IRB Women’s Rugby Sevens 2013

A year ago, yes this post is a year late, we had the chance to see one of the rounds of IRB Women’s Rugby Sevens in Houston.  We scored some great tickets on Groupon and killer seats from some very good rugby.  I had not seen sevens in person before, I’m a Union fan myself.  Sevens is much faster than Union rugby and pretty exciting.  This was also about the time we had a new lens and the chance to take sport photos with good equipment.  I have picked out the best to share here (saving one for WW).  While Team USA didn’t win the tournoment they represented USA Rugby with great skill.  If you want to see more please hop over to my Shutterfly Page.

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Oh Momma

After leaving the Maryland and DC area we headed for Kansas City, the barbeque capital.  It just so happens that my hometown is not too far out of the way and not only was it Rugby Alumni weekend at WIU but one of Josh’s closest friends was turning 30.  So how could we pass up a trip to Illinois.

I spend most of the weekend with my mom, shopping, cooking and just hanging out.  We had some grill experiments.  Did you know that you can make Pizza on the grill!!  I’ll tell you how if you want.   We even hit a my favorite kitchen and cooking store, found poaching cups to take my quest to make Eggs Benedict to the next level.

We also got to visit with Aunt Vicki and my grandma, just all around the perfect weekend.  That is because it was also a Rugby weekend.  Josh has not really played in two years, after his wrist was injured.  Every spring the WIU Rugby team hosts a game where there Alumni play the current teams.  It is usually tons of fun and great to see everyone.  We have not been in a few years and with this being the addition of a birthday celebration it was sure to be a good time.

We were not disappointed, so many of the old boys and girls showed up.  I can’t believe how many folks we caught up with.  Mom and I drove over to see Josh play, I have to say he looked good out there.  But I always think he is good.

I have to say that I did feel a little old but still it’s so much fun to relive glory days.

Pigs Shirt for the Kiddies

We have worked on a graphic for the shirts for the younger Pigs fans. It features Piglet dresses in boots and a scrum cap. I can do a white Infant/Toddler T-Shirt (specify size) and onesies.
T-Shirt: Available Sizes: 6mo, 12mo, 18mo, 2T, 3T, 4T
Onesies: Available Sizes: 6mo, 12mo, 18mo, 2T
They are $11 each.
I can do a Kids size but they are $15
I will need your mailing address and a phone number. Please specify what type you want and the size.
Send and email to akrsouth@yahoo.com with subject line Piglets
They will be ordered on Dec. 1st and mailed to your homes once they come in. These will be to you in time for Christmas gifts. I will include an envelope to send a check or cash.

The Season Is Over


We traveled to Green Bay this weekend for the first round of Midwest Rugby Playoffs. It was an amazing game, Green Bay took an early lead 31-6 at the half. They are a very strong team. In usual Pig spirit, we brought it back getting the score to 31-25. The last ten minutes of the game were spent this us pinning them to their try zone. Rush after rush, they were able to stop us from getting that one last try we needed to take the game. Now we can all point the blame but if the Sir had called things just a bit differently then we would have done it and with the solid boot Naber had that day the game would have been ours. I am not sure what would have been better, a devastating lose or just not being able to fight for those last points.

As in past games the Pigs level of fitness is what is keeping them at the top of the ranks. Each close game this year has come down to us being able to keep going when they get tired. Our win would have been a huge upset, now we know that the Pigs are rising and we are something to look at. Next season baby!!
After the game I got to witness a Rugby tradition rarely seen. The retirement of a player at the season end. Most players don’t get to say when they will quit, their bodies tell them. Kato has been playing with the St. Paul RFC for 13 years. After the game he took his boots to the center of the pitch and walked away. The Green Bay Celts were glad to oblige in the tradition of burring your boots. The brought out a shovel and he left his boot forever on the 50 meter mark. Rugby is a very tradition sport and the community around it takes pride is honoring those who have played before you. It was a touching moment to see him surrounded by his teammates, past and present, singing few songs together. I feel lucky to have be able to capture the moment. Kato will never fully leave the pigs, however he is now in the ranks of the Old Boys.

Now we travel

This Saturday Josh’s team played one of the more important games of their season. We faces the South Side Banshees in Eagan in the afternoon. It was a hot and stinky day! The Pig’s played the best game I have seen yet, they were fast, solid and played smart. Good tackles, winning rucks but in the end it was not enough to hold off the fast backline of the Banshees and they took the lead.


This now means that we are second place in the state and with a victory against Lakehead (Thunder Bay, Canada) we will be traveling in the playoffs. So hold on we might be in in IN, IA or WI the weekend of Halloween. I will let you know. The Banshees are a recently demoted D2 team that was able to push and have an undefeated season.

One other rugby news, World Cup is getting hot!! At least one European team will be in the World Cup final. They pulled it out, turned on the gas when it counts. I will be interesting to see what comes of the bad call in France V New Zealand.

We did stop Sunday and pick up pumpkins, took 10 minutes but we got some good ones!!!