Jacksonville Women’s Rugby club starts Fall 2019 Practice on Tuesday September 17th! Practice will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 7-9pm at Fort Family Park 8000 Baymeadows Rd East. All players welcome no experience necessary. The team is excited to start this new season lead by our captains Stacey Nemeth and Maya Officer. We also have a new Coaching staff lead by Melissa Butler as Head Coach, Theresa Herberlace as Forwards Coach, Kayla Delpivo as Backs Coach and Ashley Hellet as Rookies Coach. The team will travel to Savannah, Orlando and Tallahasse for games along as host University of Florida and Augusta Women’s team this season.
There are 3 more youth clinics, which means 3 more opportunities to have your kids learn about the best sport ever! Representatives from both the Jacksonville men and womens teams will be out before the Axemen games to help out!
Come see us and support your Axemen!
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Congratulations to the Jacksonville Youth Rugby- Wolverines! The U-19 boys took down the number one seed, Tampa, 28-19. The Wolverines will play in the regional final this Saturday, March 24th in Orlando, versus Orlando! At stake is a spot in the Florida State semi final, which will be held on April 7th.
Ashley Hellett is a high school teacher, avid soccer and rugby fan, and an advocate for children with cancer. A year ago, when our community and rugby family lost the Amazing Kate Amato to childhood cancer, Ashley decided she needed to step up and help more families affected by this heart wrenching diagnosis to keep Kate’s legacy alive.
Mrs. Hellett reached out to an organization called V for Victory, where they help people and their families battling cancer while the families get to focus on their children. V for Victory was started by one of the owners of V’s Pizza after his son was diagnosed with cancer.
While working with the organization, Ashley asked what she could do to help families have a better Christmas this year. It was at this point that she met Kadesh and his family! The following is what Ashley had to say about Kadesh when asked how to promote his cause:
“Strength, prayer, and family. These words are defined by the Ellison family.
The Ellison family have 7 wonderful children, Salah Hope age 9, Kadesh Levi age 8, Hadassah Ruth age 6, Judah Zamar Age 4, Anotole’ Joy 3, Le’ona Lea 1, and Shiloah Noel who is a newborn.
Kadesh is described as a smart, athletic, kind, loving, and respectful boy. On January 4, 2017, his life changed forever. It was his mother’s birthday and she heard the words that every parent dreads from their pediatrician: “Your son Kadesh has been diagnosed with cancer. He has AML-M4.” This type of cancer affects the bone marrow and the blood. With the strength that this family has in the Lord, they prepared to fight this monster head on. Since January, he has had 4 rounds of Chemo and a Bone Marrow Transplant from one of his sisters. Unfortunately, his body rejected the bone marrow transplant.
Even through this battle, he has kept his faith in the Lord and has strengthen his relationship with Him. Kadesh is the true definition of a warrior. Through the ups and downs, he has fought hard. This little warrior is a true hero. No child should endure what he has.”
As a part of Ashley’s rugby family, we want to help her achieve her goal to provide Kadesh and his family with a better Christmas this year. On December 16th, the Jacksonville Rugby teams will have a 50/50 raffle, with a donation going to Kadesh. If you would like to join in on the fun and fundraising, please come to Culhane’s Irish pub, starting at 7pm. The raffle will be drawn at 8:30 pm. If you would like to make a donation to the Ellison family or to the raffle, please send us a message on Facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Ellison’s also have a Go Fund Me page set up for Kadesh!
The Jacksonville Rugby Clubs and Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial are thankful for everyone’s hard work and dedication in making this event into a wonderful success! Thank you to the sponsors, golfers, and volunteers! We could not have pulled this off with out you! For more information regarding next year’s event, please email Miranda Barnard our amazing Fundraising chair at Miranda.email@example.com!
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Please make sure to check out the website for any changes that may occur! Thank you for all of your continuing support! – The Jacksonville Sinners
The Jacksonville Women’s Rugby Team welcomes their newest sponsor: Forever Vets Animal Hospital. Recently, the team came together in such an astounding effort when a 5 month old puppy came in to Forever Vets Animal Hospital in very serious condition. The puppy, now named “Sinner,” showed signs of lethargy, not eating, and vomiting. It was soon discovered that Sinner contracted the Parvovirus- a highly contagious and deadly virus. The original owners could not afford the treatment and opted to euthanize him. In a matter of hours, the Women’s Rugby Team pulled together the funds and then some to pay for his treatment. The team was determined to give this puppy a chance at life and continually checked on him to monitor his progress. The teamwork between both the rugby team and Forever Vets Animal Hospital showed their compassion for animals as well as their ability to unify and work quickly to resolve a stressful situation. Since then, Sinner has made a full recovery and has found a great home with members of the rugby team. Because of the incredible partnership they demonstrated, Forever Vets Animal Hospital made the decision to sponsor the Jacksonville Women’s Rugby Team. Here’s to a great relationship for many years to come!
by Ashley Nicks
Is Everybody Happy?!?!?
The Jacksonville Sinners were after a well-played game Saturday against our longtime rival, the Orlando Griffins. Despite coming up short, 29-39, we were pleased with our overall performance as a team.
What made the game was the second half; we came alive as a team, came back hungry for the win, and executed several stellar plays that left a mark in our opponent’s minds. Out of the many girls who play for the Sinners, four of them dominated the game earning the titles Forwards and Backs of the March. The forwards were none other than Stacey and Lindsay. Both girls, not only owned the rucks, but ran the field as well! The backs were Sam and Aisha who were worked together to create holes in the defensive line; Good luck catching them on a breakaway! Well-done ladies!
We will be back on the pitch March 11-12 for the St. Patrick’s Day Tournament in Savannah. See you there!
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What a great weekend full of rugby! The Sinners traveled to Mobile, AL this past weekend taking on the Spring Hill College/Battleship and NOLA/Langniape.
The Sinners first game was a solid win of 43-0 against Spring Hill College and Battleship combined. With solid communication and ball handling the Sinners were able to make some fantastic plays happen!
The second game of the day was another win of 22-7 against NOLA and Langniape! Strong defense played a big role in this game. The Sinners had to work hard to advance their way down the field. But with good communication and teamwork they were able to walk away with the second win of the day.
There were celebratory sprinkles after both games and of course a few drinks with some great ruggers!
The Sinners Current Stats:
Total Points Scored: 152
Total Points Conceded: 7
The Sinners have their next game October 22, in Jacksonville, FL. Time and place will be announced soon!
Saturday September 10th was a great day for rugby!
The Sinners start off the Fall Season with a 57-0 win against GSU! Go Sinners!
We want to give a shout out to all of our new players, you guys rocked it! As well as all of the vets who were there to help support all of the new players, way to be great leaders!
Every game we recognize a player from both the forwards and the backs who not only had a great match, but had a great attitude on and off the field. These two played their hearts out this weekend and looked amazing doing it!
Forward of the match: Stephanie “Sparky” Clark
Back of the match: Miranda Barnard
We’re looking forward to a great season!