Upstate Rugby Union Tournament Co-Champion
The B-side goes 10-0 and wins the B-division of the Upstate Tournament.
National 7s Qualifier
Cell phone antenna deal is secured for Aardvark Park.
"The Pavilion" Project kicks off and the initial structure is built.
The Rochester Aardvarks were founded in 1966 as the Rochester Rugby Football Club. The club’s humble beginnings came from Phil Grannan’s (a graduate and Rugby player from the University of Notre Dame) desire to start a team in Rochester when he came to the U of R for his MBA. Phil’s dream began to take shape when a local newspaper article was published describing his idea of starting a local rugby team. From this article, Mike Hunt, Neil Barker, Hudson Fowler and Phil began to form a team in Rochester.
Players who played rugby in England and South Africa (and who also attended the University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Dentistry) became the first players to play for Rochester. Even though some of the founders did not stay long, the team was set for the future. The “RRFC” traveled and played teams from the Northern part of the United States (Buffalo, Cleveland and Syracuse) and Canada (Toronto, Windsor).
Over the years the Aardvarks have toured England, Ireland, and the Bahamas. Rochester players have made various all-star teams, played in international matches representing the US, territory championships, Empire State Games championships and the National 7s tournament.
The Aardvarks are the sole owner of Aardvark Park, one of the only privately owned Rugby facilities in New York State, and one of a select few in the nation. The facility currently has a restroom accommodations, a permanent building primarily used for equipment storage, an entertainment pavilion, non-potable water, gas and electric. The two fields have irrigation and permanent uprights and measure 144m x 70m and 120m x 60m. The park is located at 3625 E Henrietta Rd, Henrietta, NY.
With more than 50 years of history, the Aardvarks have an annual tradition that honors the players who have elevated our team and our sport. Beginning in 2016, The Hall of Fame Committee nominates and votes players into the Aardvark Hall of Fame. Recipients are recognized at the annual President’s Dinner and memorialized by having a brick engraved with their name laid in the Walk of Fame at Aardvark Park. The formal induction ceremony occurs at the annual Presidents Dinner and the brick laying ceremony occurs at the annual Green/Gold Match, which occurs at the end of each spring season.
Since 1966, thousands of individuals have taken the field wearing green and gold, representing Rochester, NY and the Aardvark RFC. The team maintains a database of more than 500 members to date. Please take a look through the list and help us fill the gaps. Once an Aardvark, always an Aardvark.