It’s 2016 and we’re back in action

Great contest on our first metro league game of the year! Pretty much back and forth with moments of good ball movement from both teams. Gold pulled out the victory in the end 14.12.96 to Navy 13.11.89. Best on Ground for Gold goes to Austin LeBouef and for Navy, it was Ryan Baldassaro.

Gold Team: Austin LeBouef, Robert Montanaro, Ryan Moran, James Morris, Dwayne Smith, Kyler Johnson, Brady Moran, Cole Hilgenkamp

Navy Team: Ryan Baldassaro, Joshua Cartmill, Kyle Jackson, James Cavalero III, Lane Moran, Sean Quinlan, Allen M Outcast

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Photo taken during our pick up game with New Orleans Rugby Club.

2015 Annual Meeting

With the season wrapped up, and the holidays on the way, it is time for the End-Of-Year club meeting. On Friday, November 13, at 7:00 pm the Tigers will be gathering at Zimmerman’s house. The main topics for the meeting include electing club officers and discussing plans for next season. Everyone planning on participating next season should attend this meeting. Past members are also encouraged to come partake in the beginning of a great 2016. Also, feel free to invite anyone interested in becoming a Tiger. The meeting will have grilled burgers and sausages, and a few beverages on ice. Everyone is free to bring their own beverage of choice.

For directions and address details email batonrougetigers@gmail.com, or contact the leadership group.

2015 Nationals Report

From Oct. 17 -18, the Tigers wrapped up their 2015 season with a trip to Austin, TX for this year’s edition of the USAFL National Tournament. The Tigers competed in Division IV combined with Houston Lonestar’s B-Side. The boys drew fourth seed in a tough group with Denver-B, Seattle-B/Portland and Golden Gate-B.

The first match on Saturday against Denver was hard-fought on a field dampened with the cold, morning dew. A slow first half offensively for the Tigers had the defense blasted early on. However, the defense did an excellent job turning goals to behinds and keeping it close. The second half odds improved with passes finally connecting, as the Tigers caught up. Sadly, the Tigers ran just short on the scoreboard finishing with a painful 21-20 loss.

Following a short three hour break, it was time for the Tigers to take on Seattle/Portland. Despite warmer afternoon temperatures, the Tigers started slow once again, giving up a plethora of behinds (and the occasional goal), with the defense doing all it could to stop the onslaught of Seattle/Portland. Tightening up the midfield in the second half gave a little momentum to the Tigers but it was too little too late and the Tigers fell to Seattle/Portland: 47-28.

The final match began on Sunday with the boys playing against Golden Gate. Sore and battling injuries from Saturday, the Tigers took the field one last time and fought hard against a more skillful side in Golden Gate. Following what seemed to be the trend of the tournament, the first half started off rough only to be followed with impressive work displayed during the second half. Improved accuracy and strong defensive work slowed Golden Gate’s attack in the second half. However, it was again not enough and the Tigers fell 49-16.

Despite leaving the 2015 USAFL National Tournament without a victory, the boys put in some hard-work, playing till the end of each match. There were certainly areas for improvement, but also many moments of greatness. The Tigers hope to start next season stronger, with a tested core group of players, and compete to win a trophy in 2016.

Our Tigers in the 2015 USAFL Tournament:
Ryan Baldassaro
Joshua Cartmill
Stephen Doerfler
Matthew Heintze
Daniel Hill
Austin LeBouef
Ryan Moran
Joseph Roy
Dwayne Smith
*With the famous Neil Stebbing, who provided coaching support and represented the Tigers in the Masters/Legends match.

Home and Away season ends

12010731_10104973330552735_7504782730566211503_oThe Home and Away Season has come to an end for the Tigers with more than its fair share of heart break. Four tough losses may not have been how we envisioned our season to end but we can take away that the Tigers are almost there with three hard fought matches against even competition in Nashville, Ohio Valley, and Atlanta, and a more productive than usual attack against a seemingly always stacked Houston side.

Results from second half of the season:

8/8/15: Nashville Tournament: Nashville vs Baton Rouge 9.3.57 7.5.47

8/8/15: Nashville Tournament: Baton Rouge vs Ohio Valley 4.4.28 4.5.29

9/5/15: Baton Rouge vs Houston 7.8.50 15.15.105

9/19/15: Baton Rouge vs Atlanta 11.6.72 12.8.80

Also, we would not be able to host the matches that we do or travel down the road without the
support of volunteers that do everything from umpire and keep score to run water and cook jambalaya!
We cannot thank you all enough! If you are interested in supporting the Tigers in the future email us at
batonrougetigers@gmail.com.

We would also like to give a HUGE thank you to Benjamin Record of Record Dental in Central for his fabulous sponsorship of our new uniforms. We hope you can appreciate how big this was for our club.

All season long it seemed a different group of individual Tigers would step up each game and show the leadership and skills that the club needs as a group in order to succeed. The second half of the season saw Club Best on Ground points go to the following players: Mitch Gray- 5 pts; Rob Montanaro-4 pts; Josh Cartmill, Matt Heintze, Kyle Jackson and Ryan Moran- 3 pts each; Dwayne Smith- 2 pts; John Zimmerman- 1 pt; and Coaches Awards going to Ryan Baldasarro, Josh Cartmill, and Austin LeBouef.

Season Standings for Club Best on Ground:

Josh Cartmill- 8 pts
Mitch Gray- 7 pts
Rob Montanaro- 5 pts
Deeboe France- 3 pts
Stephen Gauthe- 3 pts
Matt Heintze- 3 pts
Kyle Jackson- 3 pts
Ryan Moran- 3 pts
Ryan Baldasarro- 2 pts
Dwayne Smith- 2 pts
Mitchell Pedler- 1 pt
John Zimmerman- 1 pt

Next up for the Tigers is the USAFL National Tournament on October 17th and 18th in Austin, TX. We will join forces with our friends in Houston to play in Division 4. Make plans to attend, come support the Tigers/Lonestars, and enjoy a weekend of quality footy in a great town! In the meantime, we will continue open training sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm at Westdale Middle School.

A Home Win !!!!! and lots more

A lot has happened for the Baton Rouge Tigers since our last update.  We experienced both the bitterness of defeat and the sweetness of victory.  Our bravest Tigers travelled to Atlanta on May 16th and took on the Kookaburras.  A tough road test for the club ended in a convincing win for Atlanta with Baton Rouge going down 106-67.  Billy “Deeboe” France was our best on ground and collected 3 points for his intense attack on the ball and leadership out of our backline.  Honorable mention to Josh Cartmill and Rob Montanaro who received 2 and 1 points respectively. BR team Vs NashvilleBR Tigers Vs Nashville score

On June 27th the Tigers were back on home turf and ready to take on the visiting 10th ranked Nashville Kangaroos.  In hot conditions, the Tigers used their bench to perfection to overcome an early deficit and run away from the Roos.  Final score was 17.12.114 to 7.4.46 in favor of the Tigers!  This was a great team win with every Tiger stepping up and finally getting reward for all their hard work.  Best on Ground went to Stephen Gauthe (3 pts), Mitch Gray (2 pts), and Mitchell Pedler (1 pts).

Next up the Tigers go on the road to Nashville on August 8th for a three-team tournament with Ohio Valley and the Kangaroos.  You can bet that the Roos will be up and running, ready to redeem themselves on their home ground.  Mark it on your calendars!  Should be a great footy weekend!

Finally, the biggest news of all, we have a new sponsor.  We would like to thank Record Dental Center of Central, LA for stepping up and helping the Tigers secure brand new kits!  This is huge for the club and would not be possible without the support and generosity of our sponsors.  Be sure and thank them personally and watch for our exciting new look at our next home game.

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Season Standings for Best On Ground:

Josh Cartmill- 5 pts, Deeboe France- 3 pts, Stephen Gauthe- 3 pts, Mitch Gray- 2 pts, Ryan Baldasarro- 2 pts, Rob Montanaro- 1 pts, Ryan Moran- 1 pts, Mitchell Pedler- 1 pts