Summer 7s kicked off Thursday with a spirited practice featuring 25 players. Many were new to Gaelic, a mix of college players home for the summer and recent graduates destined to be the newest members of the Gaelic family.
Old Gaelic will start its season Saturday, June 12th at Lehigh Valley.
Old Gaelic hosted its frenemies from the East on May 22nd for a day of rugby, family, and camaraderie to remember our departed friend and leader Frank Lentz. Just as Frank would have wanted, the home team kicked ass on its way to victory.
As Old Gaelic emptied the bench throughout the day, tries were scored by players with a 20-year gap. Lock Alex Diegel got the scoring started off a well placed “hot” ball from captain Brian Hart. Then Austin Waugh scored the first of his two tries and the hosts looked like they’d run away with this one in the first 20 minutes as they built a big early lead.
However, with the desire to create an entertaining match for the loaded home crowd, Old Gaelic took the foot off the gas pedal and let Lancaster crawl back into the game. Coach Dan Roth called his own number in the final period of the game and put things back in Old Gaelic’s control with a show and go try. Then Ian Eggleston, playing in his first match for the Black and Gold since 2011 received a beautiful inside ball from Matt Leggett to put he stamp on this one and secure victory for the home team!
A thrilling Wild Rovers vs. Motley B side was played after, highlighted by the Rover himself Kenny Burke playing against some of the players he coached in high school.
A memorial music video created by Curtis Brillhart, Dan Roth, and Dave Young was played as we remembered our friend. It can be viewed below.
The party then transferred over to the practice field where we grilled, drank and laughed deep into the night. Thank you everyone who made this such a fun and memorable experience, especially for the Lentz family who attended both the match and after party.
Old Gaelic hit the road to play Montgomery Bucks (formerly North Penn) for another Spring rugby clash. It looked like things would come easy for the visitors when Brady Reisman split the defense a minute in, and the Kory Harris conversion made it 7-0 early.
However, the Old Gaelic offense stalled from there and Montgomery eventually struck back with a try at 19′. Harris tacked on a penalty kick at 26′, but the home team scored the game’s second try at 32′, converted this time, and took a 12-10 lead.
Old Gaelic regrouped just before the halftime break; a big counter ruck got the good guys possession, they passed out wide, then back across the field to find new wing Alex Schaffer, who dove across the try line in the corner. Harris made the tough conversion and to give OG a 17-12 lead at the break.
Old Gaelic started slow in the second half with a number of nock ons and penalties before the team’s superior athleticism broke through. Center Jase Martin sparked the offense with a long try, then new forward Porter Miller shook off two(!) high tackles to return the ensuing kickoff the distance and build a 29-12 lead. Veteran prop Frank Weaver scored his third try of the season, Captain Hart took over the kicking duties and the visitors grew the lead to 36-12.
Montgomery showed spunk by closing the gap to 36-31, but flanker and former West Shore fly half Jeremy Fisher hit a penalty kick to make it a two possession game in the final moments. Jeff “Cappie” Cook entered the game and sealed the victory with a handful of powerful rucks in the final moments as Old Gaelic ground things down to the final whistle.
Props to Paulie Sommerville who made his first start at eight-man and earned Man of the Match, hooker Sergio Acala who was all over the field doing the dirty work to take home “Viking Hard Hat” of the Match, and Fisher who played another strong game at flanker before rediscovering his fly half roots to hit the decisive penalty kick.
Old Gaelic Rugby hosted Doylestown in its first home game in over a year. This was the first home game for many players, several of whom earned the first Old Gaelic “caps” of their respective careers.
After a promising start that saw Old Gaelic head to halftime up 21-19, veteran lock Russ Kane and rookie flanker Greg Armbrust were lost for the season with a ruptured achilles and broken ankle, respectively. Prop Adam Blood announced his retirement after the match, cutting short a valiant attempt at a comeback from a catastrophic knee injury. See you soon Blood, and we look forward to your third comeback attempt.
Kane remains optimistic. With his seventh orthopedic surgery, he has enough rewards cash to “get that jacket I’ve been eyeing for so long.”
Armbrust’s little brother Chris was a tad more miffed. After an ill-fated attempt at introducing his father to Hoops, this is the second major injury he’s brought upon the Armbrust family.
“My mom hates me now. Like, she’s not even passive aggressive about it anymore. Just aggressive,” he explained. Armbrust stared blankly off into the distance before continuing. “The word ‘abortion’ was used.”
In other news, if you missed Old Gaelic’s season opener versus Lehigh Valley, here’s the recap.
Next up hits the road versus Montgomery Bucks (formerly North Penn) before ending the season at home against Philly Whitemarsh and Lancaster.
Old Gaelic has a full day of rugby and camaraderie set for May 22nd. Bring your boots and your beers as we remember our departed friend Frank Lentz on what is the Saturday closest to what would have been his 45th Birthday, celebrate 45 years of Old Gaelic brotherhood, and enjoy a full day of rugby.
Please note that due to limited parking, carpooling to the game is a must!
12 p.m. A-side Old Gaelic vs. Lancaster kickoff, 260 Willow Mill Park Rd. Mechanicsburg, PA.
2 p.m. Wild Rovers/Mixed B-side kickoff
5 p.m. Clear the farm and head to the practice field: 126 Hogestown Rd. (114) Mechanicsburg, PA
Please bring something to share. We will be providing pizzas at the field but will grill as the night goes on. A keg will also be provided but ya know… those things can kinda go fast with this group.
Old Gaelic hit the road for its first match in over a year and came away with a 43-20 victory. Lehigh Valley looked much-improved compared to the last team OG played and came out on the front foot after a deep kickoff was mishandled by the visitors. However, the stout Gaelic defense escaped danger, and eventually the offense caught up.
Outside center Kory Harris notched the first points of the 2021 season with a penalty kick, then newcomers Riley Stone and Josh Robertson scored the game’s first two tries. With a Lehigh penalty kick splitting the Gaelic tries, the Good Guys hit the first break (the teams agreed to four 20s) up 17-3.
Jeremy Fisher then raced to a loose ball and scampered for the first of his two tries en route to a Man of the Match performance in his Old Gaelic debut. Harris also scored before wing Chris “Humble” Armbrust gave Gaelic a commanding lead.
Lehigh Valley played tough in tight quarters throughout the day and finished strong with a try in stoppage time to make the game’s final score 43-20.
Gaelic traveled a bit short handed but looks locked and loaded for its home debut versus Doylestown. Its veterans mixed well with newcomers to secure the win. We hope to see many in attendance at Double D Ranch on May 1st.
*Diegel is recanting this all from memory as Coach Roth had to put the boots on to provide cover at 9 and 10. Diegel doesn’t remember things too well these days, and may God have mercy on his soul.
In Memory of our dearly departed friend and leader Frank Lentz. Available for purchase to Old Boys, family members, and any other interested parties for $20 to cover costs and make a small donation to the club. All current active players will receive them at practice with paid dues.Interested in a shirt? We will have them on 5/22 at our home game vs Lancaster Roses. If you can’t make that, please message Alex Diegel.
Upon a review of the health and safety protocols of Old Gaelic’s beloved Shestaurant, Safety Coordinator Paul Sommerville stood horrified at the results.
“I’ve never seen such blatant violations, ” Sommerville said in between bites of a freshly-grilled long hawt. “Old Gaelic’s going to really have to bring things up to code. Or else, ya know,” he said before shaking his wallet before the club officers.
Sommerville was given a dollar off of his dues to keep his mouth shut. Allegedly.
While interviewing new Austin Gilgronis’ and former New Zealand All Blacks’ lock Isaac Ross for his story in The Rugby Network, Old Gaelic President Alex Diegel made Ross an offer he… might… err… likely…. almost definitely will refuse.
“I know you’re under contract,” Diegel said. “And we can’t really pay you. But we can offer you a lot of grilled meats.”
“You can never turn down quality meats,” the 6’7″ Kiwi replied. “What an opportunity.”
Ross is under contract through 2022. But the window is cracked open just enough to slide a sausage through.
The previous story found in April’s edition of The Nose has been stricken from the record.
As Old Gaelic players continue to look for ways to stay together safely amongst the pandemic, a snow-covered pitch was not enough to curtail a night of hoops and grilling at The Shed.
As players struggled to adapt to the conditions, Chris Armbrust finally notched the game’s first drop goal — only to be negated by Russ Kane! The weary combatants slugged on, with the team of Jude, Chris, and Davey taking the first victory of the night.
Team Russ, Diegel, and Jerry took Game Two in a true battle of attrition. Game Three took place at The Shed wear the worthy combatants ate hot meats and drank cold beers, making everyone a winner on this most frigid of events.
In lieu of the traditional “Winter Tour,” Old Gaelic has also gotten together for sledding and a night of bowling. As the calendar flips to March, weather should cooperate and get us out of hibernation and back to some rugby on the pitch.