Accountability breeds Responsibility
Each and every member is responsible for contributing to the club. The success of the club is a direct result of the combined efforts of the members. Whether it is training, attending meetings or helping with fundraising everybody has a part to play and the harder they work at their task the better the club performs. Personal accountability is expected at the club.
Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.
The game is bigger than each of us but together we make the game what it is. Our behavior is an indication of our respect for the game, others, and most of all ourselves. Without respecting ourselves we cannot expect to excel at what we do and we cannot expect others to want to excel together with us.
Commitment is doing the thing you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.
"Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life; he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It's something we call heart power. Once a man has made his commitment, nothing will stop him short of success." --- Vince Lombardi
Back Row, Left to Right: Dale Meek; Khatib Mugahid "Mooch"; Jeff Gormley; Jarrod Jones; Josh Bowden; Anolo Vaitai, Mike Martinez; Connor Rehmet; Justin Fickle; Kevin Watson; Jim Procopio
Front Row, Left to Right: Russell Bowden; Robert Poyser; Brad Dulong,Club President; Justin Mitchell, Captain; Stuart Rogers-Brown, Club Coach; Will Lyon, Vice Captain; Karbun Tang, Club Assitant Coach; Calvin Lum; Larry Nouanemany; Conner Lance.
Absent: Jay Wood; Bryse Lawrence ; Ashton Cooke; Kenyun Miller; Mike French; Rodrigo Gorozpe; Enosh Griffin; Byron Anderson; Justin Buckhalter, Cam Cameron, Xavier Baena and Alex Ludunge.
BLACK KNIGHTS NEWS
The 2018 season started with the introduction of a second mens team and this has allowed the numbers to grow. With todate weekly training sessions running at 30 to 40 players this commitment to training has been producing results on the field. Both teams continue to be competitive and are currently sitting at the top of their respective cup competitions.
END OF 2017 SEASON
June 1, 2017
The men's 2017 season was an interesting season with many positive developments. The season started with a new coach and a new style of play. Focus was placed on getting the basics right from tackling, rucking, mauling through to running lines. The learning of these basics paid off handsomely as we ended the season with only one loss. Unfortunately some technical confusion about how the laws are interpreted resulted in a forfeit and loss of points.
FAMILY BUS TRIP TO ABILENE
March 18, 2017
The building of a club is to build the family. This year we enjoyed a bus trip to Abilene with family and friends. On arrival to Abilene we were faced with an undersize pitch and no one in sight. Soon the Abilene team arrived and started to set up the field and the game took place as planned. Abilene were motivated and Alliance were showing signs of a long bus ride. By half time Alliance had calmed the game down and after a fierce half time talk Alliance took control and cruised to a comfortable win. The bus trip home featured a Kangaroo court and lots of fun was had by all with Karbun Tang being awarded a walking stick by coach Stuart Rogers-Brown.
GREAT WIN BY ALLIANCE AGAINST SHREVEPORT
February 18, 2017
Alliance Rugby Club met early Saturday morning at OC Burgers for breakfast before a bus trip to Shreveport. Unfortunately a couple of players were forced to pull out at the last moment through illness and work leaving the team with 17 able bodies. A really tough game against the league leaders was ahead and the team knew what it would take to try to pull off a win.
No sooner had we kicked off when Shreveport scored but Alliance continued with their game plan and never gave up. The start of the second half was much like the start of the first half with Shreveport scoring early. As the second half progressed Alliance started to show their superior fitness and teamwork and Shreveport started to miss tackles and resort to illegally slowing the game to keep Alliance from scoring. Time after time Shreveport faulted and Alliance kept applying pressure. Finally in the dying moments Shreveport broke and Alliance were certain to score when the last defender of Shreveport transgressed. Alliance was awarded a penalty try to close out the game and a successful conversion put Alliance further ahead.
A fun bus trip home was enjoyed by all with lots of song and libations being enjoyed.