Sunday, April 22, 2018

Barbos, Raptors triumphant on the RugbyDay

Denver Barbarians and Glendale Raptors notched wins yesterday at the Infinity Rugby Complex in Glendale.
The Barbo completed a perfect season with the 28-nil victory by forfeit over the Merlins: 10-0-0 and 50 table points the Men in Green's account on the year. Barbarians face Park City Haggis next weekend for the right to represent our area at the USARFU Men's Division-2 playoff competition in May.

Glendale Raptors, charter member of Major League Rugby, opened the inaugural professional season in America with a 41-26 win past Austin Elite. Former University of Colorado and Denver Barbarians legend, Maximo de Achaval, dotted in the first forty as Raptors rolled to a 24-7 midpoint advantage. However, a trio of cards, a yellow and two reds, reduced the home XV to a dozen by the 75th minute and enabled the travelers to ground thrice in the second stanza for the record.

Austin in preparatory warmup Saturday

Raptors are on the trot next weekend at Seattle SeaWolves host San Diego Legion today in their opener.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Barbarians Best

the transition from set piece to backline by Barbos scrumhalf Carmine Hernandez 

Denver Barbarians v Park City Haggis

Slight overcast and a bit of a breeze on the StoveTop at Infinity for kickoff of the numbers one and two on the table, Barbarians and Haggis resp., and their titanic tussle, the outcome of which could see a league champion by end of day. 

Home team received the starting kick and maintained possession, sweeping back and forth across the pitch, always moving forward, down into the Haggis 22 to  a breakdown from which openside, Evan Geist, snatched the pill and sped straight to goal, brushing aside a defender en route: with conversion by flyhalf, Charles Ajarrista, it was 7-0 homeboys inn the 3rd minute.

Denver dotted a brace more swiftly and it was 17-nil before Haggis found their feet and got one of their own while Barbarians with the bonus point try prior to the midpoint for a 22-5 halftime score. Barbarians looked crisp and keen for it while Park City seemed somewhat sluggish with handling errors.

Visitors managed a pair of groundings at the start of the final forty, but it was remaining numbers for the home team and 50-15 the record as Denver secured its first D-2 Championship in memory; Barbarians were last on the table two years ago. Kudos their re-build efforts! 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Barbarians v Merlins

In an exhibition contest of developmental squads, Glendale Merlins and Denver Barbarians saw action today on the StoveTop at Infinity under near perfect weather conditions. Glendale looked sharply keen at breakdown and were utterly devastating when ball was slung along their backline. Denver for its part showed absolute individual brilliance at times, though the Men in Green were undone on occasion by a reluctance to tackle and Merlins held a 31-10 advantage at the midpoint.

Barbarians dotted a brace to make things interesting early in the second stanza for tallies of 31 and 20, but Merls grounded the final pair of trys for a scoreline of 42-20 as a record on this day.

Denver Barbarians v Glendale Merlins today up 'Top


Barbarians and Merlins battle at 1pm on the StoveTop today in what will be a grand display of sport. The free event promises to be an excellent show as Merlins are tanking up for their inaugural Major League Rugby fixture in April and Barbo would like to maintain their winning streak, which stretches back to the fall of 2016, in league competition. This is the picture; be a part of it!

Trivia Night@Elks... #OutstandingSuccess

Denver Highlanders Annual Trivia Night at the Elks Lodge #17 on  Friday was an unparalleled success by all accounts. The fundraising evening began with a social hour (+) where the hundreds of players and their supporters in attendance were able to engage in discourse on a variety of topics, the scope of which covered the breadth and depth of human endeavor.

Elks Lodge #17, a fine venue!

Mexican cuisine, and plenty of it, followed opening conversations and drink specials did abound. As promised, Trivia Night ensued promptly at around 8ish and raucous and ribald that show go-ed, to be followed by DJ Lipshix and Foreign Intervention bumping tunes until the wee hours. Those yet upright were transported deep within the bowels of the Elks church-like structure for continuance at an after-hours gig that may still be ongoing. Happy Time for each and every; kudos the Shafroth Family for their critically integral sponsorship.

Trivia Night: a Rocky Mountain Rugby staple