Teen Night Out is an evening organized by teens for teens! Our Teen Leader Corps. plan each evening’s theme, activities, and food, and your teen can have a say too by participating in Leader Corps if they choose. TNO provides your teen and their friends a fun night of hanging out in a safe, supervised, and substance free environment. From 8-10pm teens rule the Y after hours.
It has been an incredibly productive, rewarding, and exciting winter for #WolfpackNation. We're thrilled to continually expand our reach into the community: City of Keene / Monadnock Region – NH and beyond!
With only 3 days left to give to our "Shave to Save" fundraiser for cancer research and treatment at Norris Cotton Cancer Center / Cheshire Medical Center / Dartmouth-Hitchcock – please consider digging deep and helping support this great cause: https://www.classy.org/campaign/shave-to-save/c209776
Indoor training in full swing and we'd love to have anyone interested in a fun pre- NFL #SuperBowl Sunday session join us at the Keene Family YMCA at 3:30!
#GoPack #NoQuarter #15as1
A final bearded message, to the amazing community of City of Keene, Monadnock Region – NH, #CheshireCounty, and all the local businesses and families of #WolfpackNation who have helped raise funds for our "Shave to Save" event supporting Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
Donations are graciously accepted through the end of January at: https://www.classy.org/campaign/shave-to-save/c209776
…and now to hide our beardless faces for a few days
It's a shame that some Wolfpack members will be going a few days without a beard after today's event… while others may take the rest of their lives to grow back a 5 o'clock shadow! The "science" behind beards is amazing. This graphic, from a "leading" source, shows what our great sponsors are depriving us of, in the name of fighting cancer…
Worthy cause indeed!
Thanks so much to Nye Hill Farm, Branch and Blade Brewing, SERVPRO of Cheshire County, Beeze Tees Screen Printing, The Barbery In Keene, NH, 21 Bar & Grill, Greenwald Realty Associates, Savings Bank of Walpole, Paige Catherine Hudon, Bellows-Nichols Insurance Agency, THE SERVICE GUY, LLC, and so many others who have been so supportive for this event!
It's not too late to donate! https://www.classy.org/campaign/shave-to-save/c209776
EVENT DAY UPDATE!!! #shavetosave #crushedit We've got the results of all your efforts towards Norris Cotton Cancer Center thus far and you have spoken… it looks like most of us are in for a shave today! You raised us $3050 for us to shave and $1450 to save our beards Ryan Bell.There still time to pitch in to our cause though so visit: https://www.classy.org/campaign/Shave-to-Save/c209776 Shout out to Sue and The Brewers of Nye Hill Farm Derek SERVPRO of Cheshire County for bolstering our campaign with your efforts! Don't miss the Shave to Save Event today at 1pm The Barbery In Keene, NH #monadnockrugby #nerfu #beardenvy #babyface #cancersucks
Fall rugby, in Keene, New Hampshire… it’s officially upon us – well, sort of. Saturday, we celebrated abnormally warm weather with a few other “abnormalities.” As our home-opener against #BlackRiverRugbyClub, we took the opportunity to thank our amazing premier sponsors: Beeze Tees Screen Printing, Nye Hill Farm, 21 Bar & Grill, and Kilkenny Pub. Special shout-out to The Barbery In Keene, NH for all their support, and Branch and Blade Brewing – for the great game balls and Players of the Match prizes!
Other special circumstances include (A) our “Phoenix Player of the Year” front-runner, Elliott Hughes, who “opted out of the match” for THE ONLY acceptable reason according to Coach Wayne LaBombard: continuing the legacy (as pictured below). Congrats, Elliott and Kirsten! Can’t wait to meet new Wolf-pup, Dorothy Grace!!! And then there was (B) The Pack’s only man-bun, Jason Cook, re-aggravating a calf injury during a pre-kickoff high-five with his coach… not either of their proudest moments. Two starters down – first whistle hasn’t even sounded!
So, with “not available” designations for perennial impact starters due to child-rearing and high-fives, we knew we wouldn’t be taking the normal route this week.
From the first kickoff, Intensity declared itself the game’s primary emotion. Neither team claimed perfection, but opportunity availed itself first to Monadnock. Inside Black River’s 22m line, two high-tackle penalties gave quick options to the Wolfpack, and put last week’s “missing link,” Aidan Danger McAllister, with 3 would-be tacklers in his way to the try zone. Advantage, Danger! Wolfpack up: 5-0. With some massive hits by our defense, Black River’s possession seemed short-lived and quickly a turnover inside our attacking zone put the forwards in a downhill mentality. 3 successive crashes drew the defense, and opportunistic veteran, Dan Belluscio, powered over a few speed bumps on his way to a sideline pay-day. Up to the task, Ely Thayer decided 7 is better than 5 and converted the score: 12-0, good guys. Less than 5 minutes later, rookie sensation, Stephen Wolff, found himself taking the express lane off a forward-pick into the promised land: 17-0.
Backed into a corner with plenty of rugby to play, Black River showed their strength at around 30 minutes… Linking nicely between distributors, crashers, and terrific support, they capitalized on a reeling defense and dotted down a converted score to announce their mission: 17-7. After a botched lineout in our attacking half, the “cleanup crew” decided that it was time to impose their will – giving our play-caller the chance to be a play-maker and seeing him cut through the defense to score in the center, and convert his own: 24-7. HALFTIME
In the second half, penalties plagued both squads. First, Black River gave Monadnock a look at posts twice within easy range for the sure-footed fly-half: 30-7. The Wolfpack saw crossover athlete rookies, Mischa Hoffman and Torre Marks, take high-tackle yellow cards in the 64th and 65th minutes – to stack the deck 15v13 in favor of the visiting team. Smelling blood in the water, a skilled Black River manipulated the tired and outnumbered defense, swiftly scoring after the second card: 30-12. Captain, Ryan Bell, settled his troops and led by example – playing out of position and tallying 10+ tackles of the pressuring opposition. Tempo and Trust became the mind-set for the vastly outnumbered home team. As time wound down, with fatigue strangling each of the 30 animals remaining, Black River showed their never-say-die mentality and scored a converted try as time expired: 30-19.
Monadnock Rugby Football Club takes on Black River tomorrow at 1pm at the Pat Russell Field (Formally known as Carpenter Street Field). Come support your local rugby team as we defend our home turf. Bring your friends and family as we will have food and games on the sideline before and during the game!
We will also be presenting jerseys to our premier sponsors Beeze Tees Screen Printing, Nye Hill Farm, Kilkenny Pub, and 21 Bar & Grill! We will also be giving a shout out to the rest of our sponsors including Branch and Blade Brewing and The Barbery In Keene, NH. This presentation will be at 12:45 so don’t miss it!
Also, please bring a non-perishable food item as during all of our home games this year, we will be collecting items to give to Southwestern Community Services! You won’t want to miss the game that everyone will be talking about all next week!
BEAUTIFUL day for rugby in Boston this past Saturday. Traveling a little light for available players, a nice contingent of Wolfpack Supporters made the trek and kept the sideline rocking! Thanks, fans.
From the opening whistle, our fancy-footed and high-flying President and loose forward, Tommy Hughes (Forward of the Match), plucked our kick-off from mid-air, letting the Boston Ironsides know that the ball would not be easily won at any point. Defense held, possession became the name of the game, and the battle raged on.
Scoring was highlighted with a beautifully-executed kick and chase by the combo of Ely Thayer (Back of the Match) to Gerald Palmer, and topped it off with an easy conversion. Poetry in motion, the Wolfpack started on the front foot, and put ourselves in a position to win the first quarter and never look back… Some crafty running and good decision-making by Drew set him up to assist new Wolfpack member, Zach Gedney, for a try. Watching his conversion attempt sail wide, Ely wasn’t done scoring yet. After rebounding from an opponent score via strong phase play, the Men of Monadnock were awarded a penalty right in front of the posts and couldn’t pass up a chance to go ahead by 2 scores. Penalty kick: good! Like the glorious battleship they’re named after, Boston Ironsides refused to go quietly, and orchestrated a 70+ meter attack, finding every semblance of weakness in the Pack defense. Linking the ball between seemingly every player, they were met forcefully on the goal line by Drew “Big Hits” DiSilva, but momentum was too strong, and the score had been earned. One point was not a comfortable lead for Monadnock. Playing a “bend but don’t break” defense, we found an opportunity to regain possession and go to work. 60+ minutes of hard rugby was evident on both sides, but preparation availed a late-game opportunity for our speed-power combinations at all attacking points on the field. A balanced pressure found defenders on their heels just enough to put the Pack in striking distance. Around 5 meters out, VP and #10, Ely took advantage of the teams hard work and good timing to split a few defenders around the ruck and earn pay dirt, dealing our opponents a final strike. Full time: Wolfpack 20, Ironsides 14.
As always, kind and gracious hosts – thanks to The Boston Ironsides Rugby Club. Great battle, and best of luck the rest of the season. We’d also like to thank our sponsors! Beeze Tees Screen Printing for providing uniforms that kept us looking good, even when we weren’t playing our best. 21 Bar & Grill & Nye Hill Farm – always giving amazing nourishment for our minds, bellies, and souls to perform on and off the field. The Summit Athletic Center for keeping our bodies right – and The Barbery In Keene, NH doing the same for our beards! Lastly – a huge thank you to Branch and Blade Brewing for providing us delicious awards for Player(s) of the Match – which were enjoyed immensely by our opponents.