Playing the field: Seasons get off to wintery start, but ready for spring

Match-ups from across the Carolinas

Hey everybody! Hope everyone is enjoying the new year so far. Spring is just around the corner and a lot of the area’s sports teams will be getting into full swing soon. So, get out there, get active and cheer for the Queen City’s best!

Charlotte Royals vs. Table Rock. (l-r) Arthur Milne, JT Wentz, Garrett Jordan, BJ Smith

Rugby

The Charlotte Royals started their season Feb. 16 against Table Rock Rugby Club in Morganton, N.C. It was not the most ideal conditions considering it was the first snowfall of the year and the temperatures did not get much higher than 30 degrees. But, both teams were eager to get their seasons started despite the weather.

Table Rock scored first early in the match off a long winding run from their team’s fullback. Charlotte answered quickly though, with a drop kick from flyhalf Danny Wadsworth, making the score 5-3. Halfway through the first half, Table Rock was able to score again by capitalizing on several missed tackles by the Royals. But, again, the Royals were able to counter quickly with an interception and score by inside centerback, Jon Hoppel, closing the gap back down to 10-8.

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Unfortunately, that is the closest the Royals would get that day; they were unable to score the rest of the match, while Table Rock had no such trouble. Snow caused the match to be shortened in the second half and the final score was 47-8. Earning man of the match honors for the Royals was flanker, Garrett Jordan, who made several strong tackles throughout the game.

Charlotte next takes on the visiting Atlanta Bucks on March 9, whom they tied 10-10 last year at the Ruck-a-Buck tournament in Atlanta.

Softball

Also on the weekend of Feb. 16, Tampa, Fla., hosted the Gasparilla Softball Classic. The tournament brought in over 60 teams from all over the U.S. to compete in Florida’s largest gay softball tournament. Our sports news team members were unable to attend the event, but we do have the results!

C Division
1st: Tampa Beefs
2nd: New Orleans Master Batters
3rd: Fort Lauderdale Bills Blue Crush

D Division
1st: Tampa Ducks
2nd: Tampa Panthers
3rd: Madison Big Cheese

Running

Charlotte Front Runners

If you are looking for a group that likes to get exercise, but are not really into the whole competitiveness of contact sports, then check out Charlotte’s Front Runners. They are a walking/running club serving the LGBT community of Greater Charlotte. They meet twice a week, on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. If you are interested in finding out more information on this club, check out their website at charlottefrontrunners.com/Charlotte_Front_Runners/Home.html.

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Roller Derby

As promised, we now have your Charlotte Roller Girls 2013 schedule! It’s a long season, running from March to October, which means you will have plenty of opportunities to check them out at their home rink, the Grady Cole Center.

Bout Schedule:
CLTRG = Charlotte Roller Girls
H = Home Match

March 2: CLTRG vs. Gate City Roller Girls

March 23: CLTRG All-Stars vs. Cape Fear (H)

April 6: B-Dazzlers vs. Five 40 (H)

April 20: CLTRG All-Stars vs. Big Easy Rollergirls

April 27: CLTRG All-Stars vs. Palmetto State Roller Girls

May 11: CLTRG vs. Garden State Roller Girls

May 18: Double Header — CLTRG All-Stars/ B-Dazzlers vs. Charlottesville Derby Dames (H)

June 8: CLTRG vs. New River Valley Roller Girls

June 23: Double Header — CLTRG All-Stars vs. Soul City (Augusta, GA)/ B-Dazzlers vs. Kannapolis (H)

July 21: CLTRG All-Stars vs. Chemical Valley (H)

Aug. 10: CLTRG All-Stars vs. Pacific Roller Derby

Aug. 24: Double Header — CLTRG All-Stars vs. Gate City (Greensboro); B-Dazzlers vs. Classic City (H)

Sept. 7: B-Dazzlers vs. Star City Roller Girls

Sept. 28: CLTRG All-Stars vs. Appalachian (H)

Oct. 19: CLTRG vs. Gainesville Roller Rebels

Oct. 20: CLTRG All-Stars vs. Palm City Punishers

Oct. 26: CLTRG B-Dazzlers vs. Camel City Thrashers

For more information on getting involved with the Roller Girls, check out their website at charlotterollergirls.com. : :

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