten minutes.
For the remainder of the first half, the Rovers were plagued by a slew of penalties that saw Detroit mount a comeback thanks to two penalty kicks and two tries, one of which actually being a penalty try. For ten minutes, Detroit RFC held a 17-18 lead, but another Imes penalty kick with two minutes to go in the half gave the Rovers a 20-18 advantage.
At the break, the Rovers were able to regroup and get all players on the same page in an effort to eliminate the penalties that plagued the club in the first half of play. Over the first twenty minutes of the second half, the Rovers put up two tries from Jerry Knapp and Scott Liechty to one try by Detroit, and held a 34-23 lead with 20 to go.
At this point, the Rovers started to bring subs on, and that is when the floodgates opened. Each Rover subbed in made an immediate and noticeable impact on both sides of the ball. All in all, the final 20 minutes saw the Rovers put up 29 more points to finish the game. Two tries were scored by flyhalf Mike Pelagalli, one by eigthman Tony Brown, and one by wing Tony Goddard. When it was over, the Rovers took the match by a final of 63-23 and improved to 2-0 on the season.
At the post-match social, scrummy Derek Imes was named Man of the Match, thanks in no small part to his 23 point performance. Imes went 7 of 8 on conversions and 2 of 3 on penalty kicks. The Rovers head to Indianapolis to take on the Impalas in their first road game of the season this coming weekend.
Starting XV v Detroit RFC
1 Dan Prater, 2 Tom Nemeth, 3 Tom Szorady, 4 Drew Evatt, 5 Jerry Knapp, 6 Scott Liechty, 7 Terry Kilbane, 8 Tony Brown, 9 Derek Imes, 10 Mike Pelagalli, 11 Mike Gearhart, 12 Pat Rahill, 13 Tom Ginley, 14 Mike Heil, 15 Steve Burke
Match Report vs Detroit RFC
3’ Rovers PK Imes 3-0
6’ Rovers TRY Ginley 8-0
7’ Rovers CONV Ginley 10-0
9’ Rovers TRY Evatt 15-0
10’ Rovers CONV Imes 17-0
14’ Detroit TRY 17-5
15’ Detroit CONV 17-7
18’ Detroit PK 17-10
22’ Detroit PK 17-13
28’ Detroit TRY (pen) 17-18
38’ Rovers PK Imes 20-18
HALF Rovers 20-18 Detroit
42’ Rovers TRY Knapp 25-18
43’ Rovers CONV Imes 27-18
47’ Detroit TRY 27-23
59’ Rovers TRY Liechty 32-23
60’ Rovers CONV Imes 34-23
63’ Rovers TRY Brown 39-23
64’ Rovers CONV Imes 41-23
70’ Rovers PK Imes 44-23
72’ Rovers TRY Pelagalli 49-23
73’ Rovers CONV Imes 51-23
75’ Rovers TRY Pelagalli 56-23
78’ Rovers TRY Goddard 61-23
79’ Rovers CONV Imes 63-23
FINAL Rovers 63-23 Detroit
Match Stats vs Detroit RFC
Points - Rovers: 63 (Imes 23, Pelagalli 10, Brown 5, Evatt 5, Ginley 5, Goddard 5, Knapp 5, Liechty 5) Detroit: 23
Tries - Rovers: 8 (Pelagalli 2, Brown, Evatt, Ginley, Goddard, Knapp, Liechty) Detroit: 3
Conv - Rovers: 7 (Imes 7/ 8) Detroit: 1 (1/ 3)PK - Rovers: 3 (Imes 3/ 4) Detroit: 2 (2/2)
Match Report: 8/23/14: Eastern Suburbs RFC @ Cleveland Rovers RFC
By Terry Kilbane
After Winning the Midwest Championship and contending right until the end for a national title in 2011 and then dominating their league in 2012, the Rovers had something of an off-year in 2013. Losing 9 starters and other impact players, the Rovers had to start from scratch. It ultimately was too much to overcome and The Cleveland Rovers missed the playoffs for the first time in 3 years and were dealt an embarrassing loss by their Northeast Ohio rivals the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Football Club late in the season.
With a cadre of returning standout players, some new recruits, and a revitalized focus and attitude, the Rovers were ready to take their place atop The Midwest Eastern League and again contend for a National title.
This journey started last Saturday when the Rovers faced their Northeast Ohio Rivals, Eastern Suburbs Rugby Football Club of Lake County. The new look Rovers came out guns blazing, clearly revenge was on their mind. The first 10 minutes of the Match was incredibly physical with both teams threatening early before being pushed back to the center of the field. However, it would be the Rovers who would score first with scampering try by 8 year Rovers Vet Derek Imes ( Saint Edward, BGSU). However, the Suburbs would come back to score 2 tries of their own, putting the victory in doubt.
This is when the Rovers really turned up the heat on ESRFC. Dominating in the scrums, and making brutalizing tackles behind the gain line. It began to look clear that the scary Cleveland Rovers of a year ago might be back. The Rovers would score 3 unanswered tries to finish the game. The scores came by 2nd Generation Rover Shane McNea ( St. Edward, Ohio University), the speedy Fly-Half Michael Pelagalli (Saint Ignatius, Miami University), and former Rovers MVP Tony Brown (BGSU). All four Rovers’ tries were converted by Derek Imes.
The Eastern Suburbs never completely broke and tested the Rovers to the end, however, the Rovers were able to end the match on a dramatic note when Fullback Steve Burke made a thunderous tackle in the open field, forcing a knock-on and prompting the referee to blow the final whistle.
While the backs did most of the scoring, it must be noted that the incredible play of the Cleveland Rovers Pack deserves a great deal of the credit for the win. No doubt they will be excited to get back to work this week at practice to prepare for next Saturday’s opponent Detroit RFC.
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PLAIN DEALER ARTICLE! Rugby's Rovers put dynamic spin on Cleveland football
Published: Saturday, September 22, 2012, 7:17 PM
The recipe for a good rugby match calls for mud, blood and stamina. Add 30 players, stir for 80 minutes, then go drink beer.
The Cleveland Rovers' victory Saturday afternoon had a few extra
ingredients. One was besting a Pittsburgh team, a feat that has
generally eluded the Browns for some time.
Pitt City, as that rugby team is nicknamed, tied it up 5-5, 14 minutes into the game but never led. READ MORE ON CLEVELAND.COM!
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2. HAWAIIAN SHIRT
we dominate the competition on the pitch, we will do the same at the
social. We will do it with everyone wearing their own personal Hawaiian
shirt. Furthermore in Rugby culture, the social is just as important as the match is, and
we will act accordingly. This means do not be like guys from that Side of Town We Do Not Speak Of and not show up for the social. We are a team 24/7, not just on the