Monthly Archives: September 2012

Logistics for Vandy Weekend September 22 – 23

We are traveling to Nashville for 4 matches over two days.  Here is the schedule for the weekend:


6:30 am – Gather at Central Parking log

7:00 – Leave for Nashville

11:30 – Gather at pitch at Vanderbilt – Blakemore ave and 25th Avenue south  Nashville, TN  37212

1:00 pm – Match against Vandy

3:00 – Match against Tennessee Tech

5:00 – Check into hotel – Country Inn and Suites   590 Donelson Pike   Nashville, TN  37214   (If this facility is full, family members may find rooms at the Comfort Inn and Suites which is close by.

7:00 – Team Dinner – Hermitage House 3131 Lebanon Pike  Nashville, TN -(Family members are welcome to attend the family dinner Saturday night [Cost for family members is $15.00 per person], I just need to know if they are attending so that we can notify the restaurant.)

8:30 – Tournament Party (TBA)


8:00 – Team Breakfast at Hotel

9:00 – Team meeting at Hotel

11:00 – Pre- match snack

12:00 – Hotel Check-out

1:00 Match against Western Kentucky

3:00 Match against Vandy

(Dinner on your own)

The following car assignments for travel have been made.  The driver is the first name on the list.

Car 1 – Bauer, Josh, Josiah, Adam

Car 2 – Cobb, Phil, Ian, Thomas

Car 3 – Kian, Kazra, August, Jamie, Tyler

Car 4 – Ryan, Jay, Cameron, Kyle, JR

Car 5 – Scott, Anthony, Tazmon, Brandon

Car 6 – Trey, John, Freddy, JC (friend)

Car 7 – Cole, Swat, Brandon,

Traveling on their own:  DC, Brewi, Stephen


Room Assignments: (Reserved by first name on list)

Room 1 – Bauer, Josh, Josiah, Adam

Room 2 – Cobb, Phil, Ian, Thomas

Room 3 – Kazra, August, Jamie, Tyler

Room 4 – Ryan, Cameron, Kyle, JR

Room 5 – Scott, Anthony, Tazmon, Brandon

Room 6 – JC,  John, Freddy

Room 7 – DC, Brewi, Stephen

Room 8 – Cole, Swat

Room 9 – Jay, Kian

Please contact me if you have been selected to attend and your plans change, or if you want to travel to Nashville and do not see your name here.

All persons traveling must be registered at USA Rugby and must be paying their dues.




Tigers improve at Stone’s River Tourney

The Tigers impressed all college teams with their speed, agility, ball handling and fitness during the Stone’s River 7’s tournament last weekend.  Tigers went to Stone’s River with the goal of improving their play and training new players. This tournament was perfect for this objective.  Players could come in and out of the match and will which allowed for coaching and development.

Except for the ASU match, all matches were close and Kian stated that ASU did not run over us.  We were competitive with them.  The other matches were within a try.  Though the Tigers did not win any of the three matches. The Tigers accomplished what they came to do by getting developing players time on the pitch.  The Tigers took 4 players who were new to the game this year.  Those players had a blast and are now hooked on rugby.  The team continues to build in key positions.

Coach Swatzyna was clearly impressed with the development of the squad from their showing at Elvis.  They have two more weeks to prepare for the South Independent Rugby Conference (SIRC) where they will meet Life, Florida Atlantic and Central Florida.

Awards will be passed out tomorrow by Kian, captain of the side.  He envisions three awards for the weekend and will present them tomorrow at practice.

Some photos for the Alabama game are available at the following link.!i=2089943497&k=CXBJC7K

Tigers travel to Nashville this weekend for more development matches.  This is a 15’s weekend and we are taking two sides.  We will be playing Western Kentucky, Tennessee Tech, and will play Vanderbilt twice.

Tigers Select Side for MTSU 7s Tourney

The University of Memphis Tigers will be competing at the MTSU 7s tournament  (Battle of Stones River)  this weekend and take on Arkansas State in its first match.  They will also see Alabama and MTSU through the day.

The MTSU Tournament is one of the largest and most impressive 7s gatherings in the south with 60 high school and college games played throughout the day.

The touring side selected for this match includes the following:  Kian Koleini, Phil Elliott, Scott Smith, Anthony Smith,  Justin Hale, Ian Curry, Tyler Mann, August Myers, Aimeer McCrary, Tezman Mosley and Jonathan Brewi.  Coach Swatzyna, Memphis Backs and 7s coach will travel to manage the affairs of the day.

This tournament serves as a player qualifier, along with the Elvis tournament, for our South Independent Rugby Conference (SIRC) 7s tournament that will be held in Tallahassee, Florida in two weeks.

We wish our boys well.

Tigers Topple Tiger Old Boys

Wow!  What a weekend.  Two full days of rugby fun and fellowship.  Thanks for Tiger Alum Kevin Roedel and friends for coming up with the idea… and for making it happen.  Thanks to Jim Wilson for kitting out the Tiger Old Boys and for getting the swag (still have a few T’s and some cups if you missed out).  Thanks for recent grad Lee Downing for his assistance in acquiring the libations. There were many more who pitched in.  Thanks to all.

For those of you who missed it, here’s what happened this weekend.  Two hundred (yes, 200!) people showed up for a dinner at the Germantown Country Club on Friday night.  We heard from several speakers and I had the pleasure of introducing the 2012-2013 Memphis Tigers.   A great dinner, great fellowship with friends and great start for the weekend. Tiger Alum Steve Perry MC’d the event and was his usual hilarious self and had to shoot the boot a few times due to miscues (real or perceived).

For Saturday, three matches were scheduled at Memorial field with the Tigers kicking off against the Tiger Old Boys at 1:00.  Before the match I explained to the Tigers that though we were more fit and prepared to play, the old boys would not be easy to beat.  I warned our lads that the Old Boys cheat… that is why we needed to play extra hard and keep our heads.  Plus, several old boys had a 12-pack where their six-pack used to be, so they were a bit harder for us to manage in the rucks and mauls.

The match went as predicted.  They were hard to handle at the rucks, but the speed of or our backs was superior.  If we could just get the ball out to the wings and our crashing fullback, we’d take this match handily.  Well, that’s what we did.  With Phil’s quick hands and a skip and loop, Scott found the ball with two old boys in pursuit.  No problem for Scott. We drew first blood.

The forwards started out slow and rusty but sorted out things after a few minutes and began to hold their own in the scrums.  Our lineouts were great, except for the problems we had with the wind.  Flankers were dropping the old boys with ease with sweet tackles.  Adam said that they were fun to tackle because they were so soft and fluffy.

There was good control by our forwards in all phases except at the ruck, where we need more work.  We dominated toward the last part of the match until, for some reason, their pack began to drive us back in scrums.  With 5 minutes in the match, the Tigers were having a hard time keeping the old boys out of the red zone.  Then, I realized that they had 12 men in the scrum.  When I looked at the backline, there  were 13 players fanned out.  Even with this advantage, the Tigers kept them out of the try zone for several minutes.  (Very impressive!) It was a tough assignment, but the tigers were up to the challenge. Each Tiger had to tackle two defenders.  Great practice!

Josh Campbell picked up honors as Man of the Match for the Tigers with two tries and excellent play.  Phil had a few conversions and Jonathan Brewi picked up a penalty kick.  Scott took two tries on some nice breaks.  Final score 27-19.

Shannon Merritt was honored as the Man of the Match for the Tiger Old Boys.  As part of his excellent play,  he scored a try following a rolling maul.

All 29 Tigers on hand had a chance to play.  The starters shook off the rust and the new players showed athleticism and promise.  The coaches have work to do and we now have a blueprint on how to move forward.

The Flamingos and Lady Tigers played next.  The ladies had a great time and we are very proud of the developing Lady Tigers team.

Lastly, a match between the Memphis Old Boys (MOB) and the Blues began around 4:00.  The Tigers, hungry for more playing time were worked into the match with both the Blues and the MOB.  Having our Tigers stand beside these veteran players helped them learn even more on the weekend.

Lots of family and friends showed up and there were over 300 at the pitch during the event.  After the final whistle we retired to Newbie’s for BBQ and where the Flamingo’s were in charge of party games.

Special thanks to referees Alastair Twaddle and Brad Cole for excellence during the matches. They set the proper tone, keeping everything fun and safe.  This was a tough assignment due to the varying levels of fitness and experience.  Alastair and Brad give a lot to our community and we are all very grateful that we have them.

This was the first of what is hoped to be an annual event.  If you missed this year, you do not want to miss this event in the future.  After the hangover clears, organizers will assess the event and sort out what we need to do next year.  Keep an ear to the ground.

Tigers V Tiger Old Boys

The first annual match between the Tigers and the Tiger Old Boys will be played on Saturday September 8, 2012.

The starting side for the Tigers will be:  1. Dylan Carter  2. Ian Curry  3. Aimeer McCrary  4. Chris Cobb  5. Jonathan Bauer  6.  Adam Hairston  7. Joshua Campbell  8. Kian Koleini  9. Justin Hale  10. Phil Elliott  11. Thomas Strickland  12.  Brandon Worley  13.  JC Russell 14.  Anthony Smith  15.  Scott Smith.

All players registered with USA Rugby and with dues paid, or arrangements to pay, will play.

Match will be at 1:00 pm.

Referee:  Dr. Brad Cole

Grounds committee be there at 10:00am working on the field.

All players be there by 11:30.  Taped and ready by 12:00 for warm-ups.

Social at Newbies.