Gents of Aspen open home season Saturday
The Aspen Times
Rugby returns to Aspen this week.
The Gentlemen of Aspen rugby team will open the home season Saturday with a game against the rival Blue Goose club from Breckenridge.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Rio Grande Park.
The Aspen-Breck rivalry is one of the oldest ski-town rugby rivalries in Colorado, dating to the 1970s.
There is no admission charged; all the rugby action is free.
The Gents of Aspen kicked off the summer schedule last weekend with a 43-17 win over the Defiance Rugby Club at Glenwood Park in Glenwood Springs.
Mackie Hirsch of the Gents scored a try and added the conversion with three minutes to play as Aspen scored 21 consecutive points to turn back the upstart Defiance club. Defiance had pulled to within a try late in the second half of the season opener. Aspen led early 12-0.
Hirsch made 6-of-7 conversion kicks and also kicked a penalty goal to open the scoring in the second half.
Felipe Martinez, Wiehan Pretorius and Hirsch all scored tries during the game’s final 10 minutes.
“We still have … at least half a dozen players who haven’t come out yet because of other commitments,” first-year Gents coach Cameron McIntyre said in an interview with the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. He’s been a player and coach with the Gentlemen of Aspen for more than 20 years. “So really, I’m not overly surprised by the way the game went. But they’ve got a lot of young players who are making them competitive, so they’ve done good with that they have.”
The game was a revival of the annual Strawberry Days rugby game in Glenwood Springs.
At the start, Hayden Horsford pushed across to make the score 12-0 with Hirsch’s conversion kick.
Garrett Lincoln scored on a long run for try as Aspen worked to a 19-10 halftime lead against Defiance.
Cory Fox collected a key turnover for Aspen, setting up a try from Martinez.
While the Gentlemen of Aspen host the Breckenridge Blue Goose on Saturday, Defiance will travel to Grand Junction.
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With the game slipping away in the second half, Kylie Kenny and Mia Seltzer were the catalysts in Aspen’s 12-11 stunner on Monday over visiting Roaring Fork on the AHS turf, a win that keeps the Skiers undefeated on the young season.