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Never say die Pirates make State Semi Finals! Castle Rock High School Boys Rugby clinch a famous victory from the jaws of defeat. more
The return of Vince Composto, after a short leave of absence,raised the spirits of the Castle Rock side. Despite a good start by The Tigers it was that man Composto who crossed the line with a trademark 60 yard dash, a successful kick by Michael Kirby leveled the score. The Pirates began to take some control of the game and it was the powerful figure of Vinnie Martinelli scoring once again. Before half time Composto had added his second and Kenton Frenklin kicked forward a loose ball to pick up and dive over under the posts, Kirby adding another 2 points. The Tigers got back into the game with another well deserved try but Castle Rock were not about to lie down this week and with Patrick Goldsmith's lightining pace coming on to replace Ryan Oliver, they extended their lead with another 2 tries. More scores followed with Bennett Howland crossing in the corner and lock Braydan Isaac charging down a clearance kick to dot down to take the jubilant Pirates to 50 points. Castle Rock now have one more League game to play and they don't come any tougher than PAC RFC from Evergreen. PAC are currently unbeaten and sit comfortably at the top of the division. The Pirates will have to be at their absolute best when they travel up Highway 285 on Saturday April 19th. more
It was the Jr Gentlemen of Aspen that came out victorious from a intensely fought battle at Willits Park. Despite the weather forecast predicting frigid temperatures at KO, the sun broke free from the dark clouds to set the stage for this thrilling encounter. The reigning D2 State Champions were not going to let go of that status very easily and the early exchanges were proof of that. Castle Rock were put under pressure and before long, the home side put points on the board with a penalty goal, 3 zip to The Gents. The Pirates fought their way back into the game, but unable to convert any of the sustained pressure into points. No change to the score at halftime. The second half saw Castle Rock up the tempo and they started to threaten the Aspen try line. Time and time again, The Pirates attacked the line but The Gents held firm with some valiant defense. Eventually, the pressure paid off and wing Kyle Chairenza dived over the line to score from close range, Pirates take the lead 5 to 3. Straight from the restart good work from Vinnie Martinelli, Zach Chaddick and Bennett Howland saw the visitors press forward again. The home sides relentless defense began to creak and another score from Castle Rock seemed imminent, but somehow The Gents held on. Eventually, The Pirates onslaught won them another penalty and this time, fly half Michael Kirby, elected to take the 3 points on offer with a well struck kick. The game looked safe at 8 points to 3. But it wasn't to be Castle Rock's day, with literally seconds on the clock, Gents outstanding scrum half, Matt Williams used his strength and guile to find a gap and score under the posts, the conversion was a formality and the scoreline read Jr Gents 10 Pirates 8. With that referee Brighton Khumalo blew the whistle to end the game. Castle Rock now take a well earned Spring Break and hope to bounce back on April 5th away to rivals Fort Collins. more
A brace of tries by stand in scrum half Vince Composto led the scoring bonanza at Paintbrush Park on Saturday. The visitors from South West Denver area, SWARM RFC, came to Castle Rock in the hope of improving on their 0 and 2 record, they scored in the 1st minute of the game and stunned The Pirates. Captain and 8-man Tamatea Bartlett, rallied the troops and shortly after the restart Castle Rock got back into the game, prop Jake Hotzfield scoring a well deserved try. The home side began to play some exciting rugby. Playing into a strong wind, Bennett Howland made some strong runs, SWARM were back peddling and gave an easy penalty for fly half Michael Kirby to add another 3 points to his growing tally. The Pirates grew in confidence, taking the game by the scruff of the neck and winning good possession by some fierce rucking. This gave Composto space and time to operate, his pace and skill earning him his first try of the game. Kirby picked up the extra 2 points and found his groove. The California went on to complete a further 4 successful kicks during the game, bisecting the posts each time with sublime accuracy. With the wind at their backs in the second half, Castle Rock applied more pressure on SWARM, top try scorer Vinnie Martinelli benefiting from slick play by Kaden Forsgren, Gabe Mascarenas and full back Aidan Donahue. Man of the Match Vince Composto robbed the ball from his opposite number, to dive over for his second, the lead was extended. SWARM battled bravely to score tries of their own, The Pirates took their foot off the gas a little in the final quarter and allowed the away side, who battled bravely to the end, to cross the line twice to make the scoreboard more respectable. The Pirates go on the road next weekend on a mini tour, facing reigning D2 champs the Jnr. Gents from Aspen on the Saturday and then playing a friendly scrimmage against Grand Junction the day after. more
As mentioned Vinnie Martinelli and Aidan Donahue scored the points and played very well. Other notable performances was winger Kyle Chairenza, lock Braydan Isaac, hook Bennett Howland and co- captain Kaden Forsgren. more
Castle Rock Pirates entertained Boulder Valley Lions at Paintbrush Park on Saturday in a hard fought battle. The Pirates, playing in their first League game of the season, were put under pressure right from the kick off, the visitors had clearly come to play. Boulder started to find some holes in the Castle Rock defense and began to exploit some weak tackling, scoring an easy try with only 10 minutes on the clock. The Pirates got themselves back into the game with a well stroked penalty goal from number 10 Michael Kirby. The spirit was lifted and after some good play out wide by Patrick Goldsmith and Aidan Donahue the play swept to the other side, Man of the Match, Nathan Forsgren breaking free only to be stopped short of the line, but brother Kaden was there to pick up the pieces and burst through the Boulder D to score. Kirby slotted the 2 extra points. The Lions, pounced once more to score before half time, the conversion was missed and the score remained level. The snow came down even harder in the second half, but it was Castle Rock who started to take control and Patrick Goldsmith got onto the scoresheet beating 3 defenders on a run to the line. Kirby converting the try once more. Again Boulder would not lie down and scored another. Time was running out for both sides but it was scrum half Nathan Thomas who put The Pirates ahead, scoring from close range. It looked like Castle Rock were heading for another win, but with just a few minutes to the final whistle Boulder scored their fourth try, leveling the score with the chance to win the game with the 2 point conversion kick. Controversially the referee judged the kick to go wide of the posts and the score remained 22 all. Ironically, last year's game resulted in a draw as well. Castle Rock play their next game against The Warriors on Wednesday March 12th again at Paintbrush Park KO 5pm. more
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