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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.

2014 Fall League Fixtures

8/23 ESRFC - W
8/30 Detroit  
9/6 @ Indianpolis
9/13 Pittsburgh
9/20 BYE
9/27 @ Detroit RFC
10/4 @ Tradesmen
10/11 - Dayton
10/18 - BYE
10/25 - @ ESRFC
11/1 BYE NZ v. USA
11/8 - @ Pittsburgh
11/15 Tradesmen

W-L-T: 1-0-0

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PLAIN DEALER ARTICLE!  Rugby's Rovers put dynamic spin on Cleveland football

Published: Saturday, September 22, 2012, 7:17 PM

James Ewinger, The Plain Dealer

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!

ALL ROVERS MUST have the following for all game days:

1. Cleveland Rovers Team Shorts and Socks
Can be purchased through Derek Imes. It is extremely important that we all have the same kit on and look like a team.  Look Sharp, Feel Sharp, Play Sharp.

After 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 pitch.


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