Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cal Cup Preview: Olympic Club

We've partnered with the Cal Cup this year and as part of that partnership we're re-posting the team by team previews they are putting up on their site. This time it's Olympic Club. The original can be seen here

The Cal Cup is just days away from kicking off. To help fans get prepared for the season of the season we talked with representatives from each of the six teams to find out more about what they expect from the year. In this edition we chatted with Andrew King from Olympic Club.

Players Added: Based upon the shifted season, the Olympic Club looks forward to getting full seasons out of Jake Anderson and Michael Haley.

Players Subtracted: The Olympic Club will be missing Alec Gletzer the first two contests when he is with the 7’s National Team. Colin Hawley will miss the competition due to off-season surgery.

Coaching Changes:

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Team Leaders: The Olympic Club will be captained this year by Tanner Mohr. One of the younger captains in the league, Tanner leads by example with his hard playing style.

Players to watch: After fielding a relatively young team over the last two PRP seasons, many of the Olympic Club players are looking to make their mark in Men’s Club. In addition to those previously mentioned (Jake Anderson, Michael Haley, Alec Gletzer, and Tanner Mohr); tighthead prop Stephan Salimi leads the team from the front and is the anchor of the Olympic Club’s powerful scrum. Winger Josh Tucker looks to have a break out year after a strong 7’s season over the summer.

Style of Play: With Ray Lehner, a former Eagle Prop, at the helm, the Olympic Club has long been known for its dominant forward play and scrum. This year the team fields possibly one of its best and most complete backlines. With the boot of flyhalf Keegan Engelbrecht, Olympic Club will look to control the field position and use its forward pack to create a solid attacking platform for its backs to go to work.

Warm-up Matches: NA

Outlook for the year: The Olympic Club looks forward to competing in the California Cup as it establishes itself as the premier amateur rugby competition in the US. The California Cup will provide our club and players the opportunity play against elite level competition week in and week out without having to leave the Golden State. As the young core of the club continues to develop we look to build on our 5th place PRP finish last year and challenge for the California Cup.

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