Ruggerfest kicks off with oldest of Old Boys
ASPEN They’ve come from as far as Virginia and Missouri, and as nearby as down the street – old men who still have the itch to scrum on the pitch after all these years.Ah, the old, Old Boys. It wouldn’t be Ruggerfest without them. Aspen’s annual fall rugby classic kicks off Thursday with matches in the over-45 and over-50 Old Boys division at Wagner and Rio Grande parks.Fittingly, the home team will take to the pitch first when the BoAs – an over-45 team featuring a healthy mix of former Gents teamed with older club players from Boulder – squares off against Virginia at 9 a.m. at Wagner Park.The two other teams in the four-team group, the Colorado Old Boys and the Mountain Old Boys, play immediately after, at 9:50 a.m.The over-50 matches get under way at 9 a.m. at Rio Grande when Virginia faces Missouri. Florida then squares off against the Colorado Old Pokes at 9:50 a.m.The eight older Old Boys teams are among 31 teams in Aspen this weekend.There are another eight teams in the over-35 Old Boys bracket – which commences with pool play Friday – and 12 teams in the club bracket, which begins play Saturday.There is also the three-team women’s bracket, which includes one club team from Scotland – Aberdeen – and another from Glendale, Ariz.Rounding out the pool are the Babes from Boulder.Along with the over-45 BoAs, Aspen will field an over-35 team and its club team, which lost last year’s Ruggerfest final to the rival Denver Barbarians but has won nine out of the past 12 Ruggerfest titles.THURSDAY’S GAMESOver-45 Old Boys(Wagner Park)BoAs vs. Virginia, 9 a.m.Colorado Old Boys vs. Mountain Old Boys, 9:50 a.m.Mountain Old Boys vs. Virginia, 11:30 a.m.Colorado Old Boys vs. BoAs, 12:20 p.m.Virginia vs. Colorado Old Boys, 2:50 p.m.Boas vs. Mountain Old Boys, 5:20 p.m.Over-50 Old Boys(Rio Grande Park)Virginia vs. Missouri, 9 a.m.Florida vs. Colorado Old Pokes, 9:50 a.m.(Wagner Park)Florida vs. Missouri, 1:10 p.m.Colorado Old Pokes vs. Missouri, 3:40 p.m.Virginia vs. Florida, 4:30 p.m.
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