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OP Newsletter: Lions Take Down Phoenix in First Scrimmage

By Matt Schmidt, 09/26/16, 11:00AM MST


Congratulations to the OPRFC Men's squad for beating Phoenix in Phoenix for the first scrimmage of the season, scoring seven tries to Phoenix's six. Phoenix took the lead early by going up two tries to none in the first quarter of play, but OP kept fighting, responding with two unanswered tries of their own in the second. OP and Phoenix would trade the lead several times throughout the game.  Eventually, however, the Lions' physical play and fitness bested Phoenix. In the final minutes of play, the Lions' defense were able to stop Phoenix  from mounting a comeback. 

Man of the match: Andrew "Bubba" Norman

Tries: Thompson (2), Cocchi (2), Wade (1), Sherman (1), Norman (1)

This Saturday, both the men and women will travel up to Flagstaff for the Landsharks' annual 10s Tournament. Best of luck to both squads.

* If you want to be a member of OPRFC, receive information, get membership perks and stay in the loop, you MUST register with our site. It takes less than five minutes. This will be our new way of collecting dues, informing the club of events, keeping track of current and past players. Even for non-players and alumni, registering with our site will give you up to date information, membership perks and a way for us to keep track of your occupation so we can send OPRFC members to your business when they need it.

*Practice has started and is going every Tuesday and Thursday at Rillito Park, the women going from 6-8pm and the men going from 7-9pm.

*We are always recruiting, whether you a man or woman,  new or old to the sport. Now is especially a good time to join us as we prepare for our upcoming season. If you have questions, please contact Matt Schmidt at or check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

*The Men's Fall Match Schedule

Sept. 24 @ Phoenix (Won: 7 tries to 6)
Oct. 1 Flagstaff 10's
Oct. 15 @ Thunderbird (tentative, subject to change)
October 21-22: Engage charity event with Big Brothers Big Sisters
November 19: Round Robin @ Estevan with Tucson and other teams TBD
December 10: Exhibition game in Bisbee

* Women's Fall Schedule

  • Oct. 1 - Flagstaff 10's
  • Oct. 22 - Friendly @ Las Vegas
  • Nov. 4 - Inter-squad scrimmage @ Estevan
  • Nov. 19 - Round robin with GCU and NAU @ Estevan
  • Dec. 3 - Arizona Rugby Festival @ Scottsdale

*OPRFC has launched Engage, a project designed to provide more recreational opportunities and athletic kits to underprivileged children, starting with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tucson on October 22/23. If you want to be a bigger part of Engage, let me know.  You can donate to the cause here:

*For more information about upcoming events, check out our calendar or join us on Facebook.