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Kansas City Blues Fall 2017 News and Events

10.07.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 vs Chicago Lions. D2 vs Northland.

Kansas City Blues vs Chicago Lions, October 7th, 2017

09.30.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 fall short of Division Leaders Metropolis

Kansas City Blues Results, September 23rd, 2017

By Alexander Diegel | RugbyToday.com
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Over in Metropolis, Minn., Metropolis RFC continued its undefeated run with a 30-19 home win over the Kansas City Blues. Flyhalf Peceli Rinakama struck first three minutes in, then the Blues answered three minutes later. Flanker Martin Broberg put Metro back on top, fullback Bryan Ptomey converted, and the defenses stood up as the 12-5 Metro lead held for the next 26 minutes. Eightman Pita Naruma extended the home team’s lead at 34’, and the teams went into the break with Metropolis up 17-5.

Reserve wing Sean Kelly then made it 22-5 at 51’ and the Metropolis bench came up big again with another try from the reserves, this one courtesy of Ryan Gilligan. The Blues scored three straight tries to make it interesting, but the damage was pretty much done. Ptomey tacked on a penalty kick for good measure with three minutes left to make the game’s final score 30-19.

“We played well in spurts, but KC was also very strong,” said Metropolis coach Rob Holder. “I think we had a lot of field position in the end of the first half that wore down Kansas City. Having them play out of their own end was probably the key. Then in the second half we had a lot of fresh legs.”

09.23.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 lose close game on the road. D2 remains unbeaten.

Kansas City Blues Results, September 23rd, 2017

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In the most competitive match of the day Cincinnati and Kansas City went back and forth for a hard fought 80 minutes and as is usually the case with close struggles, penalties decided the day. First on the board were the Blues as flyhalf Michael Mercer struck on a penalty kick early and wing Greg Fry added 5 points when he dotted down moments later. A yellow card by Blues loosehead prop Devante Manu gave Wolfhounds scrumhalf John Stapleton a shot at goal and he would not miss and a second yellow on Blues hooker Greg McAvoy gave Stapleton the chance to bring his club within two. Down two big men the Blues gave up tough meters to the Wolfhounds and #8 Eric Lalley gave Cincinnati the lead with a converted try, 13 – 8. Eagle flanker Brodie Orth answered for the Blues and Mercer sent his side into the shed leading 15 – 13.

The second 40 was much of the same as both squads traded penalties and 3 pointers. Within the first 10 minutes Stapleton had given Cincy the lead only to lose it again to Mercer moments later. As the match wore on it would be clear discipline would decide the day and it would be the Blues who faltered. Penalties at the 67 and 74 minute marks gave Stapleton the opportunity to take the lead and extend it which he did giving the Wolfhounds a much needed home win.

Next up for the Wolfhounds is a tough road trip to Chicago to face the Lions while the Blues travel to Metropolis hoping to hand the table toppers their first loss.

09.16.17 - Kansas City Blues win second week on the road 76-5 over the Chicago Griffins

Kansas City Blues Results, September 16th, 2017

By Alexander Diegel | RugbyToday.com
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A home match in Chicago, Illinois was not enough to stop the bleeding in the Griffins’ tough start to the season. The Kansas City Blues scored early of often and just nine minutes in, wing Sean Murray and flanker Walter Elder already scored, and the visitors did not look back from there.

Wing Evan Ernstmann (2), inside center David McDonough, flanker Scott Kendrick, flyhalf Michael Mercer, Murray again, fullback Brendan Nachbar, and outside center Greg Fry (3) finished up the scoring for Kansas City. Mercer hit five of his conversions, with Murray and Nachbar tacking on one apiece.

09.09.17 - Kansas City Blues with big wins over Palmer and Goats

Kansas City Blues Results, September 9th, 2017

By Evan Lappen | RugbyToday.com
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Division 1 Recap. Kansas City Blues win on the road at Palmer

In the Men's Club, Metropolis continues to reign supreme over the Midwest by reaching the century mark over the Chicago Griffins, 109-12. In the remaining games, Cincinnati outscored Milwaukee, the Chicago Lions beat Columbus by one point, 25-24, and the Kansas City Blues won on the road versus Palmer on Saturday.

Starting Lineup: 1. Luke Haider, 2. Erik Miller, 3. Ryan Scheidt, 4. Brodie Orth (VC), 5. Matt Wirken, 6. James Clarke, 7. Walt Elder, 8. Rick Korvick, 9. Casey Cummings, 10. Kelly Mercer (C), 11. Greg Fry, 12. David McDonough, 13. Cody Weber, 14. Kenny Scott, 15. Brendan Nachbar. Game Changers: 16. Jordan Rice, 17. Sean Murray, 18. Jim Eftink, 19. Nathan Foster. Coach: Scott Kram

Kansas City Blues vs Palmer Highlights

Division 2 Recap. Kansas City Blues D2 Starts Season with a win over Oamha Goats

The Blues D2 side started their 2017 Fall campaign with a workmanlike win over the Omaha G.O.A.T.S this Saturday. Due to scheduling conflicts the Blues "home" fixture was graciously hosted by Kansas Jayhawk Rugby at Westwick Rugby Complex in Lawrence. Special thanks to Rick Renfro, Head Coach Matt Schwartz and the Kansas Jayhawk Rugby Club for being such great hosts and for providing a beautiful pitch to play on. The match started with Omaha striking first with a quick try resulting from an overload out wide about seven minutes into the match. The Blues defense was rock solid for the rest of the first half and the half concluded with a try after 19 year old flyhalf Sean Lenihan offloaded to 48 year old prop reserve Lati Sipinga who bull dozed his way into the try zone. The match went into the break with a score of 5-5.

The second half started with a tremendous one man effort by James "Jimmer" Flath as he spun away from 2 defenders before taking 4 defenders into the try zone as he dotted down the try to conclude a beautiful 20 meter run. The second half also saw some impact veteran subs with old timers and longtime teammates, Jay Allen & Bubba George coming off the bench. Jay "Train" Allen added some tremendous go forward on offense and scored a penalty try after his 30 meter rumble ended in a high tackle around the 5 meter line. With about 15 minutes remaining Jay Allen made his presence known again by causing a "not releasing" penalty against Omaha which resulted in a penalty conversion by Sean Lenihan to take the score to 22-12. Omaha scored the final try with no time remaining to end the match with a final score of 22-17 with the Blues coming out on top.

Many players showed well for Head Coach Joe D'Agostino's squad. Prop Brandon Hayes played a strong 80 minutes, KU graduate and Blues newcomer center David Marr was a spark offensively, Zach Pollom caused several crucial turnovers with his ball poaching skills and obviously Jay Allen was an impact reserve. Ultimately though it was UCM grad and Blues newcomer, Demetri Westbrook, that was awarded Man of the Match. His great decision making, break away runs and crushing form tackles were a huge factor in the win. The Blues D2 will be back in action in Lawrence again in 2 weeks against a tough K-State squad.

Starting Lineup: 1. Brandon Hayes, 2. James Flath, 3. Reed Harbour, 4. Trevor Salsey , 5. Tom Murphy, 6. Trigg Routh , 7. Alex Bertz, 8. Kam Powelson, 9. Chris Reed, 10. Sean Lenihan, 11. Dimitri Westbrook, 12. David Mauer, 13. Zach Pollom, 14. Oja Ena, 15. Sam Wiese Game Changers: Ilati Sipping, Nate Portz, Alan Bortolotti, Fabrizzio Bortolotti, Brendan Murphy, Bubba George, Steve Jackman, Brandon Hearn, Matt Orallo , Jay Allen, Todd Brier. Coaches: Joe D'Agostino, Darlwin Nelson. Manager: Kyle Izard

Kansas City Blues vs Omaha Goats Highlights

09.02.17 - Kansas City Blues, fall to Milwaukee. Metropolis undefeated early in D1 Midwest

Kansas City Blues Results, September 2nd, 2017

By Alexander Diegel | RugbyToday.com
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The Milwaukee Barbarians hit the road and upset the Kansas City Blues in Kansas City, Mo., 31-22. The opening tries from wing Cody Weber and lock Matt Wirken spotted the Blues a 12-0 lead in the first ten minutes of the match. With a two-possession disadvantage and a man in the bin, things did not look good for Milwaukee early.

However, the Barbarians held on for the ten-minute penalty, returned to fifteen strong and immediately were back in the game with a try from Matt Drzewiecki, converted by scrummy Nick Vigder, to make it 12-7 at 21’. That score held until 45’ when Vigder struck and converted his own to put the visitors up 14-12. KC's Mike Mercer gave his squad the lead back with a penalty kick, but Milwaukee answered as Drzewiecki notched his second and Vigder was good again for the conversion. Kansas City then jumped back on top with the try and conversion from Richard Korvick and Mercer.

The one-point lead held until Milwaukee eightman Kyle Cwiklis found pay dirt to give his team a 26-22 lead. Barbarians’ lock Ben Bastian sealed the victory for the visitors at 77’ for the game’s final score, 31-22.

Starting Lineup: 1. Matt Behnami, 2. Scott McAvoy, 3. Ryan Scheidt, 4. Cale Harbour, 5. Matt Wirken, 6. James Clarke, 7. Connor McDonough, 8. Jim Eftink, 9. Casey Cummings, 10. Kelly Mercer (C), 11. Greg Fry, 12. David McDonough , 13. Cody Weber, 14. Evan Ernstmann, 15. Kenny Scott. Game Changers: 16. Rick Korvick, 17. Jordan Rice, 18. Silas Johnson, 19. Luke Haider, 20. Trigg Routh, 21. Branson Hayes, 22. Kam Powelson.

Kansas City Blues vs Milwaukee Barbarians Highlights

08.26.17 - Kansas City Blues, Metropolis, notch bigs wins in DI Midwest

By Alexander Diegel | RugbyToday.com
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The Blues rode a potent offense and strong defense to a 41-31 home victory over Columbus in Kansas City, Mo. It wasn’t easy, as Kansas City had to rebound from a 14-0 deficit after Riekert Hattingh and Daejon Street scored for Columbus in the first 20 minutes of play.

Flyhalf Michael Mercer got the Blues on the board with a penalty kick at 20’, Columbus extended its lead with another Hattingh try, then flanker Richard Korvick notched the Blues’ first try. Columbus responded with a Joseph Schroeder try and with 30 minutes in, the visitors still held a strong 26-8 lead. Blues’ lock Matt Wirkin scored a critical try just before half, Mercer converted and the lead was cut to 26-15 heading into the break.

The Blues scored first in the second half from center Cody Weber as the comeback was on with the Blues down 26-22. Wing Blake Baty gave Blues its first lead in the 57' at 27-26. With the momentum, KC didnt let up and reserve wing Evan Ernstmann quickly made his presence felt with a try, converted by Mercer, to extend the lead to 34-26. Weber struck again at 75’ pretty much sealing up the victory. Columbus fought through to the end with Roland Suniula notching a try for the game’s final margin of 41-31.

“Our pack played well, and we had a number of breaks form our centers,” Kansas City coach Scott Kram explained about the win. “I was very proud of our first-season players on the wings, who ran with authority and made some game-saving tackles.” Kram pointed to lock Matt Wirkin as his man of the match. Wirkin played with physicality on both sides of the ball. “Matt kept the Columbus defense honest with hard running and had a number of turnovers at the breakdown.”

The Blues will look for more of the same performances next week against the Milwaukee Barbarians, while Columbus will try to rebound in Cincinnati against the Wolfhounds.

Kansas City Blues Results, August 26th, 2017

Starting Lineup: 1. Matt Behnami, 2. Scott McAvoy, 3. Ryan Scheidt, 4. Brodie Orth, 5. Matt Wirken, 6. James Clarke, 7. Connor McDonough, 8. Rick Korvick, 9. Casey Cummings, 10. Kelly Mercer (C), 11. Greg Fry, 12. David McDonough , 13. Cody Weber, 14. Sean Murray, 15. Brendan Nachbar. Game Changers: 16. Cale Harbour, 17. Jordan Rice, 18. Greg Fry , 19. Luke Haider, 20. Trigg Routh, 21. Silas Johnson, 22. Erik Miller, 23. Evan Ernstmann.

08.19.17 - Kansas City Blues fall to Metropolis after 20-0 Start

By Evan Lappen | RugbyToday.com
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To begin the 2017-2018 Midwest season, Metropolis came back from a 20 point first half deficit to win 42-27 over the Kansas City Blues. Cody Weber and Sean Murray got the Blues on the board first with Kelly Mercer chipping in two conversions and two penalties. Metropolis started its comeback about 30 minutes in as David McGill, Vita Makasini, and Joeli Tikoisuva scored to close the gap to 20-19 at the half.

The Minneapolis, Minn. club took the lead with a Bryant Larson try and a Brian Ptomey penalty. KC cut the lead to two points with a Brendan Nachbar try at 29-27, but Metropolis’ Ekapatelisio Veamatahau and Jerome Strother Jr. finished the game with tries and Ptomey added a PK at the end for the 42-27 victory.

In his first season as the Metropolis head coach, Rob Holder takes over a young squad with a ton of potential. On the comeback, Holder said, “We eliminated mistakes. KC took advantage of a lot of our mistakes early on. We were playing nervous and were making decent decisions but our execution was poor. Our execution got better and once we scored a couple of tries at the end of the first half, our confidence went up.”

Metropolis travels to the Chicago Lions next week and Holder expects a tough challenge. “We want to continue to gain experience and test ourselves. They are going to be really good so we will test our young guys and gain experience and composure.”

Kansas City Blues Results, August 19th, 2017

Starting Lineup: 1. Matt Behnami, 2. Scott McAvoy, 3. Keith Hicks, 4. Brodie Orth, 5. Matt Wirken, 6. Kevin Schwartze, 7. Rick Korvick, 8. James Clarke, 9. Casey Cummings, 10. Kelly Mercer (C), 11. Kendrick Scott, 12. David McDonough , 13. Cody Weber, 14. Sean Murray, 15. Brendan Nachbar. Game Changers: 16. Cale Harbour, 17. Ryan Scheidt, 18. Rasheed Brady, 19. Jake Gaston, 20. Blake Baty, 21. Jordan Rice, 22. Greg Fry, 23. Evan Ernstmann.

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