Chicago Griffins RFC

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Chicago Griffins
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Full name The Chicago Griffins
Union USA Rugby
Nickname(s) Griffins, Griffs
Founded 1973 in Chicago, IL
Ground(s) Riis Park Stadium
President Ed Michals
Coach(es) Andrew Suniula
Captain(s) David Bleitner
League(s)

Rugby Super League

(US)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.chicagogriffins.com

The Chicago Griffins RFC rugby union team was founded in 1973. The team competes in Division I after the demise of the USA Super League and play their home games at Riis Park in Chicago, Illinois, US.

History[edit]

The Chicago Griffins was founded in 1973 by the late Bob "Doc" Kelly along with Brian Bourke, Mike Elliot, John Carmody, Rick Grigutis, and Tom Powers. The Griffins would not exist today had it not been for these players.

Sponsorship[edit]

Notable primary sponsors include Edgewater Athletic Club and Athletico Physical Therapy. The club also has several secondary sponsorships from local and regional businesses including Black Rock, Goose Island and RugbyInk.[1]

Standings[edit]

Super League 2012 - Red Conference[edit]

Team Pld W T L Bonus Total
1 OPSB colors.png Old Puget Sound Beach 9 9 0 0 7 43
2 Northern Eagles colours.svg San Francisco 9 5 4 0 9 29
3 Chicago Griffins colors.png Griffins 8 4 4 0 3 19
4 Denver Barbarians colors.png Barbarians 8 3 5 0 7 19
  • 4 Points awarded to the winning team
  • 0 Points to the losing team
  • 2 Points to each team in the case of a tie
  • 1 Bonus Point to a team scoring 4 or more tries
  • 1 Bonus Point to a losing team keeping the score within 7 points

Rugby 7's[edit]

The Chicago Griffins yearly participate in the Midwest Men's 7's national qualifiers and regularly qualify for the national tournament held in San Francisco.

Two
Chicago Grffins 2012 7's team runners-up in the Minnesota 7's.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Sean Cooney Hooker United States United States
Jojo Bucci Hooker United States United States
Tim Paulsen Prop United States United States
Niko Mafuli Prop United States United States
Dan Bleitner Prop United States United States
Nevin Mills Prop Australia Australia
Charlie Jacobson Lock United States United States
Graham Harriman Lock United States United States
Erik Jacobson Lock United States United States
Matt Najor Flanker United States United States
Sean Cooney Flanker United States United States
Daniel Bujwit Flanker United States United States
Nicholas Walcott Flanker United States United States
Shawn Evans Number 8 United States United States
Duane Mantle Number 8 United States United States
Player Position Union
Josh Allan Scrum-half England England
Nate Jensen Scrum-half United States United States
Donny DeBartolo Fly-half United States United States
Andrew Suniula Centre United States United States
John Luhrsen Centre United States United States
Ryan Beecher Centre United States United States
Mike Brasie Centre United States United States
Scott Peterson Centre United States United States
John Maddalena Centre England England
Brendan Brown Wing United States United States
Patrick Marek Wing United States United States
Matthew Crabtree Wing United States United States
Corey Quaglia Fullback United States United States
Taylor Welch Fullback United States United States

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