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Kansas City Blues 2011 News and Events

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01.01.2011 - Blues To Open 2011 Pre-Season In VEGAS BABY, VEGAS!
02.11.2011 - Blues Open 2011 Pre-Season With A Win Over Old Blue NY
Blues to Host Rumney RFC on US Tour in May 2011
03.05.2011 - Blues Emerge From Tulsa Trip With Two More Wins
03.12.2011 - Blues Defeat Bombers & Hornets
03.19.2011 - Blues Defeat Boulder, Move Into Tie For 2nd Place
03.26.2011 - Blues Beaten By Visiting Raptors
03.26.2011 - D3 Side Wins, Secures #3 Seed at Conference Tournament
04.02.2011 - Blues Outlast Barbarians, Take Sole Possession of 2nd Place
04.10.2011 - Blues Reserves Win D3 Conference Tournament - Advance to Regionals
Ben Nelson Invited To USA National Team Trial
04.30.2011 - Blues Reserve Side Narrowly Misses D3 Nationals Bid
Rumney RFC Too Much For The Blues
Affiliation Announced With Sporting KC
06.11.2011 - Blues Repeat Champs at Tulsa Parrothead 7s
06.25.2011 - Close Just Isn't Enough As Blues Settle For 4th at Quins 7s
07.09.2011 - Another Successful Heartland 7s For The Blues
08.12.2011 - Blues Send Two Players to All-Star Sevens Championship
10.29.2011 - Blues Close Fall Season With Pair Of Key Wins



01.01.2011 - Blues To Open 2011 Pre-Season In VEGAS BABY, VEGAS!

The KC Blues will open the 2011 Pre-Season on February 11, 2011 with a massive challenge, taking on Super League club Old Blue New York in Las Vegas, NV. The match will feature as part of the broader-scaled Las Vegas Invitational, associated with the USA Sevens International Tournament and Festival. Holding the match as part of the LVI gives the Blues a chance to participate and play over the days preceeding the International Rugby Seven's, in addition to spectating at the USA Sevens Tournament that weekend. The match will be held the day prior to the USA Sevens, at the Sam Boyd Stadium Complex. Kick-off is set for 3:00pm PST.


02.11.2011 - Blues Open 2011 Pre-Season With A Win Over Old Blue NY

The Blues opened the 2011 pre-season on February 11th with a 29-10 win over Old Blue New York in Las Vegas, NV. Flanker Junior Tago scored two first-half tries, as his back-row partners Siva Tali and Kevin Wiggins helped keep Old Blue on the back foot with their physical style of play. The Blues were strong in the set pieces, and had a lot of success in phased play running the ball through their centers. Outside center Conner Smith scored a try on debut as the Club's new Captain, and hooker Eric Munninghoff scored the last of the Blues tries with fullback Jordan Neville connecting on 3 of 4 conversions and 1 penalty kick.

KC Blues 29 vs New York Old Blue 10 (19-3 @ half)
Tries: Junior Tago (2), Conner Smith, Eric Munninghoff
Conv: Jordan Neville 3/4
Pens: Jordan Neville 1/3

Blues Roster
1. Danny Capps
2. Eric Munninghoff
3. Colin McFarland (Steve Jackman)
4. Ben Nelson
5. Bubba George (Adam Noteis)
6. Junior Tago (Matt Hoover)
7. Kevin Wiggins (Mike Flynn)
8. Siva Tali
9. Casey Cummings (Maeli Fuimaono)
10. Marty Cummings (Austin Clarke, Caleb George)
11. Pete Kowalski (Ernie Moore)
12. Dave Samples (Dustin Marks)
13. Conner Smith (c) (Gavin Jarus)
14. Kevin Schwartze
15. Jordan Neville


Blues to Host Rumney RFC on US Tour in May 2011

The Kansas City Blues will host their first European Touring Side in 10 years when the Rumney RFC makes a stop in Kansas City as part of their US Tour in May. Rumney makes their return trip to Kansas City from Cardiff, Wales for a series of matches and some sight-seeing, drawing the Blues on Tuesday May 17th at the Sporting Kansas City Training Complex at Swope Park. Kick-off for the Tuesday evening game is set for 7:30pm.

The Blues will host Rumney in Kansas City from May 15th - May 18th, following the Tourists match against KCRFC on May 14th. A welcome dinner on May 15th, and post-match party on May 17th are being planned for Rumney.

For information on the upcoming Tour, or if you'd like to help host Rumney, please contact Jim Schneweis via email by clicking here.


03.05.2011 - Blues Emerge From Tulsa Trip With Two More Wins

The Blues secured two key pre-season victories on March 5th in Tulsa, OK, with the D1 side defeating the Dallas Harlequins 17-10, and the D3 side beating the Tulsa RFC reserves 29-19.

In the D1 game, wing Pete Kowalski opened up the scoring early in the game with an intercept try, and fullback Jordan Neville's conversion put the Blues ahead 7-0. Dallas answered late in the half with an unconverted try to bring the score to 7-5. The second half was scoreless until the Quins punched in an unconverted try near the 60th minute to take a 10-7 lead. The Blues battled back, with Neville slotting a drop-goal in the 70th minute to tie the game at 10-10, and then putting together a late attack as flanker Kevin Wiggins finished off a break-away by center David Samples and scored the game-winning try with just over 2 minutes on the clock. Neville converted, and the Blues held Dallas's last push to secure the 17-10 win.

The D3 side jumped to an early lead against Tulsa RFC's reserves, with wing Paul Deutsch scoring a hat-trick of tries in the first half. Flyhalf Caleb George and flanker Panama Hoover lead a young Blues team that looked very strong at times, especially in the backline where the depth of talent was evident in the number of substitutions the Blues were able to make while still putting pressure on Tulsa until a late try from center Drew Dierking sealed the win.

D1 KC Blues 17 Dallas Harlequins 10 (7-5 @ half)

Tries: Kowalski, Wiggins
DG: Neville
Pens: Neville 0/1
Conv: Neville 2/2

D1 Roster
1. Danny Capps
2. Eric Munninghoff
3. Colin McFarland
4. Ben Nelson
5. Brodie Orth
6. Junior Tago
7. Kevin Wiggins
8. Siva Tali
9. Casey Cummings
10. Marty Cummings (Austin Clarke @ 32)
11. Pete Kowalski
12. Dave Samples
13. Conner Smith (C) (Gavin Jarus @ 70)
14. Kevin Schwartze
15. Jordan Neville

D3 KC Blues 29 - Tulsa RFC 'B' 17

Tries: Paul Deutsch (3), Drew Dierking
Conv: Dustin Marks 1/2, Austin Clarke 1/1, Caleb George 1/1


03.12.2011 - Blues Defeat Bombers & Hornets

The Blues closed out the non-conference season with a pair of victories on Saturday March 12th. The D1 side defeated the St. Louis Bombers 32-12, and the D3 side won over the St. Louis Hornets 39-10. Both matches were played at Rockhurst University's Bourke Field.

In the D1 game, fullback Jordan Neville lead all scorers with 15 points behind a try, two conversions, and two penalty kicks. Center David Samples, lock Connor McDonough, and wing Kevin Schwartze each scored a try. In the D3 game, the Blues ran out to a 22-5 halftime score and finished things off strongly. Try scorers for the D3 side were Steve Jackman, Samuel James, Tom Dietch, Sami Fa'agalu, Captain Matt Hoover, and late replacement Ernie Moore.

With the win, the D1 side closes out a perfect 3-0 non-conference season, and the D3 side goes to 2-0 on non-conference.

D1 Blues 32 v Bombers 12 (17-5 at half)
Tries: Samples, Neville, McDonough, Schwartze
Conv: Neville 2/4
Pen: Neville 2/2

D1 Blues Roster:
1. Danny Capps
2. Eric Munninghoff
3. Colin McFarland
4. Connor McDonough
5. Ben Nelson
6. Junior Tago
7. Wiets DuPreez
8. Siva Tali (Matthew Hoover @ 70)
9. Casey Cummings
10. Austin Clarke (Caleb George @ 30)
11. Pete Kowalski
12. David Samples
13. Conner Smith (Ernie Moore @ 60)
14. Kevin Schwartze
15. Jordan Neville

D3 Blues 39 vs. Hornets 10 (22-5 @ half)

Tries: Steve Jackman, Samuel James, Tom Dietch, Sami Fa'agalu, Matt Hoover, Ernie Moore
Conv: Caleb George 3/5, Ernie Moore 1/1
Pens: Caleb George 1/1


03.19.2011 - Blues Defeat Boulder, Move Into Tie For 2nd Place

The Blues defeated visiting Boulder RFC by an 82-0 margin at Swope Park on March 19th, moving their '10-'11 Western Conference record to 4-2 overall and into a tie for 2nd place with three games remaining, while staying undefeated in 2011 after sweeping a series of 3 tough non-conference games in February and early March.

The Blues scored 12 tries in the game. Fullback Jordan Neville again lead all scorers, tallying 32 points behind 2 tries, 2 penalty kicks, and 8 conversions. Centers Connor McDonough and Conner Smith (captain), scrumhalf Greg Gallagher, and flanker Junior Tago all scored 2 tries apiece. Prop Colin McFarland and wing Ernie Moore also touched down for a score each.

Meanwhile, the Blues D3 side struggled for the first time this season going 0-2 at the Topeka St. Patrick's Tournament. Fielding a short-handed forward pack, they couldn't keep up with the Jayhawks RFC and the Des Moines RFC in eaither matchup.

D1 Blues 82 v Boulder 0 (44-0 at half)
Tries: Gallagher (2), McDonough (2), Neville (2), Smith (2), Tago (2), McFarland, Moore
Conv: Neville 8/12
Pens: Neville 2/2

Blues Roster
1. Colin McFarland
2. Eric Munninghoff ((Afa Still @ 65)
3. Danny Capps (Steve Jackman @ 70)
4. Ben Nelson
5. Brodie Orth
6. Wiets DuPreez
7. Junior Tago
8. Siva Tali (Matt Hoover @ 50)
9. Greg Gallagher
10. Austin Clarke (Steve Sharkey @ 60)
11. Pete Kowalski (Mike Scoma @ 65)
12. Connor McDonough
13. Conner Smith (Eric Masterson @ 55)
14. Kevin Schwartze (Ernie Moore @ 40)
15, Jordan Neville


03.26.2011 - Blues Beaten By Visiting Raptors

The Blues suffered their first loss of the spring on March 26th, as the visiting Glendale Raptors ran in 7 tries to defeat the home side 47-21 in a Western Conference matchup between two of the conference's top teams. Glendale was up 36-0 by early in the 2nd half, before the Blues battled back and scored 3 converted tries, the last of them coming as full-time expired.

Blues 21 v Glendale 47 (0-29 @ half)
Tries: Munninghoff, Cummings, ???
Conv: Neville 2/2, Kowalski 1/1
Pens: Neville 0/2

1. Colin McFarland
2. Eric Munninghoff
3. Danny Capps
4. Ben Nelson
5. Bubba George
6. Wiets DuPreez
7. Junior Tago
8. Siva Tali (Matt Hoover @ 20)
9. Greg Gallagher (c)
10. Marty Cummings
11. Pete Kowalski
12. Connor McDonough
13. Ernie Moore
14. Kevin Schwartze
15. Jordan Neville (Paul Conway @ 65)


03.26.2011 - D3 Side Wins, Secures #3 Seed at Conference Tournament

The Blues D3 side held off the visiting Northland Gamecocks on March 26th at the Sporting Kansas City Training Complex at Swope Park, securing a 30-20 victory and locking up 3rd place in the HOA Conference with a 3-2 record. The win sets up a rematch with the KC Rogues in the Conference Tournament semi-final April 9th in Wichita, KS. The winner of that game will go on to play the winner of the other semi-final between Wichita and Northland on April 10th for an automatic bid to Western Regional Playoffs on April 30th in Austin, TX.

Blues flyhalf Caleb George lead all scorers with 15 points (2 tries, 1 conv, 1 pen), while fullback Joe Floyd added 2 tries and center Drew Dierking scored one of his own. The Blues D3 side is off on April 2nd as they prep for the HOA Conference playoffs the following weekend.

KC Blues 30 v Northland 20
Tries: Floyd (2), George (2), Dierking
Conv: George 1/5
Pens: George 1/1

Blues Roster
1. Steve Jackman
2. Jim Stickford
3. Rebaz Muhedeen
4. Jordan Winemiller
5. Josh Budimlija
6. Gavin Jarus
7. Jim Eftink
8. Adam Orr
9. Casey Cummings
10. Caleb George (c)
11. Samuel James (Pablo Carrera @ 40)
12. Mike Scoma
13. Drew Dierking (Keith Engle @ 60)
14. Nic Hansen (Tom Deitch @ 400
15. Joe Floyd


04.02.2011 - Blues Outlast Barbarians, Take Sole Possession of 2nd Place

The Blues D1 side took another step towards home-field advantage in the national playoffs on April 2nd, as they defeated the Denver Barbarians 36-25 at Shea Stadium, in Littleton, CO. The victory gives the Blues 20 standings points on a 4-3 record, and puts them ahead of the Barbarians (15 points at 3-2) for 2nd place and into the driver's seat for home field advantage. A win over the Denver Rugby Highlanders on April 16th in Denver would secure the Blues' position heading into the post-season.

The Blues were heavily penalized in Denver, allowing the home side to get out to a 19-7 lead in the first 36 minutes behind 1 try and 4 penalty kicks before rebounding to outscore the Barbarians 29-6 in the final 45 minutes of the game and lock up the victory. Try scorers for the Blues were prop Afa Still, lock Ben Nelson, center David Samples, fullback Paul Conway, and wing Ernie Moore. Flanker Jim Eftink also scored a crucial 2nd half try in his first game with the D1 side.

Blues 36 v Denver Barbarians 25 (12 - 19 @ half)

Tries: Still, Samples, Conway, Nelson, Eftink, Moore
Conv: Clarke 3/6

Blues Roster
1. Colin McFarland
2. Eric Munninghoff
3. Afa Still (Adam Orr @ 65)
4. Ben Nelson
5. Bubba George
6. Junior Tago
7. Panama Hoover (Gavin Jarus @ 65)
8. Wietsche du Preez (Jim Eftink @ 50)
9. Greg Gallagher
10. Austin Clarke
11. Pete Kowalski
12. Dave Samples
13. Conner Smith (c)
14. Ernie Moore
15. Paul Conway (Kevin Schwartze @ 55)


04.10.2011 - Blues Reserves Win D3 Conference Tournament - Advance to Regionals

The KC Blues Reserve team won the Heart of America Conference Tournament Championship match on April 10th, defeating the Wichita Barbarians 16-12 in Wichita, KS. The Blues advanced to the Championship behind a 52-13 victory over the KC Rogues in the opening round on April 9th.

In the opening round match against the Rogues, the Blues relied on superior fitness to rebound from a 7-13 halftime deficit to run in 7 unanswered tries in the second half and secure the lopsided victory. Sunday's championship match aginst Wichita was a closer battle, with the hosts scoring 2 tries but Blues wing Pablo Carrera's sure foot added a conversion and 3 penalty kicks to Bubba George's lone try for the Blues, enough to secure a 16-12 win for the Blues.

The Blues Reserves, competing in Division 3 for the first time in 2010-2011, now advance to the West Regional Championships, an 8-team event held in Austin, TX the weekend of April 30th. The top 3 teams from the West Region will advance to the USA Rugby Division 3 National Championships in Chula Vista, CA on May 21st.


Ben Nelson Invited To USA National Team Trial

Ben Nelson has been selected to attend the first domestic National Team Trial assembly of the year, in what will be a very busy 2011 for the Men’s National Team in their buildup to the 2011 Rugby World Cup (RWC). The 6'9 Nelson, who has played second row for the Blues for the past year, becomes just the second member of the Kansas City Blues to attend an Eagles fifteens assembly in 10 years.

The Eagles are beginning preparation for a full list of pre-RWC fixtures. Ben is one of 35 players who will assemble at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Chula Vista, Calif., from Wednesday May 4 to Sunday May 8. The squad assembling at the OTC consists of 17 forwards and 18 backs. Thirteen members of the squad have represented the Eagles in the IRB Sevens World Series and 14 of the 35 players have caps for the Eagles fifteens side.

The Eagles will travel to London, England, in June to compete in the 2011 Churchill Cup. The tournament takes place from June 4 to the 18. The Eagles will go up against Pool A opponents the England Saxons on June 4 and Tonga on June 8. Competing in Pool B are Canada, Italy ‘A’ and Russia, with the Eagles facing any one of these teams in the elimination match on June 18.

For more details on the assembly and for selections, visit www.usarugby.org


04.30.2011 - Blues Reserve Side Narrowly Misses D3 Nationals Bid

The KC Blues reserve team, playing in USA Rugby's Division 3 competition for the first time in 2010-2011, narrowly missed qualification for the D3 National Championship Tournament with their 4th place finish at the 8-team Western Regional Tournament in Austin, TX on May 1st. The Blues won 1 and lost 2, losing in the semifinals to the Texas Conference champions Dallas Area Rugby Club, after opening the tournament with a win over Rio Grande Conference champions Clovis Nomads (NM) in the first round. The 3rd place match - set to decide the 3rd qualifying team for Nationals - was played on Sunday against the hometown Austin Blacks Reserves. The heat and the long weekend got to the Blues, as the travel-weary side went down by as much as 20 points in the match before battling back to narrow the Blacks' lead to 5 points with just minutes remaining. The home side was able to get a final score in at the end to seal the victory and dash the Blues hopes of advancing to the D3 National Tournament.

The Blues reserve side finished the successful 2010-2011 season with an overall record of 11 wins and 6 losses, including the Heart of America Conference Tournament Championship.

Next Up For the Blues: The Blues first side enters the Divsion 1 Playoffs with a Regional crossover game at the Dallas RFC on May 7th. The winner will take one of 16 places at the D1 National Championship May 21st at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.


Rumney RFC Too Much For The Blues

Rumney RFC proved too much for the KC Blues on May 17th, as the Welsh tourists defeated their hosts 46-14 in a very physical confrontation at Swope Park under the lights. Rumney set the tone in the opening minutes, taking the game to the Blues with stout defense and a dominant scrum and maul. The home side was able to settle in by the second half however, and were more than competitive at the point of contact, creating a very exciting matchup for the 350 fans in attendance. The final match of Rumney's Tour closed out the season for both sides.


Affiliation Announced With Sporting KC

Sporting Club announced Thursday an official affiliation with the Kansas City Blues Rugby Club. The Kansas City Blues will join Sporting Club as a founding member of the Sporting Club Network.

"Sporting Club is very pleased to be affiliated with the Kansas City Blues Rugby Club," Sporting Club Vice President and Blues board member Rory O'Connor said.

"The Blues are a tremendous organization and together we feel that there is a great opportunity to help grow the sport of rugby in this region."

Founded in 1966, the Blues have participated in both national and international competition, as well as sending both past and current members to represent the United States National Team, The Eagles. The Blues also field an under-19 team, including the Junior Blues, and hold affiliations with high-school rugby clubs across the Kansas City metro area.

“It’s hard for us to describe how excited we are about becoming affiliated with Sporting Club in an official capacity,” Blues general manager Joe Fridkin said.

“This type of partnership is unprecedented, and through this affiliation, it’s only going to help trickle down the opportunities to help grow the sport of rugby.”

While Sporting Club did not acquire or purchase the Blues outright, Sporting Club will represent the commercial sponsorship and merchandise inventory of the Blues. As an official affiliate of Sporting Club, the Blues will now wear Sporting Club patches during competition and will continue to train and compete at the Sporting Club Training Center in Swope Park.

In addition to maintaining the use of the Sporting Club Training Center in Swope Park, the Blues will also play a match at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park on Saturday, October 15th following Sporting Kansas City’s match against New York Red Bulls at 3:00 p.m. CT.

About Kansas City Blues Rugby Club
Based on a loose affiliation with both UMKC and Rockhurst College, the Kansas City Blues Rugby Club was established in 1966. Strides were taken early on to develop a unique Club identity and culture by the founding members, and throughout the 70's and 80's, the Blues elevated their rugby knowledge and skill level to become one of the dominant teams in the United States. In 2011, the Blues field an active roster of 50 players, an Old Boys side (35+ years) called the Blues Brothers, a U-19 high school side (Jr. Blues), close support of 5 other U-19 and high school sides in the KC area, and an even larger supporting cast of non-playing members.

About Sporting Club
Sporting Club is owned by a group of local Kansas City business and community leaders comprised of Neal Patterson, Cliff Illig, Pat Curran, Greg Maday and Robb Heineman. Its flagship Major League Soccer property, Sporting Kansas City, is the only locally owned professional sports team in the city and the club prides itself on its commitment and innovative vision to provide high-performance entertainment and consumer experiences. Sporting Club purchased the team from the Hunt Sports Group in 2006, and under their direction have opened a world-class training center at Swope Park, invested heavily in the Sporting Kansas City Juniors Development Academy, and brought some of the top teams from around the world to play in Kansas City, including Manchester United, Chivas Guadalajara and the U.S. Men’s National Team. Founded in 1996 as an original charter member of Major League Soccer, Sporting Kansas City is in its 16th season in 2011 with a state-of-the-art, $200 million plus stadium to open on June 9th and the launch of a ground-breaking membership model that will transform the way a professional sports team connects with its supporters.

http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2011/05/affiliation-announced-kc-blues-rugby


06.11.2011 - Blues Repeat Champs at Tulsa Parrothead 7s

The KC Blues went undefeated at the Tulsa Parrothead 7s on June 11th, repeating as Champions and taking home the $1K championship prize. After overcoming some injuries to get through pool play, the Blues met a tough challenge from the Tulsa RFC in the final. In a rematch from last summer's event final, things were close throughout but the Blues came out on top of the match 21-14. The Blues tournament roster included: Connor McDonough, Wiestche Dupreez, Zack Zillner, Sami Rakatia, Conner Smith, Gavin Jarus, Kyle Smith, Kenny Scott, Jordan Neville, Ernie Moore, Sami Fa’agalu, and Scott Kram.

Next Up For The Blues: The Blues will compete in the KC area on Saturday June 18th, playing in the Fountain City 7s in Olathe, KS. The Olathe pitch is just east of I-35 @ the intersection of Sante Fe and Murlen. Parking is between a The Other Place & Goodwill. Field is just southeast of the Other Place. The Other Place's address is 16590 West 135th Street Olathe, KS 66062.

Blues Roster:
Connor McDonough
Wiestche Dupreez
Zack Zillner
Sami Rakatia
Conner Smith
Gavin Jarus
Kyle Smith
Kenny Scott
Jordan Neville
Ernie Moore
Scott Kram

Pool Rd 1: 42-5 Win over Bixby RFC
Pool Rd 2: 38 - 0 Win over OKC RFC 'B'
Pool Rd 3: 38 - 7 Win over Fort Still RFC
Pool Rd 4: 29- 5 Win over Fayetteville Gryphons
Semifinal: 31 - 0 Win over OKC 'A'
Championship: 17 - 12 Win over Tulsa RFC


06.25.2011 - Close Just Isn't Enough As Blues Settle For 4th at Quins 7s

The KC Blues 7s side came very, very close to earning their first finals berth at a West Qualifier in over 10 years on June 25th, but close wasn't quite enough for the Blues as they instead settled for 4th place overall and gained 1 qualification point towards Nationals at the Quins 7s Tournament in Irving, TX.

The Blues started off the day with an upset of sorts, prevailing over a highly-regarded Woodlands Elite 7s side from Houston, 14-12. In the 2nd pool game, the Blues defeated a physical Austin Huns side 21-7, earning a bid in the semifinals and setting up their final pool game against a talented Dallas Harlequins side to determine seeding for the brackets. The Blues played Dallas very tightly, and trailing by 2 points were thwarted by a penalty just meters from the try-line on their final possession. Dallas kicked to touch to end the game with a 21-19 victory.

The semifinal against Pool A winners Glendale brought even more heartbreak, as the Blues lead the Raptors 14-10 going into the final posession before Glendale took the restart down-field to score the game winner 17-14 at full-time. Glendale went on to defeat Dallas in the championship, while the Blues wilted in the 3rd place game dropping a lopsided score to the Denver Barbarians.

Casey Cummings, David McDonough, Zack Zillner, and Kenny Scott - all just 21 years old - each stepped up and had an excellent tournament for the Blues, proving the future is a bright one for the Club. The Blues also carried a pair of 19 year-old reserves on the bench in Kyle Smith and ML Vanderwesthuizen, who played well. Losing to the Dallas Harlequins and Glendale Raptors by a combined 5 points, the Blues have proven they can compete with anybody for 14 minutes, and look ahead to the Heartland 7s Tournament in Kansas City in 2 weeks.

Blues Roster
Connor McDonough
Conner Smith
Zack Zillner
Casey Cummings
Sami Rakatia
David McDonough
Kenny Scott
Pete Kowalski
Kyle Smith
ML Vanderwesthuizen

Pool Rd 1: 14-12 Win over Woodlands Elite
Pool Rd 2: 21-7 Win over Austin Huns
Pool Rd 3: 21-19 Loss to Dallas Harlequins
Semifinal: 17-14 Loss to Glendale Raptors
3rd Place Match: 31-0 loss to Denver Barbarians


07.09.2011 - Another Successful Heartland 7s For The Blues
Event photos have been posted at sodagraphics.blogspot.com

The Blues hosted another successful Heartland 7s Tournament on July 9th at the KC Polo Grounds, running multiple divisions at the large-scale event for the 5th consecutive year. Over 25 teams participated in the 2011 tournament across 4 divisions, including 8 men's Clubs in the Qualifier Division, 13 men's Clubs in the Open Division, and a smaller grouping of High School and Women's teams.

The Woodlands Exiles were the class of the Qualifier Division, sweeping their pool and semifinal in dominant fashion before emerging from a tightly contested final with the Denver Barbarians. The host Blues took 5th in the Qualifier Division, a disappointing finish for the Club after a 4th place finish at Dallas 2 weeks prior.

The St. Louis Bombers won the Open Division by a single point, defeating the KC Islanders in a physical and exciting game. TCU and the KU Jayhawks were the other semifinalists in the Open, which also included the Blues Reserve side, and the Blues Brothers & Sons - a team comprised of many former Blues greats and their teenage sons who were competitive in every game they played, winning a couple of them.

Thanks go out to Tournament Director Joe Fridkin, Facility & Setup Managers Steve Jackman & Dave Penner, Food & Beverage leads Jerry Rutherford, Steve Terrill, and Scott Tripp, and parking attendants Derek Mannell & Mark Switzer. Without the efforts of these volunteers, and the countless other current and former Blues players who helped out, this event could not have happened.

Pool Round 1: Lost to Aspen, 4 tries to 0
Pool Round 2: Defeated Omaha, 4 tries to 2
Pool Round 3: Lost to Denver Barbarians, 3 tries to 1
5th Place match: Defeated StL Ramblers, 4 tries to 0

Roster:
Kenny Scott
Zack Zillner
Conner Smith
Matt Hayes
Ernie Moore
Casey Cummings
Pete Kowalski
David McDonough
Joe D'Agostino
Kyle Smith
ML Vanderwestiuzen
Gavin Jarus


08.12.2011 - Blues Send Two Players to All-Star Sevens Championship

Blues 7s wing Kenny Scott, and center Matt Hayes have been selected to represent the West RFU at the Emirates Airlines USA Rugby Men's All-Star Sevens Championship which begins on Friday August 26 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Scott is a senior at Kansas State University, and has been a member of the Blues 7s program for the past 4 years. Hayes, who plays his 15s club rugby for the Houston Athletic Rugby Club, played his first 7s season with the Blues this summer. Both players will compete in front of US National 7s Team selectors over the course of the two-day tournament, an event which serves as a selection vehicle for the 2016 Olympic 7s development program. Both Scott (22) and Hayes (24), hope to represent the Blues well in Chula Vista, and throw thier hat in the ring as future Olympic 7s candidates.


10.29.2011 - Blues Close Fall Season With Pair Of Key Wins

The Blues ended the first half of their 2011-2012 season with a pair of victories on Saturday October 29th, exacting some measure of revenge along the way to close out a successful fall campaign at the Sporting Kansas City Training Complex at Swope Park.

The Reserves played the opening act at 5:00pm, defeating the KC Rogues in a Division 3 Heart of America Conference match-up by a score of 27-14 in a highly entertaining matchup that stood at just 3-0 in favor of the hosts after the first 40 minutes. Behind a solid attacking halfback connection of Austin Clarke and Caleb George and an organized and spirited defensive effort from the forwards, the Blues opened things up in the 2nd half. 19-year-old winger Drew Haig cashed-in twice for the Blues, out-pacing some very fast Rogues defenders to score two tries while reserve prop Junior Tago and center Dustin Marks also each scored a try. Clarke was good on 2 conversions to go along with his lone 3-pointer in the first half. The win puts the Blues Reserve side squarely in the driver’s seat for a spring playoff berth, bringing their D3 Conference record to 3-2 (5-2 overall) with 2 games still to play in the spring.

In the evening’s main event at 7:00pm, the first side throttled the visiting Denver Highlanders in a Division 1 West-North Conference match-up, winning 67-7. In what has become a fairly heated series since the Blues joined the D1 conference in 2007, both teams entered the weekend’s match with an even record against each other in that time (3-3). However, the Highlanders came in able to boast a 71-17 drubbing of the Blues in their latest match-up in the spring of 2011 – an outcome that saw the Highlanders leapfrog the Blues into 2nd place in the Conference and secure a home playoff game in the 2010-2011 post season that had eluded the Blues. The Blues were able to find some level of redemption on Saturday as they ran in 5 first half tries en route to the 60-point win in what was a comprehensive performance by the entire side. Winger Kevin Schwartze netted a hat-trick of tries in the first half, and managed a 4th score in the 2nd half. Winger Marty Cummings, fullback Jordan Neville, halfback Casey Cummings, flanker Afele Taula, and flyhalf Kelly Mercer all scored tries, with Jay Allen also dotting down a score and playing very solid on positional debut at Number 8. Neville added 7 conversions and a penalty kick to his points tally. The victory puts the Blues in 3rd place in the 5-team D1 Conference with a 2-1 record (5-2 overall), and 5 Conference games still to go this spring. A top-two finish in the competition guarantees a much coveted home playoff game in May 2012, something the Club is aiming at this spring.

Stay tuned to http://www.flickr.com/photos/philpeterson/sets/ for photographer Phil Peterson’s work from the 10/29 matches.

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