2011 USARL season

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2011 USA Rugby League
Teams 8
Premiers Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight (1st title)
Minor premiers Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen (1st title)
Wooden spoon Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Oneida FC
Matches played 35

The 2011 USARL season was the inaugural season of the USA Rugby League (USARL). The league was formed in January 2011 as a breakaway competition from the American National Rugby League (AMNRL). The regular season kicked off on June 4 and ended on July 30; the Jacksonville Axemen won the minor premiership with the best regular season record. The first round of playoffs were played on August 13, 2011, with the New Haven Warriors and Philadelphia Fight winning the round. The league's Grand Final took place on August 27 between the Philadelphia Fight and the New Haven Warriors. Philadelphia won 28–26, receiving their first national championship.[1][2]

Teams[edit]

USARL teams
Team Stadium City/Area Foundation Joined
Boston Thirteens Moakley Stadium Boston, Massachusetts 2009 2011
Jacksonville Axemen Hodges Stadium Jacksonville, Florida 2006 2011
New Haven Warriors Ken Strong Stadium New Haven, Connecticut 2006 2011
New Jersey Turnpike Titans Cochran Stadium Jersey City, New Jersey 2011 2011
Oneida FC Steinbrenner Stadium Boston, Massachusetts 2011 2011
Philadelphia Fight A. A. Garthwaite Stadium Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1998 2011
Rhode Island Rebellion Classical High School Providence, Rhode Island 2011 2011
Washington DC Slayers Duke Ellington Field Washington, D.C. 2003 2011

Season table[edit]

2011 USARL season
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen 8 7 0 1 334 88 246 14
2 St. George colours.svg Washington D.C. Slayers 8 7 0 1 302 145 157 14
3 Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight 8 6 0 2 335 128 207 12
4 New Haven colours.svg New Haven Warriors 8 5 0 3 296 172 124 10
5 Melbourne colours.svg Rhode Island Rebellion 8 3 0 5 208 198 10 6
6 Ipswich Colours.svg Boston Thirteens 8 2 0 6 114 324 −210 4
7 Wests Tigers colours.svg New Jersey Turnpike Titans 8 1 0 7 134 382 −248 2
8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Oneida FC 8 1 0 7 118 404 −286 2

Ladder progression[edit]

  • Numbers highlighted in green indicate that the team finished the round inside the top 4.
  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished first on the ladder in that round.
  • Numbers highlighted in red indicates the team finished last place on the ladder in that round.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen 2 4 6 6 8 10 12 14
2 St. George colours.svg Washington D.C. Slayers 2 4 6 8 10 12 12 14
3 Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight 2 4 6 8 8 10 12 12
4 New Haven colours.svg New Haven Warriors 0 2 4 4 6 6 8 10
5 Melbourne colours.svg Rhode Island Rebellion 0 0 0 2 4 4 4 6
6 Ipswich Colours.svg Boston Thirteens 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 4
7 Wests Tigers colours.svg New Jersey Turnpike Titans 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Oneida FC 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 2

Regular season[edit]

The inaugural USARL season opened with a pre-season rugby league nines tournament. Seven of the top tier teams participated, with the Philadelphia Fight fielding two teams. Additionally, two developmental teams (the Orange County Outlaws and the Utah Avalanche) participated, along with a West Chester University student team and the visiting New Zealand Police invitational side.[3] The New Zealand Police won the tournament over the New Haven Warriors.[4]

For the regular season, each team played home and away against six teams once, and one team twice, in an eight-round home and away season. Teams qualified for the playoffs based on point differential, with a win counting for 2 points, a draw for 1, a loss for 0, and a forfeit for −2.[2] The Jacksonville Axemen won the minor premiers with the best season record.[5]

Round 1[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue
Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen 48–10 New Haven colours.svg New Haven Warriors June 4, 5:00 pm Hodges Stadium
Ipswich Colours.svg Boston Thirteens 16–38 Wests Tigers colours.svg New Jersey Turnpike Titans June 4, 7:00 pm Charlestown Highschool Stadium
Melbourne colours.svg Rhode Island Rebellion 4–46 Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight June 4, 8:00 pm Classical Highschool Stadium
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Oneida FC 10–54 St. George colours.svg Washington D.C. Slayers June 4, 9:00 pm Charlestown Highschool Stadium

Round 2[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue
Wests Tigers colours.svg New Jersey Turnpike Titans 22–30 St. George colours.svg Washington D.C. Slayers June 11 Lincoln Park
New Haven colours.svg New Haven Warriors 36–28 Melbourne colours.svg Rhode Island Rebellion June 11, 3:00pm Ken Strong Stadium
Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen 52–10 Ipswich Colours.svg Boston Thirteens June 12, 9:00 am Hodges Stadium
Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight 104–0 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Oneida FC June 11, 5:00pm A. A. Garthwaite Stadium

Round 3[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Oneida FC 10–54 Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen June 18, 1:00pm MIT Steinbrenner Stadium
St. George colours.svg Washington D.C. Slayers 30–24 Melbourne colours.svg Rhode Island Rebellion June 18, 1:00pm Duke Ellington Field
Ipswich Colours.svg Boston Thirteens 0–52 New Haven colours.svg New Haven Warriors June 18, 3:00pm MIT Steinbrenner Stadium
Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight 30–22 Wests Tigers colours.svg New Jersey Turnpike Titans June 18, 5:00pm A. A. Garthwaite Stadium

Round 4[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Oneida FC 36–26 Ipswich Colours.svg Boston Thirteens June 25, 1:00pm MIT Steinbrenner Stadium
St. George colours.svg Washington D.C. Slayers 28–16 New Haven colours.svg New Haven Warriors June 25, 2:30pm Duke Ellington Field
Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight 14–12 Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen June 25, 5:00pm A. A. Garthwaite Stadium
Melbourne colours.svg Rhode Island Rebellion 30–16 Wests Tigers colours.svg New Jersey Turnpike Titans June 25, 8:00pm Classical Highschool Stadium

Round 5[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue
Wests Tigers colours.svg New Jersey Turnpike Titans 6–62 Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen July 9 TBD
St. George colours.svg Washington D.C. Slayers 24–13 Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight July 9, 2:30pm Duke Ellington Field
New Haven colours.svg New Haven Warriors 60–12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Oneida FC July 9, 3:00pm Ken Strong Stadium
Melbourne colours.svg Rhode Island Rebellion 48–0 Ipswich Colours.svg Boston Thirteens July 9, 8:00pm Classical Highschool Stadium

Round 6[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue
Wests Tigers colours.svg New Jersey Turnpike Titans 16–62 St. George colours.svg Washington D.C. Slayers July 16 New Jersey 7's Tournament
Ipswich Colours.svg Boston Thirteens 32–22 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Oneida FC July 16, 1:00pm MIT Steinbrenner Stadium
New Haven colours.svg New Haven Warriors 22–28 Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight July 16, 3:00pm Ken Strong Stadium
Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen 30–4 Melbourne colours.svg Rhode Island Rebellion July 16, 5:00pm Hodges Stadium

Round 7[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue
Ipswich Colours.svg Boston Thirteens 32–18 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Oneida FC July 23, 1:00pm MIT Steinbrenner Stadium
St. George colours.svg Washington D.C. Slayers 16–36 Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen July 23, 2:30pm Duke Ellington Field
Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight 84–4 Wests Tigers colours.svg New Jersey Turnpike Titans July 23, 5:00pm A. A. Garthwaite Stadium
Melbourne colours.svg Rhode Island Rebellion 18–32 New Haven colours.svg New Haven Warriors July 23, 8:00pm Classical Highschool Stadium

Round 8[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Oneida FC 8–46 Melbourne colours.svg Rhode Island Rebellion July 30, 1:00pm MIT Steinbrenner Stadium
New Haven colours.svg New Haven Warriors 68–10 Wests Tigers colours.svg New Jersey Turnpike Titans July 30, 3:00pm Ken Strong Stadium
Ipswich Colours.svg Boston Thirteens 8–58 St. George colours.svg Washington D.C. Slayers July 30, 3:00pm MIT Steinbrenner Stadium
Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen 40–16 Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight July 30, 5:00pm Hodges Stadium

Playoffs[edit]

The playoffs consist of a two-round single-elimination tournament in August. The season's top four teams competed in a semi-final round, with the two winners going on to the Championship Final. In the first round on August 13, the first-place Jacksonville Axemen hosted fourth-place New Haven Warriors at Hodges Stadium, and the second-place Washington D.C. Slayers hosted the third-place Philadelphia Fight at Duke Ellington Field. The games were won by New Haven and Philadelphia, who went on to the inaugural Grand Final on August 27.[6] Philadelphia defeated New Haven 28–26, winning their first ever national championship.[1]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referee Crowd
SEMI-FINALS
Jacksonville colors.svg Jacksonville Axemen 4–13 New Zealand colours.svg New Haven Warriors August 13, 2011[7] Hodges Stadium
St. George colours.svg Washington D.C. Slayers 18–32 Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight August 13, 2011[8] Duke Ellington Field
CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
Philadelphia colours.svg Philadelphia Fight 28–26 New Zealand colours.svg New Haven Warriors August 28, 2011 A. A. Garthwaite Stadium

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