Northern Virginia Eagles

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Northern Virginia Eagles
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Club information
Full name Northern Virginia Eagles
Nickname(s) Eagles
Colours      Maroon
     White
Founded 2007
Current details
Ground(s)
Competition USA Rugby League

The Northern Virginia Eagles are a semi-professional rugby league team based in Manassas, Virginia, U.S. The club currently plays in the USA Rugby League (USARL) for the 2014 season. From 2007 to 2011 they were known as the Fairfax Eagles and were based in nearby Fairfax, Virginia.

The Fairfax Eagles were founded in 2007 as an expansion team of the American National Rugby League (AMNRL), but did not begin play until the 2008 season. They competed in the AMNRL for three years, making playoff appearances in 2009 and 2010. In January 2011 the Eagles became one of seven teams to depart from the AMNRL to form the new USA Rugby League (USARL), but the team ceased operations before the season. In 2012, new ownership announced the team, reorganized as the Northern Virginia Eagles, would return to the AMNRL for the 2012 season.

In 2014, the Northern Virginia Eagles joined the USA Rugby League (USARL).

History[edit]

The team was founded in 2007 by Steven Grant, who was club president. Based in Fairfax, Virginia, they were the AMNRL's second team to be based in the Washington, D.C. area, after the Washington, D.C. Slayers. The Eagles were originally scheduled to join the AMNRL for the 2007 season, but financial issues prevented them from competing.[1][2]

The Eagles joined the AMNRL for the 2008 season. That year they ended the season with a 3-5 record, finishing 6th overall and missing the playoffs on point differential. In the 2009 season they went 5-3 and advanced to the playoffs, but were defeated by the Aston Bulls in the first round. That year they also played the New England Rugby League representative side in the 2009 Winter Exhibition, winning by a score of 50-10. In the 2010 season they went 2–4 but qualified for the playoffs, losing to the New Haven Warriors in the first round.[3] After the season they joined with the Washington D.C. Slayers to form the DC Internationals representative side for the War at the Shore event in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. The Internationals went on to win the War at the Shore tournament, defeating the New York Knights in the final 10-0.[4]

On January 12, 2011, the Eagles became one of seven teams to leave the AMNRL to form the new USA Rugby League.[5][6][7] Prior to the start of the season, however, club president Steven Grant relocated due to work. The team attempted to develop a plan to continue in the USARL, but was unable to find a solution. The club announced it was ceasing operations in April 2011.[8][9]

The Eagles played most home games at Stratton Woods Park in Herndon in Fairfax County, Virginia.[10] They finished with an all-time record of 11 wins, 19 losses, and 1 draw.[8]

On November 26, 2011, the AMNRL announced that the team, reformed as the Northern Virginia Eagles, would compete in the 2012 season.[11] The team is scheduled to play in Manassas, Virginia and will focus on recruiting new players.[12]

On February 28, 2014, the USA Rugby League announced that the Northern Virginia Eagles would be joining the USARL as a member club.[13]

All-time scoreboard[edit]

2008 season

06.07.08 - Eagles 14 - 40 Slayers (MVP Joey Tropea)

06.14.08 - Eagles 22 - 56 Bulls (MVP Andrew Reddy)

06.21.08 - Fight 10 - 36 Eagles (MVP Charles Pramawat)

07.12.08 - Sharks 58 - 28 Eagles (MVP Naysan Eshraghi)

07.19.08 - Bulls 88 - 0 Eagles (MVP John Young)

07.26.08 - Fight 24 - Eagles 34 (MVP Kevin Campbell)

07.26.08 - Slayers 28 - 18 Eagles (MVP John Young)

08.02.08 - Eagles 20 - 0 Raiders (MVP N/A)

Winter Exhibition - 2008

12.13.08 - Bulls 76 - 6 Eagles (MVP Kevin Campbell)

2009 season

06.06.09 - Eagles 12 - 20 Fight (MVP Dain Bentley)

06.13.09 - Axemen 56 - 4 Eagles (MVP Kevin Campbell)

06.20.09 - Eagles 20 - 0 Raiders (MVP N/A)

06.27.09 - Eagles 74 - 6 Wildcats (MVP Joey Tropea)

07.11.09 - Slayers 18 - 20 Eagles (MVP Andrew Panek)

07.18.09 - Eagles 40 - 28 Slayers (MVP Martyn Nicoll)

07.25.09 - Wildcats 18 - 64 Eagles (MVP Chad Culpepper)

08.08.09 - Bulls 52 - 8 Eagles (MVP Chris Ferezan)

08.15.09 - Bulls 20 - 0 Eagles (MVP N/A)

Winter Exhibition - 2009

12.12.09 - Eagles 50 - 10 New England All-Stars (MVP David Lacroix)

2010 season

Preseason Indoor Exhibition

04.03.10 - Fight 0 - 0 Eagles (MVP Anthony Elghossain)

Preseason PBR Cup Exhibition

05.15.10 - Eagles 0 - 26 Washington Irish (Rugby Union)

05.15.10 - Eagles 0 - 42 Fight (MVP Patrick Robinson)

05.15.10 - Eagles 31 - 34 West Potomac (Rugby Union)

05.15.10 - Eagles 15 - 57 Western Suburbs (Rugby Union)

Regular season

06.05.10 - Eagles 16 - 66 Axemen (MVP John Young)

06.12.10 - Eagles 80 - 4 Vipers (MVP Tim Bucher)

06.19.10 - Bulls 96 - 22 Eagles (MVP Craig Webb)

07.10.10 - Vipers 18 - 80 Eagles (MVP Reece Blayney)

07.11.10 - Eagles 30 - 38 Slayers (MVP Dain Bentley)

07.18.10 - Slayers 24 - 16 Eagles (MVP John Young)

07.31.10 - Warriors 80 - 26 Eagles (MVP Entire Team)

2013 season

Regular season

06.08.13 - Bulls 20 - 38 Eagles (MVP Dave "Maca" McLellan)

06.29.13 - Eagles 44 - 26 Raiders (MVP Jakk Kavanagh)

07.13.13 - Dragons 0 - 20 Eagles (MVP Wilis Rodriguez)

07.20.13 - Eagles 38 - 50 Sharks (MVP Chris Ferezan)

07.27.13 - Knights 58 - 4 Eagles (MVP Bryant Alexander)

08.03.13 - Wildcats 20 - 0 Eagles (MVP Travis Cowell)

2014 season

Regular season

05.31.14 - Slayers 42 - 30 Eagles (MVP Bryant Alexander)

06.14.14 - Eagles 24 - 46 Slayers (MVP Ed Fua)

06.21.14 - Eagles 96 - 16 Blues (MVP Bryant Alexander)

06.28.14 - Rebellion 48 - 40 Eagles (MVP Jacob Cobbin)

07.12.14 - Rebellion 70 - 16 Eagles (MVP Travis Cowell)

07.19.14 - Eagles 72 - 28 Blues (MVP N/A)

07.26.14 - Fight 88 - 24 Eagles(MVP Patrick Robinson)

All-time (Fairfax) Eagles squad[edit]

  • Adam Henderson
  • Andrew LaBarge
  • Andrew Panek
  • Andrew Reddy
  • Andy Krug
  • Antony Elghossian
  • Antony Ng
  • Bobby Tate
  • Ben Goldstein
  • Brent Korsower
  • Carlos Salazar
  • Chad Culpepper
  • Chad Metcalf
  • Chad Quimby
  • Charles Pramawat
  • Chris Ferezan
  • Christian Seaman
  • Craig Webb
  • Dain Bentley
  • Daniel Williams
  • Danny Hanson
  • Dave LaCroix
  • David Sukimato
  • Dwayne Jenkins
  • Enrique Guzman
  • Eric Griffin
  • Eric Shimon
  • Eric Wolfe
  • Giancarlo Furguele
  • Hannibal Vaivao
  • Henry Nowell
  • James Lewis
  • Jason Mayhugh
  • Jeff Bush
  • Jimmy Van Huizen
  • Joey Tropea
  • John Young
  • John Chernaga
  • John Everett
  • John Hastings
  • John O'Donnell
  • John Regas
  • John Stone
  • John Young
  • Jordan Barber
  • Julius Rollins
  • Ken Erwin
  • Kevin Campbell
  • Kris Swart
  • Laith Cunneen
  • Mark Ruby
  • Martyn Nicoll
  • Matt Henderson
  • Michael Clark
  • Mike Early
  • Mike Zelinsky
  • Min Sae Chae
  • Morgan Dowell
  • Nate McGrath
  • Naysan Eshraghi
  • Patrick Robinson
  • Paul Hoover
  • Phantom Prompol
  • Phil Baxter
  • Philip Dorn
  • Reece Blayney
  • Rob Harrigan
  • Sean Lovitt
  • Sean Millar
  • Steve Grant
  • Steve Mennella
  • Stuart Divers
  • Tim Bucher
  • Tim Hardmon
  • Tim Zelinski
  • Tyler Callahan
  • Will Gralley

Honors[edit]

  • 2009 - AMNRL quarter finalists
  • 2009 - Winter Exhibition Winners
  • 2010 - AMNRL quarter finalists
  • 2010 - War at the Shore Champions
  • 2013 - AMNRL 7s Tournament finalists
  • 2013 - AMNRL quarter finalists

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Niu (May 31, 2007). "American NRL kicks off 10th season this weekend". League Unlimited. leagueunlimited.com. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ "AMNRL Season Kicks Off". American National Rugby League News. amnrl.com. 2008. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ Brian Lowe (Aug 14, 2010). "Champs Get Big Scare". American Rugby News. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ Brian Lowe (Aug 1, 2010). "War at the Shore Success". American Rugby News. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ Mascord, Steve (January 12, 2011). "Discord 2011: Edition 2". rleague.com. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ "New Rugby League Competition Announced". rugbymag.com. Rugby Magazine. January 12, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Breakaway league launched in the US". code13rugbyleague.com. January 12, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Eagles Cease Operations". fairfaxeagles.com. April 12, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ "USARL Constitution & Teams announced". usarl.com. USA Rugby League. February 18, 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Eagles Home Field". fairfaxeagles.com. 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  11. ^ "NOVA Eagles Have Landed!". amnrl.com. American National Rugby League. November 26, 2011. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ Munro, Tony (May 25, 2012). "A fresh start for the AMNRL's Nova Eagles". rugbyleagueplanet.com. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  13. ^ "USARL welcomes the Northern Virginia Eagles RLFC". usarl.com. USA Rugby League. February 28, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 

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