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Friday, 4 April 2014

Rambler Newsletter Vol 2.3

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Ramblings

March has been a big month for rugby for the Ramblers having played 6 matches giving all players, young and old, an opportunity to hit the pitch.  Most recently on March 29 the Ramblers had two friendly matches against the Rowdies and Principia College.  The Rambler Primus side faced an aggressive Rowdies side however; the Ramblers dominated the match winning with a final score of 29-5.  The Secundus was less fortunate playing a much younger and faster Principia side that ran up the score in the first half.  Thanks to some help from a few Rowdies and some hard work the Ramblers had a much better second half. Final score: 17-85.  Despite the unexpectedly cool temperatures it was a good day of rugby.

Earlier this month on March 8th the Rambler Primus faced the Indianapolis Impalas brought here by former Rambler Captain Adam Schmidt. The match resulted in a Rambler victory 31-19.  The Secundus played Maryville. Final Score: 38-34 Ramblers.

In league news, the Ramblers traveled to Kansas City to play KC United on March 22.  The hard fought match resulted in a disappointing loss for the Ramblers who were unable to capitalize on numerous penalties drawn throughout the match.  On a good note, the Ramblers traveled with 27 players which is one of the strongest traveling sides that we’ve seen in some time.  We even got to see old boys Ed Russell and new KC resident Stan Dondle lace up for some playing time.

Despite having a tough season the Ramblers still have several friendly and league matches coming up including having two sides in for Ruggerfest on April 12th and 13th so come out and support the team while we finish the season strong and continue to build for next season. There is also a possibility that Elkin Kistner will be putting together some Old Boys matches at Ruggerfest. Watch your e-mail!

Additionally, please keep your schedule open for the Rambler Golf Tournament.  Date and location is still being worked out and will be shared as soon as the information becomes available.  Historically the golf tournament has fallen in mid July.

Rich E/Dan W

Future Events

Practice – Rambler 15’s practice is scheduled for every Tuesday and Thursday at Woodson Terrace.  Start time 6:45 p.m.  Times and location are subject to change due to weather.

Old Boys Happy Hour – Thursday, April 10, 2014 – 4:00 at Maggie O’Brien’s on Market downtown. This replaces the previously scheduled lunch scheduled for Friday, April, 11 2014.

End of the Season Banquet – Saturday, May 17, 2014 7:00p.m.  at Maggie O’Brien’s on Market.  Cost is $30.00 per person.  There will be dinner, drinks, and awards.  All Ramblers are welcome, old and new.  Tickets can be purchased on the Rambler Website.

Rambler Golf Tournament – TBD

Match Schedule

 

Past Events

Old Boys Luncheon – Friday, March 14, 2014 – 1:00 at Maggie O’Brien’s on Market downtown.

This Month in Rambler History

In the Spring of 1997 the Kirkwood Rugby Club (one of several Rambler sponsored high school clubs over the years) played a match down at Forest Park along the pitches by Dwight Davis Tennis Center. I cannot recall how it turned out, but I believe Kirkwood won (it’s my story!).

Immediately following that match the Ramblers hosted Trinity College from Wales. A bunch of college kids…a bunch of fast, rugby articulate, well-schooled, and fit kids! The match was played in the blinding rain and typical mud of Forest Park. Again, I cannot recall the score…though I know it was lopsided (you figure out to which side). I will though never forget this being one of the best matches I’ve ever seen…from behind. Those “kids” never went backwards, never lost their own ball and always seemed to have two or three guys supporting the ball carrier. It was beautiful, but sadly, we were on the other side!

Rich Etzkorn

Meet a Current Player

Patrick Wayne Keeven, also known as “The Mountain That Rucks”, was raised by feral dogs in the uncharted swamps of St. Louis.  Once civilized, he was sent to High School for further education however, it wasn’t until his senior year that he found his true calling of recreational smashing.

Keeven

Pat Keeven continued his rugby career at UM Rolla (now MS&T) where he studied computer engineering in his spare time.  After his parole officer decided that he was fully capable of rejoining society Pat Keeven took a job at Coin Acceptors, Inc. as an engineer and resident badass.  It was at this point that Pat Keeven decided to lend his talents to the Ramblers.

As a Rambler Pat Keeven has proven to be a very dedicated player and has the ability to make a strong impact on the pitch.  He has been awarded the players player award numerous times due to his selfless and commitment to the Ramblers.

Pat Keeven enjoys smoking all varieties of meats, Amazon.com and all order of internet shopping, showers that self regulate temperature, more meat, and of course smashing.  He dislikes phone books, Apple, hipsters, cold weather, and the woods which includes everywhere he does not live.

Many people don’t know that the song “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon was actually written about Pat Keeven.

Pat Keeven refuses to apologize for who he is.

OARAAR

Meet an Old Boy

I played with RRC from fall ’66 through spring, ’69 while attending WU Med School,. Started as a winger and moved to scrum hall. Co-captains of Secundus the last two years with Dennis Sidwell. Thank god for rugby; helped keep me sane and offset the rigors of med school. Preceded on RRC by med-schoolers Duke Samson, Gary Fathman. Played with other med-schoolers Eric Zurbrugg, Mike McDonald, Sonny Rouse, Dave Roberts. Our SEcundus motto then was: “If pain purifies, Secundus men must be saints”.

Went on to play and coach with Washington (DC) RFC. Helped host RRC when they played in WRFC’s Cherry Blossom Tournament in ’71 or ’72. Now I support OMBAC (San Diego) with Dan McGuire’s (he says) better looking brother Don and reminisce about the “good ol’ days” in St Louis and various characters.

Doug Moir

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Closing Thoughts

Newsletters are fun, as they cause one to reminisce. I cannot thank Dan W. enough for pulling these together. And I cannot thank guys like Dick Work, Doug Moir and others for lending their stories.

Send us more! We will use them. We have several old boy “histories”. We need some of your stories. Help us keep everyone with the Club connect and aware of our great history.

 

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Monday, 3 March 2014

2013/14 Players’ Stats

Player’s stats for the 2013/14 season, featuring tries, points and cards!

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Friday, 28 February 2014

Rambler Newsletter Vol 2.2

Rambler Newsletter Vol 2.2, Feb 28, 2014

 

Ramblings

The New Season

The Ramblers 2014 spring season has begun and is in full swing.  With some exception due to weather practices are on and matches are scheduled.  The biggest news of the month would be the successful trivia night held on February 8th.  While it wasn’t our best turnout, we sold nearly all of our tables and had a lot of participation from both active players and old boys.  Big thanks to all who bought tables, sold tables, organized, supported, or just showed up.  As you all know, this is our biggest fundraiser of the year so it means a lot to have your participation.  If anyone has any advice for next year’s trivia night or ideas for other fundraisers feel free to contact us with your suggestions.

For the past two weekends many members of the rugby community watched 6 Nations matches each Saturday at the Dubliner. Yours truly, Dan McGuire, JB & Elkin Kistner were in attendance along with several Royals, Hornets, Bombers and others. Show up next time. It’s fun.

At the February Old Boys lunch attendance was great given the weather and Valentine’s Day. Russ Nunally, Charlie Stecher, Elkin Kistner, Kevin Stubbs, Terry Holtsclaw, Colin Heath, Eric Livingston, Chad McDermott, and Ron Frelich. Thanks to all who attended and it’s good to see some new faces (and Rocket’s!). The next lunch is scheduled for Maggie’s on Friday, March 14 at 1:00. Be there!

I received these notes from our Rambler friends, Phil Wyatt & Charlie Stecher:

My heart is broken! Just reviewing/removing some old email docs, etc and re-read the Newsletter following the 80th Reunion of which I was a very last minute ‘no show’ [ghastly health issues as you know] and noted no inclusion of the message I had sent you/Dan McGuire for possible inclusion/read out on the night. I must stop here, copious tears are dripping uncontrollably onto my key-board! Cheers, mate. You do a great job doing all this stuff. Keep it up. Phil.

Good job on the newsletter. I would like to add my thanks for putting on the 80th Dinner. One thing you miss when you step away from playing is the company of teammates. It was great seeing old teammates from many years ago. Charlie Stecher

 I can’t remember for sure, but thought Phil’s note was read at the 80th. The follow up was bad, so hope this makes amends a bit. Sorry Phil & good to know you are better; thanks Charlie. What they both say is that Rambler Rugby was, has and always will be a big part of our lives!

Thank you gents. After Dick Work contributed his personal rugby story, we received one from Doug Reckamp AND Doug Moir (with some useful memories from Dave Kanevsky). Doug M’s will be in next month…get in line; send yours to Dan or Rich!

Prepare to donate $1,000. Terry is close on the 501c3 and we are contemplating “selling shares” in a facility…we need help and advice. With several hundred Ramblers we should easily achieve our collective vision of a Rambler pitch. Let’s do this. 80 years is long enough.

Rich E/Dan W

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Future Events

Old Boys Luncheon – Friday, March 14, 2014 – 1:00 at Maggie O’Brien’s on Market downtown. No Valentine’s Day Elkin! But be there anyway. Come out, meet some guys, have a beer & help celebrate the Spring Season.

Practice – Rambler 15’s practice is scheduled for every Tuesday and Thursday at Woodson Terrace.  Start time 6:45 p.m.  Times and location are subject to change due to weather.

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Past Events

Rambler Trivia Night – Saturday, February 8, 2014 – 6:30pm, Trivia started at 7pm at St. Xavier. Nearly all of the tables tables where filled. Thanks to Eric Livingston, Colin Heath and Terry Holtsclaw for their efforts.

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This Month in Rambler History

I’ll never forget going to Tulsa for a couple matches in early March about 1990. We drove down to Tulsa in a blinding rainstorm. Figured it’d be wet and cold, but boy did we miss the level of cold!

We awoke Saturday AM to an inch (yes, 1”) of ice on the ground, including the pitch. Twig, our illustrious captain received a call from Tulsa asking if we still wanted to play. He held a “team meeting” in a hotel room and asked for a vote. We had a couple pussies, but the bulk of us said “what the hell else we going to do in Tulsa?” So we played. First and only match I wore long sweats in.

I can’t recall the Primus results though I’m sure we won, but I do recall watching the Secundus match with the prerequisite pair of drinking socks on hands along with a beer whilst watching. What I didn’t realize until a few minutes into my 1st beer how cold it was….the beer froze in the can, in my hand…lesson learned…drink quicker!

Help me by sending in your memories.    Rich E.

Meet a Current Player

Jimmy Platt

I have been playing rugby for a total of 6 years.  I started in High School with Oak Park River Forest Club just outside Chicago where I played for one year before moving to Iowa for college.

I attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA.  While in school I with the Gentlemen of Dubuque RFC (Division III) for four years.

After graduation I moved to St. Louis to take a teaching position a CBC High School, teaching world history to freshmen.    I have been playing for the Ramblers for 1 whole year including a season of sevens.

Rugby and the Ramblers have had a huge impact on my life especially since moving to a new city, where I knew few few people, the club and the game helped me find a solid group of friends who enjoy the playing good rugby the way the game is supposed to be played with intensity, passion, respect, and camaraderie.

OARAAR

Meet an Old Boy

Doug Reckamp

I started playing rugby in high school in St. Louis for De Smet Jesuit High in 1991-1992. It was hardly organized with a few older brothers helping and using Priory HS facilities and an old play book from my fathers playing days. (Before lifting at the line outs was allowed.). At the time only the Druids and parkway west had a team. Priory only played 2 home games. My father played for the now defunct St. Louis Highlanders RC in the 1970s so I pretty much grew up in forest park.

While attending Rockhurst College in Kansas City I played men’s club rugby for the KCRFC primarily as a utility back. I truly enjoyed the taste of real rugby and the road trips throughout the Western Rugby Union with little more than $20 in my pocket. I did not enjoy finishing second to the KC Blues in the Heart of America Union league every year. The passion for rugby was planted during this time.

Upon graduation I took a year off before reuniting with a club I had loose ties with, the Falcons. In no time at all the Falcons folded and I joined the bombers temporarily while attending SLU school of law. I played briefly with the bombers and SLU during my final year of law school and picked up B side games with the bombers while finishing law school. I took a hiatus from the sport for half a year again.

Although tortuous this brief hiatus allowed me to find my rugby love the St. Louis Ramblers. The friendships and love of the game while playing for the Ramblers from 1999-2011 were as strong as I have ever experienced. I am truly a Rambler for life. As a hooker for over 10 years I found a position that was a perfect fit for someone with so much passion for the game and limited physical gifts. I felt as if I could make up for my lack of god given ability with passion, intensity, and commitment. (Most newcomers would find I ran my mouth faster than my legs.). I always joked that my 3 years and money spent at law school would have been better spent traveling and absorbing the game I love. My most memorable moment was challenging the Omaha goats for their position in the western rugby tournament. In the old days you could challenge the lowest seed but had to play them on their home turf. There was no greater feeling of success in my playing career or pride in my club as walking of the field in Omaha Nebraska with my teammates after upsetting the goats and taking their place at the West.

I still get out for about 2-3 old boys/ b side games a year. Although I had many stops upon my playing career, I am, was, and will always consider myself a Rambler for Life. OARAAR

Douglas V Reckamp

Closing Thoughts

Gents, thanks so much to those who have contributed and especially to Dan Wischmeyer for his excellence at putting this together. This is our 4th newsletter. We hope they add to the Club’s legacy, and they are more fun as others have contributed. Please send Rich ([email protected]) or Dan([email protected]) your thoughts, comments, stories, histories and any other Rambler & Rugby lore you can. We will use it!

 

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Monday, 27 January 2014

Rambler Newsletter V2.1 1-27-2014

Rambler Newsletter Vol 2.1, Jan 27, 2014

 

Ramblings

A Tradition

The Rambler Rugby Club begins its 81st year. The New Year 2014 has begun.  And the Ramblers too have begun the spring season. The Ramblers have already traveled to Louisiana for their first match of the year against Baton Rouge RC and returned with a hard fought victory, final score: 32-28.

Things are beginning to pick up as we have new events coming up soon for the 2014 season.   Most importantly is our Trivia Night on February 8.  This is our biggest fundraising event of the year and does a great deal in covering costs for the season, as well as keeping dues down for active players.  There are plenty of tables left so come on out and have a great night out with the team.  Details can be found in the future events section of the newsletter. Practice comes soon, the match schedule is complete, andOld Boy lunches are scheduled.

Terry is close on the 501c3 and we are contemplating “selling shares” in a facility.  We need help and advice but we are asking our old boys to be prepared to donate $1,000 if they are able. With several hundred Ramblers we should easily achieve our collective vision of a Rambler pitch. Let’s do this. 80 years is long enough.

Rich E/Dan W

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In Memoriam

Sadly, the Ramblers have lost a few members of their family over the past month:

-          Karen C. Scott, beloved life partner of former Rambler Coach Eduardo Vera passed away on January 5, 2014.

-          Old Boy Patrick M. Del Bannister 61, passed peacefully on Thursday, December 26, 2013.

We ask that you keep these Ramblers and their families in your thoughts as the go through this difficult time in their lives.

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Future Events

 

Rambler Trivia Night – Saturday, February 8, 2014 – 6:30pm, Trivia starts at 7pm; $300/table ($30/person); Reserve your table with early payment! 10 Person Teams; Beer & Wine • BYO Cocktails & Food • Silent Auction; St Xavier’s College Church • 3628 Lindell Blvd; (on the St Louis University Campus); Contact Eric Livingston • [email protected] for reservations and further details; Pay online at www.Ramblers.org or mail checks payable to St. Louis Rambler Rugby Club to Eric Livingston, 722 Brookridge Drive, Webster Groves, Mo 63119

 

Practice – The day we’ve all been waiting for, Rambler 15’s practice begins February 11, 2014 at Woodson Terrace.  Start time 6:45 p.m.

 

Old Boys Luncheon – Friday, February 14, 2014 – 1:00 at Maggie O’Brien’s on Market downtown. Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day, but what better way to celebrate than gathering around what you love!? We are taking the winter off & re-starting at the beginning of the spring season. Come out, meet some guys, have a beer & help kick things off.

Rambler/ Maggie’s Microbrew Pub Crawl – Due to an unforeseen conflict of schedule with Maggie’s, the Pub Crawl on January 25 was postponed.  We will be rescheduling the event as soon as a date convenient to both parties becomes available.

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Match Schedule

Date Time Side Opponent Venue                      Score
January 2014
Sat 18 Jan 14:00 Ramblers Baton Rouge Baton Rouge W 32-28
February 2014
Fri 28 Feb 18:00 Ramblers SLU Forest Park
March 2014
Sat 8 Mar 13:00 Primus Indianapolis Forest Park
Sat 8 Mar 15:00 Secundus Maryville Forest Park
Sat 22 Mar 13:00 Primus (LEAGUE) KCRFC Kansas City
Sat 22 Mar 15:00 Secundus KCRFC Kansas City
Sat 29 Mar 13:00 Primus Rowdies RFC Forest park
Sat 29 Mar 15:00 Secundus Principia Forest Park
April 2014
Sat 5 Apr 13:00 Primus (LEAGUE) Omaha GOATS Omaha, NE
Sat 12 Apr Ramblers Ruggerfest Creve Coeur
Sat 19 Apr 13:00 Primus Missouri S & T Rolla
Sat 26 Apr 13:00 Primus Nashville RC Forest Park
May 2014
Sat 10 May 13:00 Primus Southside Irish Springfield, IL

 

Past Events

Rambler College Job/Resume Day – Held Saturday, January 4, 2014, 1:00 PM at Maggie O’Brien’s – 20+ Ramblers from all aspects of the business world attended. We had 8 college players show up, plus 10+ set resumes in. We think it will work. More to come. Every local college Rugby team in the  area will be contacted to assist the Club in recruiting. We had 8 St. Louis businesses linked to Ramblers there. It will grow next year.

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Meet a Current Player

Chris Walton

Chris began playing rugby in the spring of 2004 for Mizzou until I graduating in spring 2007.  After contacting former Mizzou Captain and current Rambler Eric Livingston Chris began playing rugby for the  Ramblers in late spring 2010.  He has proven to be a very powerful and diverse player on both the 15’s and 7’s sides.  Chris works as an IT recruiter and is married to Amy Walton, a 3rd grade teacher.

 

Meet an Old Boy

Dave Work

David “Dick” Work joined the Ramblers in 1982. After playing a couple of years at the University of Illinois, I ran into Dan Pieri and Pat Odom at a bar in Champaign, Il. I was graduating and moving to St. Louis and Pat was heading to U of I. I retired in 1997 due to a neck injury, but managed to sneak in a few old boys games several years later. We were a tight group and many of us played together for a long time. The bond that we shared doing battle every weekend was strong. To this day, I know that I can call on many of the guys any time and they would be there for me, as I would be for them. You had to have pretty thick skin to be a Rambler as we constantly razzed each other, but it was all in good fun. Ask Rich about Dr. Death. I am currently married to Anne Work, formerly married to Suzie(screamer) R.I.P., and father of Taj 22, Connor 20 and Riley 18. Taj and Connor were rugby babies as they were conceived the night before a game. I will always bleed green.

 

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This Month in Rambler History

From about 1987 to 1995 I was Match Secretary. One rule – we traveled on Labor Day weekend. My rule, but we played in KC, Chicago, Memphis and others.

I will never forget Dallas. In 1991 22 Ramblers DROVE to Dallas on Friday night/Saturday morning to take on the Dallas Harlequins AND the Reds in BOTH A & B matches on Sat and Sun. We played the ‘Quinn’s two on Sat afternoon; Reds two on Sunday.

WE WON ALL FOUR MATCHES! I doubt it’s been done before or since. And I’ll never forget talking to a Quinn at the Sat night party. He “excused” their lose with it being a holiday weekend and guys were missing….”Really” I said, “We drove 10 hours with 22 guys and beat you twice…any questions?” Good fun; proud moment. Rich E.

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Humor

The Old Boy was getting sick and tired of the young full-back’s constant boasting about his sexual conquests.

When they met in the local for a drink, he said, ‘Listen – I’m sixty-seven and I make love nearly every night of the week.’

‘Get out of here!’ said the youngster disbelievingly.

‘It’s true,’ said the old codger. ‘I nearly made it on Monday, I nearly made it on Tuesday, I nearly made it on Wednesday . . .’

 

 

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Monday, 23 December 2013

Rambler Newsletter V1.2 12-21-2013

Rambler Newsletter Vol 1.2, Dec 21, 2013

Ramblings

The 81st Year

The Rambler Rugby Club is now an 81 year-old tradition. We all look forward to another year of making sports history in St. Louis. Last Friday night on December 20th several current players and old boys met at Maggie O’Brian’s for a beer or two and a few stories. (Maggie’s is a key club sponsor – visit her often.) Attendees before I left a bit early included Ed Russell, River Devine, Sam Welge, Kevin Lane, Colin Heath, Stan Dondle, Todd Lunow, John Burke and a few I’m sure I forgot. A good time was had. Happy Holidays.

Sadly, the Ramblers have suffered a few recent tough loses. Twig informed me yesterday that late-‘70’s/earl-‘80’s prop, Wofford (help me here Twig) passed away in his sleep on 12/19. Before that Kevin Stubbs informed us that Tom Noce passed away. We salute them and will miss them. Lastly, prior to the drink up, several of us visited Lock Bob Haldiman at Barnes Hospice in Clayton. Visitors included Eric Amundson, Ed Russell, Rocket Ron Freilich, Mitch Mitchell, JB, Doug Littlefield and myself. We hope the best for Bob.

On the good news front, Doug tells me Dan Pieri is due in soon from Switzerland! And several major events that will help the Club continue to grow are outlined below. They include: a first annual Rambler recruiting & jobs day; upcoming Maggie’s sponsored pub crawl; the Ramblers play in New Orleans; a Ramblers trivia night major fundraiser…attend them all or all you can.

Lastly, at the 80th dinner, Keith Seaber challenged us all to donate $1,000. Keith, Phil Shinn and Elikin Kistner all donated…I will do the same. With several hundred Ramblers we should easily achieve our collective vision of a Rambler pitch. Let’s do this. 80 years is long enough.

Rich E/Dan W

Future Events

Rambler College Job/Resume Day – Saturday, January 4, 2014, 1:00 PM at Maggie O’Brien’s – all Ramblers from all aspects of the business world need to attend. We will be contacting every local college Rugby team in order to gather resumes & seek to permanently employee as many graduating Seniors &/or provide internships for Juniors so as to assist the Club in recruiting. We have at least 7 St. Louis businesses linked to Ramblers attending to collect the resumes of these intelligent yet aggressive young men. Be there! 

Rambler/ Maggie’s Microbrew Pub Crawl - First exciting news. Maggie’s is continuing as the sponsor for the club. As a celebration and to further build our relationship with Maggie’s, Eddie and the Maggie’s staff, we are having a Rambler/ Maggie’s Microbrew Pub Crawl on Jan 25th. Details below and sign up required! Please support Maggie’s over the holiday season. Work parties, happy hours, blues games and concerts are great times at Maggie’s.

Pub Crawl details - Jan 25th meet at Maggies at 11am, leave at 12pm, return around 4pm.
Bars to savour: 4 Hands, Urban Chestnut, Six Row , Civil Life
Appetizers before and after at Maggies, cash bars no drinks included, trolley ride provided.
Sign up by Jan 10th. Link to Signup from email.
https://webnomad.wufoo.com/forms/maggies-rambler-microbrew-pub-crawl/

Rambler Trivia Night – Saturday, February 8, 2014 – 6:30pm, Trivia starts at 7pm; $300/table ($30/person); Reserve your table with early payment! 10 Person Teams; Beer & Wine • BYO Cocktails & Food • Silent Auction; St Xavier’s College Church • 3628 Lindell Blvd; (on the St Louis University Campus); Contact Eric Livingston • [email protected] for reservations and further details; Pay online at www.Ramblers.org or mail checks payable to St. Louis Rambler Rugby Club to Eric Livingston, 722 Brookridge Drive, Webster Groves, Mo 63119

Old Boys Luncheon – Friday, February 14, 2014 – 1:00 at Maggie O’Brien’s on Market downtown. Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day, but what better way to celebrate than gathering around what you love!? We are taking the winter off & re-starting at the beginning of the spring season. Come out, meet some guys, have a beer & help kick things off.

Match Schedule

Past Events

Christmas Happy Hour – This past Friday, 20 December 2013, the Ramblers enjoyed a small gathering at Maggie O’Briens to celebrate the Holliday Season.  We enjoyed a solid turnout of old boys and active players as well as some rookies, wives, girlfriends, and even a few SLU players.

This Month in Rambler History

In prior December’s in the late ‘80’s/early ‘90’s the Ramblers held a dinner at Fred Boehm’s Locust Street Underground. Attendance was always great, but the best part was the job performed by Mike Mercer who MC’d every event. His hilarious approach to handing out awards from MVP to Rookie of the Year to the infamous “Golden Boot” (given for the worst kick; I once won for a beautiful grubber in Nov in Little Rock…I think Tim Redmond remembers!)

Regardless of traditions new and old, the Ramblers always enjoyed the year-end festivities in December.

Meet a Current Player

Colin Heath (Player/ Coach)

I started playing because my Dad use to play and was an avid rugger. I started with “minis” at the age of 8 in Scotland, UK and had the opportunity to play through school right through to University, but sadly stopped in University due to some bizarre, non rugby initiations.   4 years later I started up again, playing for Lightwater RFC, whose shirts were a Kelly green and white stripe! I moved to the States in 2000 and went out to watch a local game of a team I found on the web.  After watching a team, dressed all in black, fight and throw punches at each other I decided not to join that club and assumed that was the only St Louis team (they were playing a club in green and white!)  A couple of years later met old boy Ryan Hale in a bar and he dragged me out, after one practice and some persuasive discussions at J&A’s with Dusty Toberman, Charles Bock and Doug Aten,  I was en-route to the West as a support player and have never looked back since. I’ve been with the Ramblers for 11 years now and had the honour of being a player, Captain, Coach and Vice President (holding all positions at the same time at one point!).

During my playing career with the Ramblers, I have moved from academic research in Proteomics to a local biotechnology company, got married (to a truly rugby friendly wife), adopted a son and had three kids!

OARAAR

Meet an Old Boy

Dave Ellis

In 1954 Dave was as both a gym teacher at Normandy High and at a sporting goods store. It was then Dave’s love for and excelling at Rugby was first discovered ay the Ramblers and Dave. Dave played Inside Center for the green & white from 1954 through 1980!

Dave was an excellent Center often leading the league in scoring (Try’s were worth only 3 points when he started.) Dave played many matches against many clubs for many years. Dave and his longtime wife Gerry are true Ramblers! OARAAR

Coaches Corner

I hope everyone has been enjoying a well-deserved break, getting some rest and healing. Congratulations to those of you who were selected for the Missouri select side. The experience will elevate your game and the Ramblers’ level of play. Thanks to those of you who were able to make it to the Ramblers’ 80th anniversary celebration. That night we heard stories of ups and downs over the years and were reminded that we are not just playing for ourselves. We are keeping the tradition alive and playing for all those who came before us and still continue to support the club and the current team.

For the current players, this off-season is good time to hit the weights and work on your strength. Additionally, if your fitness isn’t where it was at the end of the season, now is the time to work on your cardio with runs and interval workouts. The fitter we are at the beginning of the season, the less time we need to devote to fitness during practice, and the more time we can focus on developing our rugby skills and game plan.

Coach

Humor

Sweet Christmas Story

When four of Santa’s elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.

Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.

When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out,
Heaven knows where.

Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.

Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk
all the cider and hidden the liquor.. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little
glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.

Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.

The angel said very cheerfully, ‘Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?’

And thus began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

Closing Thoughts

Gents, this is our second newsletter. We hope they add to the Club’s legacy, but they will be more fun if you all contribute. Please send Rich ([email protected]) or Dan ([email protected]) your thoughts, comments, stories, histories and any other Rambler & Rugby lore you can. We will use it!

 

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