Gents say thanks
Dear Editor:The Gentlemen of Aspen would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the citizens of Aspen, its businesses and the many fans in the valley for their support during the 38th annual Ruggerfest.It has been a [more than a] week since Ruggerfest. Soreness in the joints and muscles still lurks in many an Aspen player, as does the disappointing loss to the Denver Barbarians in the final. But before these pains fade away, the club would like to thank the many people in town for coming out to watch this past weekend. At some points during the weekend, fans were stacked eight and nine deep along the sidelines.That kind of support is what every player who has ever played in Aspen will always remember. It is also a reminder to every visiting player that rugby is alive and well in Aspen, despite the club having to drop out of the national competition this past year. All out-of-town teams would relish the opportunity to find the kind of support the Gentlemen have here in Aspen at their home venues.We are in a rebuilding stage within the club and a reintegration stage within the community. In the past nine years we fought many a battle in the opposition’s quarters all around the country with great success, but the core attraction for every player in the club is to play on Wagner Park in front of a home crowd.To the many businesses who bought advertising in our program this year: Thank you for your continued support. We could not put on Ruggerfest without your interest. We deeply appreciate your participation.And final thanks goes out to Mayor Klanderud, who presided over the awards ceremony this year. We are grateful that you as mayor have taken a personal interest in the success of Ruggerfest this year and in years to come. As a club, we will work to make Ruggerfest more successful and in the future make it an event which no serious player would want to miss in his career.The Gentlemen of Aspenvia Bryan McShaneAspen
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