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Tri-Town Mountaineers play in the Morris Youth rugby league and invite kids from kindergarten through the 9th grade to join in this exciting and fast moving sport. Running, passing, kicking, teamwork and self confidence are a few of the things you will experience in this fast growing non-contact flag version of one of the most popular sports in the world.
The idea of starting a youth rugby program in Morris County first struck Tom Feury at the 1998 Can-Am Rugby tournament in Saranac Lake. It was here that his oldest child Blaze, then 6, participated in a youth rugby clinic organized by Pat Walsh who was then the pioneer of touch rugby in the Baltimore area.
Tom spent the next several months securing the permission to run a summer youth rugby program in his hometown of Denville NJ. It was an uphill battle gaining access to fields and becoming an accepted town recreation program, but the battle was won and plans were put in place to start the first Morris Youth Rugby Program in Denville in the summer of 1999.
The first priority was to recruit enough children to make the program feasible. Luckily, the Feury's had met several other Denville families through their kids other athletic pursuits and convinced several to sign on. It was also key that several other Morris ruggers lived in town including Gerry Francisco, Rick Merrill, and William Dobbs, all of which contributed kids, coaching skills, or both. The final and most important recruitment tool was getting an application and flyer sent home to all the elementary school kids in town. In the end, 28 applications were received.
Since that first summer, eight additional youth rugby programs have been started in Morris County in much the same way as the Denville Dawgs. The Black River Renegades, the Bruins, the Long Valley Wolfpack, the Montville Wanderers, the Morristown Colonials, the Mine Hill Tigers and the Parsippany Panthers all now participate in the Morris County Summer Youth Rugby Program.
In 2010 the Tri-Town Mountaineers take to the field for the first time under the direction of Kelly Miniter and Jeff Gresack. The Tri-Town Mountaineers encompass the towns of Mountain Lakes, Boonton and Boonton Township. Look for great things from the Mountaineers.
The season starts June 11, 2018
First game June 16, 2018
Tournament July 21, 2018
This past week so the completion of another successful program for Pathways Flag Rugby. Players from the Morris Rugby High School Girls and Boys teams were Mentors for the program. (Emilia, Megan, Sophia, Rachel and Turner are pictured above) The program is run by Jan Moran and teaches kids from ages 4-8 flag rugby over…
For the 15th Annual Rudy Kelly Alumni Game on Saturday November 24th we will gather at 12 noon. Dependent on the weather the game may be moved to Mennan so please look out for updates. The current team will play against younger Alumni. This will be followed by periods when we will mix…
A cold and windy Saturday morning in November saw the Morris Lions High School Boys team turn out to help the Denville Beatification Department with the Canna bulb harvest. The boys, assisted by Head Coach Karl Matthews, worked hard for 3 hours to dig, lift and remove the large leaves of the plants. Meanwhile Andrea…