ORSU Repeats Cascade Classic Sweep
August 25, 2012 -- Both the ORSU men's and women's teams won Bend's Cascade Classic Tournament for the second year in a row! The men started the day by dismissing the Pigs B 31-10, and followed with an excellent come-from-behind win over Seattle, 19-15. The Jesters went on to defeat the Pigs A in the final, 12-10.
In the women's bracket, ORSU dominated, scoring numerous tries. A number of new players made a great impression on their first run-out for the Jesters. The Jester women were also strong on defense, shutting out the Pigs and allowing only two tries to a quick and scrappy Bend squad.
Thank you to all players who attended, and to the Bend Rugby Club for an excellent tournament! Congratulations, Jesters!
D2 Men Finish 1-1 at Sweet 16
Jesters Take PCRFU #3 Seed to Sweet 16
Under beautiful conditions and playing on a good surface, ORSU played Santa Rosa Saturday in the first semi-final. Both sides played very tight in the first 40m, with a lot of back and forward kicking that only your most hardened Englishmen could have enjoyed. ORSU got on the scoreboard first with a great strike from fullback Justin Guy from a penalty only yards into Rosa's half, 3-0 ORSU. Rosa, winning the kick-and-clap battle, enjoyed a huge territorial advantage through the first half, but ORSU's defense kept smashing them back, with some especially eager hits put on by lock Corey Mooney and centers Mark Riley and Travis Crossland. Something had to give though, Santa Rosa were awarded a penalty which they duly slotted, 3-3 at halftime.
The second half was all Santa Rosa's, and the sheer weight of territory and possession took its toll. ORSU struggled with penalties, while the opposition was able to convert one for another 3 points. Santa Rosa eventually broke through down the right side for 5 points, and then again just before the final whistle. However, ORSU never gave in and showed huge spirit in only conceding 16 points to the #1 seed out of Northern California.
With PCRFU sending 3 seeds to the National Sweet 16, ORSU were still in the fight going into Sunday's match, where they faced San Jose. Both sides started the match a little sluggish, possibly still ruing the previous day's defeats, but play soon warmed up and kept heating to a grandstand finish. San Jose put the first points on the board after a good attacking phase in the form of a penalty, 0-3. ORSU then worked their way into San Jose's half and really started to work the opposing forward pack with some powerful drives around the fringes. After a scrum was awarded to ORSU right on the 5m line, squirrelly #8 Josh Bernstein sniped off the back, attracted attention from a couple of defenders and popped a magic pass up to trailing scrum-half Dane Barclay who skirted over under the posts. With the conversion attempt successful, ORSU went up 7-3. As often happens when teams score, ORSU let their guard down off the kick-off and let San Jose into their half. The defense was holding well, as it has all year, but a spate of breakdown infringements kept the opposition hot on the ORSU line where they found a small chink in the armor and busted through for a converted try, 7-10 halftime.
The second half started well for San Jose, widening their lead with a penalty shot, 7-13. At about the 60 minute mark ORSU made a few key substitutions, with close to 120 years of combined experience coming off the bench in the form of Erik Ulbricht, Jason Haar and Bob Reininga, to give the side the boost they needed. With 12 minutes to play, hooker Seth Bradshaw decided the boys could do it without him and was ordered off the paddock for back chat and a well earned 10 minutes breather.
Despite the setback, the Jesters dug deep and rallied. The backline put a magic movement together, with fullback Justin Guy offloading in the tackle to Ulbricht who finished superbly and centered the try making the conversion simple for Guy to put ORSU ahead 14-13. S oon after, Barclay spied a small gap down the right, ducking under a high shot he seemed to be stopped but in an Houdini-like act had his jersey pulled off him while still controlling the ball and getting a pass away to winger Jake Britt who out-gassed the chasers and dove into the try zone to secure an awesome come-from-behind victory for the Jesters.
That win earned the Jesters PCRFU's #3 seed to National Sweet 16, hosted by San Diego Old Aztecs at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. on May 12th and 13th. GO JESTERS!!!
D2 Men Defeat Park City Haggis to Enter PCRFU Playoffs This Weekend
Jesters 1-1 at D2 PNRFU Playoffs, Advance to PCRFU Playoffs
March 25, 2012 -- The ORSU D2 men finished
league play with a bang, defeating Snake River in an intense, physical
match that tested both teams to the final seconds. The Jesters put their
mark on the match with 4 tries, but penalties and sharp kicking, along
with a second-half surge, kept Snake well in the match.
ORSU Finishing Strong, Looking for Top Seed in D2 Men's Playoffs
D2 Men Sit at First in PNRFU D2
ORSU Sweeps 2011 Cascade Classic
August 27, 2011 -- ORSU started pre-season in grand style, winning both the men's and women's brackets at the annual Bend Cascade Classic Tournament. The ORSU men opened with a 33-0 win over OIT, following with another win over the Gypsies traveling side. Meeting the Pigs in the final, ORSU won 23-10 to take the championship with a strong performance. The ORSU Women opened round robin play with a 30-something - 0 win against a strong Gypsies women's side and followed with a 40-ish - 0 win over fellow D1 side Norcal. Continuing their undefeated shutout performance, ORSU finished with a 50ish-0 defeat of the Pigs. Cheers to Bend for an excellent tournament!
Loss to Finish D3 League Play
Pinged by Eugene
ORSU D2 Defeats
Snake River to Retain Loogan Cup
The Jesters opened the second half scoring with halfback Talo Fetuuaho pulling the ball from a goal line ruck and punching through for a try, to bring ORSU within three points at 10-13. ORSU fullback Aaron Jones tied the score with a penalty kick, and with about twenty minutes to play, put ORSU ahead for good with his third successful shot at goal. Flanker Josh Bernstein put the exclamation point on the win with a shifty 40-meter jaunt that he touched down for five more points, with the successful conversion making the final tally to 23-13 to the Jesters. ORSU’s gritty comeback marked the team’s first win in Boise since 2001. The Jesters will wrap up spring league play with two home matches before playoffs begin.Rookies Get Their Feet Wet in ORSU Women’s Openers
March 19, 2011 -- A number of new players got their first matches in as the ORSU Women took on Black Ice from Denver and the Emerald City Mudhens of Seattle in a round robin. ORSU had some growing pains to work through, slipping 14-17 against Black Ice. However, the rookies brought fresh new energy, epitomized by new player Molly ;uft who was named player of the match with a sterling performance at flanker, including two conversion kicks. ORSU was able to work out the kinks against the Mudhens, defeating their northerly neighbors 21-0. Players of the match were flanker Julie “Olaf” Howard and center Andrea “Dre” Richardson. Coach Jarred Power had a special thank you to all of the new players who came out and gave it a go for their first match.
ORSU Edged by Pigs in Mudfest
March 12, 2011 -- ORSU fell just short against their perennial crosstown opponents in a match defined by especially muddy conditions. The semi-liquid, squelching playing surface restricted traction and speed, limiting scoring opportunities for both teams. Much of the first half play was in midfield, with ORSU missing a long penalty shot, and the first half ending 0-0. Early in the second half, ORSU looked good for a try, but the runner was judged in touch. However, the Jesters opened the scoring moments later when center Travis Crossland dotted down after ORSU stole the 5-meter lineout. Aaron Jones was good for the conversion. After a period of back-and-forth, the Jesters' opponents broke through the line to score a converted try, and later added a penalty. ORSU applied heavy pressure, mounting a sustained attack within the opposition 22-meters. Frustration prevailed when what looked like a try was judged held up. Momentum continued to be disrupted, as ORSU was hot on attack with a ruck on the 5-meter line, but conceded a penalty for raking a player who had dived over the ball. ORSU was dominant in the set pieces all day, and enjoyed an advantage in possession and territory. However, though they created a few more opportunities to score, the Jesters were unable to maximize them as their opponents did their few. The D3 side also battled, losing 0-15 to the D3 Pigs. Both ORSU sides travel to Boise, ID this weekend to take on Snake River.
ORSU Upsets Budd Bay in D3 Opener
February 26, 2011 -- The ORSU D3 squad hit the ground running with a 15-10 upset over league leaders Budd Bay in their season opener. ORSU played tenacious defense, and managed the win despite losing a player to a red card. Backs Adrian Banbury and newcomer Dane Barclay scored tries for ORSU, while Ben Dubin added a penalty kick. The result marks an exciting beginning to the spring for ORSU, and a good look for a rejuvenated squad filled with ambitious new players.
D2 Falls to Tsunami
February 26, 2011 -- ORSU was frustrated at the try line by crosstown competitors Tsunami, getting within inches of the zone - but not over - several times. While they claimed an edge in possession, ORSU didn't quite have the offensive go-ahead of their opponents, whose hard running from all sectors of the pitch made for a physical match. ORSU dominated in the set pieces but lost ground in the contact areas, where their opponents were able to slow down and disrupt ORSU's play. ORSU also took some offensive risks that didn't pan out, and their oppoenets were adept at exploiting ORSU's errors into tries. While the Tsunami's aggressive defense cost them a lopsided penalty count and eventually a yellow card for a dangerous tackle, ORSU was only able to get over the line once, with a try by Number EIght Mike Lewis, and Aaron Jones adding a penalty kick. ORSU will look to solidify the missing links with competitive friendlies this week, versus the Missoula Maggots on Thursday night, and Old Puget Sound Beach on Saturday.
A Win for ORSU in D2 League Opener
February 19, 2011 -- In its first league match of the spring, the ORSU D2 squad came out rumbling and defeated Bend 46-7. With strong scrummaging from the forwards setting a platform for dynamic play through the backs, ORSU came through the gate hard. First half scoring was led by scrumhalf Talo Fetuuaho and wing Andy "Polish" Kozak with two tries apiece, with center Erik Ulbricht and number eight Mike Lewis adding one more each. The scrappy and quick Bend side played tenacious defense, holding up an ORSU player in the try zone, but the ORSU onslaught kept coming. After regrouping at halftime, Bend answered back with hard running leading to a converted try after 3 minutes. But ORSU held steady, and stifled the Bend resurgence with a try from newcomer Dave Bosco on the wing, and a 20-meter rolling maul capped off by a try from veteran hooker Chris "Hazmat" Haslett. Justin Guy converted 2 conversions and Aaron Jones 1. ORSU will face crosstown opponents the Eastside Tsunami next weekend at the Farm.
ORSU Looking Good in Pre-season Run-up
February 12, 2011 -- ORSU looked good in its friendlies versus Budd Bay on Saturday. The D2 squad dispatched the Buffaloes 53-5, allowing only a single try. The D3 squad followed with a "third half" that ran about 50 minutes and ended with the score tied at 22. The match was especially good preparation for the D3 squad, as they face Budd Bay in league play on 2/26. ORSU was led by standout performances from its centers: Travis Crossland for D2, and Josh Tabak for D3.
Friendlies Get the Spring Season Rolling
February 5, 2011 -- The ORSU men had a good run-around with the guys from OSU, with two matches on the day. The friendlies offered a chance for both teams to try new combinations and get the winter break rust off. ORSU's D2 team defeated OSU 31-17, while OSU rallied back to overcome the D3 side. ORSU faces Olympia's Budd Bay next weekend for another slate of friendlies.
D2 Ties Tsunami
September 25, 2010 -- The ORSU men tied the Tsunami 24-all in a physical clash at the Reed College field. The two teams have generally played to close scorelines in the three seasons since the Tsunami's inception, including one other tie, and neither has ever won by more than 12 points. ORSU came out hard to score first, but their opponents rallied and try-for-try play ensued. The Tsunami got a boost from the hard running of their big center, but were hampered by a red card for a dangerous tackle. The two sides will meet again in Spring 2011.
ORSU Blanks Valkyries
September 19, 2010 -- The ORSU Women's Premier League put an emphatic stamp on their home opener, defeating the visiting Minnesota Valkyries 41-0. A special weekend for ORSU, the team debuted their new jerseys honoring beloved friend and teammate Lindsay Babb. The women's and men's teams marked the occasion with a moment of silence to recognize Lindsay, and the singing of the national anthem by teammate Julie "Olaf" Howard. ORSU rode the wave of emotion, powering forward on offense and playing tenacious defense against a strong opponent. San Juanita Elguezabal Moreno scored a hat trick, while fellow speedsters Joanna "Tricky" Westrich, Tonya Ansel, and the always-firing Beckett Royce added their own tries. Liz Kilgore notched 3 conversions and a penalty, for 9 points on the day. The Valkyries threatened the Jesters' red zone several times, but ORSU's defense was determined, particularly Ansel's and Moreno's try-saving cover tackle to push the Valks' winger into touch-in-goal. Ultimately ORSU's team play won the day, with flyhalf Robin Woods named as player of the match.
ORSU Sweeps Pigs
September 18, 2010 -- ORSU re-opened the pitch at Fuller's Farm with a bang, sweeping cross-town opponents the Pigs on Saturday. ORSU defeated the Pigs in all the matches on the day, including the D3, D2, and B Side matches.
D3 started the day with an excellent team effort to earn a 12-0 shutout. A big game from the forward pack laid the foundation, while the backs were bolstered by strong running and defense in the midfield from Adrian Banbury and Josh Tabak. Fullback Justin Guy's keen boot earned him man of the match.
The D2 match was marked by passion and at times loss of composure by both teams. ORSU's forward pack was impressive, dominating their scrums and stealing several from their opponents. ORSU's momentum was interrupted by infringements early on, with try-scoring opportunities reduced to penalties. Luckily, Aaron Jones was accurate with the boot, hitting three penalties for 9 points. The opposition found a gap out wide and were able to put in an unconverted try, but struggled with discipline - two of their players were sinbinned, one for stomping and one for striking. ORSU's Elliot Vinzant streaked down the sideline and came within inches of the line, only to be tackled into touch. But ORSU kept the pressure on, and forced and error in the Pigs' midfield; David Joblin cleaned up the knock and played the advantage for a try. The opposition missed a few penalty attempts, but were able to salvage a last-gasp unconverted try on the last play of the game: ORSU 14- 10 Pigs.
ORSU Loss to Keystone in First WPL Game
September 12, 2010 -- The ORSU women traveled to Philadelphia and came away with a disappointing loss. Light on numbers and working some new combinations, ORSU came out a bit disorganized and allowed Keystone two tries in the first quarter. Nonetheless. ORSU pulled it together and struck back, slotting a penalty and pressuring Keystone with a few big line breaks in the backs. Unfortunately, the finishing touch was elusive. The halftime score reflected the fairly close play: ORSU 3 - 12 Keystone. However, Keystone's big forward pack came out rumbling in the second half, and ORSU didn't match the push. Final score ORSU 3- 41 Keystone.
ORSU Men Win Pat Ryan Invitational
September 11, 2010 -- The ORSU D2 men started the fall vigorously, winning Valley's inaugural Pat Ryan Invitational Tournament. ORSU started the day by tying Valley, went on to defeat Eastside and Tacoma, and wrapped up by beating Valley for the championship. An outstanding performance from Taylor Glas-Hochstettler earned him Player of the Tournament honors. Cheers to Valley for an excellent event, and here's looking forward to many more!
D3 to PNRFU Playoffs
April 10, 2010 -- Despite a close loss to the Vancouver Sharks on Saturday, the ORSU D3 team has secured a place in the PNRFU D3 playoffs. In two weeks, the top four teams in D3 will compete in Bremerton, WA to determine the one who will represent PNRFU at the national Sweet Sixteen.
D2 Falls to Valley in Playoffs
April 10, 2010 -- The ORSU D2 team finished its regular season on Saturday with a defeat at the hands of a fit and fired-up Valley squad. ORSU, who had defeated Valley in the fall, couldn't find the finishing touches as they struggled with injuries in the later part of the spring season. For the one try that ORSU scored, there were five close opportunities that fell short. Meanwhile, Valley looked very sharp - strong in the set pieces and dangerous in the loose - and went over the try line time and again to secure the contested spot in next weekend's PNRFU playoffs. ORSU will wrap up spring play with a home friendly against the Glendale Raptors on April 24th.
ORSU Women Win in Glendale
April 3, 2010 -- The ORSU Women traveled to Glendale for a friendly versus the Raptors at the deluxe Infinity Park rugby complex, and came away successful. The Jesters were able to control the match well and limit the Raptors to 15 points, while tallying 41 of their own. Many thanks to Glendale for the top-notch hosting and the chance to play in the US's premier rugby stadium!
D3 Defeats Pigs; D2 Stymied
April 3, 2010 -- The crowds were out and vocal in this season's cross-town clash of rivals. The ORSU D3 squad opened the weekend with a win over the Pigs, featuring two tries by Joey Herrle. ORSU led the entire match, and kept their defensive composure to put it away 22-15. D2 didn't execute as well, missing out on several key try chances. Twice the ORSU forwards were within inches of touching down, but just couldn't get over the line. An exciting backline break also came close but ended in frustration. ORSU finally put one in, but the missed opportunities proved too costly. The visitors took advantage of their opportunities, and their hunger got them a deserved win to finish out their season. ORSU closes the regular season in second place in the PNRFU South Division, and looks ahead to next weekend's playoff qualifier match versus North Division #3.
A Weekend of Wins
March 27, 2010 -- All three ORSU teams notched wins in home matches this weekend. The women opened with dual wins in round-robin play versus Bend and the Piglets. D3 followed with a decisive 57-17 win over Kitsap, with a number of players finding the scoring touch again after a couple of tough matches. There were outstanding individuals efforts, but most noticeable was the team play and overall support. D2 completed the sweep of wins with a victory over a classy Bend squad. The clash featured quick touches and open-running backlines, making for an exciting, dynamic match. ORSU center Travis Crossland scored two tries, and the forward pack contributed three, by hooker Chris Haslett, prop Jason Fields, and lock Matt Ledford.
Try Time for D2
March 20, 2010 -- ORSU got the firepower out versus Eastside, with tries to spare. The match was closer in the first half, with the Axemen answering ORSU's tries with a couple of their own. But ORSU pulled well away in the second half and the tries kept coming. The backs were on fire, with tries by Jake Britt, Dylan Vinzant, Erik Ulbricht, David Joblin, and others. The forwards had their say as well, including tries by Mike Lewis and a breakaway by prop Jason Fields. The final score was 68-10.
D3 Downed by Budd Bay
March 20, 2010 -- The ORSU D3 was put to the test this weekend, suffering a loss to league leaders Budd Bay. Though ORSU was able to put in two excellent tries, it just wasn't enough as the Buffaloes rumbled to a score of 39 to 10 by match end. ORSU pushes forward against Kitsap next week.
Tough Losses for Both ORSU Teams
March 13, 2010 -- The ORSU D2 men fell to the Pacific Rovers, who continue their unbeaten season in the Pacific NW. On the bright side, ORSU fought to the finish, making tough tackles, putting in two well-executed tries by KP Mapapalangi and Mike Lewis, and another crash over the line that was judged held up. However, the fine efforts were still not a match for the Rovers, who continue to be dominant. D3 also suffered a loss, in a close match with Corvallis. However, the squad is resilient and will be eager to bounce back and push themselves again next week versus current league leaders Budd Bay.
ORSU Playoff Picture Promising
March 12, 2010 -- Both ORSU men's squads are in good shape to qualify for the PNRFU playoffs this season. The D2 team currently sits in second place in the South division of PNRFU with 4 league matches left, while D3 sits at second in PNRFU with 5 league matches still to play. However, big matchups over the next few weeks will determine how the final standings shake out. Both teams have tough opponents this weekend, with D2 traveling north to the Pacific Rovers while D3 hosts Corvallis.
ORSU Women Having Fun this Spring
March 12, 2010 -- The women's division has no league matches in spring, making it a fun season of friendlies and a great time for rookies to get their feet wet. ORSU's rookies have done so admirably this spring, jumping into the fray with spirit. The women have posted wins in their friendlies versus Budd Bay and the U of O, and look forward to heading to Seattle for a round robin with the Mudhens and Budd Bay on March 20th.
Close Loss to Tsunami for D2
March 6, 2010 -- ORSU versus Tsunami is always a close match, and always an extremely physical one. This spring's clash was no exception, with the Tsunami posting a narrow 7-point win. The game was neck and neck for first 60 minutes, with each team answering back to tie each other's scoring. ORSU were down by 2 points due to the difference in a missed try conversion, when a large group altercation broke out, with multiple blows thrown. It was unsure at first if play would continue, but it eventually did, with the Tsunami putting in one more unconverted try for a final score of 17-24.
D2 Falls to Snake River in Boise
February 20, 2010 -- ORSU took on Snake River in an exhausting, physical match in Boise, but couldn't manage to overcome the strength of the home team.The match featured gritty play, with every possession contested, and little scoring until the second half. ORSU had several chances in the opposition 22, but was only able to put one over, a try to prop Enrique Lopez. Snake River showed superb determination, finally busting open the floodgates with 3 tries in the final 15 minutes of the match and final score of 5-25. The D3 team had better results, notching a 28-20 win in a friendly versus a combined Boise State and Snake side.
D3 Starts Spring Strong
February 13, 2010 -- The D3 men's side started their 2010 spring schedule with a solid away win over Eugene, 27-8. This brings ORSU's D3 season record in league play so far to 6-2. The Jesters travel to Boise this weekend for a friendly against BSU, and take on the Quake away in league play the following weekend.
D3 Wraps up Season with Two More Wins
November 21, 2009 -- The D3 men's side finished their fall schedule with two strong wins. The Jesters notched comprehensive wins over the Pigs (26-12) on November 14, and Eugene (22-12) on November 21. This brings ORSU's season record in league play so far to 5-2, ranking second in PNRFU D3, behind undefeated Budd Bay.
Jesters Finish Fall Season on a High
November 14, 2009 -- ORSU's D2 men's side beat the Eastside Tsunami Saturday at Fuller's Farm, 15-7, to go into the winter break with a league record of 6 wins and 2 losses. ORSU scored two tries to wing Kapeli Mapapalangi, and No. 8 Mike Lewis, with Aaron Jones converting one try and adding a penalty goal. ORSU go into the season break in second place in the PNRFU South division, behind Snake River.
D2 Men Win Again
November 7, 2009 -- ORSU have improved their league record to 5-2, with a 26-20 victory over Bend on Saturday. Conditions in Bend were cold and blustery, but that didn't stop both sides from playing some good rugby, with 6 tries total scored on the day. ORSU's four tries went to locks Jason Haar and Adam Beck, center Dylan Vinzant and wing Taylor Glas-Hochstettler, with flanker John Morris taking the man of the match award. The D2 men's last match of the fall season is home versus the Tsunami this Saturday, kick-off at 2pm.
Jesters Down 'Roos on the Road
October 24, 2009 -- ORSU's D2 side beat Valley Saturday, giving the Kangaroos their first loss of the season and improving ORSU's league record to 3-2. Valley opened the scoring with a penalty in the 20th minute. Soon after, a great ORSU drive from a lineout, and a 50m dash down the left-hand touchline resulted in tries to hooker Chris Haslett and winger Kapeli Mapapalangi, respectively, and a 14-3 Jester lead. The second half scoring was restricted to a 55 minute try to captain Mike Lewis in the corner. ORSU showed a lot of character to hang on to their lead with great scrambling defense shown by all. Player of the day was awarded to the whole front row: Seth Bradshaw, Chris Haslett and Jason Fields. Both the D2 and D3 sides return to Fuller's Farm this Halloween weekend with matches against Del Ray RFC and the Valley Wallabies.
Tough Match for ORSU Women in MN
October 18, 2009 -- Injuries and player unavailability took their toll on the ORSU Women, as they suffered a big loss to the MN Valkyries. Although ORSU had a good deal of ball possession and threatened the Valkyrie red zone several times, the finish just wasn't there. A penalty kick out front and several penalty plays on the Valkyrie 5-meter line went unconverted, frustrating ORSU's ambitions. With fully half of the team playing in new positions due to the injuries (and incidental one-week red card suspension) that have decimated ORSU's backline this season, the Jesters struggled for cohesiveness and composure. The Valkyries played a very physical match with aplomb, supporting each other superbly and capitalizing on each ORSU error to run up 72 points in the match. While many experienced players filled unfamiliar positions and newer players stepped up to for their first starts for ORSU, there were some bright spots as players learned their new posts on the fly. ORSU will play its final league match of the season this weekend in Berkeley.
First Loss for D2 Men
October 11, 2009 -- The D2 men had their first loss of the season Sunday. Coming off a bye weekend, ORSU came out cold and failed to get into the match early as planned. ORSU was unable to get out of their own half for much of the first half, and went into halftime down by a try. Mistakes once again cost ORSU dearly in the second 40 minutes, where they were simply not composed enough to get themselves back into the match. A well deserved 39-15 victory to Snake River. ORSU's tries were scored by winger Travis Crossland, and locks Matt Pardy and Jason Haar. Player of the match was awarded to fly-half Kerry Covington.
Disappointment in Card-Ridden ORSU Women's Match
October 4, 2009 -- The ORSU Women received a stunning four yellow cards and one red card in Sunday's match versus the Twin Cities Amazons. None of the cards were for dangerous or malicious play, but rather for run-of-the-mill penalty infringements. The Amazons came out hard for a try and 5 points early in the match, and ORSU answered back with a series of phases culminating in a penalty close to the Amazon goal line for 3 points. The teams traded possession for a spell, with ORSU's backs struggling to keep the slippery ball in hand. Both teams incurred a couple of penalties each, but nothing notable. A kick and chase by ORSU initially looked like an offensive threat, but an unlucky bounce resulted in an ORSU knock, and the Amazons used the resulting advantage for another try and conversion. Just as it seemed ORSU's attack was beginning to find its rhythm, ORSU's center received a yellow card for not rolling away. ORSU ramped up its defense to compensate, but finished the half down a player and down 3-12. The second half brought renewed pressure from ORSU, who frustrated the Amazons on defense and controlled possession well. Both teams received another couple of penalties, with the Amazons converting one for another 3 points. Then, the referee gave a second yellow card to ORSU's center, again for not rolling away, despite her visible attempts to get out of the ruck. He then showed her a red card. In the ensuing minutes, ORSU's flyhalf went out with a serious injury knee, and ORSU's scrumhalf (who had not been penalized previously) was given a yellow card for being in an offside position even though she was not involved in the play. Down to 13 players, ORSU put up a valiant defensive effort and continued to push the ball forward on offense. The Amazons also picked up a yellow card for repeated infringements. A huge break by Beckett Royce looked like a try threat, but with only 2 other backs to support, the effort resulted in a turnover and subsequent Amazon overload try. The With 13, then back up to 14 players, ORSU continued to work hard in waning time, but was shocked by another yellow card in the final few minutes, to another player not previously penalized, for playing the ball in the ruck. The Amazons used the (again) 2 player advantage for a final try out wide, and a final score of 3-25.
Hopeful Signs Despite ORSU Loss to Berkeley
September 27, 2009 -- The ORSU Women's Premier team put it all out there against national champion Berkeley All-Blues, but came up short 10-44. Despite the loss, there were a number of positive indicators for ORSU, as it controlled possession well and kept the pressure on in the physical match. Berkeley took advantage of field position early on with a drop goal to open scoring at 0-3. However, ORSU countered soon after as captain Beckett Royce sliced through the Berkeley defense off of a lineout to take ORSU ahead 5-3. Despite consistent pressure from ORSU, Berkeley eventually broke through after about 20 minutes to bring the score to 5-10, which swelled to 5-27 by halftime. ORSU addded 5 more points in the second half from a thrilling run, grubber kick, and collection by an unstoppable Royce off of a scrum center. ORSU's spirited defensive and continued offensive pressure still couldn't totally shut down Berkeley's backline, who added another 3 tries with their electric speed out wide. Although the final scoreline was 10-44, ORSU walked away from the match to big cheers from the supportive crowd who showed their appreciation forthe continued improvement - and heart - that ORSU displayed in the match.
Great Day at the Farm for ORSU
September 26, 2009 -- Fuller's Farm saw two excellent wins for the ORSU men's D2 and D3 sides Saturday. A large home crowd came out under perfect conditions to witness 15 tries in total from the Jesters. After going into the halftime break down 0-5, the D3 side came out hard to beat Vancouver 17-5. Fitness and belief saw them score three unanswered tries in the second spell, taking a well deserved victory. Player of the match was awarded to Matt Pollet for an outstanding display at openside flanker. The ORSU men's D2 team put on a display of attacking skill in a 74-14 win over the Tacoma Nomads. Forward play was solid on defense and supportive on offense, allowing the backline a steady platform and space to explode. The back three connected and counter-attacked well to score a number of tries, led by wing Taylor Glas-Hochstettler with three. Player of the match went to fullback Jake Britt.
Jesters Defeat Pigs
September 19, 2009 -- ORSU's D2 men's side came away with a well deserved 17-15 victory Saturday, over crosstown rivals, the Pigs. Despite steady possession from ORSU, the Pigs took the lead early with an opportunistic intercept try. ORSU continued to apply steady offensive pressure, but missed two penalty kicks and knocked on a sure try. However, the Jesters rallied back with a try by hooker Chris Haslett, for a 7-7 scoreline at halftime. The second half saw increased intensity and physical play, with ORSU's forward pack controlling the game. Inside center Aaron Jones took a quick-tap penalty to score under the posts, also converting, to go ahead 14-7. ORSU continued to sustain pressure, dominating possession and turning over the ball in rucks. However, the opposition gained 3 points on a penalty kick, and later another 5 on an overlap try, to take the lead 15-14. But the opposition's inability to stop a storming attack by ORSU's forwards set up a shot at goal for Aaron Jones, who slotted it to take ORSU ahead 17-15. Fiery defense and strong teamwork saw ORSU through the remaining minutes for the win. Adam Beck was named ORSU Player of the Day.
ORSU Women Fall to Valkyries
September 13, 2009 -- The visiting Minnesota Valkyries came away with the win at ORSU's home ground this weekend, 33 to 12. The Valkyries came out strong, powering in two quick tries and capitalizing on mistakes by a lackluster ORSU defense. ORSU missed crucial opportunities on offense and the Valkyries continued to exploit ORSU errors to score two more unanswered tries by the end of the first half. With all conversions good, the halftime score was Valkyries 28, ORSU zero. However, ORSU's substitutions and adjustments at halftime made a difference. ORSU came out with a renewed fire and scored a try and conversion off a big run up the middle. Play became very physical and intense, with the Valkyries eventually scoring another 5 points off a lineout play at the ORSU 22, but missing the conversion. ORSU continued to pressure, displaying increased ball possession and offensive threat. After a number of quick rucking phases, ORSU again tore through the middle to score under the posts, however the conversion was no good. ORSU will next face the Berkeley All-Blues at home on Sunday, September 27.
ORSU Men at Bend Cascade Classic
September 12, 2009 -- The ORSU men traveled to Bend, OR for the annual Cascade Classic tournament. With player attendance a bit short for ORSU's two sides, this tournament was still the fun, social event that it always is. The D2 team came away with wins over Budd Bay and the Boise Lions, and lost to Bend in the final. The D3 team battled well but lost to the Missoula Maggots, Eugene, and OIT. Cheers to Bend for another great tournament!
Twin Cities Squeaks by ORSU Women in Thrilling Opener
September 6, 2009 -- The ORSU women lost narrowly to the Twin Cities Amazons in opening weekend play of the USA Rugby Women's Premier League (WPL). ORSU drew first blood with a try in the first five minutes; however, Twin Cities rumbled back to a halftime score of 15 (three tries)to ORSU's 10 (two tries). Both teams had multiple-try surges in the second half, with the Amazons ultimately holding off a fierce final drive by ORSU, to win 32-27. ORSU gets two bonus points (for scoring four tries and for a loss within seven points) and now sits at third in the Red Conference. Next weekend ORSU will play at home versus the Minnesota Valkyries, on Sunday, September 13th.
ORSU Teams Successful at Maggotfest
May 3, 2009 -- The ORSU women defeated the Missoula Farside, the Washington Eastside women, and the select traveling side Gypsies to go unbeaten once again at Maggotfest in Missoula, Montana. ORSU earned Best Women's Team on the Pitch honors for the fourth year running. The ORSU men also had a good run, beating Billings, MT and the Dead Ants traveling side from Wellington, New Zealand, and tying the Howlers from Canada. Good times had by all to cap off a great spring season!
Women Handle Mudhens
Apr. 11, 2009 -- In a physical match, the ORSU women contained the Emerald City Mudhens 49-14 on Saturday. Much credit to the Mudhens, whose spirited, up-and-coming young team kept the pressure on ORSU all match. ORSU rose to the occasion and kept the tries coming, including several stand-out efforts by captain and USA Eagle Beckett Royce, and a powerful try from prop Stephani Mitchell.
ORSU Ties Tsunami in Brawl-like Conditions
Apr. 11, 2009 -- In keeping with the previous match-ups between ORSU and the Tsunami, this game featured a brutally physical match-up. However, many spectators felt that there was excessive foul play from the visitors, featuring numerous flying forearms, elbows, fists, and even an eye gouge. ORSU's Taylor Glas-Hochstettler started the scoring early with a beautiful chase-down of a kick. The Tsunami replied in kind, and ORSU answered back, pulling away with stellar two tries by Keone Tawata and showcasing stellar offensive play. ORSU looked set to win the match, but the opposition kept mauling and driving downfield to eventually tie the game at 19. The Tsunami received numberous penalties for foul play, yet did not receive a yellow card until late in the second half, after the ORSU captain drew his own yellow card for excessive protests to the referee regarding opposition foul play.
Women Defeat Visiting Boston
Apr. 4, 2009 -- The ORSU women stepped up to the challenge of the visiting BWRFC, scoring a number of tries while only allowing the visitors one. Boston's try came in the first half, on the heels of several penalties for ORSU for offside infringements around the breakdown. Boston played a spirited game and never stopped attacking, but ORSU was keen to play and did not let up on the pressure. The final score was 72 to ORSU, 5 to Boston.
D2 Hack Away at Axemen
Apr. 4, 2009 -- The weather Saturday held the long-awaited sunshine and moderate temperatures that we Portlanders have been yearning for. After some logistical difficulties ORSU's D2 men managed yet another one-point victory over long-time-close-call rivals, the Eastside Axemen.
ORSU started slowly and found themselves down 12-nil in the first 10 minutes. The Axemen were quick to capitalize on ORSU's errors, and gaps in defense. After the initial stumbles, ORSU's play and adherence to their game plan improved. Travis Crossland scored a try under the posts in the first half, with Aaron Jones converting. Another try by the Axemen before halftime put the score at 19-7.
After a positive halftime break the ORSU men rallied in both offense and defense. Replacement winger Jake Britt came on the pitch with an immediate impact. Coach Mike Lewis followed Britt on a stellar run, and scored the first points of the half putting the score at 19-12. The Axemen's pick-and-go offense was successfully thwarted by ORSU tackling...they only made it across the gain line a few more times in the match. One of their line breaks resulted in a try...the score was now set at 24-12. Back line speedsters Joey Herrle and Britt both scored unconverted tries while recently-returned Chris Sgro's "acrobatic" try was deemed a knock-on. With five minutes left in the match the scoreline still had the Axemen ahead 24-22. Two minutes later Jones had another opportunity to kick a penalty; he did so, and ORSU went ahead 25-24. After a few final minutes of keeping the ball in hand the final whistle blew, and once again ORSU hit the I-5 South for a ride home in victory. Gasmen Dylan Vinzant and Jake Britt were named as men of the match and proved to be speedsters at both running and boat racing!
Time Runs Out on D3 Season
Apr. 4, 2009 -- ORSU D3 ran out of time in its spirited comeback in the playoffs this weekend falling to Budd Bay 26-29 in overtime. After spotting the hosting side a 5-26 head start, the Jesters roared back in the last 20 minutes of regulation scoring and converting 3 tries while stonewalling the opposition. Improved play in the backs resulted in flyhalf Andy Kozak and inside center Eric Doering finding many openings in Budd Bay's back line. Overtime was a back-and-forth affair, which saw the Budd Bay slot a kick in the first period to score the final points of the day. The second overtime period has contained impressive play on both sides, with ORSU playing for the win and knocking on Budd Bay's try line repeatedly, but failing to convert any allowed tries.
Women Having Successful Spring
Apr. 1, 2009 -- The ORSU women's team is going well this spring, with wins over the Mudhens, Budd Bay, and Kitsap. A number of rookies have gotten the opportunity to test their rugby legs, and several old faces have been seen in new positions. The women are building their numbers and depth in anticipation of the USA Rugby Women's Premier League competition this fall. ORSU will face visiting Boston WRFC this Saturday at 12 pm, and the Mudhens will play Boston at 2 pm.
Pardy Time in Tacoma
Mar. 28, 2009 -- The D2 team travelled to Tacoma Saturday to play the Nomads. It was a close game, in atrocious conditions, for the first twenty minutes before ORSU started to pull away from a young Tacoma side. Big Matt Pardy put in a stellar performance from lock, dotting down three times on the day. Other tries went to Taylor Glas-Hochstettler (2), Jason Fields and Dylan Vinzant, with Aaron Jones adding 5 from 7 with the boot. Final score 45-10 ORSU.
D3 Loses Muddy Melee
Mar. 28, 2009 -- The D3 side lost to the league leading Sharks this last weekend 22-0. The game was wet, windy and muddy with many restarts reflecting the conditions. Play itself was spirited and hard hitting with neither team backing down. The Sharks overall size and scrumming advantage eventually proved to be the difference in the game. D3 is now prepping for next weeks PNRFU play-offs with the likely first round match up with the host, Budd Bay.
Another League Win
Mar. 21, 2009 -- ORSU's D2 men's side returned to Fuller's Farm Saturday for a league match-up against the Valley Kangaroo's. Starting fast ORSU ran in a couple of long range tries to center Dylan Vinzant to take an early lead. Play then tightened up through the middle part of the match, with ORSU unable to break a spirited Valley defense untill mid-way through the second half. ORSU scored three more times with tries going to fullback Taylor Glas-Hochstettler, halfback Talo Fatuuaho and another to Vinzant to complete a fine hat-trick. Final score ORSU 29 - Valley 7.
ORSU Comes Up Short in Boise
Mar. 14, 2009 -- In a crucial match-up Saturday, ORSU's D2 Men's side went down to a powerful Snake River team in Boise, ID. Not many teams come away from Boise with a win, and this weekend proved no exception. Snake scored two tries to ORSU's one, winning a high percentage of possession, which told in the end. ORSU's try went to Dylan Vinzant on the left wing from a great pass from flyhalf Travis Crossland.
Slow Start Stops D3
Mar. 14, 2009 -- ORSU started slowly in the rain and wind in Eugene falling behind 17 - 0, then made a late second half push before succumbing 22 - 10. The game was a hard fought and physical slug fest which saw the ball squirting out of many tackles. ORSU's first try was scored by lock Zach Johnson who found space on the wing, lumbered into the corner and birthed the ball down. The second try was scored by winger Mathew Graville who also found space outside and outpaced the defense.
ORSU and Missoula Provide Thrills Under the Lights
Mar. 12, 2009 -- A combined D2 and D3 ORSU side took on the Maggots of Missoula, Montana in a friendly match under the lights on Thursday night. The big, boisterous crowd was treated to a night of hard tackles and thrilling runs from two of the Northwest's most dynamic teams. The night match saw a large number of both D3 and D2 players getting game time as the two ORSU teams ramped up for league matches on the coming weekend. ORSU whipped the crowd up with spirited play and a couple of exciting tries. However, Missoula took the match with their hard-crashing runs and solid defense. The friendly was followed by a bonfire and BBQ, with good cheer all around.
ORSU D3 Upends Kitsap
Mar. 7, 2009 -- The D3 traveled light in numbers and experience to their match against Kitsap, but prevailed 7 - 0. It was Pardy Time when lock and man of the match Matt Pardy powered over the line in the first half for the only try scored on the day. The second half demonstrated heart on both sides as play became increasingly physical and saw both sides enduring extended goal line stands.
Jesters Corral Roughriders
Mar. 7, 2009 -- ORSU scored four tries to three Saturday against the Bend Roughriders. Out for revenge for their Fall defeat to Bend, ORSU played well, dominating possession and territory. Tries went to wing Dylan Vinzant, prop Jason "Worm" Haar, center Joey Herrle and blindside flank Keone Tawata. Aaron Jones had a good day with the boot, slotting 4 penaties and a conversion. Player of the Day went to Dylan Vinzant. ORSU travel to Boise this weekend to battle Snake River in a must win match in their bid to make the top two in the league and the Pacific Coast playoffs.
Tight Win Away
Feb. 28, 2009 -- ORSU's D2 team traveled north to Bellingham, WA Saturday to face Chuckanut Bay RFC. ORSU needed a win to keep their playoff aspirations alive, but didn't start well, letting in two first half tries to Chuckanut to go into halftime down 12-0. The second half was all ORSU's though, with tries to Keone Tawata and Talo Fetuuaho, both converted by Aaron Jones, to take the lead 14-12 with ten minutes left. Then with time up on the Ref's watch, we only needed to kick the ball dead to take the win, but center Joey Herrle had other plans, and ran in a 50 meter solo effort to finish the day and take the win 19-12. Player of the Day went to outstanding openside flank, Pat Murray.
Visitors Escape with Win
Feb. 21, 2009 -- In a fiercely contested match Saturday, ORSU dominated hometown rival Pigs in possession and territory, but was unable to to finish its chances. ORSU drew first blood with a try to Keone Tawata, but the conversion was no good. The opposition struck back with a try and were able to convert, adding a penalty kick late in the half. Second half saw the visitors pinned in their half with no real scoring chances, taking repeated poundings to their goal line. Unluckily, a final try eluded ORSU multiple times. With both teams top contenders in the D2 competition, this matchup is one to watch next time around.
Heavy Clash Ends in Draw
Feb. 14, 2009 -- ORSU played Budd Bay in a top of the table D3 clash Saturday. A very hard hitting game was played in perfect conditions, with both sides dotting down twice. ORSU's tries went to Ben Dubin at halfback and Brett Brownscombe at inside center, with Dustin King converting one and adding a penalty at the end to level the scores at 15. Bob Reininga was awarded the man of the match for a storming game off the back of the scrum. The D3 team plays away to Vancouver this weekend in a much anticipated battle.
Two W's to Start the Spring
Feb. 7, 2009 -- Both men's sides won Saturday, taking both teams to second in their respective leagues. The D3 team played the early match against Eugene, and were very clinical in winning 27-5. Dustin King at center and John Morris at openside were outstanding. The D2 had their first win over the Tsunami 11-10 in a fiercely contested match, Chris Haslett scored ORSU's only try, with Aaron Jones kicking two penalties, the second to give ORSU a lead they wouldn't give up. Both teams have a 6-2 record.