It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." President Theodore Roosevelt
Please continue to offer your prayers for the repose of the souls of
Stephen Patrizio '13 and James Walker '09
40 Tickets for a team building event are now available for players/parents to purchase. The game is against Buffalo @ 7:00PM on Tuesday 26 February . Tickets cost is $35 which is the cost to the team. All players needing a ride will leave from school
Please complete your registration ASAP!!
2019 Season practice will now be 4:00-6:00 PM Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday starting 19 February on the turf field and then on the grass field . This practice schedule will begin spring season conditioning as part of the practices. All new recruits are welcome and encouraged to attend these sessions.
Here are the registration directions & forms:
1st official scrimmage at Shanahan will be vs. Salesianium Prep at Shanahan on Sunday 24 February @ 1:00PM. Scrimmage will be for all players. Next team test will be the Frostbite Tournament at Hempfield hs on Sunday 3 March 2019 for the A side plus selected B side players TBD. Final pre- season scrimmage will be against St. Joseph Prep for the entire team. Location TBD.
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 November Skills training. 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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Site updated Friday 2/15/2019 @ 8:00AM
Shanahan 7's Team - Pa State Champions 2018 & 2019!!
Congratulations to the Shanahan 7's team for wining their 2nd straight state title yesterday at LaSalle College HS. Shanahan defeated three teams on their way to the title match and a 19-19 tie vs Malvern Prep. In the final Shanahan faced Malvern Prep again and won the state title. More details and pictures to follow...
Registration for the Spring 2019 season is now open. No student will be allowed to play until his PIAA, USA Rugby and Medical forms are completed. Instructions and forms can be found here:
We applaud these fine young men and their coaches.
Just for fun over the next few months we will show Shanahan schedules from the earlier Shanahan rugby days. This schedule was from 2003 when coaches Shaeffer was a freshman and Coach Ireland was a senior. Please note the in 2019 Downingtown for the first time in years is back in a District line up with Shanahan. Shanahan will need to defeat Downingtown to win our District in 2019. Back in 2003 Kennet high school along with West Chester East and WC Henderson were part of the Chester County rugby league which also included Conestoga; Unionville and Coatesville. In 2003 there were no CRC's and the Catholic Invitation was regularly held the 1st weekend in June.
Date Day Time Opponent Home/Away
March 2nd Sunday 1:00 PM Doylestown scrimmage/cancelled
March 9th Sunday 1:00 PM North Penn scrimmage/cancelled
March 27th Thursday 4:00 PM Warwick Home - Shanahan over Warwick 27-5.
March 23rd Sunday 1:00 Pm State College Home - Shanahan over State 25-7
March 30th Sunday 1:00 PM Henderson Home - Shanahan over Henderson 24-7
April 6th Sunday 1:00 Pm Haverford Home - Shanahan over Haverford 20-13
April 10th Thursday 4:00 PM Downingtown Home - Shanahan lost 5-3
April 13th Sunday 1:00 PM Conestoga Away - Shanahan won 37-5
April 24th Thursday 5:00 PM EPRU tourn Home - Shanahan defeated Ryan -11-10
April 27th Sunday 12:00 PM EPRU tourn- Away- Shanahan placed 3rd losing to Wilmington & defeating Hibernian' 22-10
May 4th Sunday 10:00 AM Open Home - 4:00 Pm - lacrosse match vs. Shanahan girls lacrosse team
May 8th Thursday 5:00 Pm Kennett Away- Shanahan won - 37-10
May 15th Thursday 6:00 PM Chester County Tourn (W.C. East) Home - Shanahan won 51-0
May 18th Sunday 10:00 AM Chester County Tourn - Shanahan won defeating Henderson 25-13 & Downingtown 30-15
June 1st Sunday 10:00 AM Catholic Invitational Shanahan won defeating Ryan...Bonner & Fr. Judge
Shanahan won allowing zero scores by all opponents.
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