Mavericks Beat Alliance JV 29 -25

The Mavericks took on a big strong Alliance JV side with 12 players. We borrowed 3 from Alliance.

The Mavericks played exceptionally well with very good rucking and ball retention after tackles. We had outstanding srummages winning every hook but one in the first half.

Scores by D.J., Chris Kelly, Chris Shultz, and one of the Alliance guys playing for us.

It was a good effort played with a lot of heart. We had a few kinks in trying to follow the game plan and getting the ball out to the wing in the back line, plus defense needs some work, as the close score indicates, but we still won. Good Job!

Mavericks Win Allen/Frisco Tournament Division 2

The Maverick Youth came away from Frisco champions of the 2nd Division. A great tournament hosted by Allen and the Frisco Griffins was played out in what was the windiest and coldest rugby day, and night, of the year. The finals were held just before the Frisco Griffins were to play the feared Texas Islanders. Results were announced over the loud stadium speakers. Many thanks go to John Shafto of Allen for organizing, all the coaches and players, the Frisco Griffins for inviting us to "Rugby TX Night", providing the spectacular venue for the finals and especially the Allen moms and dads who provided the tail gate in very cold conditions, who also ordered and picked up the trophies and set up the Allen field.

The Mavericks, with only 9 players, started out the day finding that our first game was hours away. This allowed us to have a intense and focused skills practice, fine tuning what was needed to accomplish our game plan. Our hands and passes were in top order and ready to lead us on to victory. Even our lineouts looked to be unbeatable.

Our first game was against Alliance 2 and though they had some size we made effective tackles, for the most part and won plenty of ball at the breakdowns. Alliance just couldn't keep up with our pace and ball movement. We finished that game without being scored upon. We didn't stick to the game plan as our backs kept the ball instead of passing, speedy winger Chris Merimon did not receive a single pass at wing. But, our athleticism won out with strong breaks on the inside, by Chris Kelly and Chris Schultz.

The 2nd game was against Plano 2. These guys were bigger and faster and did score on us but, they too, couldn't keep up with our speed and continuous breaks for the long haul. Again, ball hogging on the inside forced us to play some frantic rugby, and again, our natural abilities, experience and aggressiveness won it for us.

Having won both our round robin matches put us in the finals to be held at the Dr. Pink stadium in Frisco. After the sun dropped the North wind raged in dropping the temperature to near Arctic levels. Most of us were under dressed and shivering. After an understandably lack luster warm up, we took the field against Allen 2. This looked to be a big match against the toughest team in the other bracket on the widest, windiest field yet. We won the toss and elected to kick off with the wind for the first half. Promise Jackson scored on the opening kick off and we never looked back. (Hint: never let the ball touch the ground on any kick!) Unfortunately, high tackles by multiple Mavericks forced the ref to understandably dole out a yellow card, making us play a man down. After a big first half, Allen came out with their heads down and never got close to being in the game, even with us being down a man at the start. Allen played hard, with heart and never gave up but it was just too much to overcome.

The post tournament celebration was something to be remembered. For our D2 victory, we received the largest trophy yet to be handed out at a youth 7s tournament. Captain, Chris Kelly was recognized as D2 Tournament MVP and awarded a large trophy as well.

A great day by our fine Mavericks: Captain - Chris Kelly, Promise Jackson, Chris Schultz, Chris Merimon, Richard Gonzalez, Dillon King, Ginger Hanawacker, Lorenzo Marconi, Kasy Chapa.

If you have photos of this great event, please contact Mr. Kelly so that we may post them on the site.

Mavs Win All Games at Gateway

The Mavericks won every game in at the Gateway Tournament on 11/20. We played Jesuit 2, Allen 2 and Panther City. The "3 Chris's" led the score board with numbers as Chris Kelly, Chris Schultz and Chris Merimon sliced through, over and under the defense for points. Lorenzo Marconi scored and played great defense. Dillon King played his first game and got his first try. The team played extremely well and passed much better than their mentors, the Men's Maverick backline. Move over old men, you've got some competition!

Jesuit 1 won the tournament. Though we won out, we were in the 2nd division and our finals match opponent bowed out due to injury and exhaustion. We could make a case for saying we came in 3rd overall.

Mavericks Beat the Heat at Mudfish

Four of the Maverick Youth Ruggers assisted the men's team in the absolutely hottest tournament of the year. James Kelly, Chris Kelly, Mike "Ginger" Hanawacker and Lorenzo Marconi stepped up in 103 degree oppressively humid weather and played against mens' teams. Ginger scored in our only victory over DARC. We lost a close one to MSU and then, after a hard fought battle, to the Reds. Everyone played well in the blazing sun but could tell that fitness had fallen after a month's break.

The Reds went on to play the Tongan Nation, a.k.a. the Euless Islanders, in the final. Euless went on to win both the Mudfish and Minnow division. They had at least 60 players suited up and looked very impressive, especially with some of our former Mavericks leading the team.

Next on the agenda is the AirHogs baseball pool party 8/28. Check the web site for details. This party is open to the our Allen teammates as well as any friends from other teams you wish to invite (and have $25).

Mavericks Win Tourney, Now Preparing for This Weekend

The Maverick High School team won first place in the latest of the NTX 7s Series tournaments. Though we were missing regulars, Jacob and Kasey, the return of vets, Tony and Lorenzo, had quite a positive impact. Both had good games. The Canterbury students summering with the Mavericks also strengthened the side and gave those players needing rest a chance to do so.

Mavericks, again, have the honor of hosting the next North Texas 7s Series Tournament at home on Saturday 6/19. Even more teams are slated to show. Expected field arrival time will be at 8:00 AM Saturday morning. It will not be any cooler, so we are pressing for earlier finishes, before the heat becomes oppressive.

Attendance at practice is mandatory!

Mavericks Awarded 2nd Place

The Grand Prairie High School Mavericks fought to a 2nd place finish at the 2nd Gateway 7s tournament this summer. Led by the "Carrollton Crew" the boys beat perennial powerhouse Alliance, cohorts Allen and Plano B. Plano A took the whole thing and looks very strong this season.

We still need players, as we had to borrow a few to finish out the tourney, due to injury and such. We need you, the guys that were not there, to help us take first.

Next scheduled tournament is the Lone Star 7s to be held at Lake Highlands Park in Dallas on June 5. You can find a map on our un-updated schedule page. Details later.

Mavericks take 3rd at Gateway 7s

The Mavericks took 3rd place at the 7-a-side rugby tournament held at Gateway Park in Ft. Worth. The young men adjusted quickly to the faster game and different style of play. It's definitely not 15s! They had to commit only 2 players to the ruck, whether they were backs or forwards, and have the remaining 5 players spread the field. Missed tackles cost dearly. Kasey, and Chris each managed to score 3 tries a piece, with Ginger making 2, and James and Mason each scoring once.

The next tournament is set for May 22nd, back at Gateway with hamburgers and drinks afterwards. The entry fee is only $5 a head. You can't beat that.

Fantastic Performance at Texas A&M

The Mavericks combined with Allen played their best rugby of the season at the Gareth Jones High School Rugby Tournament in College Station (4/10/2010). They also played the most rugby of the year, with club playing 3 games and the North Texas Rattlers playing 2 and 3 more. Every single Maverick attending the tournament played on the North Texas All-Star team.

The first game of the day was against the perpetually strong St. Thomas of Houston. We lost that one 17-10 on a couple of missed tackles but our strong pack dominated all forward play.

Next was Ray's alma mater, Katy. Defense was superb, pack play remained dominant, and the backs were able to make some long runs after superb mauling and rucking. We still managed to lose that one, but only by 3 points, 7-0.

We finished with a victory over Alamo Heights, an extremely strong team that beat St. Thomas 13-10. We managed victory in the last minute on a sneaky penalty play by Chris Kelly to win 10-5.

Players were selected from the tournament to attend Sunday's Texas High Performance Camp for a shot at the Texas All-Star Team. Given the honor to attend the U17 camp, were Jacob Burke, Chris Kelly, and Mike Hanawacker. James Kelly made it to the U19 camp. After 3 hours of hard running and drills, the selector put in their tallies. Chris and Mike got invited to the next camp at Sam Houston State University in June. Now word on the U19 yet.

Make sure you congratulate these tough durable ruggers for their superb performance and enduring stamina. All parents and coaches were overwhelmingly impressed and extremely proud. The young men had a great time which you will see in their faces when you ask.

Successful Start of Season

The Maverick Rugby High School (U-19) team saw their first action of the season on January 12th at our new pitch, Prairie Park with scrimmages (2 - 15 minutes halves) against Allen and Alliance.

First up was Allen and the Mavericks with some playing for the first time ever faired well and were able to score four tries for a 26-0 victory. Allen and Alliance played next while the boys got a break and some additional coaching. Against Alliance they were facing a side with with experience some of which were returning players from last year's State Champions. Alliance jumped to a 5-0 lead and the Mavericks were able to answer with a converted try to go up 7-5 and looked to have a victory but a converted try at full time gave Alliance a 12-7 victory.

Given this was the first taste of live play for a handful of players they faired pretty well and it looks like we can have a successful season ahead of us.

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