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NYFD in Red and NYPD in Blue

The New York Police Department (NYPD) and the New York Fire Department (NYFD) held their annual memorial rugby match, honoring two fallen comrades. The game this past weekend was held at Gaelic Park in the Bronx, a small stadium venue (2,000) created in 1926 originally for Irish hurling matches, but used occasionally for rugby and other sports. Manhattan College purchased the site in 1991

NYPD were the victors 20-14 in a spirited game. The police were coached by Iona’s Bruce Maclean, and sponsored by Rhino Rugby.

The afternoon was abetted by much pageantry from a drum and bugle corps and a bagpiper band.

(Photo Credit – Gary Low)

Riverdale Press article: NYPD vs FDNY Charity Match

Game raises funds for fallen officer’s family

Posted May 13, 2016

The NYPD and the FDNY met up at Gaelic Park on Saturday for their annual rugby match to raise money for officers killed in wars overseas.

Proceeds from this year’s game went to the family of Det. Joseph Lemm, a 15-year veteran of the NYPD, who was killed during his third tour in Afghanistan on Dec. 11. Det. Lemm worked in the warrant division, one floor above the 50th Precinct.

Two other fallen first responders, Firefighter Chris Engledrum and Officer James McNaughton, were also honored at the event.

“They do it every year, they’ve been playing years and just adding names to it,” said Deputy Inspector Terence O’Toole, the commanding officer of the 50th Precinct. “Unfortunately, we keep adding names to it.”

Families of all three servicemen were present at the event.

On the field, the NYPD dominated the majority of the game, scoring 5 points by halftime and three times in the second half to propel the team of officers and volunteers to a 20-14 victory over the FDNY.

One of the highlights of the game came late in the second half when Charles Brown, a volunteer for the NYPD, scored the game-clinching try on a break-away run from almost mid-field.

“I think for the first half, we were pretty fundamental. We kept it slow and steady,” he said. “Then the game plan towards the end was to try to close it out, get big runs, don’t do too much go to ground and just eat up yards.”

This is the second defeat in a row that the FDNY has suffered at the hands of the police, after beating the NYPD by 40 points in 2014.

“Most of these guys play in the tri-state area [rugby] league and we just come together a couple of times a year to play each other,” Firefighter Keith Rogozinski, the captain of the FDNY’s team said after the game. “It’s been the Engledrum and McNaughton game for a couple of years, but Det. Lemm died this past year, so we decided to give the money to his family, and that’s basically what we’re here for. We can get together in the park and play anytime, but this is an event.”

Many former and current police officers and firefighters assembled to watch the game, including retired police Officer Sam Perez, and his son Chancellor, who had commuted from Philadelphia for the day. The pair was with former Officers Manny Alayon, Freddy Velez and Ben Beron, whose son was playing for the NYPD

Saturday’s game was also played as part of police memorial week, when events are held nationwide to celebrate police officers who have died in the line of duty.


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Tickets sold at the door. T-Shirts and Jersey’s will be sold at the event as well. All Proceeds will be going to help out the Lemm family.

Jersey’s can also be found online at:

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The NYPD Rugby Team  was proud to present the PBA with a check for $5,000 dollars to help support the PBA Widows and Children’s fund. We would like to thank the NJ Bayonne Bombers Rugby club for the great turn out and support in making this donation possible. Thanks to Patrick Lynch, Joe Strong and Desmond Stafford  from the PBA.

Donating money to the PBA Widows and Children's fund

Donating money to the PBA Widows and Children’s fund

World Rugby Cup

Posted: November 9, 2014 in NYPD R.F.C. in the News

The NYPD Rugby Club was honored to be part of the Rugby World Cup’s American tour. Check out the video.

Thank’s to Total Rugby TV for supporting the NYPD and London Met. Police Rugby club’s. Below is the video link that was shown all over the world on the IRB channel. Thank’s to all our supporters and family’s for the continued support.


Liberty Cup 2014

Posted: March 24, 2013 in NYPD R.F.C. in the News

Article: Rugby Wrap up about NYPD Rugby

June 26, 201410 Comments

NOTE: There are links in here that are worth clicking… and more pix on Johnathan Wicklow Barberie’s Facebook Page.
NYPD kick off Liberty Cup

BROOKLYN, NY – We had the pleasure of being part of the Liberty Cup, an excellent tournament/tribute to our collective Fallen Heroes from the military, Fire Departments and Police Departments. The tournament, run by the likable John Tinsley, who roamed the grounds with a Rubber Duckie necklace not just because he’s a fashion trend-setter, but also (conspiracy theorists click here) to be more easily found – “You see the guy with the rubber duckie?” Tinsely made his way from Thousand Islands High School in Clayton, NY to being a Chiropractic Clinician in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. That’s right, Malaysia. And yes, he held this tourney in Brooklyn – Floyd Bennett Field, to be precise.

FDNY ball out Liberty Cup

Why would anyone follow this rubber-duckie-wearing, beach-comber-esque dude from Small Town, USA, who via Palmer College end up at International Medical University and now traverses across the globe in the name of rugby, to this event? Well, the answer is simple, really. The Cause.

Bragg vs London Metro Police Liberty Cup

The Liberty Cup was started in 2007 by the N.Y.P.D and Bragg RFC, to honor the Fallen Heroes of9/11. It was decided that it would be held every two years and has now expanded to include global participants and Women’s teams. When you combine the great game of rugby and and even better cause, you’ve got something special. And this was special. The weather was perfect after Malaysian Rainy Season Rain pelted NYC for much of the week. Indeed, the field turf some of us so often curse, proved to be the saving grace as the teams weren’t left to slog through mud and puddles. Sure, that would have been fun, but the rugby wouldn’t have been nearly as entertaining.

Gypsy Women Liberty Cup

John Tinsley

And entertaining it was. Crunching hits, exciting runs, well-executed plays… The competitive juices were being squeezed to the last drop. Ever get a bunch of cops andfiremen in the same room? Try getting them on the pitch pitted against each other… Or a team from Chicago vs a team from NYC? How about London’s Metro Policeplaying against some good ol’ boys from the American South? Between 3M (Mixed Motley Militia), the Gypsies and Bragg boys, there were more than a few… And we haven’t even mentioned the ladies! Squads wearing pink and calling themselvesTeam Pretty or the Wild Rose will get the extra attention when the ref’s not looking… Just ask those damned Sinners.

This year’s format had 8 Men’s 15s teams playing one 15-minute period matches until the later rounds. The Women’s Division had both 7s and 15s, with the 15s following the same format as the men. (We bet we got something wrong here and expect to hear from the NYPD’s #2, Lou).

For the Women, there were our local heroines, the NYPD Women, plus the Gypsy Women, the aforementioned Team Pretty
NYPD womenGypsy Rugby ClubTeam Pretty
…and the Keystone Griffins, Hartford Wild Rose and South Buffalo Sinners.
Keystone GriffinsHartford Wild Rose RFCSouth Buffalo Sinners

Beer for Amublance Woman Player Liberty Cup

For the Men, hometown heroes the NYPD and FDNY held court for the likes of Chicago Blue, Gyspy Men
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…and the gents from Quantico, 3M, Bragg and the London Metro Police – from all the way across the pond.
QuanticoMixed Motley MilitiaBragg RFCMPRFC

Battaglia, BryanAll of the above brought excitement, spirit and most importantly a shared feeling ofhaving fun to this salute of women and men that have given the ultimate sacrifice… and you can bet that those honored would be ticked if it were any other way. That’s not to say the day wasn’t without some tear-jerking moments. The opening Roll Callfor those who passed, with Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia leading the salute, was one… And the day’s end, with the awards being doled out, had roller-coaster emotions from smiles, hugs, tears and laughter. From tough guys and tough women, from big towns and small, from all walks of life – including Commander Robert Broadhurst, who headed Security for the London Olympics.

South Buffalo Sinners and Chicago Blue with Johnathan Wicklow Barberie at Liberty Cup

Liberty Cup AwardsThe awards were even butch! Guns, knives and hatchets mounted to slabs of hand-chopped sequoias (maybe not) made losing the Cup almost fun. Almost. Thankfully, none of these “utensils” were used against this reporter, who was voted “Worst Commentator Ever” by a vocal portion of those in attendance. Fortunately, few of the participants came into the booth to break up the jabbering. All were forthcoming about the solemnity of the event, those they’ll never forget and – with very little prodding – which team they’d like to beat most. The FDNY are rumored to still be looking for their cars; seems the NYPD had them towed. Joking, of course

As it turned out, Gypsy Rugby came within a bounce or two of the egg from sweeping the day, but while their Women’s teams captured the Cups in the 15s and 7s, the men came up short vs the visitors fromMother England in a great final, 12-5. For all results, click here.

Two of our favorite moments of levity came when the English blokes, Paul Brooks and Tom Pearson,came in and took over the play-by-play and color commentary… and when Socks McGillicuddy of the Chicago Blue bombed with his not-very politically-correct impersonations. Good times.

Suffice to say, we’re looking forward to next year.

Liberty Cup Winners London Metro Police with Johnathan Wicklow Barberie of RugbyWrapUp 2

London Metro Police tieSPECIAL THANKS to the London Metro Police’s Neil Sinclair (formerly of the Harlequins) for giving our Matt McCarthy the gift of their team tie. It meant a lot and it was worn to the funeral of Mike O’Mahoney’s mom last week… Mike is a New York Rugby Club Legend, hailed as The King from Queens. He’s also an FBI agent. Another hero off the pitch – and a speedy wing without aLiberty Cup team. You can find him in Pittsburgh. Have at it recruiters/investigators!

P.s… Thanks to Darren Maynard for many great photos… And apologies for the delay – major computer drive issues.

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Posted: March 15, 2012 in NYPD R.F.C. in the News

Here is the link showing the team playing the FDNY in 2011’s charity match. The team is shown around the 56th min in the video.

Video from the 2011 Liberty Cup held in Las Vegas.

NYPD Rugby Las Vegas Liberty Cup 2011

NYPD Rugby Las Vegas Liberty Cup 2011