Ladies, gentlemen and rugby players all around the country,
the club’s committee is happy to announce the Murphy’s Misfits Charity Touch Rugby Tournament 2016 under the motto KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.
This year we will have our 13th touch rugby fiesta with a noble cause. We are teaming up with the Cedar Foundation once again to bring fun times to all rugby aficionados in Sofia and to provide better education to disadvantaged teenagers living in one of The Cedar Foundation’s family-type houses in Kazanlak. With your help, collected funds will be invested in tutoring and educational materials to improve these deserving kids high school performance.
As always, this year’s competing teams will be formed on the day. During the registration phase, team captains will lead touch rugby workshops in order to teach all newcomers the rules and the basics of our favorite sport.
Everyone is eligible for participation in the tournament no matter of rugby skill, physical training, age or gender. Due to safety reasons there is a minimum age requirement – 12 yo (all underage participants must have an attendant).
Besides the tons of fun every player will get a complementary t-shirt with a great design. There will be a minimum entry fee of 15 lv. Please, keep in mind this is a charity event and 100% of your entry fee will be donated – the more the better.
Foods and drinks (yes, beer!) will be served around the venue and all the revenue will be donated, as well.
J.J. Murphy’s Irish Pub
WonderLand Language School
Murphy’s Misfits Charity Touch Rugby Tournament 2016 – KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
in support of the Cedar Foundation
15 lv. minimum entry fee
23th of October, 2016
11:00 h registration
12:00 h kick-off
CSKA Sports Complex, Borisova Gradina
See you on the pitch!
Rugby is the source!
boys and girls… after one of the most successful years in the history of the club and a short but fun break it’s time to launch officially the new Season 2016/2017. As a small hint for what to expect we want to share with you the Misfits motto for the new season – “My drinking team has a rugby problem!”.
I. The rugby problem
There are few changes in our organization that will take place:
- We start playing on a new pitch**
After the most recent issues around CSKA Sofia there is still a lot of uncertainty around the CSKA Sports Complex in Borisova Gradina. We were unable to book the pitch there for the new season and that’s why we have to move to a new place. Luckily, we were able to find another great artificial pitch with brand new facilities in the city center – “Sportna Sofia – 2000” in Zona B5. Click HERE to see the exact location.
** UPDATE: As of 8th, October 2016 we are back to CSKA Sports Complex in Borisova Gradina.
We will keep the flat rate. A participation in a touch rugby practice or a weekly training will cost you 5 lv. Kids and students are free of charge. The committee appointed Nencho Neikov as the new Steward of the club. That means Nencho will take care of collecting the fees, handling the communication of the facilities manager and storing the equipment. Let’s wish him luck!
- Touch rugby and weekly training times
Touch rugby practices starting time moves back to 12:00h each Saturday. Please, be around the pitch 11:30 in order to prepare, as we cannot postpone or prolong the practices.
We begin again with the regular weekly training – 20:00h each Thursday. Make sure you get to the pitch around 19:30h to prepare.
- Izzo Cherkezov joins the coaching staff
Izzo is a well known player in our community. He has more than 15 years of experience, playing rugby in Bulgaria, the UK and Germany. He will help Kaloyan in the coaching work, sharing his vast rugby knowledge and progressive vision. Let’s welcome him in this new role!
II. About the drinking team
Here is the plan for the Autumn ahead (again stay tuned in Facebook and Viber for more details):
– at least two XVs games until the end of the year
– our regular tour to Gabrovo and a XVs game against Gabrovo Old Boys
– 13th edition of our Charity Touch Rugby Tournament
– watching the November tests in JJ’s
– Haloween pub crawl and other drinking events
In general we intend to play regular touch and contact rugby, to train and learn new skills and develop as a team, to watch our favorite teams play and drink a lot of beers. Not a surprise!
Rejoice and don’t forget – Rugby is the Source!
The Renegade Summer is in its heat!
The Misfits are back from a very entertaining beach rugby tournament in Kavala, that happened from 15-17 of July. The tour was a part of the Misfits Renegade Summer 2016.
We went in Greece with a big group of players and supporters, that formed our two competitive teams named Murphy’s Misfits and Sofia Renegades. Here are the full line-ups:
Murphy’s Misfits RFC
1. Dimitar Marinov
2. Nencho Neikov
3. Slavi Slavchev
4. Stanislav Petkov
5. Stefan Doychev (c.)
6. Tihomir Simeonov
7. Victor Wuillaumе
8. Yancho Chanev
1. Blagovest Lefterov
2. Hristiyan Kostov
3. Matthew Carr
4. Mihail Minchev
5. Nikolay Hinov
6. Pavel Blagoev
7. Stefan Hranov (c.)
8. Vladislav Parizov
9. Kevork Kasparian
Both our teams performed really well and without a doubt showed some of the most entertaining rugby during the whole tournament. Murphy’s Misfits became crowd favorites since day one and were able to finish on 3rd (out of 7) position in their group with some amazing displays of skill, power and speed. On Sunday the team led by proud captain Stefan Doychev reached the Quarterfinals. Sofia Renegades were definitely unlucky, as the fixture table doesn’t really represent the good rugby they played.
All players and coaches can be very proud of the performance of our group in very tough conditions. Extreme heat, terrible refereeing and malicious plays were just some of the hardships we had to endure. Indeed, we’ve seen some disgraceful acts by certain teams, we as a club do not support.
Big thanks to the organizers from AOK Rugby Titans for making this event possible! They showed us great hospitality all the way.
Big big thanks to all players and fans that toured in Kavala and showed all of Greece that RUGBY IS THE SOURCE!
Check some photos HERE.
Varna Old Boys here we come!
Murphy’s Misfits RFC 34 : 22 Istanbul Ottomans RFC
We won the Dead Duck! Congratulations brave Misfits!
After a very tough and thrilling match against the Istanbul Ottomans we were able to prevail. Since both teams had short numbers on the day we formed two sides together and played a curious game of rugby 10s. Cheers for Ned, Stefan and Ogi Hranovi, who joined to support the visiting team in a true rugby spirit. The Ottomans, with their many formidable players and experience dominated the first 20 minute half. With 5 : 17 points on the scoreboard at halftime things were not looking pretty for the Misfits. Showing a lot of character and strong will we were able to get ourselves together and turn the tide in the second half. We almost left the opposition scoreless with strong defensive work, while taking advantage of their mistakes to score our own tries. Special mention goes to Hughie Molloy, who played magnificently and got the MVP of the day. Both Loko boys Hristian and Tisho were also instrumental for the win.
The most important news of the day – after 10 years in the cold the Misfits and the Ottomans revived their rugby camaraderie. We will continue the long forgotten tradition of regular games between the two clubs from now on. We are going on a tour in Istanbul in 2017 to try not to lose the Dead Duck… and of course to have tons of beers and fun!
Big thanks to all the players and supporters! Very big thanks to the Ottomans for making this game possible!
Rugby is the Source!
Murphy’s Misfits 33 : 41 St. Ives RFC (England)
Murphy’s Misfits 24 : 17 St. Francis RFC (England)
Last Saturday we had our second three way tournament for the season. St Ives RFC and St Francis RFC joined us from England for a great game of rugby and fun.
The most important news from the day is that the team played incredibly well. The Misfits showed some sublime rugby with great support both in attack and defense and a lot of dedication in the contact area. We lost the first game against St Ives RFC in the last 10 mins due to some dubious tactical decisions. It was a very close race from start to end. The Ives boys were some of the biggest rugby players we’ve ever seen in a rugby field and played bone cracking rugby. Then we won against a flamboyant St Francis RFC team in an equally tough encounter.
The current core group of players was boosted by Vladi from Lokomotiv Sofia RFC , Slavi from Balkanski Kotki RFC, by one Gentleman of Albion (Cheers Matt) and accidentally (not quite) by some St. Ives representatives. It’s great to see all the hard work at the trainings pays off and “the management” is very proud of everybody involved. We got a second win for the season, which nobody remembers ever happened before!
Special mention goes to Misho, Kevork, Yancho, Victor and Niki who scored their first tries for the club. The later got the MVP of the day at the pub.
Talking about the pub, the third half was great as expected. Words are not enough to describe the mayhem 60+ Englishman cause to JJ’s every time we have a Misfits party. Big thanks to Branko and the staff for supporting us!
Thanks to all wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, the doctor and the fans!
Kudos to all the players!
Rugby is the Source!