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KANSAS CITY BLUES RUGBY - NEWS AND EVENTS




Kansas City Blues Fall 2013 News and Events

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02.08.14 - Kansas City Blues Annual Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction
11.09.13 - Blues win Griffins rematch at home 51-23, go into mid-season break at 6-3

11.02.13 - Blues face tough loss in final Fall road game against the Chicago Lions
10.21.13 - Kansas City Blues Rugby Club - Sponsor of the Week - Trabon Printing

10.27.13 - Heartland Youth Rugby sponsors a FREE Youth Rugby Clinic

10.12.13 - Blues beat Wolfhounds at home 43-26, move into 3rd place with Thunderbird record at 4-2

10.09.13 - Kansas City Blues Rugby Club - Sponsor of the Week - Chris George Homes

10.05.13 - Blues defeat Chicago Lions in 27-24 thriller, move into 4th place

09.30.13 - Kansas City Blues Rugby Club - Sponsor of the Week - Platte Rental Supply

09.29.13 - Blues win on the road this weekend, defeating the Chicago Griffins 35-22

09.25.13 - Ed Mills Excited for ARC Call Up
09.21.13 - Blues defeat Milwaukee Barbarians 36-15, Blues ‘A’ win over the Milwaukee Reserves

09.16.13 - Kansas City Blues Rugby Club - Sponsor of the Week - Finan and Smith Chiropractic
09.21.13 - Blues to host Milwaukee Barbarians RFC as we celebrate 20th Anniversary of the 1993 & '94 15s & 7s Final Four

09.14.13 - Blues drop Conference road match to Columbus, look to rebound this Saturday at home vs. Milwaukee RFC
09.07.13 - Blues roll over KC Rogues, and KC RFC, in non-conference action

09.05.13 - Kansas City Blues Rugby Club - Sponsor of the Week - Brooksider Sports Bar & Grill
09.05.13 - It’s Rivalry Week! Blues to play KCRFC this Saturday for first time since 2009

08.31.13 - Blues drop tough D1 conference opener to Metropolis RFC
08.28.13 - Kansas City Blues Rugby Club - Sponsor of the Week - Rhino Rugby

08.15.13 KC Blues Announce New Head Coach, Aseri Batiratu


02.08.14 - Kansas City Blues Annual Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction

Please save the date for February 8th, 2014 and plan to help us celebrate another successful year of KC Blues Rugby!

Please plan to join us for the Club’s Annual Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction on February 8th, 2014 at Grand Street Café, on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO. The evening will include presentations, Player & Club Member Awards, and the induction of very well-deserving former Blues players into the Club’s Hall of Fame. A catered meal, open bar, music, and elegant setting will ensure that all attendees have a wonderful time celebrating an exciting year for the Club!

Stay tuned to email, Facebook, and the Blues website for pre-registration details in early January. All banquet inquiries should be directed to Club President Derek Mannell.


Kansas City Blues vs Chicago Griffins - 11.09.13 at Swope Park

11.09.13 - Blues win Griffins rematch at home 51-23, go into mid-season break at 6-3

The Blues D1 side put in the Club’s most complete performance in 2 years this past weekend, moving to 6-3 in Conference play (7-3 overall) with a dominant 51-23 win over the visiting Chicago Griffins at Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Park. The victory marks an outstanding debut season for Head Coach Aseri Batiratu and his coaching staff of Mike Schlatter, Keith Engle, and Scott Kram. Coach Batiratu has already signed on to return to Kansas City in February, vowing to help lead the boys back to the Playoffs.

The Blues defeated The Griffins, one of America’s top Club teams over the past 10 years, by a score of 35-22 in Chicago in late September. Closing out the fall half of the 2013-2014 season, they picked up right where they had left off with the Griffins. Notable in the match, the Blues welcomed back outside center Ed Mills from his trial run with the US Eagle ‘Selects’ in the Americas Rugby Championship in October, allowing Gannon Moore to bump out to the wing and wreak havoc as an imposing threat around the edges. After trading blows, Chicago notched the first score with an early penalty kick, only to be reciprocated from a John Knutsen (flyhalf) penalty kick a few minutes later to even the score. The Blues battled back, and scored the first Blues try with an impressive switching combination from brothers Casey (scrumhalf) and Marty Cummings (fullback) with Knutsen converting. The Blues kept the pressure on throughout the first half with some punishing inside running from the Blues pack, following up a Griffins try up with a nice break from flanker Lloyd Saunders, whose off-load to Mills was transferred to Moore - leading to another quick try that Kuntsen converted, putting the home side up 17-8. The Blues closed out the first half with a great counter attack off a Chicago kick by Mills, who sliced his way through the defense, wrong-footing a number of would-be tacklers before off-loading to lock Brodie Orth for a 60 meter try, giving the Blues a 22-8 halftime lead.

Refusing to rest on a decent lead, the Blues pack kept the pressure on in the loose, and opened up the second half with Orth’s second score off a brilliant multi-phase possession. Only a few minutes later, Mills opened up a break from a broken play, taking the corner and going in for a try of his own. In the 60th minute however, the Griffins capitalized on some Blues mis-handling and got into the try zone to narrow the hosts lead to 29-13. The Blues were able to use their depth, running on fresh legs in the last 20 minutes and showing some very exciting rugby for the fans as both teams poured on the points to close things out.

The win moves the Blues into 4th place in the 7-team Conference, but plenty of opportunity remains to chip away at the 13 points that separate them from the top of the table with 5 more Thunderbird games remaining through April 2014 - including 2 games with Palmer, and rematches with Columbus (home), Milwaukee (away), and front-runner Metropolis (neutral).


Kansas City Blues vs Chicago Lions 11.09.13
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11.02.13 - Blues face tough loss in final Fall road game against the Chicago Lions

The Blues headed to Chicago this week on a 5 game winning streak to face the Chicago Lions on their last road game for the Fall season. A win would give the Blues sole possession of second place in the Thunderbird Division heading into the Spring season and striking diastase of league leading Metropolis.

The Blues drew first blood early with offensive pressure coming form the Blues back line which led to a Kevin Schwartze try. The next 60 minutes the score changed hands several times as both times were able to capitalize on the other sides mistakes.

Late in the Match the Blues were able to secure what seemed like the game winning points from a penalty kick slotted by Flyhalf Tim Knutsen. But it was not to be, as a breakdown on an offensive line out led to a penalty in front of the Blues goal posts leading to a final penalty kick form Chicago to regain the lead and win the game.

The Blues return to Kansas City this weekend for their final home game. A win against the Chicago Griffins will put them in a 3-way tie with Columbus and Milwaukee Barbarians for second place heading into the Spring season.


10.26.13 - Blues win Wolfhounds rematch in Cincinnati 26-24, move to 5-2 in Thunderbird Conference

The Blues D1 side made it 5 wins in a row in the Thunderbird Conference this past weekend, moving to 5-2 in Conference play (6-2 overall) with a hard-earned 26-24 win on the road in Cincinnati, over the Wolfhounds. The win allows the Blues to hold onto 3rd place in the 7-team Conference with 2 games left to play this fall, and 5 more remaining through April 2014.

With the result, the Blues are in good position to continue their climb up the standings, sitting in 3rd with a game in hand on 4th-place Milwaukee, and gaining on Columbus and Metropolis, who both lost on Saturday.

The Blues D1 side will be on the road again on November 2nd, heading to Chicago to face the 2-5-1 Lions.

Blues ‘A’ meanwhile also recorded a key victory, defeating the KU Jayhawks in Lawrence, KS. Facing a mixed collegiate/men’s lineup following the collegiate side’s match with Truman State, the Blues were in firm control of the game despite some exciting play from the young Jayhawks. Flanker Connor McDonough led all scorers with 4 tries, and the Blues also got strong games from newcomers Will Ben Sims, and Michael Johnson.

Blues ‘A’ will head to North KC on November 2nd to face Northland RFC.


10.21.13 - Kansas City Blues Rugby Club - Sponsor of the Week - Trabon Printing

The Kansas City Blues would like to thank Blues Alumni, Tim Trabon and Trabon Printing for years of support! Our first class production of the annual Blues Yearbook would not be possible without their help. The Blues would like to remind everyone to support the companies that support us!

 
Trabon Printing
420 East Bannister Road
Kansas City, MO 64131
816-276-2500
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Trabon Printing


10.12.13 - Blues beat Wolfhounds at home 43-26, move into 3rd place with Thunderbird record at 4-2

The Blues D1 side made it 4 wins in a row in the Thunderbird Conference this past weekend, moving to 4-2 in Conference play (5-2 overall) with a dominant 43-26 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Wolfhounds on Saturday afternoon at the Sporting Kansas City Training Complex at Swope Park. The win moves the Blues into 3rd place in the 7-team Conference with 3 games left to play this fall, and 3 more remaining through April ‘2014.

The Blues got the scoring going in opening 15 minutes, going up 8-0 behind an unconverted try and a John Knutsen penalty kick. But the Wolfhounds kept things tight when they answered with a converted try in the 20th minute to pull the score to 8-7 in favor of the home team. Able to settle in a little bit towards the end of the half, the Blues took control of the game and went up 22-7 at the break. In the 2nd half, Number 8 Brodie Orth and flanker Connor McDonough headlined another very good game from the Blues pack, while wing Kenny Scott and center Gannon Moore made a number of breaks that kept the Cincinnati backline scrambling. A flurry of tries came in the closing 30 minutes, with the Blues keeping their advantage throughout and running away 43-26 winners at home.

Playing without flanker Lloyd Saunders and without center Ed Mills, the Blues were still able to rely on their depth of talent to get the job done on Saturday. Lock Keith Hicks and fullback Joe D’Agostino made their first D1 starts since opening weekend, while flanker Jesse Tapia made his D1 debut off the bench.

Connor McDonough made his first start of the season at flanker, scoring 2 tries to celebrate his birthday. Wing Kenny Scott also scored 2 tries, while his partner on the wing Sean Murray crossed over for his first career try as a Blue. Gannon Moore touched down a try of his own, and flyhalf John Knutsen converted 5 of 6 scores and slotted a penalty.

With the result, the Blues are in good position to continue their climb up the standings, sitting in 3rd with a game in hand on 4th-place Milwaukee, as well as Columbus and Metropolis.

The Blues D1 side will be off on October 19, and will resume conference play on October 26th, traveling to Cincinnati to face the same Wolfhounds side.


10.09.13 - Kansas City Blues Rugby Club - Sponsor of the Week - Chris George Homes

Needing a renovation or looking at buying a new house? Maybe even building a brand new house, well if so contact our very own Chris George for all your needs. The Blues would like to remind everyone to support the companies that support us!

 
Chris George Homes
2111 E. Santa Fe - Suite 112
Olathe, KS 66062
Phone: 913-626-1069
Office Phone: 913-764-2226
Woodland Ridge HOA: 913-764-2226
Office Fax: 913-764-2287
www.chrisgeorgenewhomes.com
 
 

Chris George Homes


  Heartland Youth Rugby
 
Heartland Youth Rugby
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Heartland Youth Rugby - FREE Youth Rugby Clinic

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27th.
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm.
WHERE: Northwest Corner of 119th & Pflumm in Overland Park, KS.
WHO: Boys & Girls grades 1 - 9. No Experience Necessary.
COST: Free

Last Sunday, Sept. 29th, Heartland Youth Rugby had more than 50 kids learning the basics of passing, catching and running with a rugby ball, which are essential components in the game of rugby. We were very impressed at how quickly the kids took those basic skills, and then applied them to the games. We will continue to build on these skills in the next sessions.

Heartland Youth Rugby will be offering a FREE Youth Rugby Clinic this Fall, for Girls & Boys in Grades 1st through 9th. This clinic is open anyone who has played rugby before, or wants to learn a new sport. We will have three sessions on the following Sunday: Oct. 27. Feel free to come to one, or all of them, if you would like.

UPDATE: We will NOT be having the Introduction to Contact Rugby Clinic due to some liability issues. Everyone will be playing Non-Contact Flag Rugby for these clinics. We will be playing Non-Contact Flag Rugby, for all grades, from 1:00 to 2:30pm. All clinics will be held at the Northwest Corner of 119th & Pflumm in Overland Park, KS.

More information can be found at www.heartlandyouthrugby.org. If you have any questions, please email us at Heartland Youth Rugby.


10.05.13 - Blues defeat Chicago Lions in 27-24 thriller, move into 4th place

The Blues D1 side continued their winning ways in the Thunderbird Conference this past weekend, moving to 3-2 in Conference play with a thrilling 27-24 victory over the visiting Chicago Lions, played in front of a large and passionate crowd on Saturday night at the Sporting Kansas City Training Complex at Swope Park. The win moves the Blues into 4th place in the 7-team Conference, as they’re nearing mid-season with 7 Conference matches to play through April ‘2014.

The Blues started the game off at a torrid pace. Flyhalf John Knutsen used his foot extremely well to gain field position and keep the Lions under pressure. Knutsen put the Blues out to an early 6-0 lead by capitalizing on strong field position and slotting 2 penalty kicks. The Blues appeared to have the advantage around the breakdowns and were able to starve the Lions of any quality ball for much of the opening 20 minutes. However, the Lions were creative in attack once they did have ball, and bounced back with 2 scores of their own to take a 12-6 lead by the 35th minute. The Blues had been threatening potential breakaways all half, with flanker Lloyd Saunders and locks Brodie Orth and Kevin Schwartze getting go-forward ball as centers Conner Smith and Gannon Moore kept the defense off balance. Fullback Marty Cummings was able to finally finish one of those breaks with a try in the corner toward halftime, and Knutsen slotted the long-range conversion to put the home team ahead 13-12 at the half.

In the second half, the Blues continued to pressure the Lions, with Saunders, Smith, and Schwartze all defending extremely well in coming off the line to repeatedly disrupt the visitors on their side of the ball.

“The Blues struggled with discipline all evening, playing more than a half hour with a man in the bin. Openside flanker Lloyd Saunders received two yellow cards, amounting to a red. He’s spent more than his share of time in the bin this season. “[He’s] been yellow carded for almost the last three games,” said Blues coach Aseri Batiratu. “We are always trying to get him more water so he can cool down. Before every game I have to talk to him. He’s trying so hard, but it’s the ref's call.”

The Blues defense did well to not concede more points when they were at a disadvantage, and credit should go to their pack. The Blues managed to turn the Lions over, or at least slow them down, at the breakdown on a number of occasions.
“There’s a lot of changes in the backline,” said Batiratu… “But in our pack, it’s our third week we’ve had the same pack going in. I really like what I’m seeing in the forwards, and the past two weeks our defense has really helped us out.”
Hooker Nathan Foster opened scoring with a try in the second half. Converted, it extended the Blues’ lead to 20-12. Chicago got five of those points back immediately, when Matt Wagner ran in from short distance. The conversion was missed, leaving the Lions down 20-17.

The Blues regained a two-score lead when center Conner Smith intercepted a Lions pass and setup a Kenny Scott try. Converted, it put the Blues up 27-17.

The Lions kept knocking on the door and saw a couple of forays deep into Kansas City’s end go unrewarded. One possession ended with a missed shot at goal, and two more with turnovers. Smith, Kansas City’s captain, was a pest all day, constantly rushing up and pressuring the Lions midfield. His effort helped keep the Lions out of the try zone late in the game.
“He’s a special guy in the backline. He’s a quiet captain, but he’s talking when he’s on the field. When you watch him on defense, he reads the other team really good,” said Batiratu of Smith. “It takes years to get that kind of experience. He’s really good at that, even for his size. He’s a tiny guy, and he’s matching up against some big boys. Today, I’m really proud of his offense and how he stepped up on defense, and I think the boys fed off that.”

The Lions kept the drama high when they did finally cut the lead to one score late. An up-and-under kick found its way past the Blues’ defensive line and into Wagner’s hands for a try. Wagner converted it himself, and the Lions took possession on the ensuing kickoff with about 90 seconds to play. The Lions then drove deep into the Blues’ end with a big run from flyhalf Dave Koehneman. The Blues were pinged for a penalty, and the Lions would have likely kicked it to touch and gone for a lineout if there were enough time, but instead they were forced to run it. They kept moving closer the try line, and Kansas City was again penalized, but the Lions couldn’t cross over. The Blues' desperate defense produced a turnover on their defending five-meter line and a knock-on ended the game” (from RugbyMag.com)

A number of notables against the Lions: Knutsen, a spring graduate of KSU and former St. Thomas Aquinas Saints high school player, got his first start at flyhalf after playing the past 3 weeks at scrumhalf and did an outstanding job of leading the backline. Casey Cummings returned from a month-long injury to start at scrumhalf and looked to be back to full form. Nathan ‘Piggy’ Foster made his first start of the season at hooker, and scored a critical try. Connor McDonough made his first appearance with the D1 side this season, and played well as a reserve flanker.

In the 4:00pm match, Blues ‘A’ lost to an impressive Kansas State University RFC side.


09.30.13 - Kansas City Blues Rugby Club - Sponsor of the Week - Platte Rental Supply

The Blues would like to thank former Blue, Ashley Pouche and Platte Rental Supply for his continued sponsorship with the Kansas City Blues for the past decade. The Blues would like to remind everyone to support the companies that support us!

Platte Rental Supply
6304 Nw Bell Rd, Kansas City, MO
(816) 741-4900

Platte Rental Supply


09.29.13 - Blues win on the road this weekend, defeating the Chicago Griffins 35-22

The Blues D1 side continued their winning ways in the Thunderbird Conference this past weekend, going on the road to Chicago to face the Griffins and coming away with a resounding 35-22 victory. The Chicago side was 2-1-1 coming into the match.

With the win, the Blues earned their second Conference victory in as many weeks, improving their conference record to 2-2 (3-2 overall) and moving into 6th place in the conference standings.

The Blues started the game off with a lot of intensity, and controlled the set pieces early on. Flanker Lloyd Saunders and Number 8 Jimmy McCleod lead the forwards with fierce defensive play, and the entire forward pack put the Blues in great position to unload their dangerous backline. Locks Kevin Schwartze and Brodie Orth gave the larger Griffins all sorts of trouble, getting go-forward ball on nearly every touch. The Blues backline, despite playing without ARC call-up Ed Mills, were a very explosive compliment to the forwards. Gannon Moore started a number of breaks from outside center, and fullback Marty Cummings was dangerous around the edges in his first match back from injury since early in the 7s season. Former collegiate sprinter Sean Murray got his first D1 start on the wing, and the Blues welcomed scrumhalf Casey Cummings and flanker Scott McAvoy back from injury as reserve cover on the bench. Head Coach Aseri Batiratu used the Club’s depth very effectively, as each of the Reserves entered the game with purpose. Notably, Eirik Hartley came on at flyhalf for an injured Kelly Mercer in the 50th minute, marshaling a successful attack that kept Chicago on the back-foot.

The Lions are coming!

The Blues D1 side will host longtime regional rival the Chicago Lions in a Thunderbird Conference match this Saturday October 5th at the Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Park.

The Lions, one of America’s top Club teams, share a long tradition of great matches with the Blues dating back to the 70’s and up through the 00’s in the Rugby Super League. Most recently, the Blues have squared off against the Chicago side in 7s on numerous occasions – including a very close match at 7s Nationals in ’12.

The match will feature as part of a full day of rugby out at Swope, which will include a local D3 match, a D1 Collegiate match, and a Blues ‘A’ match.

12:00 - KC Islanders vs Wichita Barbarians
2:00 - Truman State vs Oklahoma State
4:00 - Blues 'A' vs Kansas State/Ft. Riley RFC
6:00 - Blues D1 vs Chicago Lions


  Kansas City Blues Ed Mills
 
Brody Orth and Paul Joran
Photos courtesy of Phil Peterson
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Ed Mills Excited for ARC Call Up - Pat Clifton - Rugby Mag

Ed Mills is one of a few names on the ARC roster most readers, even the most observant, might not be familiar with. That’s understandable, given that he’s been in the United States for a few years and mostly toiled in obscurity playing social rugby.

Mills, 28, was a teammate of John Quill’s at Dolphin in the All Ireland League. He played at Edinburgh University and in the Munster age-grade system, and was for a time on the track that leads to an Irish cap. He came Stateside to go to grad school at the University of Kansas, and he played for the local men’s social side, which didn’t compete in DI, DII or DIII. Last season Mills moved to Kansas City, where he works as an architect, and began playing with the Kansas City Blues. Click here for full article »



  Heartland Youth Rugby
 
Heartland Youth Rugby
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Heartland Youth Rugby - FREE Youth Rugby Clinic

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 13th and Oct. 27th.
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm.
WHERE: Northwest Corner of 119th & Pflumm in Overland Park, KS.
WHO: Boys & Girls grades 1 - 9. No Experience Necessary.
COST: Free

Last Sunday, Sept. 29th, Heartland Youth Rugby had more than 50 kids learning the basics of passing, catching and running with a rugby ball, which are essential components in the game of rugby. We were very impressed at how quickly the kids took those basic skills, and then applied them to the games. We will continue to build on these skills in the next sessions.

Heartland Youth Rugby will be offering a FREE Youth Rugby Clinic this Fall, for Girls & Boys in Grades 1st through 9th. This clinic is open anyone who has played rugby before, or wants to learn a new sport. We will have three sessions on the following Sundays: Oct. 13 and Oct. 27. Feel free to come to one, or all of them, if you would like.

UPDATE: We will NOT be having the Introduction to Contact Rugby Clinic due to some liability issues. Everyone will be playing Non-Contact Flag Rugby for these clinics. We will be playing Non-Contact Flag Rugby, for all grades, from 1:00 to 2:30pm. All clinics will be held at the Northwest Corner of 119th & Pflumm in Overland Park, KS.

More information can be found at www.heartlandyouthrugby.org. If you have any questions, please email us at Heartland Youth Rugby.


09.21.13 - Blues defeat Milwaukee Barbarians 36-15 in D1 Conference match, Blues ‘A’ win over the Milwaukee Reserves

  Kansas City Blues Brody Orth
 
Brody Orth and Paul Joran
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The Blues hosted Thunderbird Conference foe Milwaukee Barbarians at the Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Park on Saturday evening, September 21st, and came away with two key victories for the Club.

The D1 side earned their first Conference victory, beating the visitors 36-15 at the Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Park. The win pushes the Blues to 1-2 in league play (2-2 overall), earning them a bonus point as well. Blues ‘A’ defeated Milwaukee’s reserve side earlier in the day, 23-11.

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Blues Bag 1st Midwest Win - Pat Clifton - Rugby Mag

“[In the D1 game] Milwaukee opened scoring several minutes into the first half after a Nick Vigder cross kick was fielded and grounded in the corner. The difficult conversion was made, giving the Barbarians an early 7-0 lead. The Blues responded shortly thereafter when lock Brodie Orth bulled his way over the line for Kansas City’s first score. Kelly Mercer converted, knotting the game at 7-7.

The Blues, who were playing faster, both with the ball in hand and on defense, then continued their run for several more scores. Their pressure defense turned a bobbled ball in the Barbarians backline into a Conner Smith try the other way, giving Kansas City a 12-7 lead. Not long after, center Ed Mills made a line break that opened a hole for wing Kenny Scott to score through, and then debutant wing Gannon Moore, a former D2 running back at Southwest Minnesota State, scored, pushing the Blues’ lead to 22-7. Click here for full article »

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The Blues got big games from Orth, Mills, Smith, and flanker Lloyd Saunders. Other notables included Moore scoring in his debut for the Blues on the wing, Vogt starting at fullback in his first game with the Blues, and wing Sean Murray making his Blues debut. Murray was a D1 collegiate 100m runner at Loyola-Chicago who is relatively new to rugby, and came on as a reserve wing in the D1 game following a strong performance in the Blues ‘A’ match.

Against Milwaukee’s reserves, Blues ‘A’ was clinical in their 23-11 victory. Lead by a staunch defense and well-executed gameplan, the Blues controlled the pace of the match and set the tone for the First XV match. Flanker Zach Hildebrand, fullback Tyler Zoz, and wing Bayo Adio all scored tries for the Blues’A’, while scrumhalf Pablo Carrera added a penalty kick and slotted a rare drop goal. Eirik Hartley converted on one of the tries.


09.16.13 - Kansas City Blues Rugby Club - Sponsor of the Week - Finan and Smith Chiropractic

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09.21.13 - Blues to host Milwaukee Barbarians RFC as we celebrate 20th Anniversary of the 1993 & 1994 15s & 7s Final Four Appearances on September 21st!

  Kansas City Blues James Clark
 
Flanker James Clark
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The Blues will host Thunderbird Conference foe Milwaukee Barbarians at the Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Park on Saturday afternoon, September 21st. The Blues D1 side will kick-off against Milwaukee at 5:30pm, following the 3:30pm Blues ‘A’ match.

As part of the day’s events and in conjunction with the match against Milwaukee, the Blues will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the 1993 & 1994 Nationals Final Four Teams, including the 1993 7s Nationals 2nd Place Team. We invite all players from those '93 & '94 Final Four Teams (15s & 7s) to come and be a part of the celebration!

Please join us and support the Blues as we square off against a historic rival for the first time since 1994! Milwaukee and the Blues both advanced to the National semifinals in Washington DC in 1993. Milwaukee went on to finish 2nd, the Blues 4th. Later that year in 7s, both Clubs also reached the National 7s Final Four in Hartford - the Blues finishing 2nd, and Milwaukee 3rd. In 1994, both Milwaukee and the Blues again reached the National semifinals, this time in Chicago, with the Blues getting the better of Milwaukee in the 3rd place match.

The players from all 3 of those sides will be recognized at mid-field over the PA system and acknowledged by the crowd and players during halftime of the D1 match that starts at 5:30pm.

We will have a beer garden, and food available throughout the daytime and evening matches for all fans and supporters.

We’ll be hosting a full day of rugby, with women’s matches earlier in the afternoon, and a great Gateway Collegiate Conference matchup between UMKC RFC and Saint Louis U. RFC capping off the night at 7:30pm.

Full match schedule for 9/21/13 at Swope Park:

  • 11:30AM Girls HS game
  • 1:30PM Jazz v MidMo womens
  • 3:30PM Blues ‘A’ v Milwaukee Reserves
  • 5:30PM Blues D1 v Milwaukee Barbarians
  • 7:30PM UMKC v SLU

09.14.13 - Blues drop Conference match on the road to Columbus, 34-20, look to rebound this Saturday at home vs. Milwaukee Barbarians RFC

  Kansas City Blues Chris George
 
Flanker Chris "Bubba" Geroge
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The Blues went on the road to play Columbus RFC in Columbus, OH for the first time in the Club’s 47 year history, and came up short of what would have been a key victory early in the Thunderbird Conference season. Missing a number of players due to injury and availability issues, the Blues nonetheless gave their hosts all they could handle for the full 80 minutes. Columbus, 2-0 and tied for 1st place in the conference coming into the game, played the physical brand of rugby the Blues are coming to expect from across the Conference.

The home team struck early Saturday afternoon with a try in the 10th minute, however the Blues answered just a few minutes later as center Ed Mills made a nifty offload to Number 8 Jimmy McLeod who crashed in for the score. Flyhalf Kelly Mercer converted, giving the Blues an early 7-5 lead. The Blues did well to control possession in the ensuing 10 minutes, however Columbus’s scramble defense and their ability disrupt ball for the Blues finally gained them some advantage, and they were able to turn the tide again in the 26th minute with a converted try in the corner to make it 14-7. Seemingly rejuvinated, Columbus continued to cause the Blues problems at the breakdown, drawing the visitors into repeated infringements and putting the Blues on the wrong side of a number of referee decisions. The hosts were able to turn the penalty count into better field position, and the two sides traded penalty kicks toward the end of the half. Going into the break, the Blues were down 7 points at 17-10, but confident in their adjustments coming out of the break.

In the second half, the Blues turned up the pressure on Columbus, and flyhalf kelly Mercer was able to bring the Club within a single score on a nicely slotted penalty kick in the 46th minute to make it 17-14. The Blues’ wide-open style began working in their favor, spreading out the Columbus defense as Mills was able to continually exploit gaps with some electric runs in attack. Columbus stretched their lead with another try in the 55th minute to go up 22-20, however the Blues answered minutes later with a long-range break by Mills down the sideline. Mercer’s conversion pulled the Blues to within 2 points at 22-20. The Blues continued to push the pace, taking a number of chances in attack and coming up just short of the try line on two different possessions deep in Columbus territory. However, the home side was able to keep their composure and capitalize on an intercept that they took downfield in multiple phases, capped off by a scrambling run from their winger to go up 29-22 with less than 10 minutes to play. On the back foot for much of the remainder of the game, the Blues conceded a final try at the whistle, ending the game in a 34-20 defeat.

  Kansas City Blues John Knutsen
 
Scrumhalf John Knutsen
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Ed Mills was outstanding in attack from outside center, and scrumhalf John Knutsen managed a hectic affair in his first start at scrumhalf. In the forwards, the Blues set-piece was much more settled and was a strong-point during the game. Hooker Panama Hoover and lock Brodie Orth were a handful for Columbus in tight, while lock and Match Captain Kevin Schwartze was very effective in getting behind the first line of defense to gain ground in attack. Flanker Lloyd Saunders played his typically aggressive and disruptive style and helped lead the Blues defense, while Jimmy McLeod stepped in admirably at Number 8 from his usual position of prop. Pete Kowalski also made his return to the Blues 15s side after taking a year off, starting at fullback for the short-handed traveling side.

Meanwhile, a handful of Blues ‘A’ players joined UCM RFC in Warrensburg, MO on Saturday, helping them fill out 2 teams for an intrasquad scrimmage.

At 0-2 in Conference play, the Blues have a lot to play for this weekend as they host Milwaukee (1-2) at the Sporting Kansas City Training Complex at Swope Park. They’ll welcome Captain Conner Smith back at outside center, while scrumhalf Casey Cummings and forward Paul Joran are likely still out with shoulder injuries. The Blues will also welcome recruit Gannon Moore to the Club from South Dakota this week, and hope to have him ready for debut this weekend. Moore was the MVP of the Collegiate Division for the KC7A side at the Denver 7s this summer.

Kick-off of the D1 game is set for 5:30pm. Blues ‘A’ will play the Milwaukee Reserves at 3:30pm.

Admission to the matches is $5.00 for adults, children under 14 and local High School rugby players wearing their team colors enter free.


09.07.13 - Blues roll over KC Rogues, and KC RFC, in non-conference action

  Kansas City Blues Zac Hildebrand
 

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The Blues played their first local games of the fall season this past Saturday, as Head Coach Aseri Batiratu’s boys squared off against KC RFC (D1) and the KC Rogues (Developmental) on 9/7/13 in non-conference action at Shawnee Mission North District Stadium. A long-standing and often heated rivalry since the 1960’s, the Blues and City squared off multiple times per year until the early 2000’s, and had not played each other since the fall of 2009. The Rogues, a 5 year-old Division 3 Club, have had some good battles with the Blues in D3 matches and in 7s over the past few years, and merged with City over the summer.

In the 2:00pm match, the Blues Developmental side jumped all over the Rogues despite the 100-degree heat, running away with a one-sided 39-10 victory. Lead by center and captain Mike Scoma, the Blues had a balanced attack that saw the forwards and backs exploit the Rogues’ apparent fitness issues en route to some exciting tries. Bubba George lead from the front in the forwards, with fullback Eirik Hartley accounting for 13 points with his boot. A number of young players made their debut for the Blues Developmental side, including Tyler Zoz (Iowa State Univ.) at center, Jesse Tapia (Benedictine Univ.) at flanker, and Joe Hopfinger (KC Jr. Blues) at wing. The most notable debut for the Blues Developmental side would have to be Bayo Adio. The 6’5 wing is a former track star at Northwest Missouri State, and scored 2 tries for the Blues on Saturday.

In the 4:00pm match, the Blues D1 side kept things rolling, picking up where the Developmental side left off and cruising to a 47-19 victory over KC RFC. Unfortunate injuries to lock Paul Joran and scrumhalf Casey Cummings, combined with some chippy play around the breakdowns and the stifling heat, slowed their attack somewhat and made for a sloppy, stop-start opening half. However, center and captain Conner Smith was able to keep the Club focused, leading the way with 2 tries of his own as the Blues went out to a 20-3 lead by the break.

  Kansas City Blues Jim Eftink
 
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Fullback Ed Mills was dangerous all day with ball in hand and with his foot, creating a number of line breaks that saw wings Kenny Scott and Joe D’Agostino, and reserve center Tyler Hodges finish in the try zone. A very strong scrum, and a number of impactful substitutions in the 2nd half allowed the Blues to keep the pressure on, and run in 8 total tries on the day to close out City. Other notables from the game include Jay Allen’s first start in the backline since 2011 at center, and flanker James Clarke (KC Jr. Blues) putting in an inspiring performance in his first D1 start for the Blues.

Across town, two collegiate sides that the Blues are very close to played to a thrilling 34-34 tie, as UMKC hosted UCM in a Gateway Collegiate Conference matchup. Richie Diaz and Aaron Dzik controlled the game from 9 & 10 for UMKC, and the midfield combination of KC Doan and Sean McDonough (KC Jr. Blues) continuously broke the gainline throughout a game that saw 3 lead changes in the final 6 minutes.

This weekend, the Blues D1 side travels to Columbus, OH to take on Columbus RFC (2-0), in a Thunderbird Conference matchup. The Blues Developmental side will head to Warrensburg, MO for a friendly with UCM RFC.

On September 21st, the Blues will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1993 & 1994 Final Four teams, honoring all players from those sides (15s and 7s) at halftime of the D1 match. The Club will be hosting a full day of rugby at Swope Park, as the Club takes on the Milwaukee Barbarians.


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09.05.13 - It’s Rivalry Week! Blues to play KCRFC this Saturday for first time since 2009

UPDATE: Field location is at Shawnee Mission North District Stadium.

You can see the Blues in action in Kansas City this Saturday, as the Club squares off against KC RFC (D1) and the KC Rogues (Reserves) on 9/7/13 in non-conference action at Shawnee Mission North District Stadium.

The Reserves will face the Rogues at 2:00pm, followed by the D1 side against City at 4:00pm. The Blues will be the ‘visitors’ in this local matchup.

A long-standing and often heated rivalry since the 1960’s, the Blues and City squared off multiple times per year until the early 2000’s, and have not played each other since the fall of 2009. In that match, the Blues Reserves played City’s First Side in a West D2 Conference Match, and tied 24-24. KC RFC competes in the D2 West-Central Conference, so this match will be for bragging rights only.

Check out the full fall match schedule online, and don’t miss ANY of the action as the Blues join the new D1 Thunderbird Conference in the Midwest Region!

We are trying to PACK the Sporting KC Training Facility at Swope Park for all of our home games, and need everyone’s support to do so!


08.31.13 - Blues drop tough D1 conference opener to Metropolis RFC

The Blues season began this past Saturday at full speed, as the D1 side kicked off Thunderbird Conference play against Metropolis RFC (Minneapolis, MN). Both sides met in Des Moines, IA for a scorching season opener after only a couple of weeks or pre-season training.

Metropolis has advanced to the National quarterfinals in each of the past 2 seasons, going to the Final Four in 2012. The defending Thunderbird Conference Champions, Metropolis and the Blues split 2 matches last year.

In a very physical affair Saturday, the Minneapolis club was able to dominate possession en route to a 24-0 halftime lead over the Blues. A combination of the August heat, fitness, and some impact substitutions allowed the Blues to win the possession battle in the 2nd half, scoring 2 tries (with 2 others called back) to make it a game. Metro held on however for the 36-10 victory, sending the Blues to 0-1 to start the 14-game Conference season.

While the Blues were missing some veterans expected to be big contributors this year, some exciting notables from the match included former St. Thomas Aquinas and KSU player John Knutsen making his debut for the Blues on the wing, and prop Chris Nugent (Univ. of Kansas) playing solid in his first Blues match off the bench. Visiting player Jimmy McLeod (Christchurch, New Zealand) was also on debut for the Blues as a reserve front row, while lock/flanker Brodie Orth made his return to the Club in his first match with the Blues since 2011.

The Blues next D1 Conference game will be at Columbus RFC (Columbus, OH) on September 14th.


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071513 - KC Blues Announce New Head Coach, Aseri Batiratu

The Kansas City Blues are proud to announce that Aseri Batiratu, a former Eagle 7s player and rising coach, has been named the new head coach of the Blues entering the 2013-2014 season.  Batiratu is scheduled to be officially introduced at the Club’s Annual Summer Meeting on Monday, August 19.  The Blues, who reached the D1 National Quarterfinals in 2012 and have competed in the West Northern Conference since 2007, will join the re-aligned D1 Midwest Conference this fall.

Batiratu, age 36, has served for the past two years as head coach of the Sacramento Lions 7s team, and as an assistant coach of their 15s side.  He is relocating to Kansas City for the fall season and will succeed exiting head coach Scott Kram, who is stepping down for personal reasons.  This will be Batiratu's first head coaching position in 15s, however he'll have the support of an experienced staff, including assistant coach Mike Schlatter.    

“We are very excited to welcome Aseri into the Blues family,” said Mannell.  “I have found in my discussions with Aseri, the Sacramento Lions staff, and other friends and coaches, that he is a man of integrity, and is highly regarded as a father, a husband, and a man of God.  He is a very knowledgeable experienced rugby player and coach, and his rugby resume speaks for itself.  The Blues look forward to a successful season under his leadership.”

A native of Fiji, Batiratu played lock, flanker, and 7s prop for the Sacramento Capitols from 1996-2001.  During that time, he twice helped lead his Club to 7s National Championships semifinals (’98 & ’00), was a member of the Collegiate All-American team that won the men’s NASC 7s in 1998, was selected to the Pacific Coast All-Stars in 7s and 15s (’00 & ’01), played for the famous Atlantis 7s (’99), and was a member of the Eagle 7s team in 1999.  Batiratu was fortunate to have played under some of the top coaches in the US, including Samisoni Viriviri, Arona Palamo, Emil Signes, and Al Caravelli. 

Coach Batiratu holds a Level 100 Certification with USA Rugby, a Level 1 Certification with the Fijian Rugby Union, and an IRB Level 1 Strength & Conditioning certification.  With the Lions, Batiratu has most recently coached under renowned head coach Ifereimi Tawake.

Scott Kram will maintain a an active supportive role with the Club, and will assist Coach Batiratu in the transition.  A dedicated leader and selfless Blue, Kram lead the 15s team this past season as head coach after serving as an assistant since 2010, and has been a driving force behind the Blues resurgent 7s program, coaching the 7s team to a 98-37-1 record since 2008.  Under Kram, the Blues qualified for the 7s National Championships in 2012.  The Club has been extremely fortunate to have benefited from the contributions of Scott's talents and hard work over the years, and cannot thank him enough for his service. 
"I would like to thank Coach Kram for stepping in last year and continuing the winning tradition that he worked so hard for as a player and now as a coach,” added Mannell.  “We will miss him, but we know he will be easy to find on the supporters’ side of the pitch."

Coach Batiratu will arrive in Kansas City on Friday evening, and will be informally introduced to players and supporters on Saturday at the Blues Annual Golf Fundraiser in Kansas City, MO.  We invite all Club members to join us at Hillcrest Golf Club for the 1pm event - details can be found at www.kcblues.org 

Jim Wirken has graciously volunteered to host Aseri at his residence near the Plaza during his 12-week stay in Kansas City this fall.  If you don’t get a chance to meet Aseri this weekend or on Monday night, please reach out over the coming weeks and welcome him to the Blues!

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