2017 Ruggles Cup Summary

After three months of hard training, the Tigers left Baton Rouge Friday night in search of their first live action of the USAFL season. After taking in the sights and sounds of beautiful Houston, Texas, they made their way to Cullen Park for their annual showdown with the Lonestars.

The Tigers’ first match of the day for the Ruggles Cup was against a Houston squad that just defeated Tulsa/OKC by a comfortable margin. It was easy to see that the Lonestars continued to fire on all cylinders early in the first half as the Tigers struggled for answers to slow down the Houston midfielders and keep the ball out of our defensive 50. After several halftime adjustments, and with some encouragement from Coach Heintze, the second half saw a group of Tigers playing with an increased confidence and intensity around the ball that helped them to win a few more contests and eventually kick 2.2.14 for the match. However, it was not enough to stop the Lonestars from kicking 12.7.79 and retaining the Ruggles Cup for 2017. Tigers Best: Ryan Baldasarro

The Tigers took a few breaths and regrouped to face off against Tulsa/OKC in their second game. We expected a tough, well coached club to make the trip down from Tulsa and they did not disappoint. However, the adjustments made in the second half of the first match were carried over into this contest, and there was no lack of intensity to be found from the Tigers in this one. As a result, the Tigers had more success moving the ball forward to impact the scoreboard than the Buffaloes. In the end, we pulled out our first victory of the season with a final of 7.7.49 to 3.5.23. Tigers Best: Austin LeBouef

All three clubs and supporters gathered at The Pheonix on Westheimer to celebrate the day. Meat pies were devoured, ice cold beers were drank, and rookies did their shots! A wonderful way to end a fantastic day of footy!

 

Next up: St. Pete/Tampa Bay on May 6th at 2pm at Clark Park in Baker, LA.

2017 Ruggles Cup Preview

In memory of our late, great, teammate, opponent, and friend Craig Ruggles, the Annual Ruggles Cup between the Houston Lonestars & Baton Rouge Tigers will take pace on April 22nd. This day also commemorates ANZAC Day, where the AFL in Australia remembers the Australian & New Zealand soldiers lost at Gallipoli in WWI.

This year, the Tulsa Buffalos will also be joining for a 3-way tournament.

When the Baton Rouge Tigers faced off against Houston and Tulsa in 2016, the contests were notable for lopsided contests. In the 2016 Ruggles Cup, Houston kept the Tigers on their heels and off the scoreboard, coming away with a commanding 4.7.31 to 0.0.0 victory. However, when the teams faced each other again in Baton Rouge in September, Baton Rouge held serve, running away with a 6.9.45 to 0.2.2 home victory.

In 2016, the Tigers would not meet the Buffaloes until Day 2 of Nationals. In what was effectively the season finale for both squads, the Tigers ran away with it to the tune of 11.4.70 to 1.0.6.

With plenty of offseason acquisitions and departures for all three teams, everyone is eager to test their progress in their first USAFL games this season.

The action commences at 11:00 when Houston takes on Tulsa. The full game schedule is:
11.00am – Houston vs Tulsa
12.00pm – Houston vs Baton Rouge
1.00pm – Baton Rouge vs Tulsa
2.00pm – All-Comers Game

Stay tuned for updates.

Metro League Matchup – Part Deux

The 2017 Metro League season thus far for the Baton Rouge Tigers is proving instrumental in terms of mastering the elements. After opening the season in a torrential downpour, the Tigers were challenged by Mother Nature once again this past Wednesday with strong wind serving as a key tactical factor for both sides. The Tigers were once again paired off into their current and classic looks but with different groups from the week before.

The New Jerseys were made up of Brookes Guay, Michael Cussen, Josh Cartmill, Austin LeBouef, Shivaraj Kandhasamy, and Adam Mullavey, Matthew Heintze, Cole Hilgenkamp, and Neil Stebbing who alternated between playing and umpiring.

The Old Jerseys were made up of Rob Montanaro, Ryan Moran, Garrett Remson, Ryan Baldassaro, Lachlan McQueen-Miscamble, Duncan McLeod and Adam Mullavey and Neil Stebbing who alternated between playing and umpiring.

It was a tight contest featuring fantastic skills, effort, and remarkable toughness, most accurately demonstrated by Garrett Remson, who took a huge hit in the first quarter and came back later to finish the game without the use of his left eye. In the end, the New Jerseys once again walked away victorious with 4 majors in the last quarter of play.

1st Quarter (“Old Jerseys” kicking with the wind)

“Old Jerseys” 2 goals, 1 behind “New Jerseys” 0 goals, 0 behinds
Umpire: Matthew Heintze

2nd Quarter (“New Jerseys” kicking with the wind)
“Old Jerseys” 3 goals, 2 behind “New Jerseys” 2 goals, 1 behinds
Umpire: Neil Stebbing

3rd Quarter (“Old Jerseys” kicking with the wind)
“Old Jerseys” 5 goals, 4 behind “New Jerseys” 4 goals, 2 behinds
Umpire: Adam Mullavey

4th Quarter (“New Jerseys” kicking with the wind)
“Old Jerseys” 6 goals, 6 behind “New Jerseys” 8 goals, 4 behinds
Umpire: Cole Hilgenkamp

Following a short break for the Easter holiday, the Tigers begin their Home and Away schedule on April 22nd with the annual Ruggles Cup against the Houston Lonestars and this year welcoming the Tulsa Buffaloes. As always, friends, family, and anyone interested are always welcome to spectate or participate.

 

Metro League Matchup

March 25, 2017 marked the official start of the 2017 season with the Tigers’ first Metro League games. The teams were divided and sported the Tigers’ current and classic look.

The New Jerseys were made up of Matt Smith, Garrett Reason, Ryan Baldassaro, Josh Cartmill, Neil Stebbing, Rob Montanaro, and Lane Moran.

The Old Jerseys were made up of Stuart Johnson, Michael Cussen, Brooks Guay, Shivaraj Kandhasamy, Ryan Moran, and Tim Lala, with Adam Mullavaey, Cole Hilgenkamp, and Matthew Heintze alternating between playing and umpiring.

Although dark skies and thunder threatened the game, eventually the skies parted (for a time) and it went forward in true footy weather with the ground completely saturated. The game was eventually called early in the 4th quarter as small hail came in to accompany the waters that flooded several streets for a time, but the scores through then are as follows:

1st Quarter
“Old”: 1 Goal, 0 behinds “New”: 3 goals, 3 behinds

2nd Quarter
“Old”: 3 goals, 1 behind “New”: 4 goals, 4 behinds

3rd Quarter
“Old”: 6 goals, 5 behinds “New”: 4 goals ,6 behinds

4th Quarter
“Old”: 7 goals, 5 behinds “New”: 5 goals, 6 behinds

We wish to extend our thanks to all who came out in support of the event, and those who followed us at the Family Day Event after. And a special thanks also to Steve Guillory for his support and coming out to photograph the event (The full photo album can be seen online at https://marksteveguillory.smugmug.com/Footy/FOOTY-BRT-Metro-League-032517-Gold-v-Navy/ and all pictures are available for purchase), and Tin Roof Brewing Company to their hospitality for hosting the after party event on their patio.

After such a great weekend, the Tigers will look for a similar (but hopefully drier) result this Wednesday, April 5th at 6:00 p.m. at Westdale Middle School for their second Metro League match of the season. As always, friends, family, and anyone interested are always welcome to spectate or participate.

Spring Metro League Begins!

Saturday marks the beginning of our 2017 Metro League season, and the first live game action this year in which the Tigers can test the skills they’ve been building on since January.

The game kicks off at 10:00 at Highland Road Park and will feature the Gold and Navy squads going head-to-head. Family and friends are  always encouraged to attend and support their Tigers and anyone with an interest in the game is invited.

Following the siren, the players will be holding a Family Day event at Tin Roof Brewing Company at 2:30 p.m. From 2:00 – 6:00, Tin Roof will be celebrating the Rusted Rye IPA release with live music and a chicken wing cook-off and have graciously invited us to be a party to the festivities.

Anyone and everyone is invited to come on out and support the Baton Rouge Tigers as we get ready to kick off the 2017 Season!