Season practice now till end of season - 4:00-6:00 PM Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday on the grass field unless otherwise announced. All new recruits are welcome and encouraged to attend these sessions at any point till the end of the 2019 season.
No practice Holy Week 15- 21 April 2019
A brief write up on the Media RFC match (Rose Venuto photo's link is https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1tRpsElRUYo7fARvMYGGDAxNwgFq2r7zd?usp=sharing) is located under the 2019 Varsity Schedule along with the Unionville, Downingtown, St. Gregory's match and scrimmage match A&B sides vs St. Joseph Prep and Salesianumn. These write ups will continue throughout the season. They used to be a part of the Shanahan rugby experience and the coaches are trying to bring them back for both players and parents.
2019 Roster is also now completed. We will add players as they join the team.
Next match is vs. Salesianum Prep JV (Away) on Thursday 25 April. KO @5:00PM. We will select a JV side to play next week when we re-start practices on Tuesday 23 April. We will leave directly after school to the Salesianum match and need parents to drive. Coach Karabin will lead the team for this match while coaches Shaeffer and Ireland stay behind to prepare the team for the Malvern match @ Home Sunday 28 April.
Players are to wear a shirt and tie to Away matches.
New JV matches have been scheduled -
Thursday 4/25 - Away @ Salesianumn KO@ 5:00 PM. We will leave directly after & from school.
A final Dine and Donate is scheduled for 4/24/19, 12PM-12AM. This event is going to be held at The Marchwood Tavern. Patrons only need to say they’re with Shanahan Rugby or supporting Shanahan Rugby. 20% of ALL purchases will come back to the team.
We will be having a Mother’s Day Flower sale and details about that will be coming out in the next two weeks. Kim Nuelle is chairing this portion of the fund raising efforts.
Thanks to all parents who attended the welcome meeting will be in the Commons Room Thursday 21 March from 6:00-7:00 PM and the Concussion Management presentation in the Commons on Monday 7:00-8:30 PM by experts from NovaCare. Experts include former Shanahan rugby player Greg Gurtizen PT, DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy; Rita Padhiar, and Dr. Vincent Schaller. Dr. Schaller is a "guru" and pioneer in concussion management; he has performed live talks and has been interviewed on ESPN, publicized articles
Mateo Bien will be coordinating team support for the James Walker 8th annual clothing drive on 12 April to support the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Studies of Addiction. Mateo needs volunteers to be at the Walkers house between 3-5 PM to help load the trailer with bags of clothes. Coaches Karabin/Ireland will be at Walkers with Mateo. Players needing a ride to Walkers house can meet with Coach Karabin after school in the parking lot near the rugby field.
We are looking to have another team building event in either late March or April locally in Downingtown. This event probably will be a bowling night at the Downingtown bowling lanes. stay tuned...
The team building event after practice Tuesday 26 February was quite enjoyable for all who attended. Buffalo fortunately lost to the Flyers. Who knew coach Ireland was a Flyers fan!
Please complete your registration ASAP!!
Here are the registration directions & forms:
The 2019 spring schedule is also now available for review by clicking on the appropriate link.
All Shanahan male students are invited to attend the drills and scrimmage sessions during the spring. Hopefully all will learn, play the game and enjoy the sessions. We welcome all to play in the spring season and help Shanahan win our District Championship as we did in the 2018 season and qualify for and win the state championship tournament in 2019.
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2002 Season Results
June 2nd - Shanahan defeated ArchBishop Ryan 31-0 to win the first annual Catholic Rugby Championship tournament. Competiting schools were Shanahan; Pius X; Father Judge; Ryan; North Catholic and Troop Youth (representing Bonner). The day was bright and beautiful for the teams in this inagnural event to begin a new sports tradition for the Archdiocese school system. The teams played excellent rugby and were able to spend time with players from the other schools watching rugby as they prepared for their next match. Shanahan players playing in their last match were: Dan Reilly - "Mighty Missouri"; Jon McLaughlin - "Socrates", Jon Morin "Scorin Morin" and "The Defender", Mike Wigmore , "Crashing" Mike Kraemer, Mike Ciliberti, Michael McCaughan, Geoff Wilkins aka "Concrete Charlie" & Amelio.
May 19th - Shanahan won the Chester County tournament for the 5th time in 6 years defeating Conestoga in the championship match 16-8. Shanahan had a tough opponent in Conestoga who lead 8-3 at half time and threatned several times in the 2nd half to score but Shanahan's tough defense held Conestoga and the match ended with Kevin Karabin kicking a final penalty kick to bring the match to 16-8. Mike Swanick scored Shanahan's lone try with a strong run for about 15 meters out ending with 3 Conestoga tacklers hanging on as he drug them into the in-goal area to score. Jon Morin and Mike McCaughan had a strong defensive match along with several runs to significantly advance the ball. Fullback Nick Ponto continued to improve his strong play handeling many Conestoga kicks and runing and kicking the ball back into Conestoga territory. Senior forwards Jon McLaughlin, Mike Kraemer, Mike Wigmore, Geoff Wilkins, Mike Ciliberti gave their all for their final championship match to bring home the CCI championship to a grateful Shanahan team.
In the semi-final match Shanahan defeated a tough Downingtown squad which was much improved from their play earlier in the season. The Downingtown scrum half, in particular, displayed courage and determination in helping his team combat Shanahan.
May 2nd - Shanahan remained undefeated in Division 2 and Chester County Rugby League play defeating W.C. East in a shortened match due to thunderstorms 29-0. Shanahan dominated the match but East's young team was very agressive and continued to play against the odds till the heavens opened up with lightening and thunder. Swanick, Morin, John Walters & Reilly scored try's and Kevin Karabin used his now magical Hogwarts school of Magic toe to put up the conversion kicks.through the uprights. More to follow....McCaughan, Kraemer, Mattioni, Shark, McLaughlin were great as usual.
April 28th - Shanahan placed 3rd in the EPRU tournamnet losing a very close match to Doylestown 22-27 and defeating St. Gregory's conviningly 28-7. This was Shanahan's best showing in the EPRU tournamnet since the team placed 3rd in 1997 under the leadership of captains Tim Karabin and Chrsi Piskai. In 2002 under the leadership of captains Reilly, McLaughlin and Karabin the team played their best rugby of the season narrowly losing to Doylestown in the semi-final match due to some mistakes that Doylestown captitalized on for 3 try's. The team never ONCE gave up on the field and were pressing for a try at the end of the match. More to follow....
Shanahan then went on to defeat St. Gregory's 28-7 allowing only one try after repeated penalty attempts by St. Gregory's from 10 meters out. At half the match was 9-7 in favor of Shanahan on 3 penalty kicks by Kevin Karabin. Coming out after half Shanahan put their scoring into overdrive with try's by Swanick (15 meter run) ,70 meter run by Jon Morin (on a great defensive play with a picked off pass) & Mattioni ( 2 meter dive off a ruck) while Kevin Karabin added 4 points with conversion kicks.
On the day Mike McCaughan was tireless in defense as was the rest of the back line and the forwards. Ponto took quite a beating on the day retrieving kicks and making tackles. More to follow....
April 25th - Shanahan continued to the EPRU semi-final round with a tough win over Kennett 8-5 on a try by Mike Mattioni and a penalty kick by Kevin Karabin. This win took the Eagles to 9-0 on the season and was a significant victory for Shanahan over a very strong Kennett team which played with committment, courage and strong team support. Shanahan played much of the first half on their side of the field threatening but unable to score and the half ended at 0-0. Shanahan came out strong and finally scored with Mattioni's try and shortly after with the penaly kick to lead 8-0. Kennett then scored with about 2 minutes left and the match ended with Shanahan once again inside their 22 meterline but unnable to get the ball in for the score. Shanahan may yet meet kennett later this season in the Division 2 and Chester County Invitational tournaments. Mike Swanick had an exellent defensive match for Shanahan followed by Morin, McCaughan, Kelly, Karabin and Ponto. The entire forward team also was outstanding on defense with every person contributing significantly - Reilly, Ciliberti, Simmons, Kraemer, Wilkins, Piskai, McLaughlin Hurley and Mattioni. Steve Wenclewicz also helped in the win with his return to the field for 15 minutes after an early season broken wrist.
April 23rd - In EPRU playoff action Shanahan went to 8-0 on the season defeating North Penn 29-3 to move to the quarter final round. Shanahan played an excellent technical match with constant support from both forwards and backs. The first score was by Nick Ponto who moved into the line to take a pass and scored in the cornor. Jon Morin scored from 20 meters out with an excellent pop pass from Mike Swanick that Morin took on a super speed burst that was beautiful to see and Morin added another try with a steal for a 40 meter run.. Joe Piskai also scored a try with a short run and kevin Karabin added 9 points with strong kicking for conversion kicks and 1 penalty kick. North Penn played a tough match from beginning to end and showed courage and determination in the face of adversity. Jon McLaughlin played another outstanding match both offensively and defensively showing the team the way with his consistent play. Sophmore Aaron Kelly started his first match at 2nd row and junior Rick Menna started as prop for injuried Reilly. Both players stepped up for Shanahan and contributed to the strong team win.
April 21st -Shanahan defeated Warwick 21-5 scoring all their points in the first half on try's by Kevin Karabin, Mike Kelly and Jon Morin. Karabin added 6 additional points going 3 for 3 on conversion kicks. Shanahan moved to 7-0 on the season with the Division 2 win remaining undefeated in both the Chester County Rugby League and Division 2. The Shanahan team once again played extremely tight defensively with standouts being Mike Mattioni, Mike McCaughan, Mike Kraemer, Geoff Wilkins, Joe Piskai and Steve Hurley all lead by forward captains Dan Reilly and John McLaughlin. Joe Piskai and Steve Hurley continued to be impressive in the line outs with their jumping and Mike Wigmore was great in his defensive efforts as a jumper. Sophmore's Ponto continued to improve as fullback as well as Mike Kelly on wing, bringing to 4 the number of sophmores helping to power the 2002 Shanahan team. In total Shanahan has 12 sophmores positioned to help the team continuing it's winning tradition in 2003.
April 18th - Shanahan moved to 6-0 on the season with a 37-0 win over neighbor Downingtown and clinched the Chester County Rugby league title for 2002 which Downingtown captured in 2001. Downingtown had an undefeated Division 2 and Chester County league season in 2001 but lost 13 starters from that team. Downingtown played well from the start and never gave up but Shanahan dominated the match with very stron team play by both the forwards and the backs. The match was played at Shanahan at 3:00 Pm with over 150 teams supporters - parents, students & teachers - watching the match. As always with Downingtown it was a clean match with sportsmanship exhibited by both teams. More to follow ...
April 14th - Shanahan defeated Hibernia RFC 37-5 after Hibernia scored in the first minute of the match off a ruck at mid-field. Shanahan was caught flat footed by the Hibernian scrum half but only for that first play as Shanahan went on to score 37 points. Shanahan went to 5-0 on the season preparing for the Downingtown match on 18 April . Sophmore inside center Mike Swanick had his best scoring match of the season with three try's. In his first score Swanick was tackled into the goal post but had the presence of mind to touch the ball to the post for the score. In fact he touched the ball to the post at least 3 times to make sure he scored. In rugby the goal post is the same as touching the ball down beyound the try line or on the line itself. Next Swanick scored on an intercepted pass and finally on a strong run for about 25 meters out. Also scoring for Shanahan were senior Jon Morin, junior Joe Piskai and junior Nicolo Stewart. Kevin Karabin put an additional 7 points on the board for Shanahan with two conversion kicks and 1 penalty kick. Kevin also assisted the team ith strong punting to touch and passing to the backs to set up the scores. Mattioni also continued his outstanding performance at scrum half constantly digging out the ball for Shanahan. The entire team played cohesively as a unit which accounted for the convincing win. Joe Piskai scored on a dropped ball from 30 meters out while Stewart scored off a pass from Swanick. Jon Morin had another excellent run past at least 6 Hibernia players to make the try. The forwards played great in all their scrums,lineouts and rucks and mauls. Absent team captains Reilly - visiting Drexel University - and Jon McLaughlin - knee injury - the forwards rose to the challenge and sophmore Philip Cantwell propped while Mike Wigmore took over flawlessly at wing forward. Coming onto the pitchaslo were sophmore Rob Hennessey @ hooker and Nick Innunici @ wing. Ponto and McCuaghan also put in strong performances both offensively and defensively. Anton Rosich came on as wing forward late in the match and played great but was injuried in the B side match with a fractured ankle.
April 11th - Shanahan defeated Henderson high school 24-5 to go to 4-0 in Divsion 2 play for the 2002 season. Junior Brian Simmons scored twice for Shanahan once a a twenty meter run and another on a ten meter drive to the try line. Simmons has embraced rugby completely in this his first year of playenjoying the constant flow of rugby and the ability to both tackle and score points. Jon Morin scored one try on a skip pass from about 30 meters. Jon continued his attempts to score throughout the match and on one 70 meter run tripped just short of the try line for what would have been his 2nd try. Jon "Scorin " Morin is living up to his name this year as he works as a team member to put wins on the board for Shanahan rugby. Geoff "concrete Charlie/Geoff " Wilkins continued his agressive tackling as he appears to have become a student of Chuck Bednarick of Philadelphia Eagles national championship team fame. Wilkins, a mild manner fellow off the field, does his bit to make the team a success. Brian Simmons, the junior scoring sensation, scored again with excellent support from his teammates and continued his excellent work as a prop. Steve Hurley the new sophmore 8 man scored with a dive from a 5 meter scrum to put the final points up against Henderson who played well. Kevin Karabin nailed two conversion kicks for Shanahan before he came out of the match at half and "The Shadow" Mattioni continued to confound the opposition with how he gets control of the ball from rucks/mauls and scrums. Mike Swanick has become a comsumate team play at inside center never failing to make excellent passes, diving into rucks and tackling his opposition consistently. Another major contributor to the team in this match was Mike McCaughan who on many occasions ran down kicks from Shanahan and tackled the Henderson player before he could make any gain up the field. Mike also was supported in his efforts with sophmore Nick Ponto who seems to work best under pressure. Everyone did a very good job in this match including our captains Reilly " Mighty Missouri" and McLaughlin "Socrates" who arrived at the match a bit late after viewing the beautiful flora and fauna of the Chester County countryside. We try to encourage the addage that "Rugby is a part of your life,...not your life" as a team philosophy but this was a close encounter. Congradulations to all who played in this match including Mike Kelly; Mike "Crashing" Kraemer, Mike Ciliberti, Joseph Piskai and Ianucci.
April 7th - Shanhahan defeated Media 18-0 in a tough match played at Shanahan. The Shanahan team started off the match with an early score by Jon Morin on an inside switch 20 meters out. Morin scored again on an interepted pass later in the first half from about 30m meters out due to playing excellent defense. Kevin Karabin kicked two penalty kicks and 0ne conversion kick for 8 points. As usual Shanahan received excellent play from both the forwards and the backs. Forwards dominated rucks, mauls and lineouts where Shanahan brought in the ball and stole many of Media's possessions. Kraemer, Simmons, McLaughlin, Ciliberti, Wilkins, Piskai, Wigmore & sophmore Steve Hurley #8 played an outstanding team effort. Leadership exhibited by forward captains McLaughlin & Reilly both verbally and through example push the forwards to their limit and beyound. Piskai has become an outstanding jumper for Shanahan and Dan Karabin '00, all time outstanding jumper for Shanahan, wants lifter "Cosmo/Crashing" Kraemer to come to Scranton University to be his lifter again. However rumors place Kraemer @ Drexel University or Wiedner University. Kevin Karabin continued his leadership of the backs with the help of "The Shadow" Mattioni who is rentless in digging out the ball from rucks, scums and mauls. Inside center sophmore Mike Swanick has the potential to become both a great center and flyhalf for Shanahan. As as sophmore he knows quite a bit about rugby, and in particular to help outside senior Jon Morin look good. Swanick runs hard, tackles hard and passes great...90% of the time. McCaughan and Kelly are great wings and McCaughan has yet to find someone too big and fast not to tackle. McCaughan is still making up to the team for the matches he missed in the Caymans last Easter due to sunburn. Mike says the sunburn came from the trip to StingRay City on the Catamaran but some guys say it was the girls he was chasing after that caused him to lose sight of using sun screen.
March 24th - Shanahan defeated Kennett high school 18-7 with two trys's- one by Brian Simmons and one by Mike McCaughan -and two penalty kicks and one conversion kick by junior flyhalf Kevin Karabin. McCaughan received an excellent pass from Swanick to race to the outside cornor for the try. Kennett played a fine match and never gave up pressing Shanahan to the end of the match.
March 17th - Shanahan controlled the match with Connestoga from the opening minutes of the match when Shanahan scored a try by 8 man Steve Hurley who carried the ball in from the five meter line. While Shanahan dominated the play on much of their side of the pitch the Connestogsa kicking game kept knocking Shanahan back toward their defending in-goal area. With 1 minute left in the first half Connestoga scored with a kick into their in-goal with their player dropping on the ball. While the try was awarded the match film clearly shows Jon Morin using his speed passing the Connestoga player to down the ball and prevent the try. As Morin passed the Connestoga player he was shoved out of the way illegally. The point of this story is that Morin who had many great runs during the match is a speedster of great ability...faster than a speeding bullett.
The second half showed Shanahan continuing to dominate but unable to score till 10 minjutes left in the match Kevin Karabin put a 20 meter penalty kick through the uprights. Kevin barely missed 3 other penalty kicks, one from 40 meters out that hit the goal posts. Mike Swanick with Jon Morin lead the offensive effort for the backs while all the forwards drove the ball down the field with punches. Kraemer, Piskai, Reilly, Wigmore, Hurley, Ciliberti, Wilkins, Mattioni constantly supported each other as they tackled and ran the ball. Karabin kicked great penalty kicks to touch keeping the team out of trouble time and again. Piskai and Wigmore proved extremely valuable in the lineouts winning 90% of Shanahan put ins and many of Connestoga's.
March 10th - Shanahan played a 30 minute A side scrimmage against Doylestown RFC winning the first period 7-0. Mike Swanick make the try for Shanahan off an excellent run by Jon Morin. Morin passed to Swanick on the 5 meter line and Swanick then took the ball in for the score. The B side then lost to Doylestown and a combined A/B side lost the third and final period to Doylestown 0-7. Good sportsmanship were exhibited by both sides on a very cold and windly day.
March 3rd - Shanahan opened the season with a practice scrimmage vs North Penn RFC. Both Shanahan and North Penn played well as the teams tried out their form for the upcomming season. Shanahan played very well overall with strong defensive efforts and threatned to score many times throughout the match due to strong support throughout the match. The Shanahan kicking game was played well although the very soggy field limited the ability of the Shanahan backs to take advantage of their speed. Kevin Karabin & Nicolo Stewart scored trys for Shanahan and Nicolo kicked a 2 point conversion. Jon McLaughlin & Dan Reily played their best match in the past two years leading other inexperienced Shanahan A side forwards to new heights. Joe Piskai at wing forward and Steve Hurley at 8 man where energizer ruggers who swept across the field time & again. New backs -centers - Mike Swanick & Nick Ponto were excellent in their support of each other and the other backs. Kevin Karabin was strong team leader at fly half while Mike Mattioni made a very successful conversion to scrum half from his position as full back in gthe 2001 season. More to follow...
Contacting you on this beautiful, sunny day, is probably not the best strategy to motivate you to get your closets cleaned out -- but I do hear snow is on the way. Our eighth annual used clothing drive to support the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Studies of Addiction (CSA), specifically their Brain Behavioral Vulnerabilities Lab (BBVL) will be held April 13-20, 2019 in memory of our son and brother. James sadly lost his battle with the disease of addiction in July 2010.
The CSA's Brain Behavioral Vulnerabilities Lab's research focus is to identify the role of the brain in addiction and relapse. Their goals are to improve understanding of why relapse occurs, to develop new treatments to prevent relapse, and to match an individual's brain strengths to available treatments. The lab has also expanded its studies to identify adolescents-at-risk for addiction (http://www.med.upenn.edu/csa/brain_research.html). Hopefully, their research will help to limit the spread of this chronic and painful disease.
Our utmost thanks to all of you that contributed to last year's clothing drive to benefit Penn's BBVL. You all played a vital role in making it successful once again. Last year your donations totaled 22,246 lbs, meaning you have donated OVER 50 tons of clothing, etc. since the inception of our drive in 2012!! Also, we were able to send $4,000 to Penn's BBVL, which brings the total donation since we started to $20,657.12. Please remember we raise funds solely from cleaning out our closets and allowing others in need to benefit from our clothing, linens, etc. A win-win!
We hope that we can count on your generosity once again this year for the eighth annual used clothing drive. Spring cleaning time just happens to coincide with James' birthday, and we feel this would be a great way to remember him. Please see the attached flyer with specific information regarding the clothing drive. Feel free to pass the flyer on to others and to call or email if you have any questions at all.
REMINDERS: There will be a trailer in our driveway. When you drop off, you may open the door and drop your bags inside the trailer, of if you prefer, leave near the trailer. If raining, please leave in or under trailer. We can no longer accept bikes, toys (except stuffed animals and action figures), winter boots and winter coats. PLEASE NOTE that items need to be in good condition and dropped off in tied, white tall kitchen trash bags (for easy loading).
Once again, thank you so much for your support of a local institution that is working ardently toward understanding the role of the brain in the disease of addiction.
Jane, Jim and Jack Walker
484-883-0137 (Jane's cell)
Drop Off Location - 19 Rose Tree Drive Downingtown Pa
Dates - April 13th - 20th
Time for Drop Off - Place in or near trailer anytime