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Last Update for Saturday

Posted by Your Coach on Saturday, March 24, 2012,
Below is the schedule for this Saturday. Please pass this info along to anyone who would like to attend. It will be a great day of rugby.

All games are played at McMillen Park, 2600 Oxford St., Fort Wayne, IN 46806

11:00 – BD v Penn (JV) Doss
12:00 – BD v Penn (V) Harshbarger
1:00 – BD (DEV) v Warsaw (B) Werling
2:00 – Penn (JV) v Warsaw Oberlin
3:00 – BD v Marian (Varsity) Wall

Arrival times: Boy need to be at the field and in kit by these time. 
JV 10am
Varsity: 10:30
Dev: 11:00

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Last Update for Saturday

Posted by Your Coach on Saturday, March 24, 2012,
Below is the schedule for this Saturday. Please pass this info along to anyone who would like to attend. It will be a great day of rugby.

All games are played at McMillen Park, 2600 Oxford St., Fort Wayne, IN 46806

11:00 – BD  v Penn (JV)

12:00 – BD v Penn (V)

1:00 – BD (DEV) v Warsaw (B)

2:00 – Penn (JV) v Warsaw 
3:00 – BD v Marian (Varsity)


Arrival times: Boy need to be at the field and in kit by these time. 

JV 10am

Varsity: 10:30

Dev: 11:00


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Weekly Update 3/19

Posted by Your Coach on Tuesday, March 20, 2012,

Special thanks to the parents that were able to help this past weekend with the Penn Invite. The results don't exactly show the benefit that weekend shows for our club. A 100 point differential against Ignatius and some mild sunburns made for a difficult start to the day, however the win over GR Catholic made the past months work seem justified. You will find film from last years match-ups against Marian and Penn at the end of this e-mail, not a lot has changed in their approach to the game, ...


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Weekly Update 3/12

Posted by Your Coach on Tuesday, March 13, 2012,
We had a great showing in Charlotte, even though we went 0-3. We played hard and never gave up, and showed the south how tough it is to play against a rag tag bunch of hoosiers. We were playing our first three games against some of the best teams in the south who are in the middle of their season. The team that played on Saturday against Providence I will put up against anyone in our state any day any time. 

On to the next week, we are preparing to go to the Penn Invitational this weekend in E...

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"In spite of having very sore feet and tight hamstrings, I have a warm glow about the game of rugby today. 

I have just finished two days of refereeing at the UK National Schools Sevens in London.

Normally I only get to referee my own team, which, like most coaches, I hate. But the event has been running for 71 years and is the world's largest rugby tournament. So instead I felt honoured to be asked. 

It's certainly a feast of sevens action, involving more than 600 teams, overseen by some 180 volunteer officials and helpers - including this year, yours truly. 

I had a wonderful time. The standard of rugby was excellent, with some close games and no lack of endeavour. 

In these days of cynical play and aggressive touchline comments, I can safely say I witnessed none of it. 

The sidelines were universally well behaved and players were responsive to the referee's decisions. 

For me, only one player questioned a decision and he quickly apologised. I had one coach, very politely, ask me about a decision of mine which went against his team. 

On reflection, his view was correct, and if I had not been told, then I might have let it go in later games. 

At one stage, a 13 year old took a drop kick for a conversion from near the touchline. It dipped as it reached the crossbar so I wasn't sure if it had gone over. 

As I considered my decision, he turned to me to say it was short. 

All these factors prove to me that tournaments can be hard fought and yet well behaved. 

Yes, players and coaches are disappointed by losing or not going through. But I heard plenty of coaches saying as the day wore on: "Well done guys, much better than the start of the day". 

Quite simply, after a tough few weeks coaching at the semi-pro level, refereeing those boys and girls at the Schools Sevens was the perfect reminder of why I love rugby." 


written by, Dan Cottrell
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