Banquet Celebrates GOATS, Members, Fans

After the last match of the fall campaign in 2018, the Omaha GOATS hadn’t won a game. Fast forward to May 2019, and the GOATS wouldn’t lose a match all Spring. It called for celebration. The Omaha GOATS Rugby Football Club wrapped up their 40th anniversary season with a banger at their annual banquet on June 1st at Johnny’s Cafe in Omaha. The 40th anniversary jerseys were auctioned off to several lucky members, and awards were handed out to valuable players and clubmen of the year. The successes of this club over the past year are in large part due to our new coaching staff pictured below, and many dedicated board members with big visions. The GOATS hope to build on their success over the summer with off-season training and 7s play. Look for the fall schedule in the coming month or so and join them in their quest for a national title starting in late August. Thanks to all the old boys, family, fans and friends of the GOATS. We could not do it without you all!


Omaha GOATS Board and Coaching Staff

Pictured above:

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President Jordan Frost auctioning off the GOATS 40th Anniversary jerseys.

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Player Awards - Conner White, Most Improved; Nick Kwasniewski, MVP; Jordan Frost, Clubman of the Year.

Not pictured - Mike Matthews, Forward of the Year; Tom Walthers, Back of the Year; Ryan Wilkerson, Rookie of the Year.

Congrats gents!

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Winners of the jersey auction: Zach Korth, Jake Rife, Jordan Frost, Marty Patzner

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The boys keep the party going at Barry O’s, owned by old boy, sponsor and member Barry O’Halloran.

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Assistant coach Zach Hartnett and Head Coach David Synnott


This year’s banquet will be held at Johnny’s Cafe on June 1st. We are excited to put a period at the end of this season and celebrate all of our accomplishments. We hope you can join us! Significant others are strongly encouraged to attend! See below for all the info.


You can pay one of three ways: click the donate button below and pay via PayPal, venmo @goatsrugby, or bring a check to the banquet!

Spring Schedule Announced

The home schedule features a match against the always tough Wichita and an old D2 rival in the Kansas City Rugby Football Club. The GOATS will tour to South Sioux City and Iowa Falls for their spring tournaments. They’ll cap the season traveling to Iowa City for a league make-up and friendly against division foe Iowa City Ducks.


GOATS Trap Shoot Set For March 30th

Members, friends of members, alumni, family and all those with opposable thumbs!! We hope you can join us for our annual clay trap shoot on March 30th. Registration is now open and we’ll accept registration all the way up to the day of! See below for all the details! Want to be a sponsor? Click on “club” at the top of our website and then click on the “donate/sponsor” tab. We hope to see you all there!


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!