Gentlemen return to friendly field
The Gentlemen of Aspen return to a friendly haven this weekend to complete the rugby Premier League season.
The Gentlemen will travel to San Diego to face Premier League opponents on Saturday and Sunday at Robb Field, the pitch where the Gentlemen won their last two consecutive national club championships.
Originally, the Gents were scheduled to host Old Blue of Berkeley, Calif., this weekend. But uncertain weather and field conditions forced the Gents to reschedule, producing the tough weekend doubleheader.
After a Saturday game against Old Blue, the Gentlemen of Aspen will play OMBAC (Old Mission Beach Athletic Club) on Sunday in a rematch of one of rugby’s honored rivalries.
The Gents are, however, a perfect 5-0 at Robb Field in San Diego. And if Aspen can win both Premier League games this weekend, the Gentlemen will earn one of the two top seeds for the divisional playoffs of the Premier League.
If Aspen wins both games and the Denver Barbarians lose this weekend, Aspen would finish as the top seed for the Premier League playoffs. Premier League playoff At any rate, the Gents can host a Premier League playoff on Memorial Day weekend. And they possibly could host a semifinal game as well.
The Gentlemen of Aspen won the very first Premier League title, two years ago when it was known as the Harp Super League.
And in the past two years, the Gentlemen of Aspen have won the USA Rugby national club championship.
This year the Gentlemen are on track to defend their two consecutive national club titles. They recently qualified for the sweet 16 of USA Rugby when they captured first place in the Western Territory Championships in Omaha, Neb. Omaha tournament The Gentlemen opened the Omaha tournament with a 45-20 win over Oklahoma University.
A day later, the Gents overpowered the Dallas Harlequins 74-25. And in the Western Territory championship game, the Gentlemen of Aspen avenged an earlier loss with a stunning 35-14 win over the Denver Barbarians.
Aspen broke to a 20-7 halftime lead and cruised to the victory, ensuring the Gentlemen of a berth in the sweet 16.
And in the sweet 16, the Gentlemen of Aspen will take on the New York Athletic Club in Dallas on May 22. Six Eagles The Gentlemen fielded their familiar lineup in Nebraska, including six players who are currently on the U.S. Eagles national team roster.
Those six players include Mark Williams, Jason Walker, Alec Parker, Dougald Gillies, Chris Morrow and Bill LeClerc. In addition, former Gentlemen of Aspen winger Brian Hightower also is on the Eagles’ roster for the upcoming series. Familiar names Other familiar names who contributed to Aspen’s march into the sweet 16 include Bob LeClerc, Robby Dawe, Darcy Brown, Paul Gibson, Lance Sigley, Bo Buck and a host of others.
In regional rugby news, the Defiance Rugby Club of Glenwood Springs, a young club in its sixth season, recently played in the annual Missoula tournament. Defiance finished 1-2 in Montana. Defiance club The Glenwood Springs club will host its first home game of the season on Saturday, May 15, at Glenwood Springs High School against Boulder.
The Defiance club includes player-coach Fred Weber, a former standout with the Gentlemen of Aspen. A number of other players also have ties to the Gentlemen of Aspen.
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