2011-2012 Season Recap

The 2012 spring season has come to a close for the Quake. In the last year the Quake starting side has seen a lot of changes, as have many of the other PNRFU teams. The increasing competition has not phased the Quake, and with lots of depth and an influx of new players the Quake is looking as strong as ever.

The beginning of the spring season kicked off with several wins for the Quake, including a hard-fought, stormy match against Battleground that included patient and persistent ball movement in the forwards leading to a comeback victory. Undefeated Bend gave Quake their first loss of the season, but a muddy win against Eugene was quick to follow. The last games of the season were against difficult opponents (Budd Bay and Portland), but Quake remained in the top 4 teams in the league standings prior to playoffs.

Playoffs took place down in Bend on a perfect sunny weather weekend. Saturday saw Quake again take on number one seeded (an eventual playoff champions) Bend, and despite losing the game Quake proved that they are a strong team with some impressive tries and ball movement. The Sunday game took place against a Quake favorite, Corvallis. Rolling subs and the reverberating cries of “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!” kept the hung over and sunburned players in good spirits, and the final score seemed hardly to matter after such a long and great season.

New player development has proven to be a major factor in the success of the Quake, and a lot of effort went into the getting B-side games for the 2012 season. B-side opponents varied widely in size, age, and skill, sometimes including a large number of extra Quake players. Many of the B-side players were first-season rookies, showing incredible improvement throughout the season. A major highlight was the mudfest game in Eugene against the Thrillbillies that included a comeback win for the B-side. Quake hopes to continue new player growth with an open an accepting atmosphere that encourages those not familiar with organized contact sports to come out and join in the camaraderie that our club holds as a staple quality.

A well-earned post-playoff break for the Quake will soon be followed by preparation for the 2012 Bingham Cup in Manchester, England. Teams from all over the globe will be competing for the cup, and the Quake is eager to enter both A-side and B-side teams in the competition. Rumor has it that even some retired Quake players of yesteryear (Craig Kelly perhaps?) will be re-kitting and joining in the games. This will be a monumental tournament for the Quake, and massive fundraising events are taking place on a regular basis around Seattle and through our website to help subsidize costs of hotels and airfare for the trip. Please consider helping in any capacity you can.

Here’s to an exciting Bingham and a great future for the Quake!

Rumble Quake rumble!

Weekend Schedule for 2/25-2/26

Quake vs. Battleground

Saturday Feb 25th finds us travelling to Battleground for our next match. We are currently tied with Battleground in team points, so this is a pivotal match for both teams!

Team GP W-L-T PF PA PD Total Points
Quake 7 5-2-0 209 56 153 20
Battleground 7 5-2-0 251 108 143 20

The stats show their offense to be a bit stronger and our defense looks to have an edge. We shall see how the statistics hold up in real life.

Kick-off is at 12:30pm at
Battle Ground High School
300 West Main Street
Battle Ground, WA 98604-9178

Quake B vs. N.O.B.s

Quake B will be playing a friendly against the wily, old, crotchety, crickety Northwest Old Boys on Sunday Feb 26th at Magnuson Park with a 3:45 kick-off.

Quake vs. ORSU Sat. Feb 18th

We have another exciting day of rugby coming up this Saturday Feb. 18th at Magnuson park!

Seattle Quake B-side kicks off against Seattle U at 11:00. Seattle U has been great this season for giving us friendly matches that are so vital in helping developing our new players.

The Quake A-side vs. Oregon Rugby Sports Union kickoff is at 3:00 PM. This match-up was deferred in the first half of the season as ORSU had to bow out due to a lack of numbers. This was a disappointment as we always look forward to the good hard match they bring. The post match social will follow at Purr at 5pm.

Saturday 2/11/12: Quake vs Renegades

Our first game of the “Spring” Season is this Saturday, February 11th at Magnuson Park with the A side kick-off 12pm. This match will be our second this year with the Kitsap Renegades. Our last meeting was in Bremerton and resulted in a 12-0 win for Quake. We are looking to better that score, but Kitsap is gunning for a win and will come out hard! It is always a great match-up to watch due to the level of play and amount of respect both teams have for each other.

There will be a B side match at 1:30 against Kitsap’s developing B side and some of the boys from Bainbridge (perhaps a few Quake-a-teers in there too). We don’t want to give anything away, but Quake B is pretty good, just sayin’.

The drinkup will follow at the Cuff at 3:30pm. Come support your favorite rugby team in our opening match, we won’t disappoint!

Maggotfest last match and recap.

That now deleted fake drunk post was a joke by the way. If you’ve ever been to maggotfest, you know that it is a big party the whole time.

The second match was a good one. The Highwaymen are a team of experienced ruggers from the I-5 corridor from Northern California to Eugene. It was a pretty tough match but it was well played. Diego managed the subs so it was a little more even in that respect. The final was 40 to 10.

The party on Saturday was great and our Fairy costumes were well received. Pictures are sure to come.

There was sone juggling of the schedules and we got to play on the big main field against the BOBs. There was a little confusion about where we were to be, but once it was situated we were joined by players from kitsap and corvalis for a fun rowdy match against wily old guys. Many of the hangovers or still drunkovers managed to slow us down a bit but again it was a fun match and everyone who wanted to got to play.

Everyone who has been to previous maggotfests commented on how the attitudes and over all vibe of this years was better and everyone had a good time.

After a quick stop at the OCB in Spokane for all you can eat cafeteria food we are headed back over the cascades full, bumped and bruised (one broken thumb), sunburnt, and satisfied with a great weekend of rugby.