Monthly Archives: June 2006

Summer Tournaments

Two tournament reminders …

First, the Memorial 10s tournament we’re holding here in Madison. Please help us get a successful women’s competition! And remember, I promised to buy you a drink if you read about the tournament here and get your team signed up! Drink with Blondie!

Plus it’s a great warm-up for the Fall 15s season!

AUGUST 12, 2006
HOSTED BY: Wisconsin Rugby Club & Wisconsin Women’s RFC

MEN: $200 BY JULY 15 / $250 AFTER THAT
WOMEN: $175 BY JULY 15 / $200 AFTER THAT

The Tournament will be limited to 12 men’s and 4 women’s teams. If we have interest & payment from more than four women’s teams, we can expand our bracket.

For more information contact:
Jon Moyer
206.972.8572 or Blondie at

Send Payments:
Jon Moyer
312 Lakewood Blvd
Madison, WI 53704

Social to follow the tournament!


Also, Alison in Boston wanted to let you all know about the Cape Cod 7s.

Hey Blondie,

I wanted to let you know about a 7’s tournament my team, Boston Women, hosts in Cape Cod every summer. It is an unbelievably good time. I think it may even be the largest women’s 7’s tournament in the country. Anyway, I was wondering if you could let people know about it via your blog.

This year it takes place on July 22nd and the theme is “Game Shows.” There is a competitive and social division and all teams are encouraged to dress up while they play in a way related to the theme. To give you a sense of what it’s like, last year the tournament theme was “Everything 80’s” and my team dressed up as the Garbage Pail Kids, there was a team dressed up as Care Bears, another team as Tom Cruise from Risky Business, and many other funny ones I can’t remember (though I should note, some teams are all business and don’t dress up, which is totally fine). We have teams from all over the country (both collegiate and club level) who come to play including many of the territorial select side 7’s teams. We play games all day on Saturday and then Saturday night there is a massive social and many of the teams perform a skit that they’ve made up according to the theme. Last year we did a dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, but lost out to NOVA’s dance mania performance (think Jane Fonda’s work out videos). Here’s the link to learn more about the tourney: I think we have about 20 teams already registered!

Thanks for passing the message along!

Boston Women’s Rugby Football Club

Got a tournament to promote or results? Add them in the comments! You gotta talk if you want to promote!



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Rugby for Our Yutes

I couldn’t help but include this …

Vinny Gambini: It is possible that the two yutes…
Judge Chamberlain Haller: …Ah, the two what? Uh… uh, what was that word?
Vinny Gambini: Uh… what word?
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Two what?
Vinny Gambini: What?
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Uh… did you say ‘yutes’?
Vinny Gambini: Yeah, two yutes.
Judge Chamberlain Haller: What is a yute?
Vinny Gambini: Oh, excuse me, your honor…
Vinny Gambini: Two YOUTHS.

My Cousin Vinny

So, great movie quotes aside, just wanted to pass on some news from my pals at USA Rugby on the growing youth support at the national office.

In conjunction with this weekend’s North American 4 games in Ohio, USA Rugby hosted a Youth Rugby Symposium yesterday. There’s more info here. I’ll post any updates from the forum and other youth events as I receive them.

Also, the USA Rugby Age-Grade participation survey is also available in an easy-to-read and fill-out format via the Coach’s Portal.

For anyone that doesn’t know, but might be interested, you can learn more about the Coaches Portal and Coach Development Program here. According to Katie Wurst (a Wisconsin friend who now works for USA Rugby and is out there busting her butt to help build bridges with youth rugby), the portal “costs $40 for all to subscribe to the portal and it is the first step in becoming a certified coach as this is where you do the workshop pre-work.”

Also, be sure to check out the updated info on Age Grade Community Development.

I’m hoping to chat with Katie sometime soon in her busy schedule and will pass on more info and updates when I get them.


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Have you seen this?

The International Rugby Board has a technical bulletin everyone should take a look at. Some really great information and stories.

Here is the most current edition (in English) and then an archive for the bulletins with various language options. I’ll add this last link to the sidebar as well.

Even better, international friend of Saturday’s A Rugby Day, John Birch, wrote up a nice article on his team titled “Women’s Rugby: The Accidental Rugby Club” on page 11. John write about how he helped found the Letchworth Garden City Girls rugby team and how the team keeps growing successfully.

For any regular readers, you’ll remember that John is a regular commenter here and also built his team a blog, Letchworth Girls.

John dropped an e-mail to me and Paula at Tackle Girls:

What began as an article for Tackle Girls has now gained a far wider audience in the IRB’s latest “Total Rugby” magazine.

Seems as if your readership involves some quite senior people in the rugby world, and one asked me to rewrite one of my pieces for them. So see page 11 of the latest issue (dated as March 11th for some reason)!

Blondie – suggest that you might want to mention Total Rugby anyway. IRB calls it a “Technical Bulletin” and hide it away a bit, but its really very good and of interersted to anyone who plays, coach, or just watches. The previous issue has some excellent stuff on scrummaging, for example.

They also PAY for submissions that get printed! Okay, not enough to retire on, but it’ll get a few drinks in. Aside from Page 11 of the latest issue there’s not much on the women’s game – maybe you might like to drop the editor a line? Given your writing abilities I’m sure he’d bite. Just something on concept of blogging would probably and its value would be a start.

(Oh – and though its a way off yet (and very early days) Pacific North West looks favourite over Wisconsin/Illinois for 2008 at the minute. Lots of enthusiasm on Friday for the idea, but then there was also lots of drink!)

So, congrats on the international promotion John! The Letchworth Girls are famous the world over!

And check out their really cool promotional poster. What a cool design.

And just an FYI for everyone, John is hoping to bring his Letchworth Girls here to the States for a tour. I suggested that he contact Alex Goff on the West Coast and some of our U-19s coaches here in the Midwest. But if any of you are interested in hosting a U-19 girls touring side from the UK, e-mail me and I’ll pass it along to John.

Also, an update on Tackle Girls. I was sad to see that Paula is hoping to sell Tackle Girls. In a recent messageboard update, she writes:

I don’t have the time I used to be able to dedicate to the site, and I’m not going to have internet access at home for a while. If you’re interested in buying the website, send me a letter at tacklegirls AT hotmail dot com.

I’d hate to let the site die, and I know there are people out there who could do a great job with it.

Let’s hope someone steps in and helps keep Tackle Girls alive and kicking.


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U-19 Update from the West Coast

I posted a bit about last week’s Girls’ U-19 territorial select-sides tournament out in California here. I then got a nice e-mail from Jel out in the Pacific Northwest with some of the results …

Hey Blondie,

My name’s Jel, and I played for the PNW Loggers Select-Side team this year. Don’t know if you’ve heard the scoop on the Territorial All-Star Championships down in LA yet, but this is what I’ve got . . .

I don’t recall any of the scores except our own, but I believe we beat SoCal 15-0, NorCal 26-0, and tied with ERRFU 5-5 the first day of the tournament. On Sunday, ERRFU took 1st in a heartbreaker match against us. Towards the end of the game, Lisa Hennemen (who played outside centre for the USA U-19 team this year) intercepted a pass beautifully and scored a try, and following a conversion by Nikki Buoy, the score was 12-10 in our favor. Soon enough, time ran out and the ref was prepared to halt the game at the next stoppage.

Unfortunately, we committed two or three penalties IN A ROW, allowing ERRFU the opportunity to kick for a penalty goal–which they did. I believe it was Megan Knight who successfully completed the kick, putting the final numbers at 12 Loggers — 13 ERRFU.

Following the championship game, the SoCal/NorCal team beat the Loggers/ERRFU; I don’t recall the score, but from my standpoint (icing on the sideline, oh yes), the Cali compilation team was pretty dominant.

Then again, they were a lot fresher than we were, having played in marginally cooler weather that morning and been allowed a few hours of rest.

So yeah, sorry I can’t remember more about scores and all that! I’m sure the rest of the info will filter to you at some point. =)


Thanks Jel for the update. I couldn’t find any more results, other than a Goff update (subscription required) where he said the same you did, but with less detail (although, with a quote from you Jel!).

“We had an awesome time,” added PNW center Angelica Santos. “It was hard saying goodbye to the girls. It was a tough loss but really an enjoyable experience.”

If any other U-19s have an update, please feel free to give me a shout.

Added: A little more info. Here’s the website, According to a SoCal e-mail list update, “This is the very first time that a girls territorial tournament is being held in Southern California, and teams from Northern California, Pacific Northwest, Eastern Rockies, and Southern California will be competing for the US Rugby Foundation Cup.”


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Friday … Finally!

Anyone else glad today is Friday? And more importantly, the Friday before a holiday weekend?

Some of you are probably going to enjoy a four (maybe even five?) day weekend. Not me, just two and then on Tuesday. But that’s okay. Today is nice and quiet and I know Monday will be too. I actually like days like this, when no one is really around.

Good stuff …

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"Here we stand, Worlds apart, hearts broken in two, two, two …"

Okay, this is just for fun and something I found while eating lunch before my meeting. My favorite sports columnist, the Sports Guy, wrote up a list of 30 great videos off of YouTube. You have to check some of these out …

Here are my favorites from his list … And obviously, there’s sound, office folks.

• Music video for Journey’s “Separate Ways”. And you are a LIAR if you say you don’t know the words to this song or aren’t fighting the urge to dance even a little bit. Plus this video is straight outta the 80s.

• Saved by the Bell: Jesse is addicted to diet pills!! Zach will help you Jesse!! More hilarious when you know how her acting career blossomed …

• When I was like 17, I used to think Jean-Claude Van Damme was attractive. Now that I have seen his dance moves, I’m thinking I was right all along!

• This kind of gives me chills. For those of us that remember how cool Miami Vice was … clip from the pilot.

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html – Updated

i’m taking a computer class this morning and tomorrow. blog later hotties.

Update: Thursday morning. Day 2 of my class. We’re working on our own and I finished before everyone else. This class is about creating web sites by hand just using html coding. Kind of cool. Also helps the blog.

Sorry about yesterday for everyone who was bored at work. Just not a bloggable day. I have some good e-mails to share and a few updates, so more this afternoon. No worries.

And good luck to Goose and Scottie, who are heading down to the Cape Fear 7s this weekend with the Midwest Thunderbirds 7s team. Pinkie and I skipping Lake Front 7s in nearby Milwaukee to make some money and do some recruiting for our team at our city’s fireworks festival. Pinkie and Sta-Nay-Nay will also be joining in our coach’s backyard olympics competition. I have yet to decide if I will compete. Heard there are a lot of throwing sports in the Olympics. We’ll see.

Update 2: We’re on break. And the vending machine has my cupcakes! Also, my class is in our university’s Animal Sciences building. There are plaques and pictures on the wall for the “Saddles and Sirloins” club. This amuses me to no end. I wonder if they have special hats or jackets. Perhaps with a big piece of meat on it.


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