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KANSAS CITY BLUES RUGBY - NEWS AND EVENTS




Kansas City Blues Fall 2016 News and Events

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02.18.17 - Save the date for February 18th, 2016 and plan to help us celebrate another successful year of KC Blues Rugby!
12.25.16 - Kansas City Blues Rugby Holiday Adopt-a-Family Project
12.05.17 - Order your copy of the Kansas City Blues 50th Anniversary Vol. 1
11.19.16 -  Blues defeat Griffins 58-38, maintain place in middle of the D1 Midwest Rugby Conference

10.29.16 - Blues look forward to two must-win matches to close out fall D1 schedule
10.22.16 - Blues look to maintain control of local rivalry this weekend in D2 matchup with KCRFC
10.15.16 - Walt Elder back at Olympic 7's Training Camp
10.15.16 - The Kansas City Blues suffer their first home defeat of the season as they fall to Metropolis 43-20.

09.10.16 - Blues Earn Big Win At Cincinnati, Move To 2-0

08.31.16 - In memory of Pat Mercer
08.27.16 - Highlights from the Blue's D1 season opening 26-14 win over Palmer

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02.18.17 - Save the date for February 18th, 2016 and plan to help us celebrate another successful year of KC Blues Rugby!

Please plan to join us for the Kansas City Blues Annual Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction on February 18th, 2017 at Grand Street Café, on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO.

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!

KC Blues Award Banquet Date:
February 18th, 2016
Time:
6:00pm Drinks - 7:00pm Dinner
Location:
Grand Street Café
4740 Grand Ave, Kansas City, MO 64112
(816) 561-8000

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12.25.16 - Kansas City Blues Rugby Holiday Adopt-a-Family Project

Imagine being a single parent raising three children, struggling to make ends meet and wanting your child to experience Christmas morning like every other child. Picture a senior citizen, living alone and using what little income they have to pay for rent and utilities, having to make a decision between medication and food, but longing to feel the warmth and cheer of the holiday. Imagine being a father with a family, picking up the pieces and trying to get back on your feet during the holiday season.

There are people like this throughout Kansas City who need caring people like The Blues to open our hearts and help bring joy and cheer to families and individuals again this holiday season!

Over the years, countless Blues family members and friends have donated tens of thousands of dollars for the Don Bosco Holiday Friends Program, participating in the shopping, wrapping, and delivery of presents to all of the adopted families. Don Bosco is no longer providing this Holiday service to the needy, but the Blues have found another program that is!

Please open your hearts and your wallets, and help out again this year! Here is how you can help.

Send any donations ($5 - $5K!) via pay pal to Tim Kluempers at heartlandrugby@aol.com, or mail a check postmarked no later than December 9th to Tim at 8222 Parkhill Circle, Lenexa KS 66215 – and email/call him to tell him it’s coming! Tim will get a tax donation letter back to you via email or in the mail if you send a check.

If you’d prefer to funnel your donation through the Blues 501(c)3, we can transfer the funds to Tim as well. You can do that via PayPal as well at bluesrugbypayment@gmail.com (send via ‘Friends/Family’ and include a note indicating Holiday Donation), or via the KC Blues App.

If you cannot donate money, but can donate time, we’ll take that too! Contact Chris George via email at chrisgeorge44@yahoo.com if you can help with shopping, wrapping, or delivery.

Shopping and wrapping will be the evenings of December 14th & 15th, with gift delivery on Saturday December 17th.

Any questions about the Rugby Holiday Adopt-a-Family can be directed to Tim Kluempers (timkl@budnickconverting.com), or Chris George (chrisgeorge44@yahoo.com).


12.05.17 - Order your copy of the Kansas City Blues 50th Anniversary Vol. 1

Order your copy of the Kansas City Blues 50th Anniversary documentary, Volume 1. Litmited quantity available.

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11.19.16 - Blues defeat Griffins 58-38, maintain place in middle of the D1 Midwest Rugby Conference standings entering winter break in play.

Paced by the dynamic play of standouts like Gannon Moore, Afa Tapusoa, and Kelly Mercer, the Blues put an exclamation point on the conclusion of their their 50th year by scoring 58 points in their home victory over the Chicago Griffins this past Saturday at the Children’s Mercy Training Center at Swope Soccer Village. The Griffins entered the contest with a lot of momentum as one of the top teams in the Conference and proved their firepower by scoring 38 points in defeat.

The win moves the Blues record to 5-4 entering the mid-season winter break in the schedule. They’ll resume play in the USA Rugby Division 1 Midwest Conference on March 18, 2017 when they host the Cincinnati Wolfhounds at Swope Soccer Village.


10.29.16 - Blues look forward to two must-win matches to close out fall D1 schedule

The Blues development side defended the pride of the Club on October 29th, coming defeating longtime rivals KCRFC in a D2 conference match-up at Wyandotte County Park. Chris “Bubba” George was named Man of the Match, leading the Blues in a gutsy performance. Meanwhile that same day, the D1 side was overmatched in Chicago, losing 36-0 to the Lions in Midwest Conference match and dropping their record to 4-3.


10.22.16 - Blues look to maintain control of local rivalry this weekend in D2 matchup with KCRFC

The Blues development side will defend the pride of the Club this coming weekend, squaring off against longtime rivals KCRFC in a D2 conference matchup on October 29th at Wyandotte County Park. Kick-off is set for 1:00pm. WyCo Park is located at State Avenue & 126th, Bonner Springs, KS.

Coming off an impressive 2nd Place finish at the Cowboy Invitational in Stillwater OK this past weekend, the Blues development side will look to apply the lessons learned this weekend from their 14-7 defeat to an experienced Tulsa RFC team in the Championship. The D1 side heads into Chicago with a 4-2 record, and in need of a key road win that would not only complete a season sweep of the Lions, but would position them more securely in the upper echelon of the Midwest Conference standings.


10.15.16 - Walt Elder back at Olympic 7's Training Camp

Blues standout flanker, Walt Elder, is back at his second consecutive Eagle 7's camp this week at the Olympic Training Grounds in Chula Vista, CA. This camp includes a short list of those that will be considered for the upcoming 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series which will begin the first weekend in December in Dubai. Good luck to Walt as he continues to close in on his rugby dreams!


10.15.16 - The Kansas City Blues suffer their first home defeat of the season as they fall to Metropolis 43-20.

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09.10.16 - Blues Earn Big Win At Cincinnati, Move To 2-0

In the face of tremendous adversity, the Kansas City Blues showed the strength and perseverance that has come to define this Club in defeating the Cincinnati Wolfhounds today 19-17. Still trying to manage through an extremely difficult time as players, staff, and the extended Blues family continue to mourn the loss of teammate Patty Mercer, the Blues were able to honor their departed brother and earn a critical Midwest Conference victory on the road in inclement weather. Following their Week 1 season opening 26-14 defeat over Palmer Dragons at home, the win over Cincinnati moves the Blues to 2-0 in Conference play.

The day began with the hosts showing a lot of class in pre-game by observing a moment of silence in Pat Mercer’s memory. Cincinnati also joined the Blues in honoring Pat by not dressing any of their players in the #10 jersey. The Blues, for their part, will not wear the #10 jersey on the field for any D1 or D2 games for the entire 2016/2017 season as a memorial to Pat. Additional plans to honor Pat's memory this season will be announced in the coming days. Once the match got underway in Cincinnati, the Blues overcame the fatigue of the past 11 days and battled through the wet weather to take the road victory.

Thanks to the gentlemen of Cincinnati Rugby for honoring Patrick Mercer before we went head to head with them today.



08.31.16 - In memory of Pat Mercer

Last night, the Kansas City Blues rugby club lost a teammate, a friend, and more importantly a brother. Patrick Mercer, beloved son of Mike & Jackie and brother to Kelly & Jack - and brother to us all through sport - passed away from a fatal car accident on his way home from rugby practice Tuesday.

Patrick was about as happy an individual as anyone has encountered. He came to our club by way of Pitt St. University where he was a leader on and off the field. He was a core member of our Sporting Club Rugby 7s Academy the past three summers, where he excelled. He played his first ever match for the KC Blues this past Saturday – following in his dad’s and his brother Kelly’s footsteps.

Pat’s passion and desire will surely be remembered, but it was his infectious positive attitude that will carry him on with us. No matter the situation, Pat was flashing that ever-loving, engaging smile. Patrick Mercer, you are loved; you are missed; a day won’t go by without you in our hearts.

With very heavy hearts, we ask that you all keep the Mercer family in your thoughts and prayers.

Kansas City Blues Pat Mercer

Patrick Mercer, 24, of Lee's Summit, was tragically taken August 30, 2016, as a result of injuries sustained in a fatal motor vehicle accident.

Patrick was born July 18, 1992, in St. Louis, the second of three sons to Mike and Jackie Mercer. The family moved to the Kansas City area in 2003 where Patrick attended Lee's Summit schools and went on to Pittsburg State University. He recently graduated this past May having earned a bachelor's degree in Construction Management. He landed his first job at E&K as a Project Manager.

Patrick had a deep passion for family, rugby, baseball, his beloved dog, Chewy, and the company of good friends. Patrick was about as happy an individual as anyone has encountered. At Pittsburg State, he was a leader both on and off the field and had played his first ever 15's rugby match for the Kansas City Blues Rugby Club this past Saturday – following in his dad's and his brother Kelly's footsteps and with both in attendance. Pat's passion and desire will surely be remembered, but it was his infectious, positive attitude that we will carry with us.

No matter the situation, Pat was flashing that ever-loving, engaging smile. He is loved; he will be missed; a day won't go by without him in our hearts. Patrick, to whom his mother referred as her "calm between two storms", leaves behind his parents, Mike and Jackie Mercer, brothers Kelly and Jack, his grandfather, John Cannon, many aunts, uncles, cousins, his extended family of the Kansas City Blues Rugby Club, Gorrillahead Rugby, and his numerous friends that have all continued to share their love and prayers for Patrick and his family.

They would like all of you to know that it has helped more than you will ever know and Patrick sees it.

Our Patrick will never be forgotten.



08.27.16 - Highlights from the Blue's D1 season opening 26-14 win over Palmer


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