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KANSAS CITY BLUES RUGBY - NEWS AND EVENTS




Kansas City Blues Spring 2016 News and Events

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04.30.16 - Blues Fall To Metropolis In Conference Semifinals
04.13.16 - Blues Get Big Win Over Metropolis, Enter Conference Championship Play
04.16.16 - Blues Drop Close Matches To Lions, Islanders

04.06.16 - Gannon Mooore Midco Sports Feature

04.02.16 - Kansas City Blues vs Palmer Dragons Highlights.

04.02.16 - KC Blues Gannon Moore & Brodie Orth Sign With PRO Rugby!

04.02.16 - Blues Return Home Hosting Palmer Dragons and Omaha Goats

03.26.16 - Blues Win Back to Back Weekends vs. Columbus RFC

03.19.16 - Blues Gain Experience At Rugby Gold Cup, Host Home Opener This Saturday

03.12.16 - Blues Resume Season This Weekend At Rugby Gold Cup In Dallas, TX
02.27.16 - Save the date for February 27th, 2016 and plan to help us celebrate another successful year of KC Blues Rugby!

02.13.16 - Brody Orth earns first offical cap as US Victory over Canada sends Eagles top of ARC
02.20.16 - Brodie Orth to represent USA Eagles at inaugural ARC against Chile on February 20th, 2016

03.26.16 - Heartland Youth Rugby Non-Contact Youth Rugby League

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04.30.16 - Blues Fall To Metropolis In Conference Semifinals

The Kansas City Blues lost the “rubber match” against Metropolis on the road in Minneapolis this past weekend, 29-22. After upending their northern rivals 19-13 in their final regular season game last weekend, the hosts were too much for the Blues in their return trip to the Twin Cities with a berth in the Conference Final on the line. With the loss, the Blues were eliminated from National Championship contention and will miss out on next season’s Rugby Gold Cup, finishing 3rd in the Conference with a 9-5 record (10-8 overall). Metro will play the Chicago Griffins for the Conference Championship next weekend, with the winner moving on to the USA Rugby National Championship Elite Eight. The Blues were the defending Conference regular season and Championship winners in 2014-2015, having narrowly lost in last year’s Elite Eight.

The Blues reserve side also dropped their season finale on Saturday, suffering a rare loss to the Club’s oldest rivals KC RFC, 12-0.

The Club's athletes and staff will recover and regroup, looking ahead to the 2016 7's Rugby season which kicks off in mid-June.


04.13.16 - Blues Get Big Win Over Metropolis, Enter Conference Championship Play

The Kansas City Blues defeated Metropolis on the road in Minneapolis this past weekend 19-13 in their final regular season game, and now look ahead to a return trip to the Twin Cities for a rematch with Metro in the Midwest Rugby Premiership Semifinals on Saturday. With a 9-5 record (10-7 overall), the Blues have finished 3rd in the Premiership and will attempt to take down 2nd place Metropolis in the knock-out stage. The winner of their semifinal match on April 30th will secure a place in next year’s Rugby Gold Cup competition, and will advance to the MRP Championship match in Chicago on May 7th. The winner of the MRP Championship match will advance to the USA Rugby National Championship Elite Eight. The Blues are the defending MRP regular season and Championship winners, having narrowly lost in last year’s Elite Eight.


04.16.16 - Blues Drop Close Matches To Lions, Islanders

The Kansas City Blues have locked up 3rd place in the Midwest Rugby Premiership, despite a tough loss to the 1st place Chicago Lions at home on Saturday night by a score of 25-22 at Swope Soccer Village. With a record of 8 wins and 5 losses in MRP play, the Blues did secure the necessary bonus points to cement themselves in 3rd place with one week remaining on the regular season schedule, guaranteeing them a spot in the MRP Championship Semifinals on April 30th. The Blues now go back on the road to Minneapolis this weekend to play 2nd place Metropolis in the final game of the MRP season, and regardless of the outcome they will return to Minneapolis the following weekend for a rematch with their northern rivals in the MRP Championship Semifinals. The winner of their semifinal match on April 30th will secure a place in next year’s Rugby Gold Cup competition, and will advance to the MRP Championship match in Chicago on May 7th. The winner of the MRP Championship match will advance to the USA Rugby National Championship Elite Eight. The Blues are the defending MRP regular season and Championship winners, having narrowly lost in last year’s Elite Eight.

The Blues reserve side also suffered heartbreak in a close loss on Saturday, losing a D2 league match to the KC Islanders at their home pitch in Independence on a last-minute score, 23-20. The developmental side will look ahead to their D2 league match on the road this weekend against the Omaha GOATS. The GOATS got the better of the Blues in KC a few weeks ago, but the team’s approach to the game and execution is sure to be better this time around.



04.06.16 - Gannon Mooore Midco Sports Feature

Kansas City Blues Gannon Moore was recently featured on Midco Sports Magazine ‘Olympic Aspirations’ show. Gannon's story begins at the 14:20 mark.

 


04.02.16 - Kansas City Blues vs Palmer Dragons Highlights.

D1 GAME DAY RESULTS: The men from Palmer stole the match with a last minute try to seal the win inching the Blues by a single point. 40-39. Definitely was a nail biter to the last minute. Congrats to Palmer on the victory.



04.02.16 - KC Blues Gannon Moore & Brodie Orth Sign With PRO Rugby!

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Brody Orth and Gannon Moore

Blues stars Gannon Moore and Brodie Orth will have the chance this spring to realize the dreams of so many rugby players in the professional era, as both have signed on to represent the Denver franchise in the first professional rugby competition in the United States, PRO Rugby. The Professional Rugby Organization (PRO) is a professional sports league comprised of the five rugby union teams located in North America, and is the first competition to be sanctioned by USA Rugby and World Rugby. The league’s mission is to grow the game and provide opportunities for players to train and compete in a full-time, high-performance environment.

Both players will aim to make their debut for Denver against Ohio on opening weekend, April 17th where they will be facing another former Blue, Sebastian Kalm. A Chilean age-grade International and Collegiate All-American who played 7's for the Blues on the 2015 Qualifier side and plays at Lindenwood University, has also signed with PRO Rugby and will play for the Ohio club.

Gannon Moore came to the Blues from Sioux Falls SD in fall of 2013, following a record-breaking career as a running back at Southwest Minnesota State University. An experienced rugby player since high school, Gannon made an immediate impact on the wing for the Blues before moving to the Number 8 position, where he terrorized opposing defenses with his punishing attacking style. Also a standout on the Blues 7s teams that placed 3rd and 9th at Nationals in ’14 & ’15, Gannon was invited to a USA 7’s National Team trial in late 2015. He was voted the 2014’s Forward of the Year and 2015 7’s Player of the Year. Gannon and the and was a member of the extended Eagle 15’s player pool for the America’s Rugby Championship.

Brodie Orth, a Kansas City native who played high school rugby at Park Hill, first came to the Blues in the spring of 2011 after a successful career took him overseas to New Zealand, and to consecutive National Final Fours with the Pearl City RFC. A standout for the Club at 2nd Row and Number 8 since returning to full-time action in 2013, Brodie was selected as 2013’s Forward of the Year. Having spent time playing at the highest levels in the US in the Pacific and American Premierships, Brodie still represented the Blues as a player/coach in 2015 before earning his first USA Eagles cap in this spring’s America’s Rugby Championship where he played for the USA in 5 matches.

The KC Blues are proud of these players for all that they have accomplished and the opportunities they have earned, and thank them for their commitment to building the Club into one of the elite teams in the US in recent years. We wish them the best of luck in their inaugural PRO Rugby season, and invite everyone to follow theirs and the league’s progress via www.facebook.com/prorugby and www.prorugby.org.


04.02.16 - Blues Return Home Hosting Palmer Dragons and Omaha Goats

This weekend the Blues will host their first D2/D1 doubleheader of the spring on Saturday night April 2nd at the Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Soccer Village, with the D2 set to kick-off against the Omaha GOATS at 5:15pm, and the D1 against Palmer Dragons at 7:30pm.

The Kansas City Blues sit in 3rd place in the Midwest Premiership with 7 wins and 3 losses (8-5 overall), following consecutive victories over Columbus RFC to start the spring portion of their Premiership schedule. The Blues throttled an under-manned Columbus side at home 2 weeks ago 106-8, and defeated a stronger unit in Columbus last weekend 34-26. They Club will need to sweep the rest of their D1 spring schedule in order to make the Premiership Championship, with 3 matches remaining: @ Milwaukee 4/9, vs. Chicago Lions 4/16, @ Metropolis 4/23.

Game Times
Blues D2 vs GOATS - 5:15pm kick-off
Blues D1 vs Palmer Dragons - 7:30pm kick-off

Admission is $5.00 - Gold Crest Society, Blues Legends members, Blues Brothers members, and children under 14 enter free. There will be beer for sale inside the gate at Swope, no outside food or alcohol will be permitted inside.


03.26.16 - Blues Win Back to Back Weekends vs. Columbus RFC - William whitehead Jr

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The Blues swept the Columbus rugby club last weekend beating them 36-24. Penalties plagued both teams, but staring set pieces and 4 tries by veteran winger Kenny Scott gave the Kansas City Blues the edge.

After handing Columbus a 105-8 loss the week before, the Blues set out on their longest road trip of the year arriving in Columbus Ohio between 2-4am. Tired but determined, the Blues remembered why they were the Midwest champions a year ago and looked to take down a Columbus team that has consistently given them problems on the road.

As the match progressed. Penalties decided field position and platform for each sides attack, with the Blues controlling the scrums and line outs. "It was complete domination by the Pack" explains coach Marcus Valovalo, "Captain Lloyd Saunders and James Clarke, were disruptive at the breakdown allowing Walt Elder among others to exploit the mismatches on the fringes of the rucks."

This strategy allowed for the Blues to attack the spaces and put players away on the outside. "For 40 minutes today the backline was was successful at running our patterns and seeing the space in front of us. The other 40 our forwards kept Columbus on the back foot with hard nose running and hustle plays" says Flyhalf Kelly Mercer. There were stretches of the match where the Blues seemed unstoppable. Mercer continues, "When we marry the two, (backline and forward play) we are a national championship contender."

With their toughest road game out of the way, the Blues face Palmer Chiropractic at home, at team who has yet to put a win on coach Valovalo. But Coach Valovalo is focused on the big picture. "With all due respect to the other teams in our league, it has become a 3 horse race between us, Metro, and the Lions. But, I am confident we will put up a win at home this weekend."


03.19.16 - Blues Gain Experience At Rugby Gold Cup, Host Home Opener This Saturday

The Kansas City Blues will resume their Midwest Premiership season this weekend March 19th with the spring home opener at the Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Soccer Village, against Columbus RFC. Kick-off is set for 1:00pm CST.

Admission is $5.00, Gold Crest Society, Blues Legends members, Blues Brothers members, and children under 14 enter free. There will be beer for sale inside the gate at Swope, no outside food or alcohol will be permitted inside.

The Blues D2 side will also resume their league schedule, taking on the St. Louis Bombers at a neutral site in Columbia, MO as part of a big day of rugby hosted by the Columbia Outlaws.

This past weekend the Blues gained valuable experience against two of the best teams in the country as they continued play in the inaugural Rugby Gold Cup competition, at Dallas TX. A premiership level tournament featuring the top men’s clubs from the Midwest and Red River Competitive Regions (CRs), the competition features the 2015 Midwest CR Champion KC Blues, 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.

The Blues lost their first match of the weekend to the host Dallas Reds 29-15. On Sunday, the Blues took early command of their match with the Austin Blacks, leading for most of the game and carrying a 24-19 advantage into the 56th minute despite playing the majority of the game with players in the bin. In the final 20 minutes, Austin turned up the pressure and the Blues early-season form and fitness showed as Austin overtook KC for a 40-24 victory behind a late scoring barrage. Metropolis also went 0-2 on the weekend, losing to both Austin and Dallas. Despite the fact that the Texas teams are in the middle of their season - while the Midwest teams were stretching their legs for the first time after the winter break – all 4 matches this weekend were competitive and offered a very high level of competition for each of the teams.

The four teams each have 1 normally scheduled CR League fixture remaining against their CR rivals, which will also count in the Gold Cup standings. Regardless, at 4-0 with maximum points the Austin Blacks have clinched the Gold Cup Championship, while Dallas, Metro, and KC will all be playing for pride and standings in their final Cup matches.

“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.”


03.12.16 - Blues Resume Season This Weekend At Rugby Gold Cup In Dallas, TX

The Kansas City Blues will resume their 2015-2016 season this weekend in Dallas, TX, as Round 2 of the inaugural Rugby Gold Cup competition gets underway. A premiership level tournament featuring the top men’s clubs from the Midwest and Red River Competitive Regions (CRs), the competition features 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.

Matches in Dallas this weekend will be played at Boswell High School, located at 5805 W Bailey Boswell Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76179.

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 1:00pm: Dallas Reds R.F.C. v. Kansas City Blues R.F.C. (streaming on USARugbyTV.com)
Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 1:00pm: Austin Rugby Club v. Kansas City Blues R.F.C. (streaming on USARugbyTV.com)

The Kansas City Blues RFC hosted 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. Additionally, the teams have each played 1 normally scheduled CR League fixture against their CR rivals with 1 each still to play later this spring. After 3 matches for each team, Austin leads the Gold Cup standings at 3-0 with 15 table points, while Metropolis sits in 2nd place at 1-2 but with 7 table points. KC and Dallas are both also 1-2, each with 6 table points.

“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.”


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02.13.16 - Brody Orth earns first offical cap as US Victory over Canada sends Eagles top of ARC

After receiving Man of the Match honors from Head Coach John Mitchell for his performance against Argentina, local Kansas City Blues lock Brodie Orth received his first cap, getting another starting nod February 13th as USA took a 30-22 win over Canada down in Austin, TX.

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Brodie Orth to represent USA Eagles at inaugural ARC against Chile on February 20th, 2016

Kansas City Blues standout 2nd Row and assistant forwards coach Brodie Orth has been selected by the USA National Team to play in the new Americas Rugby Championship (ARC). It’s the American equivalent of Europe’s Six Nations, with the USA, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Chile, and is set to kick off in early February. Orth, who has played for the Blues since 2013, is among 37 players who will represent the United States in the inaugural ARC this month.

He is scheduled to be available to play in the 2nd Row in their Test Matches against Chile, Brazil, and Uruguay. The player pool consists of players from 13 different domestic Clubs and includes just 11 Eagles from last year’s Rugby World Cup and 15 with caps, meaning Orth will be one of as many as 22 players who will earn their first cap in the inaugural competition.


More information at Americas Rugby Championship »



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03.26.16 - Heartland Youth Rugby Non-Contact Youth Rugby League

WHEN: March 26th thru May 15th. All Practices & Games occur mostly on Sunday afternoons.
WHERE: Blue Valley Recreation Complex. 9701 W 137th St, Overland Park, KS 66221 – Field 26.
WHO: Boys & Girls grades 1st - 8th. No Experience Necessary.
COST: $70 - Flag Rugby - For Boys & Girls - 1st thru 8th Grades $85 - BOYS ONLY Tackle - 5th thru 8th Grades

The goal of our Non-Contact Flag Rugby League is to introduce young players to the game of rugby, while incorporating its traditions of sportsmanship, and ultimately having fun. This co-ed league will consist school-grade divisions. Each division plays a variation on the game with its own specific rules and procedures.

Our Tackle Rugby League for 5th through 8th Grade Boys, will introduce young players to the game of rugby, while incorporating the tackle aspect of the game. Since tackling in rugby is much different than any other contact sport, there will be a big emphasis on coaching the proper technique of making, and taking tackles. Our goal is that players learn the contact game of rugby, but most importantly are safe. All Tackle players will be required to play with a Scrum Cap and Mouthpiece. In addition, all Tackle rugby players will also play some Non-Contact games to help them get a full understanding of the game. This Division will play a variation of the contact game with its own specific rules and procedures.


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