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Friday, 10 January 2014

Why We Play This Game

By Rupert McCall

When the battle scars have faded
And the truth becomes a lie
When the weekend smell of liniment,
Could almost make you cry
When the last rucks well behind you,
And the man who ran now walks,
It doesn’t matter who you are
The mirror sometimes talks.
Have a good hard look son
That melon’s not so great
The snoz that takes a sharp turn sideways
Used to be dead straight.
You’re an advert for arthritis
You’re a thorough bred gone lame
And you ask yourself the question
Why the hell you played the game?

Was there logic in the head knocks
In the corks and in the cuts
Or did common sense get pushed aside
For manliness and guts
And do you sometimes sit and wonder
How your time would often pass
In a tangled mess of bodies
With your head up someone’s arse
With a thumb hooked up your nostril
Scratching gently on your brain
With an overgrown Neanderthal
Rejoicing in your pain
Mate, you must recall the jersey
That was shredded into rags
Then the soothing sting of dettol
On a back engraved with tags
Now it’s almost worth admitting
Although with some degree of shame,
That your wife was right in asking
Why the hell you played the game.

But then, how you’d always rock home legless
Like a cow on roller-skates
After drinking at the club house
With your low down rugby mates
Then you’d wake up, check your wallet
Not a solitary coin,
Drink Berocca by the bucket
Throw an icepack on your groin.
Copping Sunday morning sermons about
Boozers being losers
As you limped like Quasimodo
With half a thousand bruises
The urge to hug the porcelain
And curse Zambookas name
And you’d often pose the question
Why the hell you play the game

But then with every wound reopened
As you grimly reminisce it
Comes the most compelling feeling yet
Christ, you bloody miss it
You see, from the first time that you lace a boot
And tighten every stud
That virus known as rugby
Has been living in our blood
When you dreamt it
When you played it
All the rest took second fiddle
And now your standing on the sideline
But your hearts still in the middle
And no matter where you travel
You can take it as expected
There will always, always be a breed of people
Hopelessly infected
If there’s a team mate
Then you’ll find him
Like a gravitational force
With a common understanding
And a beer or three of course.
And as you stand there telling lies
Like it was yesterday old friend
You know that if you had the chance
You’d do it all again
You see, that’s the thing with rugby
It will always be the same
And that my friends I guarantee you
Is why the hell we play the game.


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Monday, 23 December 2013

Rambler Newsletter V1.2 12-21-2013

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

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.

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 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!


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.



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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Monday, 25 November 2013

Rambler Newsletter V1.1 11-23-2013

St. Louis Rambler Rugby Football Club – 1933
Newsletter – Volume One, Issue One – November 23, 2013
Dust has settled & current player/Club Secretary Dan Wischmeyer & Rich EtzkornA decided to start a Club newsletter. Most is accurate; what isn’t, tell us so we can fix. Saturday, November 16, 2013 we celebrated our 80th Anniversary. Over 132 Ramblers & friends attended. Speeches of remembrance & support were given by Keith Seaber (1965), Terry Franc (1953), Dave Ellis (1954), Ron Carter (1958), Bobby Weinshenker (1961), Rich Etzkorn (1975), Ed Russell (1985) Terry Holtsclaw, President (1993), Tommy Wong, Coach (2005), Adam Schmidt, Captain (2008).
The Club is rich in history. Many toasts were raised to our founders, Harry Langenberg & Edmond St. John Martin Hoogewerf. Without them we would not the second oldest USA Club.
Attending were many I have not seen in years. Hope I didn’t miss any.
From out of Missouri – Steve Adams (CA), The Buff! (NV), Harpo D’andria (CO), Dick Leewenburg (CA), John Lowery (PA), Don McGuire (CA), Mike Rand (where are you?), Ed Russell (KS), Don Saum (GA), Keith Seaber (OR).
Current Players – Nick Baum, Sam Binz, Jeff Bosaw, Pat Conaty, Charles Cramer, Pat Flavin, Nick Iffg, Pat Keeven, Kevin Lane, Ryan Lane, Eric Livingston, Leo Polson, Adam Schmidt, Landon Turley, Justin Vogt, Dan Wibracht, Dan Wischeyer, Anthony Woensdregt.
Other Old Boys – Eric Amundson, Nick Baker, Teb Barnes, John Birkby, Dan & Rich Blood, Fred Boehm, Joe Castlik, River Devine, Larry Dicerson, Timmy Disbennet, Tom Dolan, Stan Dondle, Mark Drury, Mike Finnigan, Rocket Ron Froehlich, Colin Heath,  Chris Hrdina, Dave Kanevsky, Tim Fats Kelley, Bill Kemper, Elkin Kistner, Tony Langhammer, Doug Littlefield, Vito Lucito, Todd Lunow, Dan McGuire, Pat Mongovan, Kokie Murphy, Jeff O’ Donnell, Dale Peluso, Greg Pfeffer, Twig Pfeffer, Mike Reckert, Tim Redmond, Tim Rekart, Gary Schenkel, Phil Shinn, Charlie Stecher, Matt Story, Steve Stradel, Kevin Stubbs, Meade Summers, Sam Welge, Dave Work.
Many beautiful (and somewhat rowdy) wives were present. Many Ramblers were missing, including Doug Weible and David Carter. Appearances were made by John Caby and Mark Bahn.
Terry Holtsclaw issued a challenge that not another decade go by without a Rambler pitch & clubhouse (since even Little Rock has one). Keith Seaber echoed same & Elkin Kistner & Phil Shinn both donated an initial $1,000 each toward the challenge!   
Please give back to Rugby, to the Club and give of your time, talent and treasure. Attached is a letter from the MRFU President.
Comments received from various Ramblers:
Tony Langhammer – Now that everything has died down, I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks for getting me reconnected. Always know that you miss something, but you never know how much until something like last weekend happens. I intend to stay in the loop and look forward to seeing everyone in the near & far future. As the saying goes “Once a Rambler, Always a Rambler”. Thanks again.
Cody Walker – Congratulations to all Ramblers across the country and around the world on being a member of the greatest club on earth. Sounds like everyone in attendance of the 80th celebration had a wonderful time. Would have loved to attend and reunite with old friends. Truly wished I could have been there to share time and tip a few with everyone. Codie Walker 1975-1986
Doug Weible – Not the first time a hot chick has puked at the Racquet Club. I’ve seen it twice myself. Doubt it will be the last. Never seen anybody climb on the bear, I’ll admit, but, I don’t go there that often.
Terry Holtsclaw – Nice. And wasn’t mine, she waited till she got home at least.
Buddy Cooper – I don’t know how you do it, but I understand how long it takes to put together these Rambler emails, events, photo, PDF files, etc. can be. Thanks again for your hard work. One thing I can tell you is that although I didn’t come to the 80 TH my thoughts were with you all. Naturally, the ones I felt the nearest to were those who played in the 60’s; and I was saddened at the “A Toast In Memory Of” list. Especially, knowing about Tony Lipinski, Chip Maxwell, and Bobby Cochran. I am sure there are others on the list that I played with, but forgot their names, not their faces. I always wonder about many of the living as well : Jay Carlin, Mike Danna, Mike Dardas , & David Ellis just to name a few. I am sending a copy of this to Terry Frank, who was my first connection to the world of Rugby. Again, Thanks for your unselfish dedication and hard work.
Terry Franc – was truly a great evening ,, you did a spectacular job ,, what would u think about getting that proclamation published in the paper for the community to see (done – sent in)? Hey joe and buddy .. missed you guys ,, was a great time .. mike dana was hunting and sorry he didn’t know bout event and I brought caby as my date !! , no one understands the rugby friendships ,, the best .. cheers guys , hope to see you both sooner than later .. terry
Rich Blood – Thanks for all your effort to make the 80th a great event!
Gary Schenkel – What a tremendous showing. Great job Rich. Thank you very much for the honor of being included. Thank you and thank you all.
Mark Bahn – Wonderful event last night…first class…glad I was able to be there….thank you for your efforts.
Ron Carter – that was a splendid evening – a truly great job putting it together!!! All Ramblers owe for all of the effort you extended! The Friday lunches are good, might we discuss a bi-annual, casual dinner where more bits and pieces of Rambler history are kicked about? There several such things that might have been shared with the younger generation(s) last night had there been a better opportunity. Let me know if you think we might do this, please – and again, a very BIG THANKS!!
Mark Drury – congratulations on the dinner. It was well planned and a nice function. It brought back many fond memories. I am sure you had a great deal to do with the planning, coordination and communication needed for the success. “Once a Rambler, Always a Rambler” Thanks again
Dave Ellis – We appreciate all the work and effort you put in to the 80th Anniversary celebration. We enjoyed the evening! Congratulations on your award….you are very deserving. “Once a Rambler…always a Rambler!” God Bless
Past Events
2013 Fall Season
League Table
St. Louis Bombers
St. Louis Ramblers
Ramblers Hold 80th Anniversary held Saturday, November 16, 2013
Tryouts for the MRFU Bears Select side were held on November 17, 2013. Congrats to Ramblers Chris Hrdina, Chris Walton, Dan Wibracht, Justin Vogt, Nick Leaver, Pete Buschbacher, Sam Fazholz and Will Whitehead for their selection to the Squad.  
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. Be there!
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 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.
The Ramblers are currently planning their second annual trip to New Orleans with the SLU rugby team to play Baton Rouge RC on the weekend of January 18th.
This Month in Rambler History
All is from memory; much is likely incorrect; please provide your own memories to me.
1989 – Ramblers defeat Bombers to win MRFU Title…at Primus, Secondus & Tertius levels!
1977 – 18 year old Lock Rich Etzkorn joins Mark Drury & others in Mark’s recreational vehicle as we traveled to play in an Atlanta tournament. Not sure how we fared, but we played cards & had a few beers the whole way down & played at 8:00AM. Good time had by all. Fun was had on way back, but you’ll need to come to a luncheon to hear the details!
Meet a Current Player
Dan Wischmeyer – became a Rambler in 2008 as a rookie to rugby after moving back to St. Louis to attend school at Wash U.  I sought out rugby as a way to enjoy the camaraderie and competition that I had experienced while I was in the Marines and was fortunate enough to come across the Ramblers. Since joining the team I have met and married my lovely wife Erin and now have a 19 month old son named Levi.  As a Rambler I play both second row and flanker and have been serving on the Executive Committee as the club Secretary since 2011.
Meet an Old Boy
Rich Etzkorn – became a Rambler in 1975 after being coached by Rambler’s Rick Schmidt & Keith Seaber at Kirkwood Highschool. I moved to Boulder, CO in May of 1978, became a Colorado Buffalo Rugger in 1978 – 1980, left college & joined the Boulder Rugby Club who I travel & still play with today. I returned to St. Louis in Spring of 1986 & began again playing Lock for the Ramblers. Still involved today, I will never forget all the Ramblers & Rugby has brought to my life. I am a proud husband to Cindy for 32 years, a father to two boys, Drew 25 & Aaron 28. Since returning to St. Louis I have worked for the old Turley Martin Company & successors. Ted Martin, founder & Chairman of Turley Martin was a Rambler Hooker in the 40’s & 50’s. Thanks for all the great times & memories.
Closing Thoughts
Gents, this is our first 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 Wischmeyer ([email protected]) your thoughts, comments, stories, histories and any other Rambler & Rugby lore you can. We will use it!        

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Thursday, 21 November 2013

MRFU Congratulatory Letter on Our 80th

Click here for Original Letter

November 16. 2013

Mr Terry Holtsclaw
St. Louis Ramblers Rugby Club
Dear Terry,
On behalf of the Missouri Rugby Football Union, it is my pleasure to congratulate you and your teammates on the 80th anniversary of Ramblers Rugby. I regret that I will be unable to congratulate you in person, but I’m certain that your club will celebrate with its fullest enthusiasm.
The long history of the Ramblers is certainly a compelling story. That you have survived as a volunteer-based sports club for 80 years is a remarkable feat itself. Those years are filled with many other stories about triumphs on the field and camaraderie between players, and I’m sure you’ll share many of them with each other during your celebration. From my position, I appreciate the opportunity to note the Rambler have done much better than simply survive.
First, that the MRFU exists at all is attributable to the vision and efforts of Harry Langenberg, and therefore the Ramblers. Truly much of the history of the Union and the Ramblers is intertwined, especially because of your tradition of on-field excellence. Certainly the many championships and honors that your teams, both Primus and Secondus, have earned on the field testify to the character of your men, and the awards for sportsmanship say even more.
The Ramblers’ influence is felt more widely than on the pitches of Forest Park. More so than any other St. Louis club, you have demonstrated a commitment to competing nationally and internationally. I expect to hear anytime that a match will be scheduled in Antarctica just to finish off that seventh continent. The highest national honor in rugby, a place in the USA Rugby Hall of Fame, is an honor reserved for Ramblers among MRFU teams, and for two giants of the game – Keith Seaber and Harry Langenberg.
However, as your local Union president, I want to thank the Ramblers for consistently working and helping to elevate the game in St. Louis. Your play sets a great standard on the field, but more importantly, your players and alumni create new teams, coach promising young players, and sustain the game we love for the next generation of players and fans. That influence is priceless, and the true mark of a championship team.
My most sincere congratulations,
Bryce Krug
Missouri Rugby Football Union


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Friday, 26 July 2013

Missouri 7s, 8-25-13

Here are the results 

v. Bombers 2 – Win (24-5)
v. Rowdies – Win (50-0)

v SMRFC – Win (19-17)
v Rowdies – Win (10-5)

Thank you everyone that came out to support the Ramblers!


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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

7s Western Qualifier: Kansas City

This past weekend, Ramblers traveled to our second seven's western
qualifier round. We traveled with 22 players entering two teams in the
Kansas City Tournament.

Primus Pool: Western Qualifier

Denver Barbarians
Kansas City Blues
Dallas Harlequins
Austin EL Azul
St. Louis Ramblers A

Secundus Pool: Open Side

Blues Brothers
K-State/ Ft. Riley
Arkansas Gryphons
Columbia Outlaw
St. Louis Ramblers B

Our day began at 9:20 am kick off with Primus playing Denver
Barbarians who took 4th place in the nationals last year. The first
half was quite a battle with Ramblers drawing first blood with our
scrumhalf, Jimmy Harrison, scoring our first try in the corner.
Although we played a great first half, our missed tackles prevailed
where the Barbarians came back with 2 immediate tries before the end
of the first half with the score of 5 -14. The second half was much of
the same with multiple mistakes where the Barbarians capitalized;
scoring 4 more tries to end our first game with the score of 5 – 36.

Our second game was against the Kansas City Blues who won the 7's
Houston western qualifier tournament just two weeks ago. We came out
firing with 2 quick tries from Harrison (scrumhalf) and Kreitler
(hooker) to put us up 10 – 0. With only 1 minute left of the first
half, Blues scored a try on us to end the half with a score of 10 – 7.
The momentum shifted in the second half where the Blues scored 2
additional tries, which gave the Blues a win with a score of 10 – 19;
giving us our second loss of the day.

Our third game in our pool was against the Dallas Harlequins. We
started really slow with Harlequins scoring 3 tries on us ending the
first half with 0 – 17. The second half was different where we were
resilient to score 2 tries from Harrison (Scrumhalf) and Buschbacher
(Winger), but the time limited us to score giving the final score of
14 – 22.

Our fourth and final game of our pool match was against Austin EL Azul
who blew us out in Houston. It was different this time, since we have
played them before so we played against them differently. We were able
to adjust to our attacks both offensively and defensively. Kreitler
(Hooker) scored for us in the first half putting them on their heels
in the first half. However, our mistakes continued as they capitalized
on it with 2 tries to end the first half with a score of 5 – 12. We
came out the second half strong with Walton (Prop) scoring a quick
try, but missed our conversion to tie the game. Again, 1 minute left
of the game, they scored around the corner with no time left in
regulation. The final score was 10 – 19.

Although we loss 4 games in our pool, we were very positive. We felt
that there were progression on this team compared to our last
tournament in Houston. In fact, Gregg Jarvis, 7's Head Coach of West,
said "we are almost there".

Congratulations to Jimmy Harrison because he was invited to west camp in Denver.

Secundus on the other hand ended the day with 1 win and 3 losses. Here
are the results:

Blues Brothers – Loss (7 – 27)
K-State/ Ft. Riley – Loss (14 – 41)
Arkansas Gryphons – Loss (7 – 27)
Columbia Outlaw – Win (28 – 15)

Thank you to all the players that traveled with us. As we progress, we
will continue to elevate as a team so we can be in contention in the
west. This exposure will only make us better rugby players, and to
realize what we need to do to get there.

Our next 7's western qualifying round is in Denver on 7/20/2013.


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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

7s Western Qualifier: Houston

Our summer 7s is officially in full swing. After our win in Belle
Vegas defending our title, Primus traveled to Houston for our first
western qualifying round.

We traveled with 12 players. We had 8 rookies and 4 players that were
veterans. The day in Houston started at around 9:30 am with teams
competing at the higher level of 7's to advance to the nationals.
Ramblers' first competition was against Fort Worth. We played well
against this team that was ranked in our west conference from last
year. Our tackles were impeccable and our passing was crisp. We were
able to give it to our play makers as we attacked both sides of the
playing field. Our efforts were cut short due to time and loss our
first match of the day 7 – 12.

Our second opponent was against Woodland Exiles. It was their first
match of the day. We competed well against a team full of ex-football
players with speed and aggression. Our end result was a loss with the
score of 0 – 45.

Our third match of the day was against Austin Blues. They were fast
and furious with a lot of stutter steps that put us on our heels. We
loss this match with the final score of 7 – 56.

Although the end results does not reflect the way we play, but with
new faces on the team we held our own. Our lacked of experiences were
apparent at this level. However, we will continue to work on issues of
basic fundamentals and other take away from this past weekend to
develop our team to synchronize for upcoming western qualifying rounds
in Kansas City and Denver.

Excellent job to all that traveled with us on this trip. The exposure
at this level will give our players better experiences to become
better rugby players and know how to compete at this level. We must
continue to work hard so we can contend to the highest level of rugby.




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Monday, 3 June 2013

Bellevegas 7s: 6/1/2013

A-side started strong against Rowdies B and Sunday Morning in the first 2 matches, but struggled against U of I in the 3rd pool play match.  U of I was a very fast, fit team that moved the ball well.  U of I scored their tries by beating the Rambers on the corners and the Ramblers could not capitalize on penalties within the U of I 22 meter line.  The Ramblers struggled in the beginning against Eureka (Royals) in the semi-finals, but a punch thrown by a Eureka player (after Alex Deguire had an excellent ruck) in the second half led to a red card and an advantage for the Ramblers.  We were able to capitalize on the 1 man advantage and win the game by 2 tries. In the final match against the Bombers, the Ramblers went into the second half down 12-5.  We then scored two key tries, followed by a Bomber try late in the second half to tie the match, 17-17.  In OT, the Rambler line came up flat and made a quick tackle forcing a rushed pass by the Bombers that was picked off by Jimmy Harrison.  Jimmy then made a 50 meter run for the game winning try.
B side went 0-3 for the day, but not without showing great potential.  The B side's first match was against a very experienced Bombers squad, making it difficult for many of the newer players to adjust  The other 2 losses came from the Rowdies A side and Eureka.  Despite going 0-3, everyone got playing time, including 2 brand new players.
It was a very wet and slippery day, but cool weather made it an enjoyable day of 7s.


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2013 Coaches Evaluation

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