Back Bay enjoyed a competitive weekend of rugby at the Huntington Beach Veterans Day tournament.
Although it was a long day, with Back Bay starting at 9am and playing all day and reaching the final, playing OMBAC as the sunset, it was a fun day and all players were part of a successful day.
The day started with a good victory over Vegas Downtown, seeing quite a few tries, including a try from new player Mike Preciado on his debut.
After a long wait, Back Bay took on Huntington Beach. It was a tough battle but Back Bay won by 2 points to proceed in the tournament.
The 3rd game was against Vegas Irish in the playoffs and Back Bay lead the scoring, with Kevin Estipular scoring 4 tries to lead the team to the final.
OMBAC showed their team depth and quality and won in the final but everyone from Back Bay enjoyed the day, with new players showing that there will be competition for the upcoming season.
Well done to all those who played, and to the new players scoring, Mike Preciado and Ryan Lulow.
It's Time For Rugby
As summer comes to an end, and the days start to shorten, it is with great anticipation that I once again say, it's time for rugby!
I hope you are all enjoying the Rugby World Cup. The first weekend has already started with some exciting games and unexpected results. As a consequence of the Rugby World Cup I hope to see an increase in numbers and awareness of rugby at our first training session.
We had a fantastic year in 2015 and we expect this to continue into 2016. After winning our division we now want to take the step to the next level. This can only be achieved if everyone in the club pulls together and utilizes all our resources and skills. Players need to be recruiting new players and sponsors, family and supporters need to be bringing in other friends, family and work colleagues to continue to grow our club.
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|Santa Barbara Grunion||10||1-9-0||1||9||0||105||482||-377||1||1||0||6|
|1/23/2016||South Bay||v||Back Bay||League|
|1/30/2016||Back Bay||v||Kern County||League|
|2/27/2016||Back Bay||v||North County||League|
|3/12/2016||Huntington Beach||v||Back Bay||League|
|3/19/2016||Back Bay||v||Las Vegas||League|
|4/2/2016||San Fernando||v||Back Bay||League|
|4/16/2016||Local Playoff (Back Bay not involved)|
|5/7/2016||Round of 16 - SCRFU V AZ/NM - at ARIZONA|
|5/21/2016||USA Round 0f 8/4|
As we finally close the doors on the 15's season for 2015, I wanted to take a few minutes of your time reflect on the last year. At the start of the year, the team was optimistic after a good season in 2014, rebuilding after our D1 years.
The summer recruitment paid off and a number of new recruits added to the squad, bringing fresh blood and some experience that was to benefit the team. Although we started the season with a rain delay, we started strong and ended by securing top spot in the division with a game to spare. This is a fantastic achievement and allowed us to secure the SoCal Championship.
Our march to nationals was haulted by Tempe when we played in the knock out stages but the following week we showed up in Santa Barbara to challenge in the California Cup and played our best match of the season. After battling back to tie at full time, the team narrowly lost by 2 points after overtime.