Posted on November 20, 2017 · Posted in CT Grey News

Your Faithful Correspondent was unable to join the boys in Bayonne….But photos of the scene confirmed my suspicions that this venue would not be as scenic as others. But a good time was had by all from what I can see. Captain Jason Smith advises that no avian related diseases were inflicted on the GREY. No word on any human conveyed infections incurred by the GREY.


November 18, 2017  Bayonne, NJ  CT Grey 43 – Combined NY/NJ Old Boys 10

The Grey closed out the Fall 2017 Chapter of the “Never-ending Season’ with a convincing win in Bayonne, NJ.  Playing combined squads from Morris, Long Island, GONY and Bayonne, the Grey were able to re-establish a winning streak by defeating a combined NY/NJ squad for the second time in three weeks by a score of 43-10.  20 core Grey made the trip to Bayonne this weekend and were joined by a few Village Lions to create a side numbering 27.  All players were put to good use on the day, as the Grey logged 80 full minutes of spirited play.

The Morris Masters travelled well with nearly 20, the Gentlemen of New York had over ten and Bayonne had more than a full side as well.  Long Island added four or five players, who rounded out the Gentlemen and Morris.  The Grey were scheduled for the first two 20-minute periods of what was to be a four 20-minute period affair.  However, the necessity to sub often because of numbers led to much bickering on the sideline regarding playing time (or the lack thereof).  Fortunately, we were able to arrange and additional two 20-minute periods and all was well in the old boy rugby world once more.

The surrounding scenery of an overcast, fall day in Newark Bay, the loading docks of Port Newark and the Bayonne Bridge may not be the most bucolic backdrop for a day of rugby.  However, the pitch was regulation-sized, natural grass and well cared for (despite being covered by copious amounts of Branta Canadensis excrement).  Known for carrying a variety of zoonotic diseases, no known cases were contracted by any members of the Grey.

(For your information, Dr. Bouvier, publication of this account was delayed an additional day to account for the typical incubation periods of Chlamydiosis and Campylobacter jejuni bacteria as well as the H5N1 virus.  No word yet on any cases of Cryptosporidium or Giardia, as these typical incubation periods averaging around seven days, and I didn’t think you could endure such a delay.)  All in all, the pitch was great, as was the rugby, and a great day was had by all.  Thanks to Bayonne for hosting and providing an outstanding official.

Try scorers on the day were Pantcho Stoyanov (2), Matt Farley, Bill Bishop, James Vivian, Jason Smith, and Sean Brennan.  (Brennan wasn’t actually at the match this weekend.  However, I had failed to mention the try he scored in Meriden two weeks ago, so I figured I would award him the try which was scored this week by a Village Lion known simply as “French.”)  It’s quite an accomplishment scoring a try when not even at the match.  I will have to check the record books to see if this has ever occurred before.  Well done, Sean!

Conversion attempts on the day saw Kirk Perruccio go 3 of 6 and Ramy Fritzler 1 of 2 with no penalties attempted.  Man of the Match Honors were awarded to Brad Waldron for both his fearless play, particularly while fielding and returning kicks, but also for his many years of quiet, devoted service to the Grey.  For those unaware, Brad and his wife are relocating to Sydney, Australia for the next two years, and this was likely Brad’s last match with the Grey.  Thank you, Brad for all that you have done for the club—on the pitch and off.  Best wishes in Australia.  (now, get to work on a Grey Tour of Australia and New Zealand!)

Special thanks to some of the newer CT Grey who have been helping us to maintain our prominence in old boy rugby–Joe Micalizzi, John DiCostanzo, Greg Beach all made significant contributions this weekend.  Thanks also to Rich Brierly of Montauk and Rafi Khan from White Plains for joining us and logging some hard minutes.  All of you are greatly appreciated.  In closing, I would like to thank Kirk Perruccio, Andy Ives and Bill Bishop for carrying much of the load for me this fall as I missed considerable time while managing an injury and some personal challenges.  You all epitomized the characteristics which make the Grey such a special club and I am proud to know and play with you all.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming AGM, the Annual Awards Banquet/Pub Crawl, the Six Nations Fund Raiser and the Savannah Shamrocks St. Patrick’s Day Tournament.  There are over 100 days until our next regular season match.  Please take this time to recover and train for an even more successful campaign in the spring of 2018.  Cheers! –Jason


The Annual General Meeting of the CT GREY RFC has been moved to 11/26, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the home of yours truly Tom Flynn… 236 South Elm Street Wallingford CT. 06492. I can be reached at 203-687-9717 of any of you backs get lost. The  Club will supply some munchies but bring some beer. We will have the election of officers, some changes to the GREY By Laws and a general discussion. And please bring your ladies…I like most of them better than you anyways…kids too…. I have a big yard and plenty of room… We’d like to make this as social as possible. And please come and let the Powers That Be what you think.

BENEFIT FOR OUR OLD FRIEND CESAR GONZALEZ Cesar played for the GREY for several years before getting sick with brain cancer some time ago. He’s an old Southern and New Haven  Old Black. Cesar is a great fellow and if you can help he and his family out this holiday season it would be deeply appreciated.