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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

2014/15 Rambler Awards

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Friday, 23 January 2015

Artwork of Rambler Bill Meredith

Rugby Art of Rambler William Meredith 1973-78-sml


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Friday, 22 August 2014

15s Practice

15s Practice will be at Woodson Terrace at the John L Park. Click here for directions. Go past the main entrance and follow the gravel road around to the upper parking lot.

Practice will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:45-9pm.

Bring rugby gear and water.

No matter your experience, you are always welcome!

In case of bad weather, check our Facebook page for last minute updates




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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Denver 7s Western Qualifier

June 21 – We traveled to Denver, CO with 19 players with 2 full sides. The experience for our players was an eye opener with the level of competition.
This is our 3rd year participating in the Western Qualifying rounds in Denver, CO. As the Ramblers continued to compete at a higher level, we become better as a club. Moreover, the exposure for our players is to have them to understand where they have to be in order to compete at this level.
Our next Western Qualifying round is in Kansas City on July 12.

Final Results

Primus: v Omaha Goats (0-36); v Barbos (7-43); v Aspen (12-19); v Bombers (31-12); Overall: 6th place
Secundus: v CO Springs Camel (0-41); v Littleton Eagles Men (0-55); v Albuquerque (15-22); v Brujos (12-24).
CHAMPIONSHIP: Denver Barbarian v Glendale Raptors: 61-0

Final Placings

Men’s Qualifier Division 8

1 Denver Barbarians A

2 Glendale Raptors A

3 Kansas City Blues A

4 Gentlemen of Aspen

5 Omaha Goats

6 St Louis Ramblers A

7 Omaha Goats

8 St. Louis Bombers

Men’s Social Division 12

1 Littleton Eagles Men

2 Boulder

3 Queen City

4 Denver Hungarians

5 Colorado Springs

6 Glendale Raptors B

7 Kansas City Blues B

8 Denver Harlequins

9 Albuquerque Aardvarks

10 Garden City Jackalopes

11 NM Brujos

12 St Louis Ramblers B


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Monday, 5 May 2014

Rambler Newsletter Vol 2.4

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The end of April comes the end of a tough 15’s season. The month included several matches including a league match against Omaha, Ruggerfest, and friendlies against MS&T and Nashville.
For the final league match of the season the Ramblers traveled up to Omaha the face the Goats. The travel must have been hard on the Rams because the Goats put a beating on us with a final score of 0-44.
Ruggerfest saw the Ramblers put in two sides for one very long day of rugby. The A side matched up against Arkansas for an early match that resulted in a disappointing loss due to some bad calls while the B side suffered a narrow defeat from Chicago. For their second match the A side faced Sunday Morning RFC and won handily. The B side, after donating some players, played their second match against Franklin County who came out on top. After much debate as to when the last matches would be played both sides found out that they had 5:00 matches. With much of the team having left, the B side chose to forfeit and combine with the A side. The final match was against Wichita and although it was a close match with the Ramblers leading throughout most, some critical injuries left the Ramblers disappointed with another loss. All in all it was a fun day with plenty of rugby. The Ramblers owe a lot of thanks to Maryville, SLU, and the Rowdies for coming out and augmenting the team.
For other results see the table below.
The Ramblers undoubtedly had a tough season with a final league standing of 1 and 7. On a positive note, however, we have a lot of new players this season that are showing a lot of talent. Let’s keep the training up over the summer and work for a better season in the fall.
Speaking of training 7’s season is upon us. Over the past couple of years the Ramblers 7’s side has been making a name for themselves in the league circuit, and is the cusp of becoming a truly competitive side against some of the best teams in the country. Training starts on May 13th from 7-9 pm at Franz park.
The end of the season banquet is coming up on May 17th at 7:00 pm at Maggie O’Brien’s. All Ramblers are welcomed old and new. Tickets cost $30.00 a person and can be bought online on the Rambler website. Come out and enjoy the festivities. Award voting is available for current players on the Rambler website. Check your e-mail for the password.
The golf tournament will be held on June 7th at Eagle Springs golf course. Tee time is 7:00 pm. It is a scramble with 4 man teams. Cost is $80.00 a person. If you would like to participate but can’t put a full side together, contact Justin Vogt and we will put you together with some other players.
Rich E/Dan W

Future Events

  • Old Boys Happy Hour – Thursday, May 9, 2014 – 4:00 at Maggie O’Brien’s on Market downtown. This replaces the previously scheduled lunch scheduled for Friday, May, 10 2014. We will continue to mix in a couple lunches with a couple happy hours each season!
  • Practice – Rambler 7’s begins May 13th at Franz Park. Start time 7:00 p.m.
  • End of the Season Banquet – May 17th at Maggie O’Brien’s at 7:00 p.m.
  • Rambler Golf Tournament – Saturday, June 7th at Eagle Springs golf course. Tee time 1:00 p.m.
    UPDATE: Some extra information I’ve learnt! It’s going to be way better than last year. We WILL have a shotgun start, food will be available throughout the day, Hotshot girls will be on site and the silent auction items will be stuff you actually want!
    What we need from you is foursomes and sponsors.
    Download the flyer and get your teams registered at
    For sponsorship levels, check out

Past Events

Old Boys Luncheon – Thursday, April 10, 2014 – 4:00 at Maggie O’Brien’s on Market downtown. A good turnout including Castlick; McGuire, Dan; Nunnley; Kistner, Mac, Strueddel, Holtsclaw and others!

Match Schedule


This Month in Rambler History

Date: God knows when…

I will never forget that game, that day, or that weekend….as it is also my connection to Melrose (and Puss and Adge and Tubby, and Joe). I was an alternate for the Cougars, at outside center. Melrose were undefeated 54 games in a row…Seaber arranged to take them to Rich Andrews and pumped them full of ugly draft beer.

The next day it was 90…..degrees and humidity percentage. We were in the locker room with captain Nick Federinko (Lions) in the 19th hole, we pounded our cleats on the floor until Melrose’s locker room was shaking. I was considerably more afraid of Nick that anyone on Melrose. That feeling only lasted until the next day when Melrose got even for the loss by kicking the shit out of the Ramblers (can anybody spell “ruck”)

p.s. just for the record…..I actually passed the ball that day…..I think it’s why Frank Kennedy (KC Blues) turned out to be such a great player

Dougie Littlefield…aka: The Black Hole of Rugby

Meet a Current Player

Meet a current player is taking a by month due to no current player submissions.

Meet an Old Boy

My first experience with the Ramblers.
After playing for Mizzou, I moved back to St. Louis in 1972. Had a few ex-MU teammates playing for the Bombers and MU team mates, Dan McGuire and Keith Eickenhorst playing for the Ramblers. Dan said come out for a game with the Secundus. I did and we lost 63-0 to the Highlanders. Dan said the Ramblers do play better than that and we are more fun. As some of you know Dan can talk a good game. So I guess it is true once you play for the Ramblers you are always a Ramblers.

Charlie Stoecher

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, Doug Littlefield, Charlie Stoecher 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.
Once a Rambler; Always a Rambler!


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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

2014/2015 Award Voting

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

2014 Golf Tournament Sponsorship

Dear Business or Merchant,

The St. Louis Ramblers are hosting their yearly golf tournament on June 7th. It is one of the clubs largest fundraisers and the money gets used for equipment, uniforms, and travel. If you are not familiar with the St. Louis Ramblers, they are the second oldest club in the nation. It was founded in 1933 and recently just celebrated their 80th anniversary. We appreciate your support. Any sponsorship level or donation will go a long way in keeping the club running another 80 years.
Gold Level $500
Silver Level $200
Bronze Level $100
Beverage Cart $250
Putting Green $100
Package Sponsor $500

Also need items such as Gift cards, tickets, business merchandise, etc. Please contact me at 314-497-9763 or [email protected] to sign up for a hole sponsorship, for a donated item, or any questions.

Justin Vogt – Fundraising Chair

Sponsorship Levels and Incentives

 Sponsors So Far…

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GOLD Level

Title Sponsor for the tournament
Hole sponsor- $15,000 hole-n-one
Business Name on Golf Tournament Banner
Special Recognition before the tournament

Price: $1,000.00




Hole sponsor on one of the Par 3 Hole-n-One events
Prizes include: set of irons, plasma TV, or airfare
Business Name on Golf Tournament Banner

Price: $500.00


Nicks PubSilverFox


Hole sponsor-Business Name placed by hole

Price: $100.00
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H-of-F-logoAPLC Landscape SolutionsPlazaBMW diecut ps with THELittlefield2Stacked_LogoArco Plain LogoTurleyFat-timmy'sKiloPMC-Logo


Name of business on cart for all to see

Price: $200.00




Name of business on sign by putting green before tournament

Price: $200.00




Hole sponsor-Business Name placed by hole
Business Name on Golf Tournament Banner
Foursome entered into the tournament

Price: $500.00

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Friday, 4 April 2014

Rambler Newsletter Vol 2.3

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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.


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, 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.


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



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



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


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.


Click for Match Schedule


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.


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.


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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Old Boys Page

The 2nd oldest rugby club in the country is bound to have some old boys around. This page is dedicated to you guys.

Catch up with old mates, signup to receive match reports in your e-mail, come out and watch the boys, etc.


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