Congratulations to our 2016 award winners:
- MVP - Ben Reynolds
- Players' Player - Andy Zimmerman
- Flash Award - Bradley Davidson
- Grassy Knoll Gang - Mike King
- Best Forward - Andy Zimmerman
- Best Back(s) - Mike Wendell & Elliot Freer
- Most Improved - Nick Doolittle
The Back Bay 2016 AGM was held at the Harp Inn on Saturday 14th, 2016.
As with all AGM's it start with very few members but when the roast pig was being served we finally got down to discussing the club's future.
Votes were cast and the new committee was elected as follows:
- President - Wes Pierce
- Vice President - Bob Sweeney
- Secretary - Mike Preciado
- Treasurer - Andy Zimmerman
- Sponsorship - Mike King
- Social - Taylor Alston
- Recruitment - Nick Vujnovich
- Manager - Ben Reynolds
- Club Captain - Mike Wendel
Congratulations to those who will lead the club forward towards the 2016 / 2017 season.
First game at around 10:30 was against Oxy Old Boys. I believe they beat us last year in a close game; this year was different. We scored a lot and often. Jeremy Kemp had two tries, Alex Carlson had two tries, Grant Reynolds and Howie Chadbourne had a try, and I think Jeff Davidson bulled one over.
Second game was against the host club, Los Angeles. They came out hungry and put two tries on the board early. Our defense held steady after that and we scored a long breakaway Sweeney to Chris Kemp and had momentum after that. Time was against us we lost by a try. In any event was an excellent game and Back Bay played very well on the day.
We had the annual after match ceremony in which team awards were given. Award recipients were:
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.