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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Glendale Rugby XVs... YAY!

Puttin’ the Kettle on!



If this is your favorite time of the year and your favorite number has more than one digit, then welcome to the 2017/2018, XVs season! And it was all-on, all-in last evening down the Kettle at Infinity as Glendale Rugby’s 40+ top echelon players got after the pill in a sparkling pre-season Possibles v Probables match.  

A lively event, well-managed by one of the country’s finest referee corps, the Reds v Blues fixture at times featured breaks through wide-open gaps made by swift recycles against spread, rear-legged defenses and brightly-contested breakdowns.  The highlight reel must display, one should think, Glendale talisman Mose Timoteo’s eight-meter dead leg, one step through and around a trio of Blues defenders for five.
Timoteo sets the scrum as Summers minds the bind with Weaver (near) and Nelson (far) 
Plenty of hard work at breakdown and a good bit of deft offloading made the competition a delight to observe for the solid complement of rugby aficionados in attendance as the last rays of September 1’s sun settled west.

No lights on in the stadium, however, which was fine as the stars were all out on the pitch.

Match Officials: M Nelson, D Summers, K Weaver  

15s is on for real next weekend up (University of Wyoming, Laramie – Jackalope Rugby Tournament) and down (USAF v Texas Tech) the eastern Rockies region, and at the esteemed Infinity Rugby Complex, as good an array of rugby as one is likely to view will be full on:
·       Men’s D-2: Denver Barbarians v Glendale Merlins, 1pm down the Kettle (dtK) – this’ll be a battle of the pre-season table toppers;
·       Men’s Elite: Glendale Raptors v Ontario Blues, 3pm dtK – as close a North American clubside championship as is on offer, followed by…

·       Women’s Premier League: Glendale Merlins v Chicago North Shore at 5pm – kickoff to women’s exemplar rugby season in what is certain to be a stern test for the home side 

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