Well kids, it’s been an exciting first few months here on the Charlotte sports scene. In case you’ve missed any of it, here’s a recap.

Rugby

Danny Wadsworth passing to Jon Hoppel.
Photo Credit: Robert Harmon

The Charlotte Royals played their first home game of the season March 9 against the always formidable Atlanta Bucks. If you remember, the Royals tied the Bucks last season, 10-10, at Atlanta’s annual Ruck-A-Buck tournament, so both teams were eager to get more substantial result this time.

Joseph Pennington of Atlanta being tackled by B.J. Smith, Alex Grauer and J.T. Wentz.
Photo Credit: Robert Harmon

Charlotte came out sluggish to start the game, getting out hustled in rucks and to loose balls. Several careless turnovers led to the first score by the Bucks: a quick penalty that was taken by the scrum half, Joseph Pennington, while Charlotte was lackadaisical getting back on defense.

Luckily, that and a quick tongue-lashing from their none-too-pleased coach, Amanda Vestal, woke the team up and got their focus adjusted. The team answered back quickly by winning a scrum 15 meters out from Atlanta’s try line and converting it into a score by inside center, Jon Hoppel.

David June running to make points.
Photo Credit: Robert Harmon

With the score evened, Charlotte never looked back. Outside center David June, 8 man J.T. Wentz, and fly half Danny Wadsworth all followed with scores before the half ended. The Royals were able to keep the Bucks off the scoreboard the second half while continuing to find the try zone, with the final score being 5-64.

Earning man of the match for the forwards was J.T. Wentz, and for the backs was Danny Wadsworth. Up next for the Royals is an away game March 23 in Charleston, S.C., versus the Blockade, followed by a home match against Table Rock, April 13.

Box Score: Wadsworth (24pts), June (15), Hoppel (10), Wentz (5), Colin Howard (5), Garrett Jordan (5).

Tennis

It’s getting close to April, which means the Queen City Tennis Club will be starting up again. These men and women play and compete in all skill levels and experience and welcome those interested in enjoying the game of tennis. This group meets every Sunday morning from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Park Road Park (although location is subject to change based on tournaments) starting in April, and runs through October. If you want to find out more, go to their website: qctc.org. And, be on the lookout for their big yearly tournament versus the Triangle Tennis Club from Raleigh, the Carolina Cup, happening some time in June.

Softball

Well, their season is almost here. But, signups for the Carolina Softball league are still available on their website, carolinasoftball.org. The league would like to ask any new players to the league to attend one of two clinics being held at Revolution Park so you can meet and get accustomed to the league, field, players, and coaches.

Also, this Easter, Birmingham, AL is hosting their annual Southern Shootout. This is one of the biggest softball tournaments in the southeast and next article we will have a full break down of the results.

Roller Derby

Charlotte Roller Girl All-Stars and the Gate City Roller Girls
Photo Credit: Charlotte Roller Girls Facebook Gallery

The Charlotte Roller Girls All-Stars won their first bout of the season March 2 when they beat the Gate City Roller Girls on the road in Greensboro, 164-59. It was an ’80s themed match called “Breakfast Clubbed,” and that is exactly how Gate City felt after going down 105-25 at half. The home team tried to “club” back in the second half, but it was too little too late. Earning roller girl of the bout was Leah Davidson, aka Hitsteria, who played jammer for the All-Stars.

The All-Stars took on the Cape Fear Roller Girls at home on March 23 and won the bout 185-157.

The CLTRG B-Dazzlers next take on the Five 40 Roller Derby squad at home April 6.

For more information on the team or tickets to their bout, check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/CharlotteRollerGirls or website at charlotterollergirls.com. : :