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The Rivalry Series Little Silver Shrewsbury 2018
Nov 14, 2018

The Rivalry Series Returns

By Lori Draz

The Rivalry Series Little Silver Shrewsbury 2018

It started in 2002, when a group of kids from Shrewsbury and Little Silver played a casual pick-up football game the day after Thanksgiving. It has gone on to become an annual area tradition as well as a major fundraiser for Lunch Break.

This year, families from Little Silver, Shrewsbury, Fair Haven, Rumson, Red Bank, Middletown, Oceanport and Monmouth Beach will meet, as tradition commands, on Black Friday, Nov. 23, to compete in The Rivalry Series, the single elimination flag football tournament.

The tournament begins at 9 am with kid age brackets for 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade boys and girls. Adult men’s age 35 and older play at 11 am, and 18- to 34-year-olds play at 3 pm. The always exciting ladies bracket for women 18 and older will commence at 1 pm.

Last year, Rumson resident Michael Polloway participated in the Rivalry Series for the first time with his children Merric and Jackson cheering him on. “I coach their sports, so this time the shoe was on the other foot. They’ve heard the ‘war stories’ of my high school and college days, so it was awesome for them to actually get to see us on the field,” he said. “The best part is that it raises funds for a wonderful charity, Lunch Break.”

Former quarterback and now a father of three, Rumson’s Ryan Neff, inspired his wife, Amy, to play on the women’s team this year, and their 8-year-old son Collin will be playing too. It’s easy to see how this event keeps growing.

On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, participants will feed warm meals to those in need at Lunch Break during The Rivalry Series Volunteer Day, which some say is the most special experience of all.

“It is a truly unique event. In one day you see parents cheering on their children in the morning and children cheering on their parents in the afternoon.” said event organizer Rick Brandt. “We hope The Rivalry Series can help alleviate hunger in our community.”

In the past, this event has raised over $35,000 and trucks full of nonperishable food as well as clothing for Lunch Break. The day concludes at Val’s Tavern at 7 pm for The Rivalry Series After Party.

To learn more, register as a player, sponsor, or volunteer for the series, visit or contact Rick Brandt at 908-675-7646 or Event details are shared on The Rivalry Series Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube pages.

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