USARL News: Tampa Mayhem Hosts Jacksonville Axemen Saturday

Mayhem prepare for Saturday's Axemen matchup; Photo credit: Brian C. Cole
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TAMPA, FL – The Tampa Mayhem hosts the Jacksonville Axemen Saturday, 16 July in a USA Rugby League (USARL) game with major implications regarding who will lead the Southeast Division (SE) of the USARL.

axemenJacksonville comes into the matchup as the sole undefeated team in the division at 4-0-0. A win for the Axemen would ensure Jacksonville finishes ranked on top of the 2016 SE USARL Regular Season rankings.

mayhem-logo Tampa suffered its one loss this season at the hands of the Jacksonville on 18 June on the University of North Florida (UNF) Soccer Fields. A win for the Mayhem would avenge the early season loss, and allow Tampa to share the top spot in the SE USARL with Jacksonville.

The teams will meet to play Saturday’s matchup on the Mayhem’s home field at Tampa Catholic High School, 4630 North Rome Ave, Tampa, FL 33603. The game kicks off at 3 p.m.

Mayhem prepare for Saturday's Axemen matchup; Photo credit: Brian C. Cole
Mayhem prepare for Saturday’s Axemen matchup; Photo credit: Brian C. Cole

Coaches of both teams offer commentary on Saturday’s game

Tampa Mayhem Coach Daniel “Payney” Payne and Jacksonville Axemen Coach Ben Nicoll both offered their commentary and perspectives on Saturday’s game between the Top Two Teams in the SE USARL.

Mayhem Coach Payney: “It’s going to be a tough game. Jacksonville is always tough to beat. We didn’t score a point against them last time. Hopefully we’ll bring a better attitude this week. It’s going to be our biggest test of the year. They’re undefeated. If we want to play for the USARL National Championship we’re going to have to beat them.

Axemen Coach Nicoll: “We are pumped for a top of the table clash Saturday afternoon. This game will decide who finishes on top of the SE USARL ladder. Both teams have a couple of injuries that could impact the play of the game, and this will be a tough game played in hot conditions.

More Mayhem preparations for Axemen Matchup; Photo Credit: Brian C. Cole
More Mayhem preparations for Axemen Matchup; Photo Credit: Brian C. Cole

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Mass Comm Grad Student at USF in Tampa Bay, FL (US); write about Rugby as well as Music, Politics, and Weather; Photographer; covers SE Division of USA Rugby League (Atlanta Rhinos,, Jacksonville Axemen, Lakeland Renegades, Southwest Florida Copperheads and the Tampa Mayhem); works with Tampa Mayhem & Tampa Bay Krewe RFC.