During the game Saturday, Cal Lock Robert Paylor suffered a neck injury. He was stabilized by paramedics, and moved off the field after 20 minutes. We hoped for the best, after the game, the Cal parents, players and coaches were only concerned with Robert. Soon after the game ended, the coaches headed to the hospital. Robert had surgery that night, but our whole community have been devastated to learn that he is currently paralyzed from the chest down. This is what coaches, parents and all fans dread, and what we train to prevent
A fund has been set up, at GoFundMe, to help with his care and rehab.
If you can, give what you can. https://www.gofundme.com/RobertPaylor
We urge anybody who can do so help in this rehabilitation program along with our thoughts and prayers.
Coach NEILL FOOTE was pleased with the overall team effort put out over the full 80 minutes. Having no prior information about the Jesters, the team prepared by working on the basic patterns and principles that have been the focus for the season.
PILA HUIHUI was named Man of the Match for staying in the pattern defensively and taking advantage of the attacking opportunities which come from this. He scored 3 tries with several gems in the corner
PILA IONGI, starting at Fullback for the first time in several weeks got right back into his rhythm with his first try 7 minutes into the game - and again at 11 and 18 minutes for his early hat trick.
The Coach was particularly pleased with the defensive effort which shut out the jesters who had been scoring a lot of tries over their season. This included about 8 minutes of stonewalling the goal line near the end of the game.
Coach Foote plans to prepare for the Huns the same way. We know they have already committed to be in the first season of the new professional league and have the basis for that entry playing now.
Onward Through the Fog!
Also – at Sheeran field Saturday 5/13 – come on out to see the last SFGG Varsity game against Mother Lode at 11am. Followed by the rejuvenated Señors vs The SF Fog at 1:00PM
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By Austin Brewin
The SFGG Women had a tough match against the Mudhens, who dominated the scrums and were tough in the line-outs versus the gutsy defense of our Women. The Mudhens got themselves into holes repeatedly with infractions at the breakdown and coming in from the side – which gave LINDSEY KINSLER a number of opportunities to demonstrate her smooth kicking style to put up 4 penalty scores and another 7 points by converting Winger ERIKA HARO’s try as well as her own try under the posts.
The Mudhens threatened right up to the end but were stopped by the well organized, tenacious defence.
Help the Women (and Men) meet travel costs for the upcoming playoffs - https://www.generosity.com/sports-fundraising/san-francisco-golden-gate-rugby-playoffs-2017
First Round USA Club playoffs:
D1 SFGG Men 90 - 0 ORSU
D2 SFGG Women 24 - 10 Emerald City Mudhens
High School NorCal JV Premier Plate Championship:
SFGG HS JV 26 - 12 Jesuit HS
(Varsity team plays Pen Green on 5/13)
SFGG defeated the O Club in the final league game by a score of 55 – 5. The O Club were not at full strength, and once SFGG had a lead our discipline and patience gave way to forcing something spectacular rather than playing a patterned, full team game. My Irish Grandmother referred to this behavior as “Trying to make a dollar out of 29 cents.”
T OKUSI opened the scoring at 2 minutes with a try, and ended a good game with his 2nd at 74 minutes. We scored 9 tries over the day (T OKUSI (2), BARRETT, HUIHUI, DALY, VAILALA, HAUPEAKUI, DONALDSON, STEVENS) The score at the half SFGG 24-0. Playing at 7, ISAAC HELU was named Man of the Match for his strong 80 minutes and intelligent game.
This Saturday May 6th, we have the final home game for this very talented team playing ORSU AKA Portland Jesters who finished at the top of the ladder in the Northwest division of our current geographic organization.
The team is looking forward to playing a new opponent – about which we know very little. Coach NEIL FOOTE is confident that with everybody healthy and playing to our patterns we enter the USA RUGBY Division 1 playoffs in a strong position. We are confident in getting to the next stage – the quarter finals in Tucson on May 21 to face the Austin Blacks on the Saturday and into the semi-finals on Sunday. The finals are to be in Glendale on June 4th.
The SFGG Women play the Seattle Mud Hens at Sheeran Field at 10am Saturday in the Women’s Division 2 regional, followed at Noon where Chico meet Eugene in a Division 2 men’s playoff game, followed by the SFGG – ORSU Men's D1 game at 2PM. The final game at 4PM is between Sacramento Blackhawks and the Tacoma Nomads.
COME OUT AND SUPPORT OUR TEAMS!!
COME OUT AND SEE SOME VERY TALENTED PEOPLE, WELL COACHED, DOING THEIR THING AND YOU WILL BE HIGHLY ENTERTAINED!
I GUARANTEE IT
Athlete, friend, teammate, native son and “brother”. Jason was a quiet force on the field and always a modest man. He was a national team caliber player but cared more about his club than any self-advancement. From his early days in the Sheriff’s Department his rugby ‘mates’ dubbed him “Deputy Dog” from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
Jason played from 1991 through most of the 90’s with Golden Gate after getting his start with our youth club, the ‘Outcasts’. He played a season down in New Zealand with the Mid-Northern Club of Going Family fame and was very well regarded in N.Z. as a player. “J” was a guy who let his play and example do the talking and that example was inspirational.
He left us too early but the memory and legacy he leaves behind will always be with us.