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Old Maroon Podcast – Episode 2 (Old Maroon 2004 – 2010)

Posted on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 at 2:16 am    

Over the Old Maroon weekend, Hosts DJ Rob (Mwandia) and Chase Johnson bring in fellow teammates from the 2004 – 2010 era of Texas Aggie Rugby. Justin Boyd, Tom Read, Travis Stubbs, Stephen Rios, Sam Rooke, and JW Galloway all guest star! Special thanks to BearX – College Station’s Aquatic and Festival Venue. 

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Highlights:

  • Podcast Introduction
  • Guest Introductions
  • Banter & Stories
  • Old Maroon Break-Out

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Texas A&M vs LSU Live Stream

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at 2:21 pm    

Watch Texas A&M vs. LSU through our live stream on Saturday, March 4th at 12:00pm CST.


Old Maroon Ties for 1st @ Space City 7s

Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2015 at 9:57 pm    

Space City 2015 - with Karbach

Old Maroon @ Space City 7s – 8/15/2015

With a core group of 3 – 4 players and blistering heat, the squad was blessed with Alumni supplemental players who were committed to their respective Men’s teams. The untrained crew tore through Alamo City, scoring 6 – 7 tries in the first half alone, before overcoming a slow start to defeat Bay Area.

At 2 – 0, the third match v. Houston’s H.U.R.T. proved more difficult. After a red card in the first half left the Aggies with 6 players to field for the remainder of the game, they dug in and were up 21 – 19 with seconds left on the clock. Unfortunately, the crew couldn’t hold on and H.U.R.T. dotted down at full time to win the game 24-21 to smash the Aggies hopes for Undefeated pool play.

At 2 – 1 , the Aggies were seeded in the Top 4 bracket and were playing for money; eagerly anticipating Houston’s Colt .45s, but it was not to be. Weather rolled in and cancelled the remainder of the tournament leaving the top 4 teams (Colt .45s, H.U.R.T., Lonestar, and Old Maroon) tied for 1st. It was Old Maroon’s most competitive showing of the Summer.


Touch Judge/Asst. Ref. Aggie Rugby Matches

Posted on Friday, August 14th, 2015 at 3:40 pm    

 

The league has issued a new league requirement that all hosting teams must provide Touch Judges and Assistant Referees for matches.

Please see the information below if you would like to touch judge or assistant referee any Aggie Rugby home matches this upcoming season. They are offering FREE training/certification in Allen, TX at the end of the month, but if you get certified online, Old Maroon will reimburse your certification cost with the commitment that you will touch judge or assistant ref a minimum of 2 Texas A&M home games this upcoming season.

You can either donate your time and travel to the club for each trip OR you can elect to be paid gas reimbursement + $25 per match by the boys.

If you are interested, AT ALL, to attend any Aggie Rugby matches this season, please consider this opportunity. Email me if you’ve been certified (bpellerin@carltechusa.com) so that I can connect you with Craig Coates, the Director of Club Operations, who can help coordinate with you on particular games you would like to work.

 

Here is the original message:

For the upcoming 2015-2016 competitive season, all teams will be required to provide certified Touch Judge or Assistant Referees for all home league matches. TRU is offering FREE TJ/AR courses at the TRU Summit in Allen, TX on Aug 29-30, 2015.

The TRU Board highly encourages all teams to send representatives to the Summit in order to be certified. If teams cannot attend the TRU Summit, teams must provide proof of online USA Rugby Course Certification (cost $30).

Register for the FREE TJ/AR Courses at the TRU Summit.

 


Old Maroon Newsletter – June 2015

Posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 at 10:40 pm    

Old Maroon members – please send in any pictures or commentary you may have regarding notable Texas A&M Rugby or Alumni in the rugby community. I will be sending out monthly newsletters.

 

Monthly Newsletter (beta) – June 2015 

Texas A&M Rugby has officially wrapped up its Spring semester and season and Old Maroon has just received our slick jersey order in; we are gearing up for a summer of Social 7s.

 

Texas A&M Rugby’s 2014 – 2015 results:

In XVs, the Aggies went 4-1 in the Red River Rugby Conference, losing only to Oklahoma. The boys did not advance to play-offs; however, it was later discovered that OU had at least one ineligible player in our match with them so that match was forfeited. The Aggies effective record on the year was 5-0 and they’ll be aiming for that mark next year to earn a play-off berth.

The Red River River Conference is made up of Texas A&M, Texas, Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and recently added LSU. 

In 7s, the boys were crowned Champions of the Red River Rugby Conference Tournament and took 2nd in the Southwest Conference Tournament.

The Southwest Conference is made up of Texas A&M, Rice, SFA, Texas State, U. Houston, and UNT. I will have more details on what separates the RRRC from the SWC later. 

 

They earned a trip to Nationals for their play and had a tough Day 1, losing 3 matches to Arizona State, Cal Poly, and Iowa. On Day 2, they began their quest for the Shield and results improved with wins over Stony Brook and Nevada, but they ended up losing in the Shield Final by 2 to Bowling Green.

 

Aggies Representing the Crest:

Braeden Hood was selected to the Junior All-Americans to face Canada in March for the Junior World Rugby Trophy. While the Eagles failed in qualifying, representing the University at a national and global level is a tremendous accomplishment. Congratulations are due to Braeden.

In conference representation, the Red River Rugby Conference coaches have named the following Aggies to the All-Conference XVs team:

Jacob Browning

Alex Demblon

Phil Hanson

Jake Hoffman

Braeden Hood

Nic Jarrett

Justin Brown

Pearson Garnett

Matt Theodore

The Southwest Conference has named the following Aggies to their All-Conference 7s Team:

Justin Brown  (Tournament MVP)

Jacob Browning

 

Award Winners & Donors: 

A special thanks to Award Donors in parentheses. Still need 2 more award donors ($300/award). The proceeds cover the fall dues for returning players OR makes the first Alumni donation in their name upon graduation.

MVP – Braeden Hood (Dallas Harlequins)

Most Valuable Forward – Alex Demblon (Bill Taute)

Most Valuable Back – Matt Theodore (Chuck Martin)

Most Improved – Jacob Browning (Cloud[8]Sixteen)

Defensive Player of the Year – Braeden Hood (Kyle Ranne)

Rookie of the Year – Justin Brown (Austin Blacks)

Doug White Memorial Award – Carter Ross (Craig Belew)

Alec Klinghoffer Coaches Award – Alex Demblon (DONOR NEEDED)

Aggie Man of the Year – Grayson Dowlearn (DONOR NEEDED)

 

2015 – 2016 Texas A&M Rugby Officers:

President – Eric Wiggin

Vice President – Braeden Hood

Treasurer – John Schell

Recruiting – Travis Henry

Recruiting – Justin Brown

Fundraising – Connor Wilson

Gareth Jones – Cody Dubberly

Merchandise – Robert Larson

Match Coordinator – Holden Heartwell

Webmaster – Hunter Lahasky

Social – Jacob Browning

Congratulations on the new seats, boys. Good luck next season!

 

Special Thanks: 

I would encourage us to all offer a big thank you to our coaches and staff this year. A special thanks goes to Johnny Smith, who will not be re-joining the staff next year to focus on other family and personal endeavors. Johnny – thanks, as always, for your support and service to the club.

 

Old Maroon 7s Season: 

Old Maroon will be playing some Social 7s this summer for the following dates; PLEASE CONTACT ME if you would like to play in any of these tournaments.

6/20 – Bloodfest 7s (Pflugerville, TX)

7/11 – Cowtown 7s (Fort Worth, TX)

7/18 – Cherrybone 7s (The Woodlands, TX)

8/1 – Mudfish 7s (Dallas, TX) – TBD based on interest

TBD – Varano 7s (Houston, TX)

If you’re just at a tournament to relax, stop by the tent and meet some Aggies, current players and former. We should have a few free refreshments for you from one of our sponsors.

We would like to thank our gracious sponsors this 7s season for the slick jerseys and additional beernefits:

Karbach Brewing Co.

Scheef & Stone, LLP

Spirit of Texas Distillery & Pecan Street Rum 

T5 1/2 Rugby Development Group

Seabrook Seafood

Earl Silver ’89

 

Other thoughts – where is Texas A&M Rugby headed? 

Lately rugby has been evolving rapidly and it seems like there are multiple, high-value entities making waves to push for highly-competitive venues throughout the U.S. At the Men’s Club / “Professional” level, you see the NRFL trying to break the Professional league game into this market, while they are not affiliated with USA Rugby, this country’s governing body.

At the collegiate level, you see several entities creating different competitions and you see situations where there’s a USA Rugby-sanctioned 7s National tournament (in which we just competed) and the, perhaps more well-known, College Rugby Championship 7s Tournament (CRC). And that’s just for the 7s form of the game.

However this all shakes out, the most consistent indicator of whether or not a team becomes and remains a nationally-competitive program (regardless of the governing entity) is full-time coaching. We have all heard the suggestions from the depths of our ranks and they have been heard. We are working through conversations to leverage the financial and networking horsepower of Old Maroon to make such a financial commitment more of a possibility. I don’t know exactly what that looks like, now, but I will keep you updated. I will be reaching out to some of you as we go, but if you have any questions or suggestions, please give me a call or shoot me an email.

 

Thanks and Gig ‘Em,

Blake Pellerin ’09

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