On Saturday, May 15th, Mystic River held its first full-day rugby event at Pine Banks Park since fall, 2019, and what a beautiful day it wound up being. Mystic River Youth Rugby started off the day bright and early with a fast & informative youth clinic. The kids had a great time, and it was a perfect way to commence “Club Day.” Two Mystic men’s matches were set to follow up the clinic, and a pitch-side barbecue was there to feed the traveling teams and the Mystic faithful!
It is with a heavy heart we share the unfortunate news that Bobby Engel, an Original member of Mystic River Rugby Club, passed away on 5/1/2021. The following is a note that Bobby’s family sent over to another one of our Original Mystics.
We don’t need to revisit what happened during 2020, but we hope everyone and their families and friends have stayed healthy and safe during these strange and uncertain times. With that being said, the Mystic men are back at Pine Banks Park training under Massachusetts’ COVID-19 guidelines and to date, they faced off in the 1st Mystic River “Battle of the Families,” where “Team Lyons” and “Team Sullivan” battled it out in the club’s first live rugby since pre-pandemic, and then, this past Saturday, May 8th, Mystic sent two sides to Philadelphia as Schuylkill River hosted our Monsters of Malden for the first rugby match played against an opponent since November 2nd, 2019.
We hope you are as excited as we are to put an end to winter and get out to see some champagne rugby! The boys have been working hard at training for over a month now with Coach Matthew Webber to nail down their fitness and put the hard work in early. Below is the tentative spring schedule, make sure to note the big NERFU playoff game April 18th against the Wolfhounds at the ICC.
3/14 at 4pm – Lets try and get a huge crowd of Blue to the FreeJacks Home opener to show our support! The match is at Union Point in Weymouth.
3/21 Jamboree Day – from 10am-9pm, Mystic River plays at either 2:30 or 4:30 vs. Connecticut Selects @ Pine Banks with plenty other matches occurring all day long!
3/28 @ NYAC, Travers Island, NY (A& B sides)
4/11 @ Amoskeag
4/18 D2 NERFU Playoff Game vs Wolfhounds @ the ICC, Canton
4/25 NERFU Championship @ TBD
5/2 NERFU/Empire Crossover @ Union Point, Weymouth