Connecticut Wildcats

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Connecticut Wildcats
Connecticut Wildcats logo.jpg
Club information
Full name Connecticut Wildcats Rugby League Football Club
Website www.ctwildcats.com
Colours Orange, black and white
Founded 2003
Current details
Ground(s)
  • Andrews Field
Competition American National Rugby League
2011 AMNRL, 7th

The Connecticut Wildcats are an American semi-professional rugby league football team based in Greenwich, Connecticut. They currently compete in the American National Rugby League (AMNRL).

The Wildcats, along with the Washington D.C. Slayers, joined the AMNRL as expansion teams for the 2003 season. Since joining the league they have been one of the most successful teams on the field. They have made a total of seven playoff appearances, advancing to the Grand Final five times, and winning the title in 2003, 2006, and 2007.

History[edit]

The team was founded in 2003. Along with the Washington D.C. Slayers, they joined the American National Rugby League that season, increasing the number of teams to eight.[1] Their inaugural roster consisted primarily of experienced players who formerly played for the New York Knights and other AMNRL teams, giving them an early advantage.[1] They went on to win the Grand Final in their inaugural season, defeating perennial champions the Glen Mills Bulls. They met the Bulls in the Grand Final four more times from 2004–2007, winning in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. In doing so they were the first AMNRL team to go undefeated and win titles in two consecutive years. In 2006 they were coached by former National Rugby League (NRL) player Nathan Hollingsworth and in 2007 by Tim Gee and Mathew Pitman.

Since 2008 the club has worked on building a new image and new attitude under the leadership efforts of CEO and Current USA Tomahawk co-captain Curtis Cunz. They advanced to playoffs in the 2008 and 2010 season.

Logo and colors[edit]

Andrews Field, April 22, 2012

The Connecticut Wildcats have a team partnership with the Wests Tigers of Australia's National Rugby League (AMNRL), and with its two feeder teams, the Western Suburbs Magpies and Balmain Tigers.

Their home stadium is Andrews Field near Norwalk High School.

Records[edit]

  • 2007, 2006, and 2003 AMNRL premiers
  • Mothers' Day Sevens winners

Current roster[edit]

  • Kristian Freed
  • Sebastian Berdichevsky
  • Ian Taylor
  • Curtis Cunz
  • Mark Offerdahl
  • Ted Cacciolat
  • James Everett
  • Luke Barron
  • William Garcia
  • Gareth Gibbs
  • Mike Pitassi
  • Darragh Lynch
  • John Nugent
  • Mike Schacter
  • Phill Shacter
  • Matt Walsh
  • Charlie Rizzo

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Steven Birchall (May 21, 2003). "AMNRL 2003 Team Predictions". rleague.com. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°07′21″N 73°23′46″W / 41.1225°N 73.396°W / 41.1225; -73.396