The Stormers were primed from the kickoff as they stole the ball out of the air and fed it to Chance Hugh who ran to the 5 meter line before a Knock On lead to a Tulsa Scrum. Little Rock's pugnacious pack pilfered the Tulsa put in and Win Noble was the recipient of a strong drive to notch his fourth Try of the year. Chance Hugh continued his MVP season by kicking 7 conversions and scoring a Try of his own. Silky was one of 5 Stomers to savor the refreshing feel of the Try Zone for the first time along with Daniel Halle, Martwain Johnston, Rex Mullins and Jason Pollack. Rex enjoyed it so much that he found his way back two more times to complete a Hat Trick. 18 year-old Chris Rath scored his first points in a Little Rock jersey as he kicked a conversion later in the match. Not sure what else can be said for the play of Matt Guest and Darren Oliver this season. The former Red Wolves both added Tries to their season total and continued their stellar play. Oliver set a new Little Rock Rugby Record by scoring a Try in every match this season. Mark Fulmer added a final try to get his season try total to double digits and close the record setting regular season.
May 2 @Tulsa RFC
Summary: The Stormers got on the scoreboard early and often vs. Shreveport. The field conditions were soft and muddy which of course leads to a somewhat slow track however not necessarily a Mudder's type match but hardly a Thoroughbred's either. The backs put the majority of points on the board however Charles Cromer and Win Noble were able to score helping the Mudder's cause. Chance Hugh was able to carry his consecutive conversion streak over to this match, increasing it to 10 in a row before missing from the most difficult angle on the Pitch. Blake Blaylock scored a Hat Trick plus one (4 Trys), Mark Fulmer scored his second Hat Trick (3 Goals) of the spring season, Darren Oliver has now scored Try's in all Seven Matrix Matches this season. Ronnie Parkinson scored and Matt Guest had a Try in support from the Scrum Half position. Another Little Rock record was broken early in the second half when Andrew Roach came in to replace Josh Wolverton. It was the oldest back row ever put on the pitch for Little Rock's A Side: Win Noble at 8, Charles Cromer at 6 and Roach at 7. I am not in a position to reveal their ages however all three were seen at Denny's after the match using their AARP Cards to get the 15% Discount. The victory ensured Little Rock will win the Red River North Conference for a second year in a row and a birth in the TRU Playoffs on May 16.
A B match was played as the Bluff City Kings made their way over to 14301 Dineen Road. Both Sides came out with fire, Little Rock held a 10-7 Advantage at half. The second half was played in a misty rain and Little Rock came out with a 25-12 Victory.
Old Boys Man of the Match: Charles Cromer
Shreveport 4-18-2015 @ Home.
The Stormers were able to play on a Fast Track down on the plains of North Texas. Josh Wolverton put the Stormers on the board first with Chance Hugh kicking his first of eight conversions on the day. 8 for 8 on conversions is an incredibly impressive feat from his right foot. He added a PK later and was named Man of the Match by Fort Worth as he continues his assault on the Record Books. Darrin Oliver's streak of consecutive games with multi tries ended at 5, however he still found the Try Zone once. The backs continued to pass the Try Scoring wealth around as Ronnie Parkinson, Mark Fulmer, Blake Blaylock, Matt Guest and Moses Pagi all scored from the backline. Win Noble joined Wolverton in putting down Trys for the forward pack.
Scoring thru 6 Games
Man of the Match as selected by Fort Worth: Chance Hugh
4-11-2015 vs Fort Worth @ Fort Worth
Man of the Match: Win Noble
Notes: Mark Fulmer scored a Hat Trick Plus One (4); Austin Berry earned his first cap for the Stormers; Darren Oliver extended his consecutive 'Match with a Try Scored' streak to 5: Chance Hugh continues to exhibit his strong boot as he kicked 6 of 9 Conversions and added a Try to his scoring total for the 2015 Season: Mike Bauer entered the scoring column with a Try in the first half. Justin Nichols proved once again that it is a myth, Front Rowers can apply adequate downward pressure in the Try Zone: The Stormer's remained at the top of the Red River North Standings with a 5-0 record and added a Bonus Point by scoring at least 4 Trys.
2-28-15 vs. OKC @ OKCt
Conditions: 43 degrees with a steady rain at kickoff falling to 37 degrees at Full Time. With winds from the northwest at 5 mph.
Summary: The Match was played in Sloppy Field Conditions and the 0pposing Packs resembled two passels of pigs as they pressed pugnaciously thru the permafrost. Josh Wolverton and Bud Dunn were all over the pitch making tackles and Win Noble put this team on his back to grind out the victory. Chance Hugh's two early penalty kicks were extremely impressive and gave Little Rock a shot in the arm. Hugh and Darren Oliver were extremely disruptive on Defense from their respective center position. Matt Guest continues his superb Scrumhalf play. Oliver extended his Try scoring streak to 4 Matches in a row. Ronnie Parkinson exhibited strong running skills in scoring two tries late in the match. In my opinion, the Play of the Match was turned in by Brad Hogate. With Tulsa gaining momentum 22 meters out from their Try Line, Hogate, who was only moments before put into the match, made an open field tackle, was able to re-establish his position over the ball carrier to contest the ball causing the Tulsa Ball Carrier to hold onto the ball too long resulting in a Penalty. Hugh took a quick a tap ran ably thru the Tulsa defense before off loading to Ronnie Parkinson for the Go Ahead Try.
Tulsa is a tough foe and the May 2nd Match in Tulsa will be a battle.
Old Boys Man of the Match: Win Noble
2-21-2015 vs Tulsa @Little Rock Rugby Complex
Scoring Totals 2015 Season ( 5 Matches)
Notes: Chance Hugh's Boot was active again as it accounted for 18 Points, Darren Oliver had two tries for the second straight match, Justin Nichols accounted for the Front Row's first Try of 2015, Matt Guest accounted for the Fourth Try of the Match which secured a bonus point in the standings for the second consecutive week, Little Rock runs its record to 3-0 in conference play and 2-0 for 2015 (Little Rock defeated OKC back in November which counted toward the Spring Matrix).
The B Side played, Rex Mullins scored a Hat Trick (3 Trys) and Tommy Dunn scored his First Try for Little Rock.
Old Boys Man of the Match: This was a Road Game so no official Old Boys Man of the Match was selected, however Shreveport selected Chance Hugh as their Man of the Match.
2-7-2015 vs. Shreveport @ Shreveport
Notes: Darren Oliver had two tries, Mark Fulmer had a long run for a try and also held a the ball up from a Fort Worth Player on the Try Line to prevent a score and made a Try Saving Tackle during a Two on One situation, Chance Hugh's Boot was on as usual converting all trys and hitting a penalty kick, Matt Guest played an impressive match at Scrum Half, Dan Winn's Score in the First Half was a strong 30 meter run, Win Noble had a strong run that ended with him feeding Oliver for the game clinching try.
Old Boys Man of the Match: Darren Oliver
Conditions: Cloudy 46 F, 8 C Wind was out of the Northeast at 7 MPH
Subs: ON Off
49.50 Brickey Earnest
58:00 Bisogni Winn
66:00 Shanke Dunn
68:00 Rabun Nichols
72:00 Alexander Guest
72:00 Halle Hugh
75:00 Beene Fulmer
78:00 Hogate Pollack
1-31-2015 vs. Fort Worth @ Little Rock Rugby Complex
Scoring Totals (8 Matches)