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Gents of Aspen fall just short in Ski Town Classic

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Gentlemen of Aspen finally tasted defeat.

After a summer string of rugby victories, the Gents of Aspen added three more victories last weekend.

But in the championship game of the annual Ski Town Classic rugby tournament, the Gents dropped a 29-25 thriller to host Vail.

Vail managed the game-winning score in extra time at the conclusion of the two-day tournament.

“Vail just kept coming at us,” Aspen head coach Cameron McIntyre said. “They were a much better team than we played three weeks ago. Hats off to them.”

He said the Gentlemen beat Park City in the first round before topping a combined Breckenridge side.

Aspen defeated a Steamboat Springs-based combined side in the tournament semifinals.

Vail had defeated Park City to reach the championship.

The Gents led early in the final, but Vail rallied for the win — handing Aspen its first rugby loss of the summer after 14 consecutive victories.

“We played well enough to win,” McIntyre said. “But we lost a little guidance (in the second half).”

The Gents played without several college players who had spent the summer in Aspen but had to return to school.

“Jake Ferlisi played very well,” McIntyre said of the Aspen High School graduate and former all-conference football player for the Skiers. “He had some strong games for us.”

Ferlisi will play at Colorado State University in the fall.

“Grand Prior was great all day for us,” McIntyre said of the South African standout.

“I was proud of our effort,” the Aspen coach said. “Now, we’ll start to build toward Ruggerfest.”

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