Monday, 23 December 2013
Rambler Newsletter Vol 1.2, Dec 21, 2013
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
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.
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.
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!
Meet an Old Boy
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
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.
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.
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!