12.11.2012 - Kansas City Blues Rugby Football Club 2012 Winter AGM
Date: Tuesday, December 11th Time: 6:00 pm Location: The Gaf: 7122 Wornall Rd. KCMO 64114 (In the basement) Map and Directions: Click here. Phone: 816-333-1321
Come early if you wish to eat. All are encouraged to attend. Only players and old boys in good standing will be eligible to vote or be considered for a position.
11.10.12 - Blues Family Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday evening, November 10, 2012
St. Thomas Moore Parish Hall
11822 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO 64131
The Kansas City Blues are bringing back the annual Spaghetti Dinner! Join us at St. Thomas Moore Parish Hall on Saturday night, November 10th for this wonderful family-friendly event! Save the date November 10th and stay tuned to www.kcblues.org and Blues News for details and updates on this Club event.
10.22.12 - KC Blues Club Night at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park – October 24th
Sporting Kansas City will host the entire Blues organization at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park on Wednesday October 24th, as Sporting takes on Philadelphia in the regular season finale. Blues players from the May 2012 Elite Eight teams in D1 & D3, along with the National Qualifying Sevens team, and the current squad will all be recognized on the field before the game or at halftime of the MLS match that night in front of what is expected to be a sold-out crowd.
he Glendale Raptors moved to 1-0 in the West North DI league with a systematic 60-13 dismantling of a very good Kansas City Blues side Saturday in Colorado.
The Raptors hit on an early formula and kept using it, as Dustin Croy was set free for the first three tries of the game. James Paterson converted two to give Glendale an early 19-0 lead. Doug Graves added a try to make it 24-0.
Kansas City came back, and forced Glendale to get on the wrong side of the ref a few times. This led to a penalty kick, and later a penalty try to make it 24-10 at halftime.
But Croy was back wreaking havoc in the second half, scoring his fourth try to stretch the Glendale lead. Paterson them touched down twice in quick succession, followed by Dewon Reed, Justin Pauga, and Zac Pauga. KC could only managed one penalty kick.
The Kansas City Blues Division 1 side defeated the visiting Boulder RFC 50-7 at the Sporting Kansas City Training Facility at Swope Park on Saturday night, moving their record to 1-0 in the West Northern Conference, and 4-1 overall. Wing Kenny Scott recorded his second hat-trick of the season with 3 tries, flyhalf Kelly Mercer added two tries, and fullback Marty Cummings, center Conner Smith, and Number 8 Nate Conkey each scored. Wing Joe D’Agostino added excellent goal-kicking. In the opening match of the evening, the Division 3 side lost a close game 20-19 to Springfield RFC to go to 0-2 in the Heart of America Conference, and drop to 1-3 overall.
The Kansas City Blues got off to a 1-0 start in the West-North with a 50-7 win over Boulder Saturday night at Swope Park in Kansas City, Mo. The Blues took a 16-0 lead into halftime, but it could have been more lopsided.
Wing Joe D’Agostino opened scoring in the game’s second minute, slotting a short-range penalty. Boulder put together some nice possessions, utilizing offloads in contact to slowly move the ball down the field, but the Blues dominated the territorial game.
Off of a lineout near Boulder’s 22, the Blues went touch line to touch line for a try. Flyhalf Kelly Mercer took clean ball from the set piece and cross kicked for wing Kenny Scott. Scott fielded the bounced ball in the try zone and grounded it for the score before his momentum carried him out of bounds. The corner conversion was missed, leaving the Blues up 8-0.
Kansas City nearly scored again minutes later off of a quick lineout, but an offload feet short of the try line was knocked on. Lock Adam Orr pressured Boulder’s wing into fly kicking to touch to create the opportunity.
10.24.12 - Blues D1 side defeats St. Louis Bombers in friendly, D3 loses Conference match to KC Islanders
The Kansas City Blues Division 1 side maintained control of another long-standing Regional rivalry this past weekend, defeating the visiting St. Louis Bombers 35-11 at the Shawnee Mission East High School football stadium. A strong defensive effort and a number of big breaks from forwards Matt Potchad, Jay Allen, Eric Munninghoff, and Nate Conkey set the table for some electric scores from the Blues dynamic backline. In the opening match of the day, the Division 3 side lost to a powerful KC Islanders Club 62-14 to go to 0-1 in the Heart of America Conference, and drop to 1-2 overall. Matt Brotermarkle was Man of the Match for the Blues Reserves, playing a strong game from Number 8 despite the loss. Click here to view photos on the Blues vs St. Louis Bombers game courtesy of Phil Peterson.
The Blues D1 side will open the West Northern Conference season this Saturday September 29th, hosting Boulder Rugby this Saturday night under the lights. The D3 side will start things off again in its second Heart of America Conference match, against Springfield RFC.
Admission to the matches is $5.00, children under 14 are free.
6:00pm - D3 vs Springfield RFC
8:00pm – D1 vs Boulder Rugby
KC Blues merchandise (polo’s and caps) will be available for purchase at this Saturday’s games – buy your new Blues gear and support the Club!
10.18.12 - Scott Adamson steps down from head coach of the Kansas City Blues
After four successful years at the helm of the Kansas City Blues RFC, Head Coach Scott Adamson announced his resignation from the program on Monday. Blues Club President Derek Mannell also announced that Assistant Coach Scott Kram will step-in and serve as Head Coach for the remainder of the 2012-13 season, along with Coaches Mike Schlatter and Pete Winklebauer. The Blues are three matches into the non-conference season with the Blues Division 1 side at 2-1, and the Division 3 side at 1-1. In 2011-2012 Adamson led the Blues to historic success, compiling a 4-1-1 regular conference season record for the D1 and an overall D1 record of 10-5-1 en route to the deepest playoff run for the Club (quarterfinals) in the D1 National Championships since 2001. The D3 side simultaneously advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2012 D3 Nationals Championships under Coach Adamson, compiling a 4-2 conference record and going 11-7 overall. The Blues were only the 2nd team in the history of USA Rugby to advance more than one side beyond the National Round of 16 in the same year in any Division.
"I have had a great time and really enjoyed being a part of a club that demands a very high level of commitment and success,” Adamson said in an email to the Executive Board.
In just over four years, Adamson amassed a very impressive overall record of 63-29-1 across the D1, D2, and D3 programs for the Blues, helping to lead a turn-around for a Club that was struggling following departure from the Super League in 2006. Under Adamson, the Blues D1 side went 35-20-1 (17-12-1 in conference), and the Reserve sides went 28-19-1 in D2 and D3 (12-8 in conference). He coached the Blues to appearances in the D1 USA Rugby National Championships Round of 16 in both 2010 and 2012, while simultaneously operating a Reserve side that competed at the D2 level in ’09 & ’10, and D3 in ’11 & ’12, at one point managing a Club roster of over 50 active players while developing a number of players who advanced to contribute for the D1 Blues.
Adamson met with the players before practice on Tuesday night to announce he was stepping down. "I was and still am a supporter of Scott as a person and his dedication to the Blues,” Mannell said in an email accepting the resignation. “He worked tirelessly to improve our team and make the Blues nationally relevant again. Thank you Scott, you will be missed."
Despite the change, the Club is confident Coaches Kram, Schlatter, and Winklebauer will do an excellent job in taking over the program. "Scott Kram is an accomplished player, a smart rugby guy and has been a part of the program for many years now. He has our full support and we are excited that in light of the unfortunate parting, he will have the chance to shine. He has also been the driving force and coach of our successful 7's program,” said Mannell.
Over the last three years, Kram has assisted Adamson as backline coach. Winklebauer joined the staff in 2010, and Schlatter in 2011. Kram has also served as Head Coach for the Blues 7s team since 2009, most recently leading the Club to their first 7s National Championship Tournament qualification in over 10 years this past summer.
As the Blues continue on the path to success, Club leaders are excited about the future. "I strongly encourage positivity going forward,” Mannel said, asking all Club members to “be respectful and excited about what we have accomplished, supportive about where we are, and positive about where we are going."
The Blues will host the St. Louis Bombers at 3:00pm, and KC Islanders at 1:30pm this Saturday at Shawnee Mission East High School, in Prairie Village KS. The stadium is located on 75th Street, just east of Mission Road. Admission to the matches is $5.00, children under 14 are free.
09.15.12 - D1 Blues vs Omaha G.O.A.T.S., D3 Blues vs. St. Louis Ramblers
Kansas City Blues vs. Omaha G.O.A.T.S.
The Kansas City Blues Division 1 side bounced back from a shocking defeat the previous weekend in an impressive 48-12 victory over the visiting Omaha GOATS, in the Blues debut at the Shawnee Mission East High School football stadium on September 15th. After dropping the past two season’s friendly match-ups with the GOATS, the victory marks the Club’s first win over the strong Omaha side since the spring of 2010, adding more fire to a respectful regional rivalry between the Clubs.
Fullback Marty Cummings opened up the scoring with a try in the 11th minute, and the Blues added 4 more scores in the first half through flanker Nate Conkey (2), and wing Kenny Scott (2). Wing Joe D’Agostino converted 2 of the 4 scores pacing the Blues to a 29-0 lead at the half. The GOATS got on the board to start the 2nd half with a try in the 42nd minute, however the Blues picked up right where they left off shortly after as Scott touched down his 3rd try of the game, followed by scores from center Tim Curtis, and flanker Chris Fischer. Flyhalf Kelly Mercer converted on 2 of the final scores. Omaha showed some resiliency at the end, scoring a converted try in the 78th minute to close the gap slightly, with the game ending minutes later at 48-12 in favor of the Blues. Click here to view photos on the Blues vs Omaha G.O.A.T.S. game courtesy of Phil Peterson.
Kansas City Blues vs. St. Louis Ramblers
In the Blues other match of the day, the very young Division 3 side dropped a tough match 38-10 to an experienced St. Louis Ramblers side. Expected to be a challenge for the Blues as the Ramblers compete at the Division 2 level, the visitors shot out to a 17-0 lead before fullback Pablo Carrera put the home side on the board with a penalty in the 22nd minute to keep the Blues in the game. The Ramblers began to roll from there however, scoring twice more to end the half with a 31-3 lead. After the break, the Blues settled in and played a very good game for the next 30 minutes, highlighted by a converted try for the home side in the 70th minute to make the score 31-10. The Ramblers struck back minutes later to extend their lead to 38-10, where it would hold as the game concluded. Click here to view photos on the Blues vs St. Louis Ramblers game courtesy of Phil Peterson.
09.08.12 - D1 Kansas City Blues vs Kansas University, D3 Blues vs St. Louis Hornets
The Kansas City Blues split their Fall 2012 season home-opener weekend matches, with the D3 defeating the visiting St. Louis Hornets 36-22, and the D1 getting upset by the KU Men 10-3.
In the D3 game, the Blues started out slow against the Hornets in a rematch of last spring’s D3 Western 3rd Place Match that the Blues eventually won to qualify for Nationals in San Diego. The Hornets defended well in the opening half and used the kicking game to their advantage to keep the Blues on the move, however 2 first-half tries from Blues center Scott McAvoy kept the home side in the game. In the 2nd half, the Blues talented backline got rolling. Lead by hard-charging center Paul Deutsch and huge line breaks from 17 year-old fullback Henry Legg, the Blues were able to execute a wide-open pattern and score 3 electric tries through Pablo Carrera (2) and Devin Stayer. Scrumhalf Tom Deitch marshaled a young and tenacious forward pack well in his return match to the Blues after missing the entire past year to injury, and flyhalf Caleb George was a calming presence for the backline.
In the D1 game the Blues first side lost in a shocker to a strong KU Jayhawks team by a score of 10-3. Dead-locked through much of the first half, the Blues backline wasn’t able to get things rolling while their opposites on KU seemingly were. In the forwards, it was a very physical confrontation and KU’s pack answered the call with a very well-played game in the set pieces and loose play.
08.25.12 - Blues defeat Metropolis RFC in season opener, 18-12
The Blues travelled to Des Moines, IA on August 25th to meet Metropolis RFC of Minneapolis, and came away with an 18-12 victory over a Metro side that finished 4th in the Nation at last spring’s D1 National Championships. Fullback Marty Cummings scored first for the Blues, with wing Joe D’Agostino following up with a penalty kick minutes later to take a 8-0 lead. Metro stormed back, scoring twice in the half to run out to a 12-8 halftime lead. In the second half, Man of the Match Casey Cummings took control, leading the attack and capping a scoring drive with a try of his own to take the lead 13-12. D’Agostino’s conversion put the Blues ahead 15-12, and a late penalty kick by flyhalf Kelly Mercer extended the lead to 18-12. Metro threatened throughout the remainder of the game, but a final goal-line stand by the Blues in the closing minutes held firm as Kansas City came away with a key victory to open up the D1 season.
Kansas City Blues vs Metropolis Highlights - 08.25.12
The Kansas City Blues got a second-half try from scrumhalf Casey Cummings and a late penalty by Michael Mercer to beat Metropolis 18-12 in a preseason friendly played in neutral territory in Des Moines, Ia.
“It was a good win for us,” said KC’s Scott Adamson. “We were able to meet Metropolis in the middle, use some liberal substitution rules, and we got some time for some young guys.”
Marty Cummings opened the scoring with a try for KC and Joe D’Agostino added a penalty. Metropolis scored midway through the first half through Wade McInroy and then McInroy added another early in the second, with Nate Osborn’s conversion that made it 12-8 Metropolis. But the Casey Cummings try put the Blues ahead 15-12 (with the D’Agostino conversion), and Mercer iced it with 13 minutes to go. Full Article at Rugby Mag »
Provo Steelers (Provo, UT) and the Denver Barbarians join the West
USA Rugby made it official late last week – The Provo Steelers (Provo, UT) and the Denver Barbarians will both be joining the re-modeled West-North Conference for the competitive Division 1 season that begins this fall. The additions of these programs became necessary due to the changing landscape of competitive men’s rugby in the United States, and the growing need to develop larger conferences that can accommodate outlier Clubs and provide a higher number of competitive conference matches for its members.
The addition brings the West-North Conference to 6 member teams, and the 2012/2013 conference schedule will include 5 home OR away matches for each Club, culminating in a conference playoff in late April to determine who advances to the National Club Championships Round of 32 in May. Provo and the Barbo’s will bolster an already strong competition, joining the Blues, Boulder RFC, Denver Highlanders, and defending conference Champions and National finalist Glendale Raptors (Denver, CO).
The Provo Steelers were established in 1979, and most recently advanced to the National Club Championships Round of 16 in 2009 and 2011. The Denver Barbarians were established in 1967 and share a long competitive history with the Blues, having most recently competed in the West-North Conference with their reserve side in 2011. The Barbo’s first-side re-join the conference following the announcement that the Rugby Super League will discontinue as an independent league, and will instead feature an invitational Cup competition. All the teams participating in that Super League Cup will also compete in D1.
Separate from the D1 realignment, the Heart of America Conference that the Blues Division 3 side competes in has also expanded for 2012/2013, with the addition of Tulsa RFC’s reserve side and the Kansas City Islanders. The conference will now feature 9 members and will play an 8-game home OR away conference schedule.
Blues 2012/2013 Division 1 West-North Conference Schedule
9/29/12 vs. Boulder RFC
10/6/12 @ Glendale Raptors
10/13/12 vs. Denver Highlanders
3/9/13 @ Provo Steelers
3/23/12 vs. Denver Barbarians
4/20/12 @ Conference Playoffs
You can purchase NEW Blues merchandise this fall and support the Blues!
Contact Pete Kowalski to order yours today. Moisture-wicking polo shirt ($45) and adjustable relaxed-fit cap ($20), or the Supporters Bundle for $60.
08.18.12 - Blues Golf Tournament Success!
75 golfers joined the Blues for their Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser at Heartland Golf Course in KCMO on August 18th, for a great day of golf. Special thanks to Derek Mannell, Jerry Rutherford, Steve Terrill, Jim Schneweis, Christy Lonergan, the staff at Heartland Golf Course, our primary sponsor United Beverage, and all of our hole sponsors and golfers for helping make such an awesome event possible! We were able to raise some significant funding to help jump-start our Fall 2012 campaign.