GOATS 40th Anniversary Spoiled By Bucks In Close Match

The match began with a sobering moment of silence for Alex Behr of Clinton Muddy River Rugby Club, who tragically lost his life in a car accident the previous week. Each team recognized Alex with their #7 jerseys, and took arms with one another for the moment of silence. It was a small gesture with a big reminder; that no matter what team we play for, we’re all brothers on and off the pitch, and here for one another whenever called upon.

As for the game itself, the wind was stiff out of the south, but the temperature was a breath of fresh air compared to the weather leading up to the weekend bout between the Omaha GOATS and the division leading Bremer County Bucks. The first half was a back and forth affair, with the Bucks beginning the scoring by putting together a methodical, organized drive down the pitch. The GOATS answered quickly by breaking through the Bucks line with lots of support. After a Bucks penalty near the goalline, Jaco Visser added to his try total for the year with a thunderous score through the defense. The next sequence, the Bucks would turn the GOATS over and capitalize. Omaha would respond and steal a kickoff and march right back down to their goal line before the Austin Pangelinan would dive over the pile for a scrum-half score. The next GOATS possession, an unlucky slip in the backline would hand the Bucks’ inside center an easy pick and score. Omaha would do the rest of the scoring that half, as the defensive pressure from the GOATS ratcheted up a notch and allowed the ball to be kicked and picked up by Austin Pangelinan for another score in the corner. Andrew Markham would strike a solid ball from 42 meters out before half to put the home side up 27-19. Unfortunately, with the wind going against them the second half and some injuries, the GOATS weren’t able to find paydirt in the 2nd half, and Bremer would go on to score 20 unanswered second half points. It was the GOATS grittiest match of the season, and the loss would leave a bitter taste as it felt that one might have gotten away from them. Credit the Bremer County Bucks for digging deep with a solid second half performance on the defensive side, never really allowing the GOATS to attack past their half. Spirits were high post-match, and the 40th Anniversary Celebration pressed on with stories and camaraderie.

Thanks to our family, friends and fans who attended our home matches this season, and those that provided canned and boxed goods for our Hunger Heroes Food Drive for the Open Door Mission!


Omaha vs. Clinton Recap

Omaha traveled to the east side of Iowa to take on Clinton Muddy River Football Club. Clinton showed up to their home match with a full, tough side while Omaha were only able to bring 13 men across the state for the river city rivalry. The 15 on 13 advantage for Clinton proved to be a huge difference for the entirety of the match. Clinton began the scoring and didn’t see an answer from Omaha for most of the first half until Will Landolt dotted one down in the corner for the visitors. That would prove to be Omaha’s only score of the game, and Clinton would continue the onslaught until the final whistle with the final being 65-5 to the home side. With the cards stacked against them, the Omaha GOATS still proved to be a physically tough opponent.

For the next two weeks, the GOATS have some much needed home matches versus Des Moines and Bremer County on October 6th and 13th respectively. We hope to see many of you there for some hard hitting rugby fun in addition to our Hunger Heroes Food Drive! Be sure to bring boxed and canned goods or any other non-perishable items, as we’ll continue our food drive with the Open Door Mission to combat hunger in Omaha!

GOATS Fall Short In Season Opener

The Omaha GOATS RFC traveled up to scenic Decorah, Iowa this labor day weekend to face their first opponent in Division 3 Iowa, the Northeast Iowa Rugby Barbarians.  It was a rainy morning, but the clouds cleared and made for a hot, humid, yet beautiful day for rugby.  The GOATS came out flat and NEIA capitalized with three tries quick tries.  With frustrations beginning to build, the GOATS committed two back to back yellow cards, leaving a 15 on 13 advantage to NEIA.  The GOATS defensive stiffened, but still allowed another try to the home side and Omaha went into the half trailing by 24.  When the 2nd half started, the GOATS came out determined and drove down the field.  Andy Markham scored a thunderous try for Omaha's first score of the season, dragging a few NEIA players along with him.  Soon after, Dalton Beam sliced through the defense and dotted it down between the posts, and Jake Byorth added a conversion to bring the score within 12.  The GOATS continued the offensive with a late try by Greg Woodin with a beautiful assist by Beam, and Woodin added a quick conversion to make the score 24-19.  Omaha failed to maintain possession off the kickoff and the ensuing plays and the score remained with a 5 point difference to NEIA at the final whistle.  Omaha looks to build off their successful second half and take that momentum into their match at Des Moines Rugby next Saturday at 1 pm.

Annual Golf Outing

Our annual GOATS Rugby Golf Outing is one of our largest social and sponsorship events of the year.  You do not need to be a GOATS Rugby member to play in this tournament.  Registration begins at 7 am on August 25th at The Knolls Golf Course, but don't wait to put your foursome together!  Call ahead and get your team of misfits and 'golf pros' together for a day of sport and fellowship.  If you or someone you may know would be interested in sponsoring a tee, green or entire hole, contact Marty Patzner.  See the flyer for more details!

Annual General Meeting Wrap-up

We just held our Annual General Meeting last night at our sponsor Brazen Head Irish Pub.  We covered a lot of great content.  From this meeting we gathered that the passion for the club is alive and well.  We plan to implement several outreach opportunities, have a solid recruiting and events committee in place that has been putting in steady work already, and have appointed a board whose agenda it is to set long and short term goals and deadlines that are accomplished as well as transparent to the GOATS membership.

Download the minutes here

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Omaha GOATS Annual General Meeting

Omaha GOATS Annual General Meeting

Where: Brazen Head Irish Pub

When: Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Any old boys and current dues paying members are allowed to participate in the annual general meeting.  We'll discuss and vote on board positions, appoint committee positions, the upcoming 40th anniversary season and events, and look at the overall vision of the club.