When we last heard from the Philadelphia Fight they had just won their league’s championship in 2011. Due to work being done at A. A. Garthwiate Stadium, they had to play outside Conshy in 2012, but they are returning to their home in Conshy in 2013. The first match played in Conshy will be June 8th vs. the Jacksonville Axeman.
While the majority of the team is made up of regional players, the team does bring in a handful of players from outside the area. This year they have brought in the Clark brothers (pictured above), who have overseas playing experience. Here is what the team’s website says about the Clarks:
National USA rugby league standout brothers Matt and Casey Clark are set to play for the Valley Forge Casino Philadelphia Fight in 2013. The brothers, who were born in and reside in Missoula, Montana, committed to play with the Fight in early March. (Pictured Casey-left, Matt-right)
Matt, a prop, is the eldest traveled to Perth Australia after his service in the United States Army to play with the Palmyra Rugby Club. When he returned to the USA, he played for the Missoula Maggots and the Jacksonville RFC. Matt then began playing for the Jacksonville Axemen Rugby League Club where he won two national championships in his four years with the club.
Casey, a natural center, led his High school team in Drummond to two Montana State Rugby Union Championships and then spent some time in New Zealand. From there, he traveled back to the USA and started playing league with his brother for the Jacksonville Axemen. Casey also had a stint with the USA Eagles Select squad, and is still in the USA Eagles players pool. Casey went on to play professionally with the Helensburg Tigers Rugby League Club in Australia in 2012 where he played lock.
The brothers are proven leaders on every team they have been on, and they will be a tremendous addition to a veteran Fight squad.
If you haven’t been to a rugby match before, it has a nice atmosphere and the Fight even have cheerleaders. Don’t worry if you do not understand the rules, they are pretty easy to pick-up.