The title game is scheduled for Sunday, April 24
Source: Tabitha Sneed Lowe
After being revitalized in the last two years, Johnson City Rugby Club's men's side will compete for the D4 Club National Championship on Sunday, April 24.
The club went 5-2 in league play, giving them a second place finish behind the Charlotte Barbarians Blues. The Blues will be Johnson City's opponent for the title match being held at Kershaw County Park in Lugoff, South Carolina.
The road to the championship game is a huge victory for the club that has seen its struggles after it won the regional championships in 2010 and 2011. From recruiting to funding, JCRC could not put a consistent team on the field. However, the club found growth during the pandemic.
Club presidency member, Adam Jasenak, recounts how the club grew. "While COVID was at its peak, we were growing," he told MLR Tennessee. "We kept people engaged with zoom sessions where we just hung out and drank. Sometimes we would watch a game on zoom and talk about it, but it was a great experience, truly."
The club was able to implement their post-pandemic plans which lead to 20 players for the Spring 2021 season. Since then, the club has built a stronger core of players that lead them to this 2022 championship appearance.
Jasenak sees the club's growth for the future, "I'm extremely happy where the team is going and we're making it happen," he said. "If we have a good summer of recruiting, we will be bumping up to D3. Then, be ready to see Johnson City Rugby in contention for nationals very soon."
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