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KANSAS CITY BLUES RUGBY - NEWS AND EVENTS




Kansas City Blues Fall 2015 News and Events

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11.13.15 - Blues Partner Again With River Of Refuge To Get Back On The Roof & Promote Rugby Gold Cup Championship

11.13.15 - Blues To Compete In Rugby Gold Cup Championship, Host Opening Rounds November 13-15

10.31.15 - KC Blues handle Wolfhounds to bag 5th MRP victory, while Reserves defeat KC RFC for 3rd straight time
10.24.15 - KC Blues host Columbus & Northland in double-header at Swope this Saturday

10.17.15 - KC Blues host rival Metropolis inside Swope Championship Stadium on Saturday night!

10.03.15 - Both Blues sides pulled off impressive performances against the Milwaukee Barbarians and the Wichita Barbarians

09.26.15 - KC Blues overwhelm Palmer Dragons to move to 3-0, while Reserves look good in D2 debut

09.19.15 - KC Blues handle Griffins to win home opener and move to 2-0, while Reserves get back on winning track

09.12.15 - KC Blues defeat Wolfhounds in Cincinnati to start season, look ahead to home opener this Saturday

09.01.15 - KC Blues fall match schedule highlighted by six home matches at Swope
09.01.15 - Blues announce ground-breaking partnership with Research Medical Center, and Dr. Lance Snyder
08.28.15 - Nancy Mirikitani Funeral
08.22.15 - Brodie Orth to play for ARP All-Stars against Ontario; Gannon Moore invited to USA 7’s National Team Assembly

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11.13.15 - Blues Partner Again With River Of Refuge To Get Back On The Roof & Promote Rugby Gold Cup Championship

Rooftop Blues for River of Refuge

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The Kansas City Blues are again partnering with River of Refuge, a local nonprofit aiding homeless families, for an extreme fundraising stunt. Nearly 20 months after raising over $30K for the River of Refuge through Rooftop Blues, the KC Blues Rugby players will again sleep on the roof (rain, snow or shine) of the River of Refuge transitional living center to raise money and show support for the city's first-of-its-kind comprehensive transitional housing facility dedicated solely to homeless working families living in motels.

The entire Blues team will go up on the roof of the three-story building on the afternoon of Monday, November 9th through Tuesday, November 10th. One of the top rugby clubs in the country and the defending Champions of the Midwest Rugby Premiership, the Kansas City Blues are a nationally renowned team but have made it a priority to get more involved in its local community through nonprofit work and fundraising – having first helped raise funding and awareness for River of Refuge in February 2014.

In partnership with the Blues, the River of Refuge is promoting the Blues’ inclusion in the inaugural Rugby Gold Cup competition, a premiership level tournament featuring the top men’s clubs from the Midwest and Red River Competitive Regions (CRs). The Kansas City Blues RFC will host Rounds 1 & 2 of the CR cross-over tournament on November 13th – 15th, 2015, at the Championship Stadium of the Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, MO. River of Refuge is marketing the Gold Cup to its network of media and supporting organizations, and is offering complimentary tickets to the matches to all donors who contribute to this latest River of Refuge Rooftop Blues campaign. Additionally, the Blues will donate 50% of all walk-up ticket sale profits from Friday night’s matches to River of Refuge.

"We created a strong relationship with River of Refuge last year and are excited to be working with this organization again," said Kansas City Blues Rugby Club President, Derek Mannell. "In 2014 we were able to raise tens of thousands of dollars in a similar fundraising stunt. We’re happy to get involved again this year to do what we can to help open the doors of River of Refuge so they can better serve homeless Kansas City families.”

The Kansas City Blues have scheduled a practice training session on the grounds of the River of Refuge prior to "taking their position" on the roof at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 9th.

Blues players and supporters will approach friends, family, business associates and the general public to raise funds through the website www.rooftopblues.com where there is an easy-to-use, safe online donation process. Players individual web cameras will broadcast live the activities of the Blues teammates as they camp out on the roof and use social media to spread the awareness of their fundraising stunt.

This second Rooftop Blues event will aid River of Refuge to open its first 11 apartments, which will offer free temporary refuge for working parents and their children in one single location. The former Park Lane Hospital sat vacant for more than a decade before River of Refuge purchased it and began rehabbing the building.

"The Blues partnership has been a tremendous community asset to River of Refuge and is exactly the kind of thing we enjoy being a part of. It helps us raise the much-needed funds we need to open our doors to help families and it helps us build awareness for this dire problem,” said John Wiley, founder and president of River of Refuge.

  • Through its data and research, River of Refuge estimates that as many as 300 to 400 working families are living in motels with their children throughout Greater Kansas City on any given night.
  • River of Refuge had to turn away 105 families in 2014 because the organization did not have the facility to house them nor the funds to support them.
  • It is a specific mission of River of Refuge to help working families get out of motels, teach them to live independently (operating on a budget they already earn at their jobs) and find permanent homes they can afford.

"Because there has been incredible growth in family homelessness in the past several years due to the economic recession, there just simply aren't enough beds available at family homeless shelters to serve the number of local families looking for shelter," Wiley said. "We hope that when we open River of Refuge with the community's help, we can help reduce the burden on the area's family homeless shelters, which we know are already at capacity."

River of Refuge will open its transitional family housing facility in the former Park Lane Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., in February to serve as a regional lodging complex for families. When it opens at 5155 Raytown Rd., the complex will provide a direct alternative to pay-by-the-week motels as well as offer a complete program for transition to self sufficiency including financial counseling and access to significant community resources needed to be successful in finding permanent housing.

About River of Refuge

Wiley founded River of Refuge in 2009 after he witnessed a group of children loading a school bus from the parking lot of an old, run-down motel near his home in Raytown, Mo. River of Refuge was created to specifically address thousands of working families who have become trapped in pay-by-the-week motels throughout Greater Kansas City and into the suburbs. For more information, please visit www.riverofrefuge.com.

About the Rugby Gold Cup

The inaugural Rugby Gold Cup Championship will feature four teams, with normally scheduled CR League fixtures amongst the teams also counting towards the overall Cup standings. The 2015 Midwest CR Champion KC Blues are joined by 2015 USA Rugby Division 1 National Championship Runner-up and Red River CR Champion Austin Blacks Rugby, 2015 Red River CR runner-up Dallas Rugby Football Club (the “Reds”), and 2015 Midwest CR runner-up Metropolis Rugby Football Club from Minneapolis, MN.

Round 1, at Kansas City MO (November 13, 2015):
6:00 p.m. Dallas Rugby vs. Metropolis Rugby
8:00 p.m. Austin Blacks vs. Kansas City Blues

Round 2, at Kansas City MO (November 15, 2015):
11:00 a.m. Metropolis Rugby vs. Austin Blacks
1:00 p.m. Kansas City Blues vs. Dallas Rugby

Rounds 3 & 4 will be hosted by Dallas on the weekend of March 11th – 13th, 2016.

Click Here for the official press release by USA Rugby

Click Here for the Rugby Gold Cup Facebook Page


11.13.15 - Blues To Compete In Rugby Gold Cup Championship, Host Opening Rounds November 13-15

Rugby Gold Cup Championship

The Kansas City Blues are again at the forefront of the evolution of Premier Rugby in the United States, as USA Rugby announced this week the Blues’ inclusion in the inaugural Rugby Gold Cup competition. A premiership level tournament featuring the top men’s clubs from the Midwest and Red River Competitive Regions (CRs), the competition will take place in November 2015 and March 2016.

The Kansas City Blues RFC will host Rounds 1 & 2 of the CR cross-over tournament on November 13th – 15th, 2015, at the Championship Stadium of the Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, MO.

A founding member in 1997 of the innovative Super League, the Blues have returned to national prominence and look forward to the opportunity of competing again regularly against some of the best clubs in the US as the Rugby Gold Cup takes its place alongside the thriving Pacific Rugby Premiership on the west coast and the American Rugby Premiership on the east coast.

“The Gold Cup is an important strategic growth opportunity for our elite level clubs in the Midwest and Red River CRs,” said USA Rugby Club Department Manager Erik Geib. “Each club has earned the right to compete in additional elite-level matches, while also attempting to qualify for the USA Rugby Division 1 National Championship.”

The inaugural Rugby Gold Cup Championship will feature four teams, with normally scheduled CR League fixtures amongst the teams also counting towards the overall Cup standings. The 2015 Midwest CR Champion KC Blues are joined by 2015 USA Rugby Division 1 National Championship Runner-up and Red River CR Champion Austin Blacks Rugby, 2015 Red River CR runner-up Dallas Rugby Football Club (the “Reds”), and 2015 Midwest CR runner-up Metropolis Rugby Football Club from Minneapolis, MN.

Round 1, at Kansas City MO (November 13, 2015):
6:00 p.m. Dallas Rugby vs. Metropolis Rugby
8:00 p.m. Austin Blacks vs. Kansas City Blues

Round 2, at Kansas City MO (November 15, 2015):
11:00 a.m. Metropolis Rugby vs. Austin Blacks
1:00 p.m. Kansas City Blues vs. Dallas Rugby

Rounds 3 & 4 will be hosted by Dallas on the weekend of March 11th – 13th, 2016.

Click Here for the official press release by USA Rugby

Click Here for the Rugby Gold Cup Facebook Page


10.31.15 - KC Blues handle Wolfhounds to bag 5th MRP victory, while Reserves defeat KC RFC for 3rd straight time

The Kansas City Blues rebounded from a funky three-week string with a big victory on Saturday afternoon, with the Premiership side earning a comprehensive 48-22 victory over the Cincinnati Wolfhounds inside “The Cage” at the Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Park. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the bonus-point win in this key took Midwest Rugby Premiership match was the fact that the team won without the services of some stand-out players who were away on 7’s duty. The victory puts the Blues at 5-2 in MRP play, and they remain tied with Columbus Rugby for 3rd place on the standings.

Kansas Kansas City Blues vs  Cincinnati Wolfhounds

Meanwhile, the Blues Reserve side kept the Club on the right side of their 49-year rivalry with KC RFC behind a hard-earned 22-17 victory. As a USA Rugby D2 Mid-America Conference match, it was the first meeting with League implications between the sides since they were both competing in the D1 Western Conference in 2008. The Blues Reserves had beaten City in each of their last 2 matches, extending the Club’s edge in the local rivalry.

Kansas Kansas City Blues vs  KCRFC


10.24.15 - KC Blues host Columbus & Northland in double-header at Swope this Saturday

Kansas City Blues vs Columbus - 10/24/15

The defending Midwest Rugby Premiership’s Champion KC Blues will look to bounce back from 2 consecutive losses as they host Columbus Rugby at Swope Park this Saturday night. The match will be played inside “The Cage”, the Blues home field at the Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Soccer Village. Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m. (CT). The Blues are 4-2 this season after suffering defeat to the Chicago Lions and Metropolis in back-to-back matches, and will expect to be tested by a visiting Columbus side who can be very dangerous on any given Saturday. The matchup has taken on a grudge match feel, as the Blues have split the series with Columbus the past 2 seasons with each Club taking home victories in 2013 and 2014. A victory over Columbus would put the Blues at 5 wins and 2 losses, with 2 MRP games remaining in the fall portion of their schedule.

The Blues Reserves will also look to get back on the winning track after a close loss to the KC Islanders last weekend, and will kick things off at 5:00pm against the Northland RFC in a USA Rugby D2 Mid-America Conference merit table match against the local D3 side.

As the home of elite rugby in the Kansas City area, Swope and the Blues will also be hosting the ‘Border War’ collegiate matchup between KU RFC and Mizzou RFC. Kick-off for that match is set for 2:00pm on Saturday afternoon.

Come to see the ‘Border War’, and stay for the Blues!

Match Schedule at Swope on October 24th:

  • 1:45pm – KC Blues vs. Columbus Rugby
  • 3:30pm – Border War: University of Kansas vs. University of Missouri
  • 6:00pm – KC Blues vs. Northland RFC

Tickets for every KC Blues home game are available for $5.00 on game-day at the Gate, and new this fall the Club will be printing and distributing pre-sale tickets to all home matches – get yours from a Blues player today!


10.17.15 - KC Blues host rival Metropolis inside Swope Championship Stadium on Saturday night!

The defending Midwest Rugby Premiership’s Champion KC Blues are near the top of the table at 3-1 in League play this year, but they will face a stern test at home on October 17th as they take on Conference rivals Metropolis RFC (Minneapolis, MN) inside the Championship Stadium at Swope Soccer Village. This marquee matchup marks the Club’s return to the Championship venue for the first time since May 2014, where the Blues defeated the Australian touring side Outback Barbarians in front of more than 1,200 fans. Metropolis brings a 4-1 record into the match, which will also double as a Mid-America Champions Cup matchup between two of the nation’s premier Clubs and will feature some of the best men’s rugby players in the United States.

Kick-off against Metropolis is set for 7:00pm, and the match will include a halftime youth rugby exhibition by the children of Heartland Youth Rugby.

The match is presented by the Blues major partner, HCA Midwest Health’s Research Orthopedic & Reconstructive Specialists, and will feature all of the amenities of a fully professional sporting event, including PA, scoreboard, and full concessions and beer sales inside the stadium.

The Blues Reserves will start things off at 3:15pm against the KC Islanders in a USA Rugby D2 Mid-America Conference match, followed by a Gateway Collegiate Conference match between UMKC and UCM. Both the D2 and the Collegiate match will be played inside “The Cage”, the Blues home field at the Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Soccer Village, before the action moves over the Championship Stadium for the main event.

Match Schedule at Swope on October 17th:

  • 3:15pm – Kansas CityBlues vs. KC Islanders. Inside “The Cage”.
  • 5:00pm – UMKC vs. UCM. Inside “The Cage”.
  • 7:00pm - Kansas CityBlues vs. Metropolis. Championship Field

Tickets for every KC Blues home game are available for $5.00 on game-day at the Gate, and new this fall the Club will be printing and distributing pre-sale tickets to all home matches – get yours from a Blues player today!


10.03.15 - Both Blues sides pulled off impressive performances against the Milwaukee Barbarians and the Wichita Barbarians.

The Blues D1 side did not disappoint in the main event. After decimating the Palmer Lions the week before, the Blues’ D1 side improved to 4-0 in the Premiership by thrashing the Milwaukee Barbarians 46-15. The Blues, who typically have been known to get off to a slow start, struck first with a long Kelly Mercer (Saint Louis University; KC Jr. Blues) penalty kick. After a try by the Barbarians, it turned in to business as usual for the Blues who have not lost a home game since 2013. Putting together multiple scoring phases and sporting a stout defense that Coach Markus Valovalo prides the team on, the Blues put on a show under the lights for their home crowd. Lock Ty Henry (Pittsburgh State University; Olathe Gentlemen) lead the way with 2 tries in a match that the forward pack dominated.Captain and flanker Lloyd Saunders also scored a try, and was named the ‘Crossfit on 18th Man of the Match’.

Even with the win the Blues suffered some serious injuries to key players, which has put the home side in a tough spot. Being the reigning D1 Midwest Champions puts a target on your back and Coach Valovalo knows it. He will lean on his youth and defense as he prepares his men in blue to face a Chicago Lions team who beat the Blues biggest rival, Metropolis, on the road this weekend.

"We have as many as four regular starters missing this week and Chicago have to be respected because they beat a strong Metro team away from home. Opportunities abound for guys to press claims for starting roles. We have to be defensively sound and take our opportunities on attack” said Coach Valovalo.

Congratulations to D1 captain Lloyd Saunders on being selected as CrossFit on 18th 's man of the match against the Milwaukee Barbarians. His high work rate in attack and defense where he picked 3 of the oppositions line outs and continuity to lead from the front though the whole game landed him the selection.

Stabb Ralty Man of the Match - Sean Murray, James Clarke

The Kansas City Blues hosted the Barbarians of Milwaukee and Wichita last weekend, in their first home double header of the season. Both sides performed well, with the Midwest Rugby Premiership defending Champions handling Milwaukee 46-15 in the D1 Match and the D2 side playing the Defending D3 National Champion Wichita to a 38-38 tie.

After coming off of a close loss to the D2 Mid-America Conference Champion Bombers the weekend before, the Blues Reserve side took another step in the right direction tying the Division 3 National Champions Wichita Barbarians 38-38. A team on the rise, the Blues have been promoted this year from D3 and rotated 28 players throughout the course of the game. The mission was to find out who the Blues could depend on, to help them go far in their new division. Fielding a mixed team of veterans and rookies the Blues were trying to find continuity while playing a Wichita team who came armed to the teeth with some new foreign additions. Scoring back and forth all game, the Blues had a chance to win the game but a kick that was slightly off target ended the game in a stale mate. While not the desired result for the men in blue, there was much to hang their hat on.

Coach Conner Smith had this to say: ”You can tell the D2 side is seriously coming together. Offensively, they can really put points on you when they have the ball in hand. They are able to sustain long phases possessions before they strike. The thing that's hurting this side right now is their continuity and effectiveness on defense. If we can manage to get everyone on the same page, the opponent won't be able to match our offensive production. It's about defense with this team and that's where we plan to focus.”

Congratulations again to James Clarke on being selected as CrossFit on 18th's man of the match against the Wichita Barbarians. Through his leadership the D2 side was able to contest a solid Barbos side.

Stabb Ralty Man of the Match - Sean Murray, James Clarke


09.26.15 - KC Blues overwhelm Palmer Dragons to move to 3-0, while Reserves look good in D2 debut

 

The Kansas City Blues moved to 3-0 in the Midwest Rugby Premiership, breaking the 40-point mark for the 2nd straight game with an impressive 45-24 victory over the Palmer Dragons this past Saturday in Davenport, IA. Paced by 4 tries from wing Sean Murray (Loyola University of Chicago), the Blues went out to a 26-5 halftime lead and never looked back. Murray, a former D1 collegiate sprinter, was awarded the ‘Staab Realty Man of the Match’ for his 4-try performance.

Undefeated after 3 games, the Blues have positioned themselves at the top of the standings in the USA Rugby Division 1 Midwest Rugby Premiership.

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Additional Coverage: Rugby Today - Kansas City Too Much for Palmer, - By Justin Rutledge | 09.29.15
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The Blues Reserves made their debut in the USA Rugby D2 Mid-America Conference, playing the defending Conference Champions St. Louis Bombers in Columbia, MO. Despite losing the match 27-20, the Blues D2 side put in an impressive performance lead by ‘Staab Realty Man of the Match’ James Clarke (Lindenwood University, KC Jr. Blues) at Number 8.

This Saturday October 3rd, the Blues will return to their home field under the lights for a Barbarians double-header in “The Cage” at the Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Park.

The Reserve side will kick off the action with a match against the defending D3 National Champions Wichita Barbarians at 5:00pm, followed by the D1 game against the Milwaukee Barbarians.

Match Schedule at Swope on October 3rd:
5:00pm – KC Blues vs. Wichita Barbarians
7:00pm – KC Blues vs. Milwaukee

Tickets for every KC Blues home game are available for $5.00 on game-day at the Gate, and new this fall the Club will be printing and distributing pre-sale tickets to all home matches – get yours from a Blues player today!

Stabb Ralty Man of the Match - Sean Murray, James Clarke


09.19.15 - KC Blues handle Griffins to win home opener and move to 2-0, while Reserves get back on winning track

 

The Kansas City Blues took another step forward in defending their Midwest Rugby Premiership Championship, with a comprehensive 43-10 victory over the Chicago Griffins this past Saturday under the lights in “The Cage” at the Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Park. After a tight first half saw the Blues enter the break with a 14-10 lead, the home side broke the game open in the 2nd half behind a 'Brooksider Bar & Grill Man of the Match' performance from Number 8, Gannon Moore (Southwest Minnesota State University).

It was the Club’s USA Rugby Division 1 Midwest Rugby Premiership season home opener, and the home side did not disappoint the large crowd who came out to support their #BlueEncore KC Blues in pursuit of the Club’s first National Championship in their 50th Year. The Blues move to the top of the table with a 2-0 record in the Premiership.

The Blues Reserve side got back on a winning track on Saturday, defeating the Topeka RFC 52-7 in Topeka, KS to even their pre-season record at 1-1. Tries were scored by David McDonough (Truman State University, KC Jr. Blues), James Clarke (Lindenwood University, KC Jr. Blues), Travis Northway (Iowa State University), Austin Clarke (Olathe Gentlemen U19), and Zach Pollom (Creighton University). Keith Hicks (University of Central Missouri), also scored a try, en route to being selected Man of the Match in only his 2nd career game playing the Prop position.

Both sides will go on the road this Saturday, with the D1 side heading to play the Palmer Dragons Davenport, IA in a Midwest Premiership match, while the Reserve side faces the St. Louis Bombers in a USA Rugby D2 Mid-America Conference match in Columbia, MO.

On October 3rd, the Blues will return to their home field under the lights in “The Cage” at the Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Park, when they host the Milwaukee Barbarians. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m. (CT).

Tickets for every KC Blues home game are available for $5.00 on game-day at the Gate, and new this fall the Club will be printing and distributing pre-sale tickets to all home matches – get yours from a Blues player today!

Brooksider Bar and Grill Man of the Match - Gannon Moore


09.12.15 - KC Blues defeat Wolfhounds in Cincinnati to start season, look ahead to home opener this Saturday night at Swope

 

The Kansas City Blues - defending Midwest Rugby Premiership Champions - kicked off their 49th fall season on Saturday with a 27-21 victory over the Wolfhounds in Cincinnati OH behind 3 tries. It was the Club’s USA Rugby Division 1 Midwest Rugby Premiership season opener, and the visitors’ rust was evident early as the Blues trailed the match 11-3 at halftime. In the second half however, the Blues attack came alive as they scored 3 tries to secure the win. Sean Murray (Loyola University – Chicago) scored from the wing, and prop Matt Wirken (Lindenwood University; KC Jr. Blues) and center Casey Cummings (KC Jr. Blues) both scored tries of their own to help the Blues overcome the Wolfhounds, while Kelly Mercer (Saint Louis University; KC Jr. Blues) added two penalty kicks and two conversions. This was Cummings’ first match back with the Club following a successful season playing in the Brisbane Premiership in Australia. A number of athletes made their debut for the Blues D1 side in Cincinnati, including Walter Elder (Kansas State University), Martin Van Der Westhuizen (Arkansas State University; KC Jr. Blues), Blake Baty (Arkansas University), and Clay Beckman (University of Iowa).

The Blues D2 side dropped a pre-season match at Kansas State University, 35-15.

On Sept. 19th, the Blues will play their D1 Midwest Rugby Premiership home opener under the lights in “The Cage” at the Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Park, when they host the Chicago Griffins. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m. (CT).

Tickets for every KC Blues home game are available for $5.00 on game-day at the Gate, and new this fall the Club will be printing and distributing pre-sale tickets to all home matches – get yours from a Blues player today!


09.01.15 - KC Blues fall match schedule highlighted by six home matches at Swope, including two marquee games inside the Championship Stadium!

The Kansas City Blues - defending Midwest Rugby Premiership Champions - will kick off their 49th fall season on Saturday, Sept. 12 in Cincinnati OH, when they play the Wolfhounds in their USA Rugby Division 1 Midwest Rugby Premiership season opener. In-game updates will be available on Facebook and Twitter, with kick-off slated for 1:00 p.m. (ET). The Blues reserve side – promoted from Division 3 up to Division 2 this season – will begin their season on the road that day with a non-conference game at KSU/Ft. Riley in Manhattan, KS.

On Sept. 19th, the Blues will play their D1 Midwest Rugby Premiership home opener under the lights in “The Cage” at the Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Park, when they host the Chicago Griffins. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m. (CT).

Other prominent games on this season’s home schedule include: hosting Milwaukee (D1) and Wichita (D2) on October 3rd; hosting Metropolis (D1) and KC Islanders (D2) on October 17th; hosting Columbus (D1) and Northland (D2) in addition to the KU/MU “Border War” on October 24th; hosting the Cincinnati Wolfhounds on October 31st. The D2 side will also play key matches on the road against rivals KCRFC, and the St. Louis Bombers.

For the first time since May 2014 the Blues will have the opportunity to play two marquee matches inside the Championship Stadium at Swope Soccer Village, as they host MRP rival Metropolis RFC there on October 17th in a rematch of last year’s Midwest Regional Championship. That match on Oct. 17 will kick-off at 7:00 p.m. (CT).

The must-see match-up of the fall season will be played on the final weekend of the season on Friday night, Nov. 13th when the Blues host the Austin Blacks in a Championship Cup match inside the Championship Stadium at Swope Soccer Village. Austin was the 2015 Red River Conference Champion, and finished 2nd in the nation in D1 and also placed 8th at Club 7’s Nationals in 2015. Kick-off between the two defending Conference Champions is set for 8:00 p.m. (CT) and is expected to showcase the very best rugby in the USA not being played on either coast. The Blues and Blacks match will feature as part of a 4-team weekend-long Cup event hosted by the Blues at Swope Soccer Village, that will also include Metropolis RFC and the Dallas Reds. Metro will play Dallas in the opening match on Friday evening at 6:00 p.m., and on Sunday Nov. 15th the Blues will face the Reds at 1:00 p.m. (CT).

Tickets for every KC Blues home game are available for $5.00 on game-day at the Gate, and new this fall the Club will be printing and distributing pre-sale tickets to key matches.


09.01.15 - Blues announce ground-breaking partnership with Research Medical Center, and Dr. Lance Snyder

HCA Health Midwest - Research Opthopedic

The Kansas City Blues are very excited to introduce the Club’s first comprehensive medical services sponsor, Research Medical Center. Through this new partnership with the Research Orthopedic & Reconstructive Specialists group at RMC, the Blues will now be able to provide their athletes with the very best medical resources available, including in-game injury triage and treatment by board-certified orthopedic surgeons and certified athletic trainers.

As part of their sponsorship, RMC’s Dr. Lance Snyder, MD and Nathan Roten, ATC will oversee medical staff that will attend every Blues home match while offering treatment options for injured athletes year-round. RMC will also offer a “Wellness Booth” at every home match at Swope. Research Orthopedic & Reconstructive Specialists provides a wide range of care for the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of bone and joint injuries, with specialized clinical training and expertise in knee, hip and shoulder treatments. Dr. Snyder is a longtime rugby fan and supporter, having played football at KU and later played rugby in Medical School. He offers patients a strong blend of board-certified orthopedic surgery and fellowship-trained sports medicine expertise. Along with his more than 10 years practice experience, Dr. Snyder has been published in peer-reviewed journal and textbooks and participated in research. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and served as a major league baseball team physician for five years, and college team physician for four years. Dr. Snyder graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Kansas College of Medicine in Wichita. He completed his fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Colorado, The Mapleton Center.

For more on Dr. Snyder, or the group, visit www.ResearchOrthopedic.com


08.28.15 - Nancy Mirikitani Funeral

With great sadness, the Blues family mourns the loss of Nancy Mirikitani and our hearts go out to her loving husband Frank. A shining light who had as much influence as any player throughout the Club’s history in building the loyal, loving, and passionate culture of the KC Blues, Nancy passed away on Friday evening, August 21st. Frank, as always, was devotedly by her side.

Nancy will be missed by her countless friends for her sense of humor, her smile, her kind heart, and her irrepressible spirit.

Nancy Mirikitani died August 21, 2015. Her funeral will take place at Colonial Church, 71st and Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208 on Friday, August 28th at Noon. Reception to follow.

  Frank and Nancy Mirikitani
 
Frank and Nancy Mirikitani

Nancy was born in Kansas City MO on Feb 17, 1942. Nancy married Frank Mirikitani on June 9, 1966 and they were very devoted to each other for over 49 years. She graduated with a BA from Avila College and she earned her MA from Webster University. Nancy taught the elementary grades in the Shawnee Mission School District: Flint, Ray Marsh and Roesland. She touched the lives of countless children in her 30 plus years in education as teacher, librarian and student teacher supervisor for Kansas State University.

When she wasn’t teaching, she and Frank traveled. Their experiences were legendary. They chased puffins in Labrador, saw Nelson Mandela in person at the 1995 Rugby World Cup, explored the Tiger Balm Gardens in Hong Kong, danced at the Leisure Suit Convention in Des Moines, sat near the Clintons at the US Marine Evening Parade, swam with a whale shark in the Caribbean, witnessed the largest fruit bat colony in Brisbane, toured Machu Picchu, ran from elephants in So. Africa, watched Jonny Wilkinson win the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Sydney, observed a space shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral, gaped at sumo wrestlers in training in Fukuoka, Japan, rocked the night away with “young” Elvis in Vegas and then many years later with the Rolling Stones in Wichita.

Nancy was known for her love for Frank. You couldn’t have a Frank without a Nancy as they were always together. Also, she had a keen sense of affection and loyalty to her close friends most of whom she met through her affiliation with the Kansas City Blues Rugby Club, Roesland School and Lake Dabinawa.

Nancy is proceeded in death by her parents. She is survived by husband Frank and her sister, Marilyn Sexton of Denver.


08.22.15 - Brodie Orth to play for ARP All-Stars against Ontario; Gannon Moore invited to USA 7’s National Team Assembly

  Kansas City Blues Brody Orth
 
Brody Orth
Photos courtesy of Phil Peterson

Brodie Orth, who played part of last season for Boston RFC in the American Rugby Premiership, has won selection for the All-ARP team that will play the Ontario Blues on August 22nd . The match against one of Canada’s premier provincial all-star sides is the 2nd game in the USA v Canada double-header on Saturday at Twin Elm Rugby Park in Ottawa, Ontario.

On the back of two strong summers of outstanding 7’s rugby play, Gannon Moore has won a long overdue selection to the USA Eagles Men's 7s High Performance Camp in Southern California on August 31st - September 4th. Head Coach Mike Friday and his staff will put him through his paces alongside other Olympic 7’s hopefuls vying for a spots on the World Rugby 7’s tour next season representing the United States.

For more on Gannon’s story, check out this article at RugbyToday.com

Congratulations to both of these players on their outstanding individual accomplishments, as they seek out higher honors as athletes and rugby players. We’re confident each of them will continue to represent the Blues well as they continue on the pathway to International rugby.

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