Truman edges KU in Merit Table Match
It certainly wasn’t the prettiest win, but it was a hard-fought “win” nonetheless. Truman rebounded from a 0-12 halftime deficit to post 19 points in the second half to prevail over a tenacious KU team by a final score of 19-15. The game was slowed by some “interesting” officiating as both teams fought to figure out what was being called. KU jumped on the board early as a KU player stepped into a gap and picked-off an errant pass and took it 50 meters for the converted score (0-7) at just 13 min in. A few minutes later, Truman wing Chris Bell received a cut above his left eye and had to leave the match (he got 16 stitches!), and was replaced by freshman rookie Ben Burkemper, in his “A” side debut. Truman spent most of the first half inside KU territory and had numerous scoring opportunities in the first half, but couldn’t stop making silly mistakes and miscues, and never seemed to be able to finish anything off. KU got on the board again with five min left in the half when another errant pass hit the deck and was chipped forward for a charging KU player to gather and carry two Truman defenders over the try line. The conversion was missed, and the half-time score was 0-12 to KU. Going into the second half, Kevin Orcutt came on at flanker to replace Brennan Delaney (Kevin Hunn moved from #8 to loosehead prop, and Brian Wilson moved to #8) and played 40 min of intense “bushwacker” rugby. Nick Welchert came on at 30 min to go, to provide some more fresh legs. (See the Match Roster here.)
In the second half, Truman picked-up the intensity and despite continued tough KU defense, Kevin Hunn drove over with just five min gone. Luke Walczewski’s conversion was good, and Truman was back in the match 7-12. Not long after, Truman was banging on the KU try line again, when instead of running another crash, the ball was spun wide to fullback Justin Carley who went in untouched. The conversion was wide, and the score was tied at 12-12 with 22 min to go. Five min later, KU grabbed a 12-15 lead on a penalty goal, but Truman would not fold and drove the ball back into KU territory. With 10 min to go in the match, Nick Welchert drove over from a second phase ruck. Walczewski’s conversion was good for a 19-15 lead. Having lost close ones before, Truman knew they could not sit on the lead and continued to attack until the final whistle. Final Score: Truman 19 – KU 15.
This KU team was considerably stronger than the team we played early in the season with several players who were not present then, and several young athletes in training. It was a very tough game defensively on both sides, and both teams were frustrated by the officiating at times. In the end, it was a good win for Truman because we had to stick to a plan to come back and win the game, while adapting to the referee – and that builds character. We will need these lessons in the spring as we move into the WRFU Collegiate Championships for 2003. Unfortunately, KU refused to play the agreed upon “B” periods, and seven Truman players who traveled to Lawrence did not get a chance to play. These guys need to play games to learn. Traveling to watch doesn’t get them anything. Special thanks to Alumnus Paul Askeland who traveled to Lawrence to cheer us on, and to the many parents who came out to support us!
Index article about the fall Truman Rugby season. We managed to get a full-color, half-page match photo featuring fullback, Justin Carley, on cover of the sports section, and a photo of flanker Brian Wilson on the header of the front page of the newspaper. Nice coverage, indeed!
Truman Alumni come through to top the undergraduates
Thirty alumni turned-out on October 12 for Homecoming weekend, with 28 Alumni players subbing in over five periods. They put on a fine show of running and handling to top the Truman undergrads 39-21. The weather was cool and drizzly, and the field was sort-of soft! Truman lead 16-0 after the first two 20-min periods. However, the Alumni put up 27 unanswered points in the third period to lead 16-27, as they “schooled” the Truman seconds. Truman was not able to catch up in the last two periods, as the Alumni held strong to win. Regardless of the outcome, everyone had a great time, and the alumni were gracious in victory. Senior Luke Walczewski was voted “Truman Player of the Match” by the Alumni in recognition of his hard running and prodigious kicking. The Truman team presented the “Old Man Award” to Doug Bratcher, while also recognizing all the Alumni for their excellent play. We had a great post-match feed (and thank Lloyd’s Distributing Co. of Kirksville for their support). Once again, the Alumni were extremely generous in their on-going support of the team. Many thanks to all of our Alumni who traveled from far and wide to participate in the festivities.
As with all Alumni games, there are many funny stories that will be live on … such as “Tree Boy”, donut relay races, the “Bryan Lay” call, bat races, “Mr. Uncomfortable”, Bobbo the Clown’s show of strength lifting 5 Truman rookies, the “whirling dervish”, our new “Spoons Champion” Sean Foley, “Zulu warriors and their pal, Captain Donley”, disturbing sights at the Du Kum Out, golf on Sunday morning (only Dougie and me showed up!) … and much more!! THANKS to all the Alumni! See y’all next year!
Truman place 2nd in Heart of America Collegiate Tournament
Truman posted two good wins on Saturday against a hard-hitting University of Nebraska side (38-10) and the University of Oklahoma (18-10) in the Heart of America Collegiate Tournament, hosted by KU in Lawrence, KS. However, Truman came up well-short in the finals on Sunday, losing to Iowa State University 41-6. Truman played with a good rhythm during the first stanza of Sunday’s final. However, several scoring opportunities went begging as Truman was 2 for 5 in penalty attempts (one each for Richard Schuessler and Luke Walczewski). Iowa State gained momentum through the half, and put in two unconverted tries at 23 and 28 min, to bring the half-time score to Truman 6 – ISU 10. ISU reestablished their attack just 3 min into the second half with a converted try to take a 17-6 lead. They capitalized on Truman being a man down (with a player in sin-bin) and scored 12 quick pts in the next 10 min to effectively put the game out of reach. With Truman’s defensive pattern in tatters, and ISU running well, another two converted tries for ISU put the final score at Truman 6 – Iowa State 41. Truman suffered their first major set-back of the season. However, we did not play well in the final, and despite a few good breaks in the second half, we never seemed to get on-track and we had trouble finishing-off attacking movements. Defensively, we became tentative and lost our pattern, and that doomed us. In retrospect, losses like this one can be a good wake-up call. Physical conditioning was not the problem, it was mostly mental and reflected a lack of team focus. It also reflected a strong opponent in Iowa State. ISU are big and aggressive, and although their Saturday matches were not as well-played, their Sunday effort was very effective and they ran, rucked, and tackled very well. Full credit to Iowa State – they simply outplayed us on Sunday!
On Saturday, Truman played inconsistent, albeit effective rugby downing Nebraska in the first-round match, in which Nick Welchert, coming in as a reserve lock, scored two tries in 20 min, the last being a 80 m romp where he out-ran the Nebraska defense. Also scoring for Truman were freshman scrumhalf Richard Schuessler (try and 4 conversions), sophomore wing Austin View, and sophomore wing Chris Bell. Against OU, Truman was faced with a very tough and quick opponent. OU got on the board first, and lead at the half, 10-7. Truman’s points came on a crashing try by sophomore prop Kyle Stephens, and a Schuessler conversion. A determined Truman defense and aggressive running saw Truman take the lead early in the second half on a try by senior fullback Justin Carley. Two Schuessler penalty kicks, and a solid defense effort, sealed the match. Critical in this match was the effort of the pack, who took several balls against the head to shut-down some OU scoring opportunities. Read the brief report from the Index on this event.
Truman over Mizzou
Truman Rugby dug deep to defeat a much-improved University of Missouri team by a score of 25-7 at home last weekend. It was a beautiful day in the ‘Ville, with clear skies and a nice breeze to keep everyone cool! In truth, Truman played pretty sloppy for most of the first 20 min, making many unforced errors. Both teams played hard and defended well, but it was not pretty! Truman held a slim 6-0 margin at half-time, on two penalty kicks by Luke Walczewski. Unfortunately, freshman flyhalf Sean Foley rolled his ankle badly and had to leave the game at 25 min. He was replaced by freshman lock, Kevin Jones (Luke Walczewski shifted from inside center to flyhalf, sophomore Brian Wilson moved frmo #8 to inside center, and Kevin Hunn moved from lock to #8). Aggressive play near the MU goal line lead to a try for freshman lock T.R. Dilla at the 16 min mark of the second half. After several hard charging runs at the goal, the ball was deflected back to Dilla, who crashed low under the defense to score in the left corner. Walczewski was good with the sideline conversion, and the 13-0 line gave Truman some short-lived breathing room. Five minutes later, MU exploited a defensive lapse, and scored a nice try and conversion to bring the score to 13-7. Truman picl-up their intensity and began to take control of the match, scoring two tries in the final 10 min of the match. Scrumhalf Joe Rothermich scored when Truman pressured a MU 5 m scrum. MU lost control of the ball in the try zone, and Rothermich alertly pounced on the loose ball. Walczewski again converted to take a 20-7 lead with 8 min to play. Walczewski added to his personal points haul minutes later when he scored after several hard phases at the MU goal line. The conversion was wide. FINAL SCORE: Truman 25, MU 7. MU traveled with only 16 players, and were not willing to play a “B” side period, and left for home. The Truman players divided into two 13 man teams for some intra-squad play. The quality of the play was good, and it is clear that our rookies are starting to figure out the game, and getting more confidence. Tries were scored by Chris Bell, Kevin Hunn, Justin Carley, and Chris Conard. Read the Index Article on this game.
Truman tops the Huskers
Truman Rugby put over 9 tries en route to a 51-7 victory over the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sophomore outside center, Ryan Worth, lead the way with 3 tries, and senior flanker Kevin Orcutt added two tries. Also scoring for Truman were fullback Justin Carley, inside center Luke Walczewski, wing Chris Bell, and flanker Brian Wilson. Truman’s forwards played very, especially in the loose where they continually challenged for possession and produced many take-aways. Sean Foley had a great day at flyhalf, and his effective kicks and ball distribution created pressure on UNL, while affording good field position and good attacking opportunities. In the “B” game, the KCRFC “B” was just too strong for our young bunch, and they took it on the chin 5-49. However, it was heartening to see some the improvement in these young players as the game went on. Index brief report on this game.
Truman defeats KU in early season scrimmage
There is a long-standing rivalry between Truman Rugby and our counterparts at KU, and even though this was a non-merit table, preseason match, any match against KU is one to get psyched for. “If you can’t get up for a Truman vs. KU rugby match, you need to take up another sport!” KU traveled short-handed to Truman, and picked-up some Truman players and Alumni (Turk Satterly and Paul McQuillen) to fill-out their side. Thanks to to Nick Jansen (KU captain) and the players who made the trip and honored the scheduled match. The day was overcast with occasional sprinkles, and a lot cooler than usual. However, the field was harder than usual, and desperately in need of some rain!
Because this was an early season match that was intended to be a tune-up for both teams, we played 4 – 20 minute periods with substitutions at the breaks. In the end, Truman was able to play 26 players through the four periods, prevailing by a score of 63-0. The scoring started early, as Truman’s posted 5 tries in the first period. Chris Bell (sophomore wing), Sean Foley (freshman flyhalf), Justin Carley (senior fullback), Luke Walczewski (junior inside center and vice-captain), and Joe Donley (senior hooker and captain) touched-down, with Walczewski slotting all 5 conversions. Three tries were added in the second period, thanks to the efforts of Ryan Worth (sophomore outside center, 2 tries) and Chris Bell, who got his second of the day. Kevin Hunn (senior loosehead prop and #8) scored the last try of the day for Truman in the third period on a power move from the #8 position. Truman were held scoreless in the fourth period. Truman scored a total of 9 tries, with Walczewski converting all 9. Read the Index Article on this game.
Truman defeats Iowa State in season opener 24-10.
Truman Rugby began their fall 2002 season with a solid win over Iowa State University on Saturday in Ames, IA. The game remained close through the first half. Both Truman and Iowa State looked to be sorting out their respective games, and looking to establish a rhythm, and each team attacked and defended well. The half-time score was 3-3. At the turn-around, Truman got the benefit of a down-field crossing breeze and played to the kicking game to both relieve and create pressure on the ISU back three. Five minutes into the second half flyhalf Sean Foley hoisted a ball to the ISU right wing, who found himself isolated against outside center Ryan Worth and right wing Chris Bell. Worth made the solo tackle allowing Bell to scoop up the loose ball and take the ball over from 30 meters out. Luke Walczewski converted for the 10-3 Truman lead. Four minutes later, Truman put together one of the nicest tries in recent memory. From an attacking platform about 30 meters out, no less than five Truman players used quick hands and good communication to move the ball quickly in attack before fullback Justin Carley touched down the converted try (score: 17-3). ISU was not to be counted out, and came back minutes later to score a very nice try, when the Truman defense missed an assignment (score 17-10). The heat and fatigue on this first weekend played a factor, but Truman’s defense held firm. Nearing full time, Truman defenders isolated and tackled the ISU left wing, then pouched his ball, and began a well orchestrated series of crash moves that drove the ball well into ISU territory. After passing through several sets of Truman hands, scrumhalf Joe Rothermich saw the try line and sliced against the grain to touch down between the posts. Walczewski converted to close the scoring. Final score: Truman 24 – Iowa State 10. The “Killer B’s” took the field and played out of their rookie skins, making great tackles and good decisions to earn a 13-0 decision. Index brief report on this game.
Post-match photo from Iowa State, September 7, 2002
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Ten Commandments of Rugby (sent by Alumni Zak Wilson and Christian McKeel; I especially like #5!)
Player Medical Information Form – To be completed by all Truman players. Open and complete by hand, print, and sign.
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Truman Wins Columbia 10s Tournament
Truman racked-up a 3-0 record en route to winning the Outlaws 10s tournament yesterday. Truman scored 63 points in 3 games, while allowing none! Fourteen players showed up, and we were able to use subs to keep up pace while getting terrific performances from all.
(Click on photo for larger version: (front) Greg Gallagher, Kevin Hunn, Ryan Worth, Joe Donley, Brian Wilson, Turk Satterly, Sean Foley, Tony Sauceda; (back) David Korkoian, Kenton Moorhead, Lyle Stephens, T.R. Dilla, Tom Tajkowski, Austin View, Bill Sexton)
ROSTER: The roster included a mix of returning Truman players, alumni and two players who will be starting Truman this fall. Both new players, Sean Foley and T.R. Dilla, have high school and U-19 experience and made the trip to Columbia to play and meet their future teammate. (I think it was a good introduction to Truman Rugby!). Alumni: Greg Gallagher, Turk Satterly, and Tony Sauceda. Players: Joe Donley (captain), Kevin Hunn, Brian Wilson, Ryan Worth, Kyle Stephens, Tom Tajkowski, Kenton Moorhead, David Korkoian, and Austin View. Incoming players: Sean Foley (flyhalf, Kansas City) and T.R. Dilla (lock, Ames, IA).
GAME 1: Truman 15 – St. Louis Ramblers 0. Kevin Hunn went in for the first try, which was converted by Foley. Mid-way through the second half, Truman got a penalty to go 10-0. Captain, Joe Donley closed the scoring to make it 15-0. Truman played great defense in holding out the Ramblers, adhering to the “one man, one tackle” philosophy. All 14 players played during this match.
GAME 2 (Semifinals): Truman 24 – St. Louis Royals 0. Truman scored in the first 2 minutes, when Donley scored his second try of the day, and Gallagher got the drop-kick conversion from the touch line! Dave Korkoian took a nice pass into space to score in the right corner, for a 12-0 lead. With the Royals in shock, Truman struck immediately when Foley slipped though for a self-converted try – halftime score: 19-0. The game was pretty tight in the second half, with Truman holding their defensive line. Turk Satterly got on the board at the close of the half to seal the 24-0 win.
GAME 3 (Finals): Truman 24 – Kohlfeld Scorpions 0. The Scorpions (from Cape Girardeau, MO) had just come off a come-from behind win over the St. Louis Hornets, and they had some quick, aggressive backs and big forwards. However, from the outset, Truman took it to them with great tackling, excellent support on attack, and some nifty ball movement. It looked like the Greg Gallagher show, as Greg notched three tries and 2 for 3 conversions in the final. A Sean Foley break-away that he dumped off to Joe Donley closed the scoring, and the 24-0 finals win.
On the day, Gallagher had a total of 21 points (3 tries and 3 conversions) and Donley scored three tries, as well. Foley had a try, 3 conversions, and a penalty for 14 points. What was really fun, was the continuity we showed through phases during the game. There always seemed to be someone there in support on the attack, and we challenged at every tackle situation. We were steady in the scrums and did very well in the lineout. We excelled on defense, shutting out everyone, with excellent body-to-body tackles. Any time an opposition runner broke free, we had players chasing them down and taking ball. Notable were the defensive efforts of Tom Tajkowski and Brian Wilson, who played and tackled like maniacs. Up front, Kevin Hunn, Joe Donley, and Kyle Stephens (our only front row guys) played every minute and never let down in the set pieces or the loose. Kudos to all the Truman guys for their commitment and effort.
Special mention needs to be made of newcomers Foley and Dilla. Both are entering freshman at Truman this fall, and displayed terrific game sense and poise on the field. They will be important additions to this young team as we continue to develop our fast-paced style.
Fall training starts SOON! Be prepared. Get out and begin training on your own. Increase the number of reps, increase the intensity of your running, and begin getting those jingle-jangles in! P.S. Thanks to Mrs. Lorraine Wilson and Mr. Tom Foley, our fans!!
Truman Alumnus – John “Tarp” Tarpoff, USA Eagle
Tarp has now received three “caps” playing for the Men’s National Team in summer 2002. He gained his first cap coming on in reserve at tighthead prop against Scotland in San Francisco on June 22nd. He has seen playing time in both recent matches against Canada (in Toronto June 29 and Chicago July 13). Tarp is looking big (6’ 3″ and 255 lbs) and very fit. He is solid in the set pieces, and getting the flow of the game at this new level of competition. The team has a short break before resuming Rugby World Cup qualifying matches in early August, when they take on Uruguay and Chile in home and away matches. Best of luck to Tarp as he pursues his dream of playing with the USA Eagles! We, as his former teammates, can be proud of the respect he brings our club. I will post some photos very soon. Here is write-up from the official USA Rugby match program (Tarp Program 2002 – Profile from GoffOnRugby.com). Photos: Tarp after USA – Scotland match and in his #1s headed to team banquet.