What the Phunk?

What the Phunk? Philly Phunk drops 12-9 decision to the Morristown Rally (1-0). The defending IBLA Champions the Philadelphia Phunk in New Jersey IBLA action.

Things started well for the Phunk who unveiled a 5-2 lead after the first stanza thanks to Mikey Mauricio (1g,1a), George Downey (3g), Murph Butler (3g) another from Downey and Murphy. The Rally countered with goals from Brett Beeton (1g) on the man up and Kellen Pulera (2g).

The Phunk quick start was negated by a 7-2 second period Rally (no pun intended) by the Rally. Tyler Kopen (1g) pushed it to 6-2 at the 3:13 mark but, Matt Axmann (1g), and a pair from Devon Buckshot (3g) closed it to 6-5. Downey got his hat trick but Austin Haynes (1g), Brine Rice (2g), Pulera, and Buckshot would complete his second-period hat trick to take it to the final stanza with a Morristown lead of 9-7.

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Murph Butler attempted to jumpstart a Phunk comeback just :36 into the action but Dean Gillette (2g,1a) hit rope just seven seconds later, then again thirty-three seconds later to make it 11-8. Brine Rice for the Rally and Gordie Herr (1g) for the Phunk closed the book on the 12-9 game.

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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