Posts tagged "Blaze"

Last few games...

The fall season is coming to a wrap this Saturday. Chicago Women and Chicago North Shore were both eliminated from the National playoffs and will not be making the trip to Florida this weekend. However Chicago Riot, Chicago Griffins and Chicago Lions were all successful in their playoff games last weekend and will be playing... Read more »

Why YOU should be referee certified

So with the NFL fiasco where people were going crazy about the replacement refs, it got me thinking to how, first off everyone thinks they are a ref, and if you have a problem with a call, well then maybe you should be on the field making the calls. With every sport, in particular little... Read more »

More Chicagoians join USA Rugby

Fall is officially here! It’s the first Saturday of fall what a perfect day to go to a game. North Shore is playing Denver up north and the Blaze are hosting the Griffins in the south suburbs. The weather is perfect for a game, not too cool, just enough sun, and I just enjoy being... Read more »
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“Jewish Olympics”, Pre-Season Games, and Ladies Night!

     The Olympics are over and plenty of rugby hints mixed into the games, including the London Welsh Rugby Club Choir singing the Olympic Anthem (may they think it’ll bring the nation luck in the next games). The Olympic  Flag is now in Rio home of the 2016 Olympics and rugby’s glorious return to the... Read more »

NATO will make getting to events a pain

NATO will be bring plenty of road blocks making any game you’re trying to get to this weekend a big pain. There are CARFU final games going on, iYRA will be putting on a Rookie Rugby Clinic at the East Garfield Park Olympic Sports Festival, and there will be a rugby combine at Eric Solorio... Read more »

Forever 21, at alumni weekend

As I’ve said many times, rugby is a sport of traditions and a big social family. There are great friends you see at annual tournaments, or games you look forward to, but there is nothing quite like you’re alumni weekend. “Rugby is the largest fraternity in the world,”  Peter Carmine, Reed rugby coach since 1986 once said.... Read more »
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Select Sides, Serevi, Super League, and Sevens

So I have been busy and crazy as I am sure many of you have been as well. But I do apologize for not having posted in about 10 days with so much going on in the Chicago Rugby Area. We have had Select Side Games, Malcolm May went to England with the USA U-19... Read more »

Rugby Turkey Bowls, start a new tradition

Before Christmas fully takes over the nation we should all pause and take a moment to remember the things we are grateful for. First, I am thankful that rugby is back in the Olympics and has the entire nation developing youth leagues so we can compete in the games. I am also thankful for how... Read more »

Teams Unite to Remember a Player

     All teams have fund raisers. Some teams give back to community organizations or causes. Then there are times when a group gets together and decides to have a benefit. This weekend on October 8th two teams will come together to remember a young player who passed away suddenly.        I spoke with Norn Smyth,... Read more »
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RWC Starts Off Big

     60-thousand were in attendance for the first game of the Rugby World Cup, millions of others watched on TV or over the internet. I know I was beyond excited watching the start up of the first game of the Cup, smiling the whole time. The New Zealand All Blacks took on Tonga’ Ikale Tahi who started with... Read more »
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    Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. Got hooked on rugby in 2003, played college, CARFU and with Chicago North Shore Women's Club. Love the rugby community, traveling around and being able to find rugby friends where ever I roam.

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