It's March and rugby is in (and on)the air! The Chicago Griffins have already had their first game. North Shore, the Condors, Siren’s and other teams have had their season kick off parties. This weekend is the South Side Irish's Whiskey 10s Tournament which many mens and women's clubs, college's and even the
Chicago Blue (CPD's Team) will be participating. This weekend will also be a clinic for Rookie Rugby Coaches and PE teachers interested in putting rugby into their school's programs.
So what are you up to tonight? Will you be tuning into the broadcast of the Chicago Griffins vs. Glendale Raptors Rugby from March 3rd at Infinity Park in Glendale? It won't be on the USA Rugby UStream channel, it'll be on Fox Soccer Plus at 7pm, with the CSU vs CU match before hand. The USA Eagle's Dallen Stanford will be doing the game commentary so it should be pretty well analyzed and a great game to watch.
As for this weekend if you are looking for something fun to do and a great way to kick off your week full of St. Patrick's Day festivities, Whiskey 10s is the place to be. Saturday's tournament starts at 9am and the tourney usually lasts about 6 hours. There will be people to meet, time to check out the sport. If you have played a great time to catch up with friends, if you haven't played it's a good time to "shop" for a team. Maybe you just want to play socially and have fun, or perhaps you're more competitive, there will be those teams participating as well. You can also ask anyone who is in their rugby kit what's going on and get the game explained to you.
If you're a PE teacher, if you do after school programming, or are just looking for a new way to introduce fitness to your school, there is a clinic at Garfield Park starting at 9am for Rookie Rugby. You can learn the benefits of rugby when it comes to problem solving, team work, and cof course fitness. Rugby is a sport where every kid gets to touch the ball so no one feels left out. Every kids has to run and keep up with the ball so all are getting in a work out. It's also an inexpensive sport for schools, sport clubs, and parks that can't afford pads and other equipment. All you need for rugby is a ball and kids who are ready to play.
And of course there is Sunday Funday/ If you're going to the South Side Irish Parade, keep an eye out for the Chicago Wapiti Youth league as they have been asked to march in this year parade and cheer them on. I'm sure you will also see plenty Ireland Rugby Jerseys in the crowd and hopefully a few sports after the route showing the Nation Cup Games, or you can catch those at the Globe Pub and help the Sirens and the Westside Condors raise some money for their club! I cannot wait to get out and see some great games this spring! Ruck on Chicago!