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2014-2015 Turkish Rugby Season

Dear fans and follwers, Ottomans have started the 2014- 2015 Season with the first training in Dikilitaş . The trainings are between 16:00 and 18:00. If you want to join us don't hesitate to come!!! For the league schedule of the season please check our federations website. For further information please follow the news on our website.

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Marc Mercier's Corner

Marc Mercier, one of the founding fathers of the Istanbul Ottomans R.F.C. back in 1999, passed away on June 13, 2009, at the age of 41. Although he may not be among us anymore, his spirit, and especially his dreams that we all share, will live forever.
This is the reason why we've a special place for this remarkable man...

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Welcome to the home of The Ottomans

The founding fathers of the Istanbul Ottomans R.F.C. - Marc Mercier, Dennis Ponds de Vier and Chris Skirrow - decided in 1999 to write history in Turkey. Being in a country where sports like football, basketball, wrestling, and weightlifting are very popular, it must have been odd enough that there was no rugby at all in this country. Soon they realized that they've made the right choice. Not only became the Ottomans a full team, they've also inspired others to team up as well

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Anzac Centenary Rugby Match Report
Written by Sertac   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 10:16

It all started in early 2013 with an email from a Kevin Lloyd, a former Australian Army member and a rugby player, who was in charge of putting together a very memorable tour. On behalf of the Australia Army Rugby Union Old Boys “Leopards", Kevin proposed Istanbul Ottomans RFC an ANZAC Day veteran match for commemorate the Gallipoli Battles & ANZAC Day Centenary to take place in April 2015, in Gallipoli, Turkey. "What a great idea”, Ottomans thought, something we had been dreaming about for many years. A truly memorable event to mark the Centenary thru brotherhood of rugby, which resonates with the idea of brothers in arms of the battles past, where estimated 250.000 were killed on Gallipoli and around.

After exchanging numerous emails regarding the details of the possible fixture, the City of Canakkale announced a call for proposals for commemorative Centenary events/projects to take place during 2015, which seems to be a perfect fit for the fixture. We put in a proposal but also knew that the event was still a long way away and that it could be a bumpy road getting the event done right.

Patience paid off and by pulling the right strings in the right places, we managed to secure a grass pitch in the town of Gallipoli for the oval. It almost seemed unreal! This was going to happen!

Leopards arrived a couple of days before the fixture in Istanbul and we hosted a meet & greet night at our local pub. Both teams were happy to finally meet and get to know each other. Later at the pub, Ottomans presented Leopards a token of their appreciation, a one of a kind Leopard skin fez, which has become the official Leopards tour fez since then.

Ottomans headed out to Gallipoli a day early to set up the field and get “ready" for the fixture. This was a great opportunity for those retired/veteran Ottomans to get together ahead of the fixture, roll a couple of cold ones and catch up as well, as most of us had not been on the field together for many years. In the meantime, Leopards, traveled thru the area visiting many sites and enjoying the scenery.

The day of the fixture turned out to be glorious, perfect weather and pitch conditions for the oval. Locals started dropping into the stadium, music blasting out of the speakers getting folks in the mood, both teams were in pre-game socialising activities, but tension was also building up.

Paul Martinez, a former referee, had asked to be the linesman at the match, but due to words getting lost in translation throughout pre-fixture correspondence , he was assumed to be the referee, and with no one else around to run the show, Martinez accepted the challange and took charge.

Before the kick-off, National anthems sung, followed by Last Post, for the fallen.

Right off the kick-off, it was obvious that, this was not going to be a simply a veteran fixture, but it was a serious bout. Both teams took it seriously and fought until the last whistle as if they were in their 20’s. A couple of injuries and many aching body parts later, the match came to an end in a draw, as it always does. Both teams gathered around the midfield to greet each other, pose for the local newspapers, and receive gifts from local dignitaries.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 10:29
 
Anzac Centenary Rugby Match

 
Ottomans will host Australia Army Rugby Union Old Boys for 100th Anniversary

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Ottomans are proud to host Australia Army Rugby Union Old Boys in Canakkale, in a friendly veteran match as part of the Official 100th Anniversary Events of the Canakkale Battles of 1915. The match will take place on April 24 and expected to draw in many rugby enthusiasts who happen to be in Canakkale to attend the ANZAC Day events over the same weekend. The match will take place in Gelibolu "26 Kasım" Stadium at 14:00. Hope to see you all there as the event is open to public and in Gelibolu town, which lies outside Gelibolu National Park Premises..

 
RIPA @ Istanbul Rugby Sevens 2014

RIPA returned to Istanbul for another great tour, this time organised and executed by RIPA "Rebels" at Istanbul Rugby Sevens. Players from Ottomans, METU, Kadıköy, Samsun and Pumas, along with some oldtimers who had hung their boots way back, joined the team. Unusually pissy weather did not discourage the team and they put on a fun show on and off the field, as usual. Thank you RIPA for attending Istanbul Sevens with the "Rebels", a first in RIPA history, and we hope to see them back next year. See the RIPA link for RIPA June 2014 newsletter

 
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