Gentlemen host PAC Saturday |

Gentlemen host PAC Saturday

Dale Strode

Aspen and the valley will welcome home the Gentlemen of Aspen for a special Rugby Super League quarterfinal playoff game on Saturday afternoon.

The rugby game between the Gentlemen of Aspen and the Potomac Athletic Club is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Rio Grande Field.

The match will be the first home game for the Gentlemen since they qualified for the Super League playoffs and the USA Rugby national club championships.

Aspen won the historic first Rugby Super League championship in 1997.

But last year the Gentlemen were eliminated before they could defend their Super League title.

They did successfully defend their national club championship a year ago. Lost title But this year the Gents are out to regain the Super League crown and capture a third consecutive USA Rugby national club championship.

The Gentlemen will travel to Cincinnati on June 5-6 for the final four of the national club championships.

Aspen will take on San Mateo, Calif., in the national club semifinals in Cincinnati on June 5 – just one week after Saturday’s Super League quarterfinal.

In the other national club semifinal, Old Blue of New York will take on Golden Gate on June 5 in Cincinnati.

In the Rugby Super League, Aspen finished just behind the Denver Barbarians in the Western Division.

Potomac finished third in the Eastern Division behind first-place Life College of Georgia and second-place Washington, D.C. Rugby Football Club.

Four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs, with the quarterfinal round this weekend. Semifinals and finals follow in late June.

The other Eastern qualifier is Philadelphia-Whitemarsh, as the fourth seed.

Super League qualifiers

OMBAC (Old Mission Beach Athletic Club) qualified from the West as No. 3 with Belmont Shore of California as the No. 4 seed.

Belmont Shore is the defending Rugby Super League champion.

Other quarterfinal matchups in Saturday’s Super League schedule: Philadelphia Whitemarsh at Denver Barbarians; OMBAC at Washington, D.C.; and Belmont Shore at Life.

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