Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Our Loss

It is with regret that we note the passing of Colorado Springs Grizzlies junior, Henry Rodriguez. We lost the promising state all-star to suicide over the weekend. To respect the family’s privacy, we’ll state nothing further other than mental health, especially adolescent mental health, is a crucial issue in today’s society. For signs of impending tragedy, access American Psychiatric Association.
For immediate assistance via phone and/or text, access the following:
·         Colorado Branch of National Suicide Prevention Lifeline800.273.8255
o   also this contact can sort assistance and aid from its immense resource database for ancillary support;
o   outreach capable
·         Colorado Crisis Services Support Center: 844.493.8255; they may also be reached via text at:  #38255; text: TALK
·         Safe2tell Colorado: 877. 542.7233; anonymous

Each of the aforementioned organizations are available 24-hours-per-day with no call waiting and respect the caller’s confidentiality. Friends or family members who suspect a loved one may be in crisis can contact a support mechanism via the number(s) above also.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Raptors v BYU

Glendale Raptors v Brigham Young University Cougars
Denver Barbarians featured large at Infinity Park’s Rugby Kettle yesterday as Raptors schooled their collegiate adversaries in every phase of the game. BYU led 7-5 after a brilliant cutter back inside by the Cougar fullback had him dot for his flyhalf’s conversion, and the sides battled fitfully through three-quarters of the first forty, but the floodgates opened shortly thereafter and Glendale put a further eight groundings on their guests to complete the rout.
When Barbarians talisman, Maximo de Achaval, has a good day down the Kettle, it usually comes at the expense of the Raptors, but M-D-A, along with Barbo mates, Logan Collins and Kyle Hitt, donned the red-white-and-blue of the Raptiors XV and demonstrated explicitly the difference between the elite levels of the college and adult leagues.
Max conducted a clinic in the number 15 jersey in the initial half of play as Hitt opened the scoring in the 6th minute, taking a skip pass from his fullback into the corner for a 5-0 host advantage.
BYU got it back and claimed the lead with their own 15’s try and its completion to goal by their standoff, and it was 7-5 for the travelers after 16 minutes. The sizable crowd onhand settled in for the contest as rainclouds built over the Front Range. But it was a torrent of trys by the homeboys in the next half hour of play that carried the day for Glendale: de Achaval grounded the next two Raptors scores, the last on a rapid rounding of the Cougar hooker en route to his brace (and his own conversion): 17-7 in the 35th minute.
Flyhalf Will Holder crossed for a score converted by de Achaval prior to the midpoint and Glendale took a 24-7 advantage into the lockers after an enjoyable first forty of footie. With de Achaval covering the fullback slot in consummate manner and the forwards looking powerfully sleek and greedy at breakdown, Brigham Young appeared at times bemused and beffudled due the intensity of the Raptors effort.
Glendale’s fullback swithed to standoff in the second half and his canny skip-passes and deft inclose offloads mesmerised the young Utahns. A handful of second stanza scores, one pair a brace by Glendale stalwart Zach Fenoglio  and all but one completed by de Achaval, made for a final tally of 57 for the host, while BYU managed a second try, converted to goal by their 10, for a record of 57-12 in the early-season friendly.

High School Boys All State Tryouts

Rugby Colorado High Performance All Star program kicks off next weekend at Lowry Sports Park, 8200 Sports Blvd., Denver. The initial congregation will begin on Sunday afternoon, February 19, at 2pm and run until 4pm. Attendees are advised to show early so that taping, stretching, etcetera may be conducted prior to the start of the training session.

Air Force Academy Zoomies v Lindenwood University Lions

Lindenwood University Lions recycle from breakdown - image: Otis McGregor, Colorado Springs Grizzlies High School Rugby Club

Lindenwood University Lions Men's XV throttled United States Air Force Academy yesterday in Colorado Springs. The Big Cats ran a 17-nil halftime advantage to a 53-7 final result in the action on campus at Zoomie's home grounds.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 Rugby Colorado Higgins Scholars

A brace of Rugby Colorado products has been recognized as superlative student-athletes by the United States Rugby Foundation (USRF). Becca Jane Rosko and Ryan Maxfield are recipients of 2016 Higgins Scholars awards for the national scholarship from USRF, a non-profit whose core process is the promulgation and promotion of our game nationwide.                                             Becca Jane won the 2016 Rugby Colorado State Girls High School Championship with Summit Tigers, then claimed the starting flyhalf slot on the Dartmouth College XV and subsequently won the 2016 Ivy League Women’s Rugby title with Big Green this fall. Of the scholarship award, Ms. Rosko expresses: I am truly honored to be awarded with the Kevin Higgins scholarship,” and she continues, “I am grateful for the rugby community and its ability to assist the next generation with their passion for rugby as well as their educations. I will forever appreciate the opportunity to help continue my education and passion for rugby throughout my time at Dartmouth, as well as beyond.”   Ryan won Rugby Colorado State Boys High School Championship with Regis Jesuit as string-puller in the 10 spot last spring, before matriculating at Loyola University in the fall.  I feel honored to receive this award, and I think that winning a rugby scholarship speaks volumes to the way that the game of rugby is continuing to grow and expand, which really excites me.” Maxfield has moved one slot over and is covering the crucial inside center position for Loyola these days.                        United State Rugby Foundation was formed in 1963 and the organization exists solely on the support from the American rugby community. The Higgins Scholarship, a memorial to one of the greats in our game, is made available by USRF through donations from you and others like you; donations may be made by accessing the USRF link.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Live Autumn Tests: Saturday, November 19

11/19, 9:00 AM EST South Africa vs. Italy (International Rugby) ESPN3

11/19, 9:30 AM EST Japan vs. Wales (International Rugby) ESPN3

11/19, 12:00 PM EST Argentina vs. Scotland (International Rugby) ESPN3

11/19, 12:30 PM EST New Zealand vs. Ireland (International Rugby)
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