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Jun 282018
 

Rhinos 42-6 Jets

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The Rhinos went to 5-2 and clinched a playoff spot with a win over a tough Antrim Jets side on Sunday.

The win also clinches a first-ever winning season for the club.

In the early going, the defences were on top, with Rhinos MVP Matthew “Junior” Groves dominating from DE, finishing the day with 3 sacks and 3 TFLs.

A phenomenal Jets punt left the Rhinos with an 88-yard field late in the 1st quarter, but strong running from David Hosford, Ian Fanning, Jonny Northcutt and Chris Hutchinson led the home side to the redzone. Penalties, however left the Rhinos with a 3rd and 18 from the 28. The long distance was soon eaten up by QB Ethan Foster, who weaved his way to the endzone.

Foster would soon find Hutchinson through the air to double the lead before half-time.

Foster would add another on the ground right after the break, with the Rhinos D led by Groves, Andy Meehan and Adam Skelly getting the ball back quickly.

That allowed Jimmy English the opportunity to break tackles en route to the endzone.

However, the Jets were not done and a brilliant outside run from Khadhum Hasson found paydirt. A 2PAT was stuffed by the Rhinos D.

Foster had time in the fourth quarter to cap his hat-trick of rushing TDs, before the Rhinos D got the turnover it had been craving.

LB Rui Almeida dropped into coverage and picked off a deep pass and when he turned upfield, a Rhinos convoy ushered him to the endzone for a pick-6. PATs on the day came from Paul Hosford (4) and David Hosford (2).

Thanks to the Jets for a great, clean, enjoyable game and to our officials on the day.

We thank as always our sponsors Health Services Staffs Credit Union Limited and Woolshed Baa & Grill.

Pic: Zaq Wood.

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Jun 112018
 

Rhinos 41-7 Pirates

Adam Skelly and Andy Meehan stuff a Pirates run.

The Rhinos improved to 4-2 on the season with a 41-7 win over the North Dublin Pirates.

The Rhinos were forced to come from behind after a mistake-riddled opening on offence allowed the Pirates’ a foothold in the game.

That led to Oisin Dowling catching a pass and running 70 yards to put the visitors ahead.

The Rhinos would respond immediately, with Robert Pops leading a strong drive that was run in by QB Ethan Foster, with Paul Hosford adding the PAT.

With just 2 minutes of the half left, the Rhinos would go in ahead.

A defensive stand led by Paul Richardson, Nico Marrimpoey and Andy Meehan led to a blocked punt. With the short field, the Rhinos would take advantage with Foster finding Chris Hutchinson for the TD.

Chris Hutchinson puts the Rhinos ahead.

After the break, the Rhinos would get into the endzone again, with Paul Hosford catching the pass. That would be added to by an incredible 75 yard run from Foster.

In the fourth, a drive led by two top class catches by MVP Paddy Roche would stall at the 15. It would lead to a TD, however, when Foster found Roche on a broken FG attempt.

The Rhinos D would continue to stiffen to the end, with Pat Noonan, Matthew Groves, Adam Skelly and Brian Martin all making plays.

Put in at RB, Richardson made two huge runs near the close, with the second finding paydirt. David Hosford would add the extra this time to cap a 41-7 win for the Rhinos.

Darragh McDonnell isn’t letting go off this Pirate RB.

Next up, the Rhinos face the Antrim Jets on 24 June.

Thanks to the Pirates, our officials, ambulance crew and our sponsors Health Services Credit Union and the Woolshed Baa and Grill.

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All pics: Zaq Wood.

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May 212018
 

Rhinos 23 – 21 Cowboys

THE RHINOS IMPROVED to 3-1 on Sunday, coming out narrowly on top of a titanic battle with the Craigavon Cowboys.

With both sides looking to avoid a second loss of the season, this was always going to be tough sledding and it was the Cowboys who started the better of the two, forcing a goal line interception from Rhinos DB Adam Skelly. 

Running back Andy Heron and TE Conrad Smith put the visitors in the redzone, but a stiffening Rhinos D held them to a field goal attempt that drifted wide.

That miss was forgotten soon after, however, as the Cowboys drove through Heron and Smith again, before Jo Buchanan would punch in the TD. A bobbled snap limited the damage to 6, but the Rhinos would only be behind for seconds.

Following the score, Ian Fanning took the kickoff 90 yards to level the game and Paul Hosford added the PAT to put the home side ahead.

Another strong defensive stand put the Rhinos in position to drive, with returning QB Ethan Foster, Jonny Northcutt and Robert Pops leading the charge. In the end, it would be Foster who crossed the plane to make it 14-6 at the half.

After the break, both sides went full on for the win and it was Heron who levelled the game with a massive 50 yard run. Again, the Rhinos would be forced to go to the well.

When they did, they found plenty in reserve as Foster once again found the endzone, scrambling a designed pass home. However, Hosford shanked the PAT wide right.

That opened the door for the Cowboys, who hit a 65-yard pass from Christian Cowan to Anton Nulty that was added to to put the visitors 21-20 ahead with just 4 minutes left. 

The Rhinos needed a long drive and a score and managed to find both. A 4th down conversion by Foster kept the drive alive while Northcutt and Fanning kept the chains moving. Penalties from both sides in the redzone left the Rhinos on the 15 with 5 seconds remaining. 

A perfect snap from Barry Bolton was held by Foster and Hosford knocked the kick through to give the home side the lead.

A clever kick off from David Hosford took time off the clock as the Cowboys were left with 65 yards in 3 seconds. An attempted hook and ladder was snuffed out and the Rhinos took the win.

Next up, we head to Mullingar to take on the Minotaurs in two weeks.

 

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Apr 252018
 

Rhinos win!

The Rhinos improve to 2-0 on the season with a gutsy 21-14 win over the Cill Dara Crusaders.

A depleted side that ended with four fit O-linemen was able to overturn a 14-7 half time deficit with scores by Ian FanningChris Hutchinson and QB Jonny Northcutt leading the Rhinos to a win over a talented and committed Crusaders side.

Next up is a home stand against the Wexford Eagles.

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Mar 292018
 

Four Rhinos make their international debuts this weekend as the Ireland under-2o’s take on the AFW High School Elite.

DBs Karl Fanning and Pat Gahan, RB Ian Fanning and WR/RB Chris Hutchinson are all set to done the green this weekend after all playing a starting role in the Rhinos winning start to the season last weekend.

The young talent is forming the core of the Rhinos 2018 squad and are all fast becoming key players.

The game kicks off at 1pm at Navan Rugby Club in Meath and admission is free. 

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Mar 272018
 

Rhinos win!

The Rhinos open the 2018 IAFL 1 season with a 27-0 win over the Galway Warriors.

The Rhinos travelled ready to play but found the early going tough on offence.

Luckily the defence was holding it down with MVP LB Paul Richardson recovering a fumble to set up a score from Rhinos QB Ethan Foster. Paul Hosford added the extra.

Another fumble recovery in the second quarter, this time from Karl McGlynn, gave the Rhinos a platform to score again. This time, following hard running from Richardson, it was rookie Chris Hutchinson who got into the end zone.

In the second half, it was the defence who did the scoring. First, Richardson ran back an interception and Hosford added the PAT.

Then, Nico Marrimpoey intercepted a pitch to roll in for another 6. This time it was David Hosford who added the PAT to give the Rhinos the 27-0 win.

The Rhinos return to action on 8 April at home to the North Dublin Pirates.

As always, thanks to our sponsors Woolshed Baa & Grill and Health Services Staffs Credit Union Limited!

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Aug 112017
 

Coaches

It is with great excitement that we introduce the Rhinos 2018 coaching staff.

Rhinos stalwart and mainstay Barry Bolton will take up the coaching reins, having retired from playing after over a decade. 

He will be joined by former Rhinos HC Mark Lawless, who will coordinate special teams and be the assistant head coach. 

Former Rhinos tight end Ross Carrick will call plays as offensive coordinator, while Nick Newby will continue as defensive coordinator.

Returning Rhino Sean Miller will be the team’s strength and conditioning coach, while a host of former players, and one current captain, will coach positions.

Rob Healy, a cornerstone of the offensive line for the last five years, will take on coaching duties on the line, while Carrick will work with receivers and tight ends. Boston-area native Lorcan Sherlock returns to the red and black to coach running backs, while Chris Cullen will handle the defensive line.

Linebackers will be coached by former Rhinos captain Eoin Fox and Fintan Corr. 

Current team captain Adam Skelly will coach defensive backs. 

The Rhinos board is delighted to welcome all of our coaches this year. Each one has given years of service to the club and will look to bring success to the Rhinos in 2018. 

The coaching team:

Head Coach: Barry Bolton
Assistant Head Coach: Mark Lawless
Offensive Coordinator: Ross Carrick
Defensive Coordinator Nick Newby

Strength & Conditioning: Sean Miller

Positional coaches:

OL: Rob Healy
WR/TE: Ross Carrick
RBs: Lorcan Sherlock
DL: Chris Cullen
LBs: Fintan Corr & Eoin Fox
DBs: Adam Skelly

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Aug 102017
 
Vitor Prado and Carlos Sanchez

Vitor Prado and Carlos Sanchez

THE DUBLIN RHINOS are delighted to announce that we have been chosen as 2017 recipients of a grant from the Community Integration Fund, an initiative of the Department of Justice and Equality.

129 organisations nationwide will receive grants of up to €5,000 each for activities to support the integration of migrants within our communities.

The funding will allow the Rhinos purchase equipment which will allow migrants new to Ireland further their development in American football, at the same time as becoming part of the Rhinos community.

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The Rhinos have always had a vast array of nationalities represented, with players from Brazil, Venezuela, America, Romania, Denmark, Latvia and the UK among those who pulled on the red and black this year.

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Aug 022017
 

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The Rhinos are recruiting!

Ever wanted to try a new sport?

September is Rookie Month and the Rhinos will be hosting three rookie days around Dublin 15.

The first of which will take place from 11am on Sunday, 3 September in Castleknock College.

Interested? Click here.

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