Axemen Win Big in First Game of the Season
The Jacksonville Axemen kicked off the season with a big win over the newly formed South Florida Speed. After weeks of training and a positive showing at the Naples 9s tournament, the Axemen were able to finally put their hard work together on the field.
Jacksonville kept control the entire game, and played solid defense with a final 80-0 score. Tries were scored by Vashon Marrs, Josh Jackson, James Williams, Tony Robinson, Luke Findlay, Mason McCrory, David Washington, Terrence James, and a hat trick with three tries from Kevin Wathen. Luke Findlay was good for 12 of his 14 conversions.
Coach Sean Rutgerson was happy with the result and the efforts of both teams. It should be mentioned, that the South Florida Speed is only in their second season, and although they compete in rugby union events as well, they are relatively new to Rugby League. “The Axemen played well and the game was played in good spirit. We had a good first hit out. South Florida hung in there for the full 80 minutes and is continuing to improve their game.”
The Axemen return for their home opener this Saturday, June 25th for a rematch against the Speed, who plan to build their roster for the rematch. Kick off is 6:30pm at the UNF Turf Field adjacent to Hodges Stadium. Jax Axe Women’s Rugby League will also make their home debut for the 2022 season with a 4:30pm game against the Tampa Mischief. Game tickets cover both games and as always there will be beer sales, food, and merchandise for sale. Half-time we’ll introduce our newest members of the Jax Axe team, “Chopper” and “Slash” for a rugby league skills contest.
It’s not too late to save money and purchase season tickets, and single game tickets are now on sale as well. Check out the Axemen shop at www.jaxaxe.com.