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September 25, 2013

Intra-Squad Scrimmage Summary

by Crying Gray Wolf

Intra-Squad Scrimmage Summary
September 21, 2013

​On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the Thunderbird Rugby Football Club kicked off the Fall 2013 season with a friendly intra-squad scrimmage. In all, 38 ruggers turned out after exams to compete, allowing us to play three 20-minute periods of 15s rugby. Learning was the theme of the day as the match provided roughly 60% of the club with their first rugby game experience. As one may expect, tackles were a bit high and rucking was a bit sloppy, but the most common refrain following the match was how much the new blood enjoyed the experience. All veterans know that rugby is a sport you learn by playing, and there was certainly plenty of playing time to go around.

The outcome, while rather insignificant, was a 33-21 victory for the Blue squad over the White squad. After jumping out to a quick 10-0 lead, the white squad began to fade as injuries and lack of conditioning took their toll. Some quick thinking by veteran players Oliver Holmes (UK) and Steve Preator (US) helped the blue side storm back to take the lead 21-10, before the two sides traded tries to finish out the match.

Following the match, the club and some select supporters went over to the Fish for a social event consisting of hot dogs, adult beverages, music and good company all compliments of the rugby club. At the social event, new ruggers were initiated as official TRFC members with the classic Beer Slip’n’Slide, followed by a quick jump in the pool and some good ol’ rugby songs late into the night. Also at the event, each team announced their man of the match: veteran back Ryan O’Neal for the victorious Blue squad and newcomer forward Bryce Jahner for the White squad.

The club’s next opportunity to test their metal on the pitch comes on October 5 at the Flagstaff 10s tournament where the club is considering entering two squads, depending on turnout.

Keep on ruckin’

Jay Stahlman
TRFC President

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