Photo by Dave Bellnier
The 2016-2017 season was somewhat of an adjustment period for the BRC. Many key players had decided to hang up their boots and a long time coach hung up his whistle. D2 Losses to Syracuse Chargers and South Buffalo led to the D2 missing the playoffs for the first time in memory.
The club responded in the old fashioned way by focusing on building from the inside and bottom up. Recruitment, training, development and promotion efforts all took on new energy.
In the spring, current college players practiced and played for the 15s team under the new USA Rugby Laws allowing temporary tranfer after the conclusion of their college competition. Then the Development team (Devos) was recruited again and competed against a BRC side on a Friday evening and attended the USA vs Canada match together in Hamilton. Youth flag rugby was established and sessions were run June through August at community centers, Nardin Athletic Center and Delaware Park. May through July the sevens program practiced and competed weekly. Composed of recruits and club players, the team won the Empire GU sevens championship.
20 players have joined the club since this spring. Practices are regularly attended by over 30 players. The coaches have transitioned the team to a new game plan that the players are getting accustomed to.
Maybe the efforts are paying off. In the league openers this weekend both teams had impressive wins. The D3 squad defeated South Buffalo D3 83 - 0. The D2 team, defeated by South Buffalo twice last year, won 67-19.
Next matches Sept 9 vs Rochester Aardvarks
Full Fall 2017 schedule