This Week in Chico Rugby

The youth rugby clinic on Saturday was a huge success!!! The final numbers on the day were 21 returning ruggers and 48 new participants to the sport or club! That is SUPER AWESOME! We are very excited!

I want to thank all the families who took the time to give it a shot and get their kids out there. So far I’ve only heard super positive reactions and a ton of the new players that plan on joining the club! Also, I want to thank all the coaches and volunteers from the Mighty Oaks Men’s club as well as the Knotty Oaks Women’s club that assisted and made the clinic a huge success!!

With that said, we start practice this week, and can’t wait to see all the new faces and all the returners that couldn’t make it out this past weekend!

Here is the news and update for this week:

PRACTICE SCHEDULE – Wednesday and Thursday 3:30-5:00pm. (this will be the seasons practice schedule moving forward for the whole season, unless otherwise notified)

LOCATION – E 20th St Park. – we will be located at the north end of the park, just past the tennis courts. (please note, our back up field in case of rain or field conditions is always Bidwell Jr. High School)

WHAT TO BRING – please be sure to have your rugger wear their boots – AKA cleats. It will make practice much better for them. Also, have your rugger start getting in the habit of bringing their mouth pieces. While there will NOT be contact until the kids get registered and, more important, the coaches feel they are ready, it’s a good habit to get in to.

AGE GROUPS/TEAMS BEGINNING PRACTICE THIS WEEK – White Oaks (U-10), Gray Oaks (U-12), Red Oak Boys (middle school boys) and Wild Oaks Middle School Girls.

BLACK OAK BOYS HIGH SCHOOL TEAM – we are not scheduling “official” practices until January. However, if there is enough interest from the players, we would love to get them out to play “touch” and start getting their legs underneath them and ball in hand. FAVOR – please ask your rugger if they would be interested in beginning to play touch? It would be a great opportunity to get all the new people out to start getting an understanding of the laws as well. Please email me back with their response so we can plan. I look forward to hearing back from you all by Wednesday of this week!

REGISTRATION – I should be getting the registration link in the next day or two, so be on the lookout for that.

MATCH SCHEDULE – As I mentioned to those who attended Saturday, the first match for the White, Gray and Red Oaks will be on Saturday January the 15th. I’m unsure of where we will be playing at on that day.

PARK CLEANUP – Also as mentioned Saturday, we are trying to secure a parks clean up on Saturday January 8th. More info to come as we hear back!

RECRUITING – we are always looking for new players! Please reach out to your friends and pass the word!

I think that’s it for now. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out anytime!

Cheers,

Mitch Jagoe

530-521-5488

CHICO RUGBY IS BACK!

It’s been a long road, since we were shut down in March of 2020!
Here is a quick update on where we’ve been, and where we are going!
MIGHTY OAKS
At the time of the shutdown, the Chico Mighty Oaks were on track for another successful playoff run. Going into that season they knew they had a few guys on the verge of making some life altering decisions, whether that was moving away, retiring from play, taking other rugby opportunities such as coaching or whatever! To those, we thank them for their commitment to the Oaks program and remind them they are ALWAYS welcome!
The new regime of the Mighty Oaks are young and hungry. I’m proud to say that many of the current players are Black Oak (high school boys) alumni!
The Mighty Oaks kick off their season THIS SATURDAY in the 25th Annual Holiday Classic Rugby Tournament at Pleasant Valley High School. This is a full day of rugby, both men’s and women’s teams to play! The tournament is scheduled to kick-off the first round at 10:00am!
KNOTTY OAKS
WHO? Exactly! For the first time in a long time Chico Rugby will be fielding a women’s club team! We are so excited for this to happen!!! There are quite a few people to thank for the beginning stages of the organization of the club, but a HUGE thank you goes out to Billy Luden and Tim Bushard (Coach Cheese) for taking on the coaching duties of these amazing ladies! While the Black Oak boys high school team (and ME even more so) are going to miss their coaching and personalities out there, it’s incredibly important to provide the women the coaching and fundamentals they deserve.
The Naughty Oaks will be taking the field for the first time this weekend as well, participating in the Holiday Classic! Good luck ladies! We are all super excited to watch you guys progress in the game!
CSU WILDCAT WOMEN
Over the course of the past 20 months this incredibly successful women’s program took a huge hit, as their founding AND ONLY coaches in their existence, Alex and Mary Triantafyllou, decided to step away as the head coaching team. Alex and Mary have given countless hours to not only the women’s team but to rugby in Chico as a whole. Outside of their women’s coaching activities, Mary has organized a ton of fundraisers for all programs in the Chico Rugby Foundation! Alex has been instrumental in the creation and continued success of the Chico Oaks Rugby Football Club youth and continues to do so today.
In their “retirement”, Alex and Mary are continuing to be involved with multiple duties such as coaching their son Jonah on the boys Black Oaks high school team, to helping mentor the new coaches on the women’s side and admin work with the youth program!
The number of young adult lives that Alex and Mary have helped form over the years is incredible!! We, the Chico Rugby Foundation and rugby community of Chico, couldn’t be more thankful for what they have accomplished and proud of the fact they are still active members! THANK YOU, ALEX AND MARY T!
So enough of that! Out with the old and in with the new! HAHA!
We are so excited to introduce the new coaches for the Women’s Wildcat team! Robin Cranston and Stacy Espinoza are both Chico State Women’s Rugby Alumni and had the pleasure of playing for Alex and Mary. We can’t wait to see the mark they leave on this group of young women!
While the season is brand new, we are being told this group is very young and athletic. We are looking for great things out of these ladies!
OAKS YOUTH PROGRAM
BLACK OAKS HIGH SCHOOL RUGBY

It’s hard to believe that this will be the TENTH season of the Chico Oaks Rugby Football Club Youth!! So many thanks “you’ s” to be put out there! We are going to plan a “homecoming” of sort for the spring, so keep your eyes and ears open for that!
Much like the Mighty Oaks when the world shut down, the Black Oaks were on a roll! The roster included 19 of 31 seniors and the teams was 4-0 with an average match score of 54-8! With the 2019 season ending in a last-minute defeat for the Rugby NorCal Championship, we were on track to win it all! Then, well, it’s over! To those boys, from your coaching staff, thank you for the years you put in. You will ALWAYS be champions to us!
RED OAKS MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS
The Red Oak boys (middle school) team’s season never got to finish because the end of the year tourney was cancelled. I’ll tell you though, this group progressed more and quicker than any we’ve had. They were playing such good rugby! It was a shame to have lost that last weekend!
Most of these ruggers are in high school now and we are looking forward to seeing them wear the jerseys of the Black Oaks this winter!
RED OAKS MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS
Much like the Naughty Oaks above, the 2019/2020 season saw the first “true” middle school girls’ team! The beauty of this, is most of these young ladies were super young then and are now in 8th grade and ready to hit the pitch running!! We are so excited to see these players on the pitch, we simply can’t get there fast enough!!!!!
WHITE AND GRAY OAKS (U-10 and U-12 co-ed teams)
The White and Gray Oaks were able to finish their season and had a great time! Both groups had a ton of “newbies” and a great time playing under the coaches they had out! We can’t wait to see the physical and mental growth these ruggers have had since we last saw them!
UP NEXT
Here’s a list of upcoming important dates:
Saturday November 20th – Chico Rugby Holiday Classic – Pleasant Valley High School 10-5pm
Saturday December 4th – Chico Rugby Youth Clinic – Pleasant Valley High School 8:30-11:00am
Tuesday December 7th – Chico Oaks Rugby Football Club – start practicing. More info TBA
CONTACT US – For more info on the programs available please go to the website and look up in the “CONTACT UStab for the club info!
With the 2021/2022 season upon us, we are super excited to get back on the pitch! Thank you all for your support over the past 20 months or so!
See you on the pitch!

2019 Chico Rugby Alumni Weekend

Save the date for the annual Chico Rugby Alumni weekend. This years date will be October 11 – 13 2019 and is less than 30 days away! The match will be FREE to all participants and spectators. If you want to take part in the Friday night warm up or the post match social, please take a moment to Signup  

If you are unable to attend in person this year, show your support by donating and by forwarding this newsletter on to friends and family of Chico Rugby.

Questions and feedback are always welcome. Feel free to email us contact@chicorugby.org.

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University issues notice of cease and desist

In a letter addressed to the Chico Rugby Foundation and the CSRABA, the university has demanded that the small, non-profit organization and it’s subsidiary, whose sole purpose is to promote rugby in the community and strengthen and support clubs on campus cease and desist any reference to the university. A copy of the letter can be seen here.

Wildcats take down Lumberjacks 55-23

The Chico State Wildcats won 55-23 over the Humboldt State Lumberjacks in their second league game, Sunday Jan. 27.

Chico takes their second win on the road after a hard fought match against Humboldt. With a strong lineup, Chico dominated play during the first half to secure their lead. Continuing the pace set by their season opener, Chico played hard to pull another win this season.

Wing Deyci Lopez started the match with five points on the board after scoring her first try of the season. Humboldt followed up with a try and conversion, but rookie fullback Myranda Gradney scored for the first time this season putting the Wildcats ahead by five points. As the half continued, inside centre Hannah Westfall scored once, as well as Lopez and wing Trisha Rodriguez.

Starting the second half ahead 31-12, prop Avery Martin took a try for the forwards, helping Chico maintain control of play. Gradney went on to score three more times this half, with forwards captain Becky Luedke switching in for conversion kicks during the last try of the game. Chico won the match 55-23 full time, sealing in their second win of the season.

The Chico State Women’s Rugby Club will play the UC Davis Women’s Rugby Club in their next league match Saturday Feb. 2. This will be Chico’s third game away this season, as last season’s national championship team takes on the former reigning champions.

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Chico takes down Stanford

Chico State played Stanford, Saturday, Jan. 19, winning 43-19 in their season opener.

Coming off the high of their national championship last spring, Chico State set a similar pace to start of their new season. Facing off against Stanford away from home, this opening match showed the Wildcats won’t be backing down post nationals win.

Starting the match strong, wing Alyssa Pena set Chico ahead with a try early on in the first half. Stanford pushed ahead with a try and conversion, but inside centre, and co-captain, Hannah Westfall put another seven points on the board with a try and conversion.

After falling behind just before the half, flanker Max Brissenden scored two tries in quick succession to push Chico ahead 24-19. Stanford scored shortly after, but outside centre Ashley Evans pulled through with another five points, with Westfall kicking a conversion. Pena would go on to score twice more before the match ended. Chico won the game 43-19, in a fantastic end to their season opener.

“We all stepped up and played Chico rugby.” said co-captain, Becky Luedke. “Overall it was a good game, especially in the second half, we picked up the pace and hit hard.”

Looking back, Chico had similar results in their season opener last year, with a 48-17 win over Stanford at home. With new captains and new players, this team is ready to move on into the competitive season.

Moving forward, Chico will be playing Humboldt on Sunday, Jan. 27 in their next league match. The Chico State Women’s Rugby Club is a competitive D1 sports club at Chico State.

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NorCal Rugby Supports our Camp Fire Rugby Families

Lou Stanfill, Executive Director of Rugby NorCal made the trip to Chico to pass on some good fortune to those members of our Chico Oaks Rugby family who lost their homes, and so much more in the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise and Butte County.

Through the generous donations from our extended rugby family, Rugby NorCal partnered with Canterbury of New Zealand, and was able to provide 8 of our youth rugby players with new kit from Canterbury! Their new kit included boots, a new hoodie, jersey, t-shirt, rugby shorts and more. Such an amazing effort on behalf of Lou Stanfill and Christina Gein of Rugby NorCal! Thank you both so much!

To our wide spread rugby family, we can’t thank you enough as well for your generous donations that will allow all these young ruggers to return to the pitch with the proper gear!

Much love and happiness to you all during this holiday season!

FREE RUGBY TRAINING CLINIC!

RUGBY FOR ALL!  Join us Saturday November, 3rd at PV High School in Chico Ca. This will be our 8th annual free rugby clinic. Boys and Girls all levels of play are welcome. Ages 7yrs – 18ys. Click here for more details and to register to secure you free T-Shirt!!

Chico Secures Spot at Final 4

The Chico State Women’s Rugby Club took on UCSB Saturday afternoon in their first round of the USA Rugby D1/D1 Elite Spring College Playoffs. Winning their first game, Chico has secured a place in a Final Four game in Fullerton, California.

Three minutes after kickoff, Inside Center Hannah Westfall scored her first try of the match, setting Chico’s pace for the rest of the match. Playing with an aggressive pace, pushing back against UCSB’s defense, Chico showed their worth on the pitch against some of the top schools in the nation.

Flanker Karla Santiaguillo brought the second try of the half, followed by Westfall with her second try of the match. Fullback Darby McFall, and Outside Center Stefani Bergerhouse would also score twice before the half was over. UCSB would put five points of their own on the board before the half time whistle blew.

Starting at half with a 47-5 score, UCSB would score their final try of the match off their #7, followed closely with a try by Lock Jennifer Brissenden. Winger Ashley Evans would score closer to the end of the half off her first break away, building Chico’s confidence for the last quarter of the match.

Prop Rebecca Kilmartin would score shortly before Bergerhouse, who took her fourth and final try of the match, securing a 74-10 win for the Wildcats. After taking a win in their rounds of 16, Chico has secured a final four match in Fullerton.

Chico will play on Sunday, April 22nd against Lindenwood University to decide whether Chico competes in the D1 or D1 Elite Final four with a shot at a championship match. Come show your support at Steuber Stadium at Stanford University at 3 p.m.

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