MCRC @ USMA in NRU Final Four
The Middlebury Panthers will take their A-Train to this weekend's Div II Collegiate Northeast Rugby Union Final Four competition. Having blown through everyone (except UVM) in regular and post season(OK, yeah, and Coast Guard) match-up’s the team has earned their Northeast Region #1 seed and is poised and confident.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, Middlebury begins semi-final play at12:30pm against the St. Bonaventure Outlaws (really? The Outlaws?) at the US Military Academy’s Anderson Rugby Complex at West Point. The #4 seed St. Bonaventure is representing the New York State Rugby Conference.
The Anderson Rugby Complex sounds like a real sweet deal for Rugby fan’s and players alike. Click here for directions and a map of the complex.
Those of you who remember standing on the sidelines of the lumpy UMASS fields in year’s past waiting for the snow to be cleared are going to think you’ve died and gone to ruck heaven. With it’s nearly weather proof field turf, the Anderson Rugby Complex will offer mudless competion that should favor team speed and cohesive set pieces while allowing us all to forgo for once the ‘SURVIVOR’ mentality of the past. I guess you get to kick it up a notch when you host the defending NATIONAL CHAMPIONS....
There are even real Bleachers folks ! You know, standing atop bleachers is actually an excellent way to see Rugby. You really get a sense of what everyone is DOING out there. But, dare I hope: might the facility also boast a concession stand? And toilet facilities? Be still my heart. One can only hope. Should the weather hold, Sunday's final and consolation matches will be played on Anderson's natural grass pitch. Fabulous.
One thing is for sure. USMA’s field turf facility is right alongside the Hudson River. Click here for directions to the Academy. Also check the weather before you leave home, because, it gets darn windy on the Hudson River in November. Oh, and bring along photo identification for everyone in your party. Due to increased security, you will be denied admission to the West Point grounds without it.
FORZA PANTERA. Prediction: Panther’s win by 27 and rob the Outlaws 44-17.
Come at 10:00am and see the NERFU #2 seed Coast Guard out muscle Met NY #1 seed Rutgers - last week's quarterfinal winner over U Maine Orono. Prediction: The Academy over the RRFC in a close scoring bruiser.