Who's Hitting Up Itasca?

This weekend will be a hot one, and summer festivals are in full swing (even though there is technically a week of spring). This weekend Lincoln Park’s men’s club is presenting the Highland Games Sevens Rugby Tournament, in Itasca, IL.  I asked Doug Anderson, President of the Chicago Riot Rugby Club, why they are participating in this weekend’s games.

The Riot considers the Highland games one of the better Rugby 7s tournaments in the Midwest and we (the Riot) have been a part of this tournament since our club started in 2007. The Scottish festival environment with bagpipes, whiskey tastings and caber tossing makes this tournament unique.

The Itasca website promotes the festival as a two-day summer celebration with Scottish and festival attractions, which is heavy on athletics. The list includes: Heavy Athletics U.S. Open Championship, Highland Dance competition; Rugby Sevens Highland Challenge; Coerver Cup 3v3 soccer tournament. They will also have a variety of kids activities, tradition music, and as previously stated, Whiskey Tastings.

With heat in the mid-90s this weekend, festival goes as well as athletes need to think about how the weather will effect their performance. Beside to obvious sunscreen and water, Anderson said his clubs is bringing a shade tent as well as pedialyte to keep their guys hydrated.

Anderson added that the team will be entering two teams,

Our first team is comprised of experienced 7s players who are looking to deliver results in the form of wins. Our second team is really the future of the Riot as we have many young players who get involved with Rugby specifically for the 7s fast paced game format and stick around for our Spring/Fall 15s season. This second team is looking to get exposed to 7s rugby and grow their skills at the Highland games.

The game this weekend will consist of  Men’s, Women’s, High School Boys and Girls as well as Middle School Boys and Girls. The festival is located at Hamilton Lakes, 100 E. Pierce Road, Itasca, IL.


Also this weekend the USA Eagles will be taking on Georgia at Infinity Park on Saturday, June 16. Kickoff is set for 7pm, MDT, and you are use to be able to catch the game on USA Eagle’s UStream channel.USA Coach Mike Tolkin has made three changes to the team that faced Canada one week ago in Kingston, Ont. Accoding to USA Rugby,

The most notable is Roland Suniula of the Chicago Griffins at flyhalf over Will Holder. Other changes include Taylor Mokate earns a spot at #6, replacing Andrew Durutalo, and Shawn Pittman will start at loosehead prop. Paul Emerick gets a milestone start at outside center this weekend, earning his 50th cap for the Eagles.


Hope you all have a great weekend and are enjoying the start of summer fun! As for next weekend expect to see ruggers filling the Pride parade with North Shore Women's Rugby and the Chicago Dragon's Rugby Club marching in the parade.

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