Archive for January, 2012

Blood Drive this Saturday

A reminder from Meyer:

Hello everyone, on Feb 4th (Saturday) from 8:30am -1:30 pm we will be doing a blood drive in Saint Sebastian’s Church at 155 Washington Street, Middletown, Connecticut – 06457.  As we announced at the banquet we are short by about 15 or so donors to hit the number we told the Red Cross we would be able to provide.  I have not heard back from many of you and we are asking if you can make it this Saturday that would be a great help for a great cause.  Our goal is to make this a yearly event for the whole Rugby community in Connecticut.  So please email me at and let me know when you can attend.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 Grey Help Comments Off

A message from the President

A message from our President and fearless leader, his honorable Kevin Mac.  I’ve taken the liberty of adding a parenthetical comment or two.  Mine are the ones with the brackets “[ ]“, I was going to use the curly braces, “{}”, but then you might think I’m stooping to Leone’s level.

Fellow Grey,
If you missed our Annual Banquet at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford you missed a great night of food, music, Awards presentations and many laughs.
In a 45 minute Awards Presentation, we had Sandy Woodard, ( a founding member of the Greys) provide us with some ” Grey ” history and presented the Founders Award [during which we learned, the award is not necessarily for the best, nor the smartest player...]. In the true spirit of Tony Johnson and John Kerr, Mike Meyer and Jim Burke, gave new nicknames to the 5 rookies present. But the highlight of the night belonged to Tom “Ronco” Roncaioli who in presenting the Mace Coman 16th Man Award managed to insult old people, not so good players, and nearly everyone present as he forgot the last name of the person he was giving the award to, ( He had the plaque in his hand with the name on it ) [His presentation style was made for TV too.  It was cliff hanger after cliff hanger]…..the only regret of the night was not video taping Ronco’s speech for the ages.
Thank you to all who had a hand in making this night happen and congratulations to this years Award Winners;
MVP Forwards…..Kevin O’Sullivan
MVP Backs…..Charlie Mattison
Rugger Hugger…..Linda Donahue
John Falatyn Freight Train Award….Matt Leonard
Founders Award….Mike Meyer
Captains Award….Burt Hale, Mike Hale
Mace Coman 16th Man Award….Jon Castaldo
Youth Leadership Award….Bill Bishop
Rookie Award….Jeff Vencus
Presidents Award….Lou Petruzzello

Monday, January 30th, 2012 CT Grey News Comments Off


Thank you Eddie Carr for sharing this:

 Why We Play The  Game
By Rupert McCall

When the battle scars have  faded
And the truth becomes a lie
And the weekend smell of  liniment
Could almost make you cry.

When the last rucks well behind  you
And the man that ran now walks
It doesn’t matter who you are
The  mirror sometimes talks

Have a good hard look old son!
The melons not  that great
The snoz that takes a sharp turn sideways
Used to be dead  straight

You’re an advert for arthritis
You’re a thoroughbred gone  lame
Then you ask yourself the question
Why the hell you played the  game?

Was there logic in the head knocks?
In the corks and in the  cuts?
Did common sense get pushed aside?
By manliness and guts?

Do  you sometimes sit and wonder
Why your time would often pass
In a tangled  mess of bodies
With your head up someones arse?

With a thumb hooked up  your nostril
Scratching gently on your brain
And an overgrown  Neanderthal
Rejoicing in your pain!

Mate – you must recall the  jersey
That was shredded into rags
Then the soothing sting of Dettol
On  a back engraved with tags!

It’s almost worth admitting
Though with  some degree of shame
That your wife was right in asking
Why the hell you  played the game?

Why you’d always rock home legless
Like a cow on  roller skates
After drinking at the clubhouse
With your low down drunken  mates

Then you’d wake up – check your wallet
Not a solitary  coin
Drink Berocca by the bucket
Throw an ice pack on your  groin

Copping Sunday morning sermons
About boozers being  losers
While you limped like Quazimoto
With a half a thousand  bruises!

Yes – an urge to hug the porcelain
And curse sambuccas  name
Would always pose the question
Why the hell you played the  game!

And yet with every wound re-opened
As you grimly reminisce  it
Comes the most compelling feeling yet
God, you bloody miss  it!

From the first time that you laced a boot
And tightened every  stud
That virus known as rugby
Has been living in your blood

When  you dreamt it when you played it
All the rest took second fiddle
Now  you’re standing on the sideline
But your hearts still in the  middle

And no matter where you travel
You can take it as  expected
There will always be a breed of people
Hopelessly  infected

If there’s a teammate, then you’ll find him
Like a  gravitating force
With a common understanding
And a beer or three, of  course

And as you stand there telling lies
Like it was yesterday old  friend
You’ll know that if you had the chance
You’d do it all  again

You see – that’s the thing with rugby
It will always be the  same
And that, I guarantee
Is why the hell you played the  game!!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 Poetry Comments Off

The Banquet and the Blood Drive

Fellow Grey,
This Saturday is our annual banquet.  We need to have numbers confirmed by 9 AM tomorrow.  Here is are the RSVP’s so far.  Please check to make sure you’re on the list if your supposed to be.  Also, the blood drive is coming up on February 4th.  Meyer’s note is below.  Let him know if you can make it.  We need to get the numbers up.  As soon as we have confirmation that we’ll make the numbers, I’ll stop bugging you guys about signing up. 
For the banquet:
Jeff Lev and Donna
Ed and Kathy Carr
Steve Carr and Leslie
Bert and Johnnie
Lou / Trunksie
Joe Falivene and Krista
Matt and Mary Leonard
Sandy and Kay Woodard
Dave and Sofie Kirk
Jon Casataldo and Guest
Tom and Lyndsey Flynne
Don and Patty Brancard
Merola and Guest
Bill and Marti Aman
Bud and Pam
Joe and Judi
Jeff Vencus
Dean and Aileen
Kevin and Allison
Larry and Carle
Mike Hale
Tony and Jan
James and Anna Ackman
JP ???
Linda Donahue ???
Anyone not on this list and planning to go contact Mac ( asap so you are not forgotten. If there is a question mark after your name I don’t not have a check or confirmation.
Meyer’s note:
Thank you everyone who has responded so far to the CT Rugby Blood Drive sponsored by the CT Grey.  So far we have Mac, Meyer (+2), Steve Carr (+1), Burt, Kirk (+1), Bishop, Murph, Norbert, Rubino, Kosilla, Rita, Yanik, Bud, Mike Hale, Stauffer, Doheny, and Vencus (+1) coming from the Grey.  As well we have several members from Old Black coming as well.  We are looking for 40 more people to join us to hit the numbers asked by the Red Cross.  So if you have not yet responded please let Meyer know if you can come on Sat Feb 4th in Middletown from 9am-2pm (  Please get the word out to any friends you have in the area as well that would like to come along.  Please spread the word – it would be great to have Hartford, Danbury, Fairfield, and New London bring some players and be a part of the first CT Rugby Blood Drive.
Thanks, Mike
Yours in correspondence,

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 CT Grey News Comments Off

A note from Bud on the Jammer’s next event

A note from Bud Harvey, “coach” of the CT Jammers:

The Jammers are going to be putting on a demo game against the Hartford Whale this Sunday at the annual Tip-A-Player event at the Civic Center from 4-7 p.m. this Sunday, January 22, 2012.  A good family destination with a sports carnival for the kids, a chance to meet the Whale players and lots of good eats from local Hartford eateries.  Best part, the proceeds go to support the Jammers and the Sports Association.  Here is a link in case anyone can make it.  I know more information, I will forward it.


Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 CT Grey News Comments Off

Touch Rugby in Waterbury


There is an indoor field available for Touch Rugby this winter on Hamilton Park Road in Waterbury across from the Brass Hills Mall and near the 7 Angels Theatre.  It is a space frame dome and the field is available Monday through Friday in the evenings until 10:00PM.  The cost to rent the field is $125/hr so if 10 guys can show up, that’s about $10 bucks a piece (about the same as you’re already paying for Zumba).  If 25 guys can commit, the field could be had for 2 hrs at the low low price of $10 bucks a guy.

If you are interested, please let Bill Hoadley know (


Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 CT Grey News Comments Off

You’ll only feel a pinch…


We need your help to make our first annual blood drive a success.  We need at least 50 of you, and that might be tough with some of the screening questions they ask…but I’m sure there are 50 of us that can pass the screening!  Come on out February 4th to Saint Sebastian’s Church (155 Washington Street, Middletown, CT) between 8:30 and 1:30 and give some blood off the pitch. 

We have 11 confirmed so far and we really want to get 75 pints donated so please tell a friend and let Meyer ( know if you can attend.



Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 Grey Help Comments Off

Extra Extra, Read All About It, CT Grey Get the Wheel

Thanks to all of the Grey who made it to New Horizon’s Village for the 9th Annual Fight for the Wheel.  A motley crew of the Grey showed up to take on the Connecticut Jammers for their annual bout.  The Grey, clear underdogs in the match, scrapped and rolled through 4 quarters of Quad rugby to emerge victorious.  When the dust settled and the final whistle blown, the scoreboard read:  Grey 43  Jammers 39.

Bud had this to say, “Ah, the shame of it all.  After 9 years of exceptional coaching, the Jammers broke my heart today.  However, taking the high road, we will not blame this loss on the high number of turnovers committed by the Jammers or the fact that the officiating by Ricky Famiglietti, Captain of the Jammers, was sorely wanting, the Grey, led ably by Al Steiger, one of the Jammers coaches and a longtime Grey, out-fought and out-hustled the Jammers.  The coveted “Wheel” will be dusted off and turned over to the Grey at the Annual Banquet. In the only bright spot in an otherwise tragic day was the fact that, through the generosity of the Jammers, the Grey and spectators, we raised $327.00 for the Michael Jones Trust to help Jonesy, the Albany Knick player who broke his neck, in his recovery efforts.” 

See y’all at the Banquet.

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 CT Grey News Comments Off

36th Annual Ruggerfest


A few clubs (Knicks and White Plains) are working to put a side together to go down to the 36th Annual Ruggerfest.  If you are interested, please let Pat Malanaphy know as soon as possible.  The tournament is February 25th and 26th at the Central Broward regional park.

See you at the banquet (and don’t forget to bring your old mobile phones, cords and accessories.)


The Grey

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 CT Grey News Comments Off

Have you let Mac know if you’ll be playing for the “Wheel”?

Another reminder…The Annual Greys/Jammers match for the coveted “Wheel” is this Sunday! Kickoff is 10:00 a.m. at New Horizons Village, 72 Bliss Road, Unionville, Conn. 06085.  This annual fixture is not to be missed and is an opportunity to get into a wheelchair and roll against Connecticut’s only wheelchair rugby team, the Connecticut Jammers. Email Mac  if you will be attending and whether you can show up by 9:30 to help with chairs and equipment.

Thursday, January 12th, 2012 CT Grey News Comments Off




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