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2019 Season Soon to kick-off!

The Panthers are already preparing for the launch of the 2019 season, which will kick-off with our fall program on September 15.
We have 12 coaches confirmed and are looking forward to growing the club with a high-school age group.
If you are interested in coaching or volunteering, please let us know!

Congratulations to U14 for making the finals in 7s tournament!

Congratulations to our U14s for an outstanding performance at the Season-ending 7s tournament!

Our boys made it to the finals…without knowing it! Indeed, as they were packing and ready to hit home, we learnt we had one more game to play… a final against Chuckanut.

With a few injured and many gassed out players, we lost logically to Chuckanut, after beating them in the round-robin phase, but our boys should be proud of their performance in this 7s tournament, with very little preparation or specific 7s coaching. As usual, they left every ounce of energy on the field, and delighted us with great rugby.

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Coach Karim

7-8th grade joining forces with Liberty Rugby for this Season

The Panthers are excited to announce that our 7-8th graders – now called U14 – will team-up with Liberty to play this season.
After a fantastic experience at the Sacramento Kick-Off Tournament (KOT) (where the boys from both teams teamed up to win all their official games!), we are excited to team-up again with the Liberty boys and their coaches, Kirk and Tyler.
We’re looking forward to a fantastic season with them!

Sacramento Tournament was a blast!

Last week-end, our 7-8th graders went down to Sacramento to participate in their first out-of-state tournament. They joined Liberty Rugby to form a team competing against a number of California teams in the KOT (Season Kick-Off Tournament).
We had 7 players from the Panthers and 6 from Liberty, with a few addional players borrowed from local teams, as well as from Liberty’s girls team.
As coaches, we were anxious to see how our boys would do in California, where Rugby is much more developped, and we were very excited to see them perform very well compared to the other local teams.
We played 3 official games on Saturday, and another 3 on Sunday, plus some extra game time with other teams who needed reinforcement.
Of our 6 games, we won 5 (loosing only one very tough game to a team which ended up being expelled from the tournament for poor sportsmanship). In every game, our boys displayed an impressive level of Rugby:
When attacking, the Liberty-Panthers team executed the plays they had worked on at practice with remarkable confidence, even against a strong defense. They alternated forwards sequences with wide plays, and the ball went all the way to the wing more often than not, thanks to strong passing and well timed runs in the back line. The forwards did a great job putting pressure on defense, and creating the space for our centers to break through on 3rd and 4th sequences.
In Defense, the boys showed skill and mental strengths, with some big tackles against strong opponents. They stayed organized, and kept control of the game even under pressure from the bigger teams.
Most importantly, the coaches did not say much from the sidelines. The boys self-organized, corrected their weaknesses, communicated well together, and supported each other efficiently, demonstrating how mature they have become.
Liberty and Panthers coaches were very impressed to see them work together so well only after 4 joint practices.
Strong teams are made of strong individuals and we saw some very strong individual performance on the field from our boys:
– Cole had a tremendous impact in attack using his power but also his agility to pierce defense and score several decisive tries. He alternated impact and well-timed offloads to team mates, further destablizing defense by being very difficult to read. He also set the tone in defense as usual with his impressive tackling skills.
– Noah played as a forward, a position he is not used to, but where he did very well. His tackling was superb, and despite being smaller than many of his opponent, he had a strong impact in attack as well, earning some surprised comments from the sidelines ‘Wow! Who is this kid?!’
– Cody had a tough job with some big players to keep in check, and was instrumental in our attack with solid rucking to consolidate our sequences of forward plays. He also put pressure on the opposing team in defense around the breakdown, and did all the tough work forwards do to allow our backs to shine!
– Mathis was his usual self, setting the tone in attack and in defense with an aggressive Rugby, fighting on each play to press forward with the ball, or pressure opposition in defense. He was key in many line runs with very nice offloads to support players, and of course, scored some memorable tries.
– Alexander had an outstanding 2 days on the field, and was voted the best tackler of the team by his peers. Again, comments from the sidelines were priceless: ‘How does he do that?’ when tackling a player twice his size! His impact in the line was also decisive, as the ball got to him at the end of back lines for several classic tries.
– Eliott played fly-half for the first time in official games, and did an amazing job launching the back line with great decision making and superb passing. He quickly adapted to the position and directed many of the plays between forwards and backs, working well with Magnus (scrum-half). And of course, he couldn’t resist scoring a try stealing a ball from an opposing team for one his typical ‘Eliott plays’!
– Patrick was with us but unfortunately was sick with the flu and could not participate, but I want to mention him as he worked hard to prepare this tournament with us, and these efforts will payoff as we team-up with Liberty for the rest of the season.
Most importantly, the boys had a blast and bonded strongly with the Liberty players, who I did not name individually, but who all deserve to be recognized as well for their spirit, their skills and their big heart on the field.
I want to command coaches Kirk and Tyler from Liberty for their coaching. In only a few joint sessions they put together a very strong team which consistently played a good rugby over the 2 days. It was obvious we had one of the best trained team in the tournament.

Finally I want to thank Sophie and the Liberty club for organizing this trip, and the coaches who helped coach prior to the trip and travelled to Sacramento to support the team.
This is definitely an event we want to go to again next year!


Sacramento Tournament in January 2018

The Panthers are looking forward to participating in the Sacramento Kick-Off Tournament (KOT)!


Panthers will join Liberty players and hopefully other clubs from Washington for a week-end in Sacramento. Read below what the organizers are saying about the tournament:
  • The largest Youth & High School Rugby Tournament in the Western Hemisphere offers your club, your squad, as well as its coaches and supporting parents, a unique opportunity for pre-season development.
  • Highly organized, well run, with large Vendor Village and volunteer staff of Field Marshalls.
  • The KOT presents us with a unique opportunity for Referee Development. Rugby NorCal. partners with the NCRRS to attract a large concentration of Referee Coaches and referees to a FREE Friday training session, and to stay for two days of intense efforts. All meals are covered for attending refs. All clubs should please encourage their developing refs to attend.
  • Many top match officials (Refs) from across the Western US are flying to support our efforts.
  • (3) 30 minutes matches guaranteed for all attending sides, each day of play
  • A chance to compete against the best sides from Jesuit High, and across the Sacramento Valley
  • A chance for local clubs to compete against sides visiting from out-of-state clubs, with at least sides from OR & WA confirmed at the present time!
  • Expanding Girls, Middle School, U12 and U10 play
  • Boys Varsity and JV offered both Saturday and Sunday
  • Every effort will be made to minimize facing in-season rivals, with competitions and playing schedules to be set one week in advance of the event
Talk to or email Sophie Demandolx,  our Club administrator if you are interested!
More on the tournament web site at:

Supporting the Saracens

7 Panthers ball boys helped on the sideline our favorite Seattle Saracens Men’s rugby club. Go Saracens!

The quarter finals at Magnuson Park this Saturday April 22nd, 2017 under rugby weather shine and rain Our Saracens scored 46-32 against their rival of the day The Ravens from British Columbia. 

Camp Long 1-6th grades getaway report

April 15th, 2017

From Laurent Cauchy – Liberty Rugby – Director of Youth Rugby

Dear Friends,

Here is the official report of our 1-6 grade Liberty Rugby Academy camp with the Panthers on April 15 and 16, 2017. I think that all participants will agree the experience was awesome (If they don’t, we’ll do more pushups at practice).

Legally required disclaimer: Almost no blood was spilled and no kids were permanently injured or lost in the making of this event.

We ordered some nice weather, and were not disappointed. No rain at all, which made the camp really enjoyable. We had 19 players and 4 coaches. One almost-adult Liberty JV player came to oversee the group of kids and coaches, thanks Big Connor. Managing the coaches was quite a task.

This event was hosted by the crème of international rugby coaches with such famous stars as:

  • Pierre (his real name is Peter Van Der Rugby) from South Africa, a man of many talents as you’ll find out reading this,
  • Sean_the_2E from Newer England (where they think they have better lobster, and against all odds, which they drove left and drunk tea),
  • Karim and Frenchy (aka the three stooges, go figure) from LaFrance, whom no one really understand,
  • Our very own trump card (no politics please), Connor Cedarnutz, International JV player of the year.

Most players arrived as planned between 3:00 and 4:00pm. The first order of business was to make the kids aware of the carefully planned camp rules we had prepared ahead of time. Well, no… we threw of few last minute rules realizing that chaos was not be the best course of action. For example:

  • We paired kids with a buddy and called for regular buddy checks
  • 3 whistle, every one back to home base
  • No climbing without a chaperon, etc.

Around 4:00pm a group of about 15 kids went on a hike led by coach 2E to discover Camp Long. Amazingly, all came back. The excitement was palpable. After the hike we had a snack and distributed the kids to their cabins for set up. We all busted out with joy and laughter when we heard kids play with kazoos. What fun that was. 5 or 10 mins later, we implemented a no-kazoo policy. After that we had a rugby practice for nearly 2 hours. We worked on the same skills and games as usual, however, without the pressure of time it was really nice to be able to go more in depth and repeat more. We went until 6:30 or 7:00pm and prepped dinner.

Of course, the food was organic, non-GMO, locally grown. All waste products were compostable. The jokes were politically correct and age appropriate. Well, no… At the end of the day, the fire was burning, and songs were sung. Famous rugby moments were recounted. Tales of unparalleled rugby feats were exchanged. Jokes about pirates booties were told, and retold. A fine bunch of joyful scoundrels in my estimate. That said, and for now obvious reasons, I don’t think we’ll bring pirate booties to camps going forward.

On that first day, after already playing games in the morning, we hiked, climbed rocks, jogged, ran, played rugby, did a lot of pushups, played more rugby, made a fire with real wood and flames. There were lots of smiles and tired legs. You know you’re doing something right when kids want to go to bed around 9:30pm despite having gobbled up piles of s’mores in the previous minutes.

After 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep, we woke up around 8am. Well, no… Thanks to the excellent decision from your humble coach, the whole camp got up around 6:30am. Taking advantage of the early departure of one of our players, everyone got invited to an early start with bangs on the door and loud “good morning sunshines”! Needless to say, Karim and 2E were super excited at the opportunity to see the sunrise. However, Pierre (aka Peter, see above) did not flinch. I did not insist, he’s a big guy and I scare and bruise easily!!!

After the angry faces disappeared, we enjoyed a most eggsellent breakfast of eggs, bacon, cookies and hot chocolate. Since everyone ate too much we decided to go for a long jog (i.e. the coaches sitting in the middle of the field with coffee while the kids ran for a while).  Well, no…  We let kids play for a while on their own and then around 8:30am started Sunday practice which was led by Karim. Lots of focus on passing skills and technic. We actually learned a lot from Karim during this practice. Thanks for the opportunity to learn from you.

We topped this off by a game of touch rugby, which I joined as a player. The game ended with the kids piled up on me thanks to the command of self-promoted referee 2E’s, based on the FALSE claim that I was cheating too much and deserved a pile-on! Obviously this is completely wrong. I do propose with the utmost respect to our distinguished and wise Liberty Club Board that we organize a fundraising event to get 2E new glasses if he intends to ref in the future. Nearly 2 hours of rugby were enough and it was time for snacks and camp clean up.

By noon everybody was gone with memories we hope will last a long time for the kids. We couldn’t be happier to have spent this time with your kids, they’re awesome. Thanks for letting them come despite the Easter celebrations. We look forward to other opportunities to build friendships and learn about and from each other.

Camp quote:

“They run the Punch and Judy plays better than we do” – Cedarnutz [Note for Bobcat: it’s all about the coaching ????]

Camp awards (which we just made up):

  • Best Kids Award: To all the parents for the great manners, good listening and good attitude of the kids
  • Broom Fairy award (see pics): Pierre for Cabin #6 which had the most silly string and neon light decorations hanging from the sealing. All out shenanigans!
  • Painted Face award: Little Connor for the most ashes and suit on the face
  • Morning Savior award: tie between 2E for the best bacon and eggs and Karim for the Starbucks run
  • Show Off award: Max for the clapping push up and wink to coach while doing it
  • Best Cookie Negotiator award: without a doubt, Madeleine killed it
  • Most Pranks award: Magnus for hitching powder on toilet seats, silly string, kazoos, etc.
  • You Rock award: Big Connor (picture 10 kids saying nonstop: “yo CedarBroMan, can you take us to the climbing rock?”)
  • Best Singing Entertainment award: The Twohey bros (Rohan and Seamus) and father, our next ‘Merica got talent winners
  • Fearless Climber award: Josiah M. for going where no other human being would
  • The Enforcer award: Frenchy for quotes heard like: “you all better behave or I’ll send Frenchy after you”
  • Bacon Discovery award: Junior whose life will never be the same for having tasted bacon for the first time
  • Hairy Defender award: Rudolf for relentless offensive defense moves and disruption tactics throughout practice. EFFECTIVE IMMIDIATELY: Rudolf is officially promoted to team mascot
  • Most Fun award: to all for making this event so special

Camp pictures (thanks a million Karim for taking and posting them): here

Yours truly,


Local Youth Rugby Players Help The Saracens from the Sidelines

Throughout the fall 2016 season the Seattle Saracens have been lucky enough to have the assistance of 2 young Saracens fans.  Tyler Yockey and Mathis Demandolx have volunteered to help out the Seattle Saracens on the sidelines.  They have been a big help to the Saracens sideline management team and a boost to the players as they are well taken care of by these enthusiastic volunteers.

Tyler and Mathis are players with the Panthers Youth Rugby Club.  This newly formed club is another opportunity for young athletes to learn the game of rugby and be part of a team.  Based in Redmond, Washington, the Panthers will be heading into their inaugural season this spring.

The Seattle Saracens Rugby Club looks forward to having the assistance of Tyler, Mathis and other youth players who are Saracens fans and want to get involved with the Seattle Saracens program.  Supporting youth rugby is something the Saracens are enthusiastic about as they will be the next generation of rugby players.

You can see these Seattle Saracens and these volunteers this spring when their season kicks off in late January.  More details about the upcoming season and the spring BCRU schedules will be available in the coming weeks.