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KANSAS CITY BLUES RUGBY - NEWS AND EVENTS




Kansas City Blues Summer 2014 News and Events

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08.23.14 - 21st Annual Kansas City Blues Golf Tournament
08.10.14 - Blues defeat Belmont Shore to finish 3rd in the Nation
07.26.14 - 7’s Success in Omaha – Next Stop: Nationals!
07.12.14 - Kansas City Blues Win Heartland 7's National Qualifier

06.28.14 - Blues 8 sides combine for 16-2 record at the Fountain City 7’s
06.21.14 - Denver Sevens Results
06.14.14 - Heart of America Wins With Teamwork
06.07.14 - Sporting Club Collegiate Rugby 7's Academy debut in Capital City 7's in Des Moines, IA.

06.01.14 - Sporting Club High School Rugby 7's Academy Clinic
06.06.14 - Four Kansas City Blues Sevens players selected to play for Dallas Elite 7's


08.23.14 - 21st Annual Kansas City Blues Golf Tournament

21st Annual Kansas City Blues Golf Tournament

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August 23rd
Hillcrest Golf & Country Club
8200 Hillcrest Rd, Kansas City, MO
(816) 523-8601
12:00 Check-in
1:00 Shotgun Start
$100 Per Person
4-man Scramble
Food & Beverages Provided
By Friday Aug. 9th
www.kcblues.org/golf
Derek Mannell
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(816) 674-2561

08.10.14 - Blues defeat Belmont Shore to finish 3rd in the Nation

  Kansas City Blues - Gannon Moore breaks vs Seattle Saracens.
 
Kansas City Blues, Gannon Moore
Picture coutersy of Tim Kram

The Blues fell to Old Blue New York in the semifinals, but rebounded to knock-off 2012 Champions Belmont Shore for 3rd place at the Emirites Airline Men's Club 7's National Championships in Seattle, WA.

The KC Blues went 2-1 in their pool, and knocked off their rival Denver Barbarians 19-12 in the tournament quarterfinal before falling to Old Blue in the semi’s. Facing Belmont Shore in the 3rd place game, the Blues fell behind 10-0 before a try from Kevin Schwartze got them back into the game. Kelly Mercer converted, and the Blues went into halftime down 10-7. In the 2nd half, the boys struck early when Kenny Scott finished off a score to put the Blues up 12-10. A yellow card to Cody Weber saw the Blues undermanned for 2 minutes, but their commitment on defense was enough to keep Belmont from scoring as they held on for the 12-10 victory over the Southern California Regional champs and 2012 7’s National Champions.

In earning their highest finish at 7’s Nationals since 1993, Head Coach Scott Kram’s Blues went 4-2 at the National Championship, losing only to finalists Old Blue New York, and Seattle. Their 4 victories came over the Regional Champions from the South (New Orleans), Mid-Atlantic (Schuylkill River), Frontier (Denver Barbarians), and SoCal (Belmont Shore). Kenny Scott lead all Blues scorers with 5 tries during the tournament, Walt Elder with 4 and props Kevin Schwartze each scored 3. Gannon Moore and Ed Mills both scored twice, and David McDonnough also scoring once.

Congratulations to the players and coaches, and thank you to all of the supporters who helped make this possible for the Club!

Kansas City Blues - 3rd at USA National Championships in Seattle, WA.

From left to right: Scott Kram, Kenny Scott, Conner Smith, Kevin Schwartze, Scott Mc,Avoy, Connor McDonnough, David, McDonnough, Marty Cummings, Gannon Moore, Cody Webber, Kelly Mercer, Walt Elder, Ed Mills, Pete Kowalski, Maani Kapa.

Place
Team
Record
1
Seattle Saracens
6-0
2
Old Blue
5-1
3
Kansas City Blues
4-2
4
Belmont Shore
3-3
5
Denver Barbarians
5-1
6
New York Athletic Club
3-3
7
Chicago Lions
4-2
8
East Palo Alto Razorbacks
2-4
9
1823
4-2
10
New Orleans Royale
3-3
11
Santa Monica
3-3
12
Maryland Exiles
1-5
13
Schuylkill River
2-4
14
Hawaii Titans
2-4
15
Austin Blacks
1-5
16
Atlanta Old White
0-6



07.26.14 - 7’s Success in Omaha – Next Stop: Nationals!

With a runner-up finish at the final Frontier 7’s Series Qualifier in Omaha this past weekend securing a 2nd place overall finish in the Series, the KC Blues 7’s side has qualified for the USA Rugby Emirates Airlines Club 7’s National Championships to be played August 9th – 10th in Seattle, WA. It is the Blues second trip to 7’s Nationals since 2012, and is the culmination of the very hard work of the players on the Qualifier, Reserve, and Academy sides who have helped build the Blues and Academy 7’s program into a juggernaut, and the leadership of 7’s Coaches Scott Kram, Markus Valovalo, Pete Kowalski, Darlwin Nelson, and Vince Pastorino.

The Blues fell to Series Champion Denver Barbarians 24-10 in the final, but did enough in defeating the Omaha GOATS, and twice defeating the Glendale Raptors, to secure their place amongst the country’s elite 7’s programs as they now advance to the 16-team Championship event in Seattle.

The first game in Omaha against Glendale saw the Blues run out to a 19-0 lead behind 3 tries from Ed Mills. In the second half, Glendale was able to capitalize on some Blues turnovers and systematically worked their way back into the match. Despite their late momentum, Glendale ran out of time and the Blues were able to hang on for a close 19-17 victory. In the second game of Pool Play, the Blues were plagued by turnovers against the Denver Barbarians, with the Series front-runners and 2013 National finalists showing why they are a top contender for the National Championship, using their experience to disrupt the Blues attack and finding ways to exploit the Blues defense en route to a 29-7 win. A late try in the game by Ed Mills got the Blues on the scoreboard, but also left the Club wondering if they could pull it together for a potential rematch in the knock-out rounds. In the last game of Pool Play, the Blues faced the hometown GOATS, correcting some things and securing a 26-5 victory.

Drawing Glendale in the semifinal, the Blues faced a familiar foe who seemed much more prepared for KC’s strength in kickoffs and the offensive attack centered around from Ed Mills. What resulted was a back and forth battle in what would be the Blues’ closest match of the day – with a bid to Nationals on the line. KC opened the scoring early with tries from Gannon Moore and Kevin Schwartze, only to be answered by two Glendale tries. Midway through the 2nd half, the game remained tied until a late try from Ed Mills gave the Blues the lead they needed, and then followed it up with another to finish the match 26-12. In the Championship rematch against Denver, with both finalists having secured their place at Nationals, it was clear that the Omaha heat had taken its toll on both squads in the final. The Blues fell short of finishing a couple of tries in the first half, while Denver continued to find defensive gaps and finished the first half up 19-0. The Blues struck back with an early try in the second half from Gannon Moore, and traded one more try with Denver to end the match 24-10 in favor of the Denver Barbarians. Coach Scott Kram, although happy with the team making the National tournament, knows the Blues have some work to do in the next two weeks to prepare for success in Seattle.

In the Open Division, the Blues Reserves and Academy sides both advanced to the Championship for the 2nd tournament in a row.

USA Rugby Club 7’s National Championships
Aug. 9th & 10th at the Starfire Sports Complex in Seattle, Washington

       

Pool A
Seattle Saracens
New Orleans Royale
Schuylkill River
Kansas City Blues

Pool B
New York Old Blue
Belmont Shore
Columbus 1823
Maryland Exiles

Pool C
Chicago Lions
East Palo Alto Razorbacks
Atlanta Old White
Hawaii Titans

Pool D
Denver Barbarians
New York Athletic Club
Santa Monica
Austin Blacks



07.12.14 - Kansas City Blues Win Heartland 7's National Qualifier

The Kansas City Blues wrapped up another successful Heartland 7's Tournament on July 12th, with the Club doubling as Champions in the six-team Qualifier Division, and the fourteen-team Open Division. The Sporting Club 7’s Academy High School program’s Blue team went 4-0 on the day to win the five-team Boy’s High School Division. Drawing 25 teams across three Divisions in the Club's 8th year hosting the event, Legacy Park again served as an outstanding venue that welcomed a record number of spectators, with over 400 fans coming out to support the Region’s top 7’s programs.

Tournament Directors Pete Kowalski and Eric Munninghoff would like to thank Platte Rental Supply, Hooligan Rugby, and The Lee’s Summit Soccer Association for helping make the tournament a success. The event could not have happened without the Mid-America Referee Society, and without the tireless efforts throughout the weekend of coordinators Joe Fridkin, Brian English, Brendan Murphy, Steve Jackman, Dave Penner, Jim Schneweis, Janie Kluempers, and Derek Mannell. Tim & Brock Kluempers, and Alex Sullivan, did an outstanding and thankless job chasing balls into the brush all day - well done guys!

The Boy's High School Division saw some exciting rugby and gave a glimpse into the bright future of the sport as 2 local Clubs welcomed teams from Denver and Minnesota, to KC for the event. The Sporting Club 7’s Academy High School program’s Blue team outlasted everyone, going 4-0 on the day and winning the Championship over the Cougars RFC 41-15.

The Men's Open Division featured great competition throughout the day amongst the 14 teams – 5 of whom represented the KC Blues 7’s Program. The Sporting Club 7’s Academy Collegiate program’s White team advanced out of the pool rounds and into the Cup as the #1 seed, and were joined by pool winners KC Blues Reserves, Wichita Barbarians, and Arkansas Gryphons in the semifinals. SC7A White and the Blues Reserves won out and played a hotly contested and entertaining Cup Championship to close out the day, with the very experienced Blues taking the Cup Championship 27-14. Notable on the day were the 3 sides the SC7A entered into the Open Division going a combined 10-2-1. T.K. Kambarami (Kansas University) was the best of the SC7A White side that went 4-0-1, Chandler Smith (US Military Academy at West Point) was the best of the Grey side that went 3-0-1, and Zach Pollom (Creighton University) was the best of the Blue side that went 3-1-0.

Kansas City Blues - Open Division Champions

KC Blues Reserves, Heartland Open Champions: (Front L-R) Pat Foley, Luke Haider, Billy Racule, Siva Tali; (Back L-R): Wes Lillig, Joe D’Agostin ©, Josh Spangler, Afele Taula, Head Coach Markus Valoval, Mike Staab, Antonio Sitama, Sone Faitau

In the Premier Qualifier Division, 6 of the best teams from the Frontier Region battled through pool play. The Heartland 7s Qualifier is the 2nd stop on the Frontier Qualifier Series, a 3 event series where teams build aggregate points based on finish at each event with the top 2 teams at the end of the series qualifying for the USA Rugby Club Sevens National Championships.

The Blues won their pool with victories over the St. Louis Ramblers (43-0), and the Glendale Raptors (19-12), earning a bye into the semifinals. In the semi’s, the Blues handled the Omaha GOATS 36-0, setting up a rematch with Glendale in the tournament Championship. Glendale, who finished runner-up in the Denver 7’s Qualifier, had defeated the Denver Barbarians 28-7 in their semifinal. In the Championship, the hometown Blues jumped all over the Raptors out of the gate, taking a commanding 26-5 lead into halftime. The Blues help off Glendale in the second half to win 31-12. Kenny Scott of the Blues was named tournament MVP. Denver received a medical forfeit over the GOATS for 3rd place.

The Tournament win puts the Blues into a three-way tie with Denver and Glendale for 1st place in the Series, with an advantage over Glendale based on head-to-head, and seemingly all to play for with one tournament remaining in Omaha on July 26th. This is the 3rd year in a row that the Series Champion and runner-up will be decided at the final event.

Frontier Qualifier Standings after 2 Series Events
Kansas City Blues - 8 points (3rd at Denver, 1st at KC)
Denver Barbarians - 8 points (1st at Denver, 3rd at KC)
Glendale RFC - 8 points (2nd at Denver, 2nd at KC)
Aspen - 1 point (4th at Denver, N/A at KC)
Omaha GOATS - 1 point (5th at Denver, 4th at KC)

Kansas City Blues - Premier Division Champions

KC Blues Heartland Qualifier Champions: (Front L-R): Conner Smith, Scott McAvoy, Marty Cummings, Maani Kapa, Kelly Mercer; (Back L-R): Gannon Moore, David McDonough, Kevin Schwartze ©, Walt Elder, Ed Mills, Cody Weber, Kenny Scott, Head Coach Scott Kram


06.28.14 - Blues’ 4 men’s sides, 2 men’s collegiate Academy sides, and 2 boy’s high school Academy sides combine for 16-2 record at the Fountain City 7’s

The Blues organization fielded a total of 8 Rugby 7’s teams across 2 Divisions as 75 athletes represented the program at the Fountain City 7s this past Saturday, June 28thth. The Club entered a Blues Premier side, a Blues Reserves side, a Blues Open side, a Blues Brothers side, two Sporting Club Rugby 7’s Academy Collegiate sides, and two Sporting Club Rugby 7’s Academy High School sides in the local event hosted by the KC RFC at Z Sports Arena, in Lee’s Summit MO.

Pool play for the Men’s and High School Divisions kicked-off at 9:00am, and by the time tournament play was cancelled early due to rainstorms the 8 teams under the Blues umbrella had amassed a combined 16 wins against 2 losses – one of which was a loss by the Blues Brothers to the Blues Premier side.

It was an opportunity for the Club to highlight it’s massive summer 7’s program, which has been buoyed by the launch of the Collegiate Academy in 2013, and the High School Academy in 2014.

The Premier side, coached by Scott Kram, featured the 2014 debut of Ed Mills, and did not disappoint in going 2-0 in pool play and advancing to the semi-final round before the rain-out.

The Blues Reserves side, coached by Markus Valoval, featured former and aspiring Qualifier players like Joe D’Agostino and Bayo Adio, and also went 2-0 in pool play.

The Blues Open sides and Blues Brothers sides, also coached by Markus Valoval, welcomed back Blues like Siva Tali, Ty Gray, Mike Staab, and Wes Lillig, and a number of other current or former 15’s and social players who have been a part of the growing 7’s program this summer and wanted to represent the Club while have a good time playing rugby with their friends and teammates.

The Collegiate Academy was split into 2 evenly selected sides (Grey & White) by Coaches Pete Kowalski, Darlwin Nelson, and Vince Pastorino, and both went 2-0 in their pools. 11different Universities were represented in the 24-man player pool, which got stellar play on debut for the Grey by Alex Aguirre (Arkansas State University), and TK Kambarami (Kansas University) for the White.

The High School Academy, coached by John Franklin, Chuck McKeon, and Paul Tripp, featured 2 sides comprised of high school athletes from Aquinas, Jr. Blues, Blue Valley, Jefferson City, and Shawnee Mission East, and both went 2-0 before the weather cancellation.

Notably, Blues greats Frank Mirikitani, Mike Mercer, Dave Penner, and Keith Engle all made the trip to southeastern Lee’s Summit to support the flagship 7’s program.

Kansas City Blues Heartland 7s
Over 75 athletes represented the Blues 7’s programs at the Fountain City 7’s this past Saturday, June 28th, 2014


06.21.14 - Denver 7s Results. The Blues sent 4 teams to compete in the Denver 7’s, taking 3rd in the Frontier Qualifier Division, and winning the Collegiate Division for the second year in a row

The Blues sent 47 athletes to Denver this past weekend, entering 4 teams in 3 different divisions at the 70-team event. The Blues Qualifier side, Blues Open, and 2 sides from the Sporting Club Rugby 7’s Collegiate Academy (White & Blue) all made the trip out to play in one of the country’s top 7’s tournaments. Meanwhile, the Sporting Club Rugby 7’s Academy High School team also won the tournament championship at the Iowa 7’s in Indianola, IA.

National Qualifier Division
The newly formed Frontier Sevens Series kicked-off this past weekend June 21st in Denver, with the first stop on the three-tournament Series hosted by the Denver Barbarians at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Blues, who finished 3rd in the West Series last summer, defeated the Gentlemen of Aspen 38-0 in the consolation final game to place 3rd in the 8-team event.
The Blues handled the St. Louis Bombers 41-0 in their opening Pool Round match, and dominated the Olympic Club (San Francisco) in their second Pool match, 45-0. Looking unstoppable going into the final round of Pool play inside the stadium, the Blues met a physical Glendale side and came up just short, losing 22-19. Drawing the Denver Barbarians in the semifinal, the Blues bounced back early and took a 19-5 lead into halftime. The Barbo’s however, worked their way back into the game with outstanding work at the breakdowns, and overtook the Blues in the final minutes to secure a 21-19 victory. Facing a dangerous Aspen team in the 3rd/4th match, the Blues returned to their earlier form and wiped away any doubt that they’re a top side on the Series, winning 38-0 to secure 3rd place and 2 overall qualification points. The Barbarians went on to crush Glendale in the Championship, 61-0.

It was a storing opening weekend for the Blues, who proved they have the size, speed, and depth to beat anyone. Kelly Mercer was pointed out by the Coaching staff as having played an outstanding tournament, controlling the defense from the sweeper position, leading a strong attack from scrumhalf and flyhalf, and creating opportunities with his foot on the restarts.
The Championship gives the Barbarians an early Series lead with 6 overall qualification points. Glendale is in 2nd place with 4 points, Blues with 2, and Aspen with 1. At the end of the three-event Frontier Sevens Series, the two teams with most qualification points advance to represent the Region at the Club 7s National Championships in August. The Blues will host the 2nd stop on the Frontier Sevens Series on July 12th, as the Heartland 7s are played at Legacy Park in Lee’s Summit, MO... don't miss it!

Qualifier Playing Roster: Kelly Mercer, Kenny Scott ©, Conner Smith, Kevin Schwartze, David McDonough, Connor McDonough, Maani Kapa, Walt Elder, Cody Webber, Sean Murray, Scott McAvoy. Head Coach: Scott Kram.

Open Division
The Blues entered a side in the tournament’s Open Division for the 3rd year in a row, and after dropping their first pool match to Queen City RFC bounced back to finish in 7th place out of 16 teams.
Blues Open Playing Roster: Antonio Sitama, Ernie Moore, Zack Zillner, Casey Cummings ©, Pat Foley, Luke Haider, Bayo Adio, Wes Lillig, Adam Fitzmaurice, Josh Spangler, Pete Kowalski, Nathan Foster. Head Coach: Markus Valoval

Collegiate Division
The SC7A featured two sides in the Collegiate Division of the Denver 7’s, White & Blue. The White side, Captained by Kyle Smith (Arkansas University) won their pool with lop-sided defeats over University of Denver, and Colorado State University. The Blue side, Captained by Hank Mascaux (Kansas State University) took 2nd in their pool, beating the Denver Barbarians Collegiates, and losing a one-sided game to the Air Force Academy. In the semifinal, the top-seeded White side faced off against a less experienced Blue side in what was essentially intrasquad match. The Blue squad jumped all over White however, with Jack Thompson (Pittsburgh State University) burning down the sideline for a score to give Blue a 7-0 lead in the opening minute of the match. The White side had their hands full the rest of the match, trailing 10-12 with just a minute to play before CJ DiMarco Kansas State University) scored his 2nd try of the game to give White a 15-12 lead at the final whistle. In the Championship match held inside the stadium, the SC7A White side got an early try from TK Kambarami (Kansas University) but fell behind to Colorado State University at halftime 12-7, before turning up the pressure and scoring 3 unanswered tries from Brendan Nachbar (Kansas University), Ty Henry (Pittsburgh State University), and Sean McDonough (University of Missouri – Kansas City) to win the club’s 2nd straight Denver 7’ss Collegiate Championship, 26-12. In the 3rd place game, the Blue side carried a tremendous amount of momentum with them from their near upset win in the semifinal, and gave the Air Force Academy all that they could handle in the rematch. Jack Thompson opened the scoring again for SC7A Blue, and Miguel Macedo asked a lot of questions of the AFA defense with two long, dangerous runs. Down 12-5 after the break, center Stephen Lomas trucked into the try zone to bring Blue to within 2 points (12-10). AFA answered with a try to go up 17-10, but with time expired scrumhalf Chauncey Hatten found the try zone for SC7A Blue. A difficult conversion was missed, ending the hard fought game 17-15 in favor of the Air Force Academy as SC7A Blue finished in 4th place overall.

SC7A White Playing Roster: Concannon, Caleb (University of Missouri), Diaz, Richey (UM Kansas City), DiMarco, CJ (Kansas State University), Henry, Ty (Pittsburgh State), Kambarami, TK (Kansas University), Korvick, Rick (Kansas State University), McDonough, Sean (UM Kansas City), Nachbar, Brendan (Kansas University), Smith, Kyle (University of Arkansas), Viviano, Anthony (Pittsburgh State), Wirken, Matt (Lindenwood University).
SC7A Blue Playing Roster: Adams, Henry (Tulane University), Buteyn, Danny (Kansas University), Conrad, Grant (University of Central Missouri), Dulle, Michael (UM Kansas City), Hatten, Chauncey (Northland RFC), Jarmon, Kelvin (Northland RFC), Lomas, Stephen (Kansas City RFC), Macedo, Miguel (Kansas City RFC), Mascaux, Henry (Kansas State University), Mauer, Michael (Kansas University), Mercer, Pat (Pittsburgh State), Thompson, Jack (Pittsburgh State).
Coaches: Pete Kowalski, Darlwin Nelson

SC7A High School Side at Iowa 7’s
Coaches John Franklin, Chuck McKeon, and Paul Tripp took the SC7A High School program to its first ever tournament over the weekend at Simpson College in Indianola, IA and came away with the Championship. Carrying a 12-man roster that featured high school players from the Jr. Blues, Shawnee Mission East Lancers, and Blue Valley RFC, the SC7A shocked the state of Iowa with an opening round victory over SE Polk RFC, a program that had not lost a 7’s match in over 3 years across Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. After sweeping the rest of Pool play, SC7A’s rematch with Polk in the tournament’s final lived up to its billing. Down by 5 points with no time remaining, Jeremiah Stewart (Jr. Blues) set free Brandon Sullivan (Jr. Blues) who beat a Polk defender to the edge and raced in for a try to tie the match, and put the game into overtime. After time had expired in OT, Sullivan struck again for a score to win the Championship.

SC7A High School Side at Iowa 7’s

SC7A High School Playing Roster: Brandon Sullivan, Will Allegri, Luke Korth, Jeremiah Stewart, Jimmy Lillis, Josh Hafenstine, Sam Tanner, Kellen Shockley, Matt Edelman, Sam Chapman, Danny Bergner, JT Bergner, Daniel Simon
Coaches: Chuck Mckeon, Paul Tripp, John Franklin

Next Up for the Blues: Social 7s in Kansas City this Saturday!
Come see the Blues in KC again this weekend! The Blues will enter as many as 5 sides in the Fountain City 7s Tournament on June 28th, as well as 2 High School teams from SC7A. The tournament will kick-off at 9:00am and is to be played at Z Sports Complex in Lee’s Summit, MO.


06.07.14 - Heart of America Wins With Teamwork - Courtesy of Goffrugbyreport

Having made the final of the Rocky Mountain Challenge and losing to a tough Utah team 17-8, the Heart of America Boys all-star squad has got to feel fairly pleased with their efforts this spring.

Head Coach and former USA prop Tim Kluempers said the performance, including a 3rd-place finish for the JV team, was an indication that the region is getting stronger.

“We had a really good attitude from the players,” enthused Kluempers. “We are senior-heavy, and the rugby knowledge of the team is getting better. Every year we have about three weeks to prepare and the commitment was better from the kids, and that created a sense of trust within the team.”

Kluempers said players and coaches needed to get over the division between teams in the area. He brought in coaches from a variety of HS teams (Kluempers himself is the coach of St. Thomas Aquinas), and “I told them the Heart needed them. Once we got that we got more players from different teams. The old complaint that the Heart of America team was all STA and KC Jr. Blues was because those were the players that came out. This year we had a more diverse pool of players, and they realized that the guys from other teams aren’t jerks, they’re rugby players just like them.”

In the end, the old camaraderie of playing on a rugby field together brought the team closer, and allowed them to succeed.

Click here to read full article at Goffrugbyreport.com

Heart of America High School Select Side



06.07.14 - Sporting Club Collegiate Rugby 7's Academy debut in Capital City 7's in Des Moines, IA.

The Kansas City Blues, through its commitment to player development, unveiled the latest evolution in their 7's Academy program with the launch of the Sporting Club Rugby 7's Academy for Collegiate Athletes (SC7A). The club will sent 24 student-athletes to represent the Academy on two teams at the Capital City 7's in Des Moines, IA on June 7th. Eight different Universities were represented among the two rosters, SC7A "Blue", and SC7A "White".

The "Blue" side, lead by the play of Maani Kapa (Lindenwood University), David McDonough (Truman State University), and James Poli (Lindenwood University), went 3-0 in pool play by defeating Iowa City RFC 19-10, East Polk Old Boys 31-17, and Iowa State University 17-10. In the semifinals, SC7A Blue drew an experienced Omaha GOATS team, and lost 12-5. East Polk went on to upset the GOATS in the championship. The "White" side featured a number of high-potential athletes newer to the Academy program, and were lead by the play of Luke Haider (Kansas State University), John Holden (Lindenwood University), and Anthony Viviano (Pittsburgh State University). In pool play, SC7A White tied Bremer Bucks 12-12, lost to the GOATS 17-0, and defeated the Iowa Old Boys 20-5 to go 1-1-1. Relegated to the consolation bracket, SC7A White handled Iowa City 35-5 in the semifinal before losing to Des Moines RFC in the consolation final 14-0.

The Academy next looks to defend its Collegiate Division title at the Denver 7s, on June 21st.

Through its mission - to provide the Region's young high-potential rugby players with the opportunity to develop through the game of Rugby 7's by offering a comprehensive, competitive environment that helps players develop physically and cognitively under the supervision of Kansas City's top coaches - the ultimate aim of the Academy is to produce players of the right quality to eventually play in the Blues first team as well as developing players that also aspire become Collegiate All-Americans, and to represent their country on the USA Eagles.

SC7A Roster for Capital City 7’s at Des Moines, IA on June 7, 2014
SCR7A Blue
SCR7A White
Concannon, Caleb - University of Missouri
Dierks, Mark - Kansas State University
Dzik, Aaron - UMKC
Flath, James - Truman State University
Kapa, Maani - Lindenwood University
Karbarami, TK - Kansas University
Korvick, Rick - Kansas State University
McAvoy, Scott - Kansas University
McDonough, David - Truman State University
McDonough, Sean - UMKC
Murray, Sean - Kansas City Blues
Poli, James - Lindenwood University
Adio, Bayo - Kansas City Blues
Ashley, Ricky - University of Central Missouri
Conrad, Grant - Pittsburgh State University
Dulle, Michael - UMKC
Garner, Alex - University of Central Missouri
Haider, Luke - Kansas City Blues
Hatten, Chauncey - Northland RFC
Holdin, Jon - Lindenwood University
Jarmon, Kelvin - University of Central Missouri
Mascaux, Henry - Kansas State University
Mauer, Michael - Kansas University
Viviano, Anthony - Pittsburgh State University




06.01.14 - Sporting Club High School Rugby 7's Academy Clinic

  Sporting Club Rugby 7's Academy
 

On Sunday June 1st, the coaching staff of the Sporting Club Rugby 7's Academy teamed up with the Kansas City Blues to host a free 7's Rugby Clinic for high school boys and girls at Rockhurst University’s Bourke Field, in Kansas City, MO.  The clinic was open to all area boy's and girl's high school athletes, and served as an introduction to the game of Rugby 7’s to many of the over 25 players and coaches in attendance.
 
Building off the success of the 2013 Collegiate 7’s Academy, the Sporting Club Rugby 7's Academy has expanded and is working towards developing a High School 7's community in the Kansas City Area.  The organization’s goal is to introduce 7’s to as many young athletes as possible ahead of the excitement that will be generated from the sport’s inclusion in the 2016 Summer Olympics, with the hopes of producing Kansas City’s first Olympic rugby player.
 
Blues Head 7’s Coach Scott Kram, Sporting Club Rugby 7's Academy Collegiate Coaches Pete Kowalski, Vince Pastorino, and Darlwin Nelson, and Blues 7’s players Kelly Mercer, Ed Mills, Kevin Schwartze, Kenny Scott, and Conner Smith lead the day-long session that included the principles of attack and defense, with a heavy emphasis on the tackle area.  Emphasizing the critical roles that communication, creativity, spacing, and fitness all play in winning Rugby 7’s, the staff was able to share their experience with the athletes in a fun and actively engaging learning environment.

2014 Sporting Club Rugby 7's Academy


06.06.14 - Four Kansas City Blues Sevens players selected to play for Dallas Elite 7's

  Kansas City Blues Rugby - Kenny Scott
 
KC Blues Kenny Scott representing
Atlantis 7s in Las Vegas

Three KC Blues players have been named to the Dallas Elite 7s squad, one of twelve all-star sevens teams that will compete in the inaugural Elite City Sevens competition, to be held at Houston Sports Park June 6-7. The tournament winner will join the New York City 7s side in the World Club 7s in London on 16th and 17th of August. Dallas Elite, coached by Blues 7s Head Coach Scott Kram, brings in Blues players Gannon Moore, Kenny Scott, and Kevin Schwartze to play for Dallas in the event, along with KU’s Cody Weber, who also plans to play for the Blues 7s side this summer.

The 12 teams competing for the Elite City Sevens trophy and a berth in the second-annual World Club 7s at Twickenham Stadium are based out of Boston, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colo.; Houston, Texas; Philadelphia, Pa.; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Diego, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif.; Seattle, Wash.; and Washington, D.C.

USA Rugby National Development Director Alex Magleby and the USA Rugby High Performance staff are searching for future Eagles ahead of Rugby Sevens’ inclusion on the Olympic Program at Rio 2016.

“There will be 144 guys who have an opportunity they perhaps didn’t have in the past to prove to the National Coach that they are one of the best players in the U.S.,” Magleby said. “With the June date, it gives a player a chance to work into the national picture for the crucial 2014-15 Olympic qualifying season, and is a nice kickoff to the summer club sevens season.”

Qualification for the 2016 Olympics will be decided through the HSBC World Sevens Series, in which the USA compete as a core team, and a series of regional qualifying tournaments. National sevens coach Matt Hawkins this year announced an expanded squad of 25 players working full-time at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.

The Blues wish Scott, Gannon, Kenny, Kevin, and Cody the best of luck as they represent our Club, and our City, at the Elite City Sevens in Houston on June 6th – 7th!

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