Saturday, August 16, 2014

Rovers Look to Turn Fortunes Around in 2014

With August 23 right around the corner, many minds in the Midwest are turning towards the 2024 season. Arguably, no team is more hoping to improve on last year’s performance than the Cleveland Rovers.

“The Rovers are really looking forward to this season,” said Rovers’ Captain, Scott Liechty. “We are expecting to improve and compete for the League Title after a down 4-6 record last fall.”

A League Title is a lofty goal in general, but for the Rovers to aim at that lofty height this is truly aiming high. Not only did the Cleveland side have a down season last year, fraught with injuries and teammates being exported, but they play the Detroit Tradesmen, Pittsburgh and the Cleveland Eastern Suburbs Rugby Football Club twice this year. The Tradesmen topped the whole league last year, while Eastern Suburbs and Pittsburgh were numbers one and two in their group, respectively.

“The Detroit Tradesmen, Pittsburgh and Eastern Suburbs are all top notch competition,” Liechty said. “We also can't afford to look past an away game at Indianapolis, home and away games versus Detroit RFC and a home match against Dayton. Every week is a must-win in such a stacked league.”

With all the stiff competition surrounding the Rovers, the team has a lot of work to do in order to top their league. Liechty believes his team has the personnel and skills necessary in order to get the job done.

“The Rovers are poised to turn it back around,” Liechty said. “We have a lot of guys with A-side experience; are returning a number of key players that missed the past fall and spring for a variety of reasons and have some new guys that are looking to compete for starting spots.”

The new combination of returning experience and aggressive youth could be just the combination the Rovers need to surprise a few teams in the Midwest. Assuming the experienced can stay healthy and the new can rise to the occasion, the Rovers could find themselves quickly standing the ranks this fall.

“I see big things for the Cleveland Rovers this fall, and think if we continue to train and get better like we have been all summer, we can get back to the form that had us at the top of the League, beating D1 clubs, and competing for Midwest Titles and spots at Nationals,” Liechty said.


The Rovers kick off their season against a familiar foe. They host the Cleveland Eastern Suburbs Rugby Football Club on August 23, 2014 at Impett Park on the city’s beautiful West side. If the Rovers hope to change their fortunes this season, beating their cross-town nemesis would be a good start.

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