New Zealand All Blacks Profiled On CBS’s “60 Minutes”

As we’re about a year away from the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England it was interesting to see CBS and “60 Minutes – Sports” profile the New Zealand All Blacks.

The story gives us some insight into the mindset of the people of New Zealand and their unbridled support of their national team, The all Blacks.

Click on this link to see CBS’s “60 Minutes” report:  “The New Zealand All Blacks”


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Golf Tourney Only A Month Away…

For those of you who are thinking about playing in the Western Rugby Alumni & Friends Golf Tourney, Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the North Bellingham Golf Course…  Time’s a wastin’…

Last year’s event was a hoot and it was good to see all the friends and alumni from days gone by.  Don’t miss this years’ version, get on the phone and round up a team and enter the dang thing.

Go to the “Events” tab on the website and you’ll see a “Golf Tournament” tab describing the tournament and another tab that will allow you to sign up and pay for individually or you can sign up your team.

The “Golf Tourney Sign-Up” tab will also let you contribute even if you have a conflict that weekend and can’t make it.

Remember, your contribution, less what it costs for the meal, the round of golf, and anything else we provide, is deductible on your taxes since we are a genuine 501 c 3 organization.

Thanks, and get in there and “get ‘er done!”.  Sign-up today…and thanks for your contributions and participation.


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Blue and White Dinner/Auction A Huge Success

It has been a month since the Western Rugby Alumni “Blue and White Dinner Auction” took place on the campus of Bellingham Technical College at Settlemyer Hall, May 17, 2014.  This year’s event featured an Italian themed buffet dinner, a wine bar, and beer which was provided by Boundary Bay, and of course, a huge array of items in the Live and Silent Auctions.

It was an incredible evening that was better attended than last year and with the Auction Committee’s dedicated work, especially that of event Chairman Jeff Lombard and the Silent Auction team of Kay Kennedy and her dedicated minion, husband Ned Kennedy, the event was a huge financial success for the Western Rugby Alumni as they were able to add close to $35,000 to their bank account. Continue reading

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Blue & White Dinner Auction Two Weeks Away

The 2nd Annual Blue & White Dinner Auction is only two weeks away.

It will all happen beginning Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 5:30 pm, the Settlemyer Center on the campus of Bellingham Technical College, 3208 Lindberg Ave., Bellingham, WA  98225

This year’s auction has been underwritten by Preston Worth to the tune of $5,000 and Preston says that his donation is…”in memory of the passing of one of our own, Al Needler”.

Preston will be there, how about you?  You need to be there, too, you need to sign up now…Click here to sign-up:  I WILL BE THERE

The evening promises to be a great one, Auction Committee Chair, Jeff Lombard, and his crew have done an amazing job again this year in organizing everything.

Auctioneer/MC Paul Horne will keep things lively and moving, there will be lots of items to bid on in the Silent Auction, and the Live Auction will have some special items as well.

The boys from the WWU Men’s Rugby Club will be there to assist where needed so you’ll get a chance to meet the team and hear about next year’s dreams, plans, and goals.

You can still donate items for the auctions… Click here to do that:  Donate

It is all for a great cause…support the WWU Men’s Rugby program through the Western Rugby Alumni!


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They’re Laying Down The Turf!

Yee haw….They started laying down the turf on the new ‘all-purpose’ field last week.  Click on this link to a Bellingham Herald video of the project.

The field is looking pretty cool and they are making good progress.  Here are a couple of pics.  Note:  The lines for rugby are blue and the soccer lines are white.  And yes, there are holes in place for goal posts.

South end of the new field

South end of the new field

Note the blue end line for the "in goal" area  You can also see the "goal line", the "cap" for the goal post, and the dashed "5 meter line" parallel to the goal line.

Note the blue end line for the “in goal” area You can also see the “goal line”, the “cap” for the goal post, and the dashed “5 meter line” parallel to the goal line.

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The Player’s Year End Banquet

The Western Rugby Alumni are proud to host “The Player’s Year End Banquet” to honor all of those student athletes from WWU and Whatcom Community College that participated in the 2013/2014 WWU Men’s Rugby Club program.

The gathering will be held at:  Wednesday, April 9th at Jalapenos in Barkley Village, 2945 Newmarket Pl Bellingham, WA 9822, from 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm

We will be saying goodbye to our seniors, handing out awards, and welcoming the 2014/2015 Club Officers.  Some of the awards are voted on by the players and the coaches will give out individual awards as well.


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Parent’s Day This Saturday And Sunday…

Click on the “EVENTS” for more details..

The Rugby Alumni are proud to invite you to our Second Spring Parent’s Day Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Bellingham.

The WWU Men’s Rugby Club will be playing two matches against the Washington State Cougars that day on the turf field which is just north of the Wade King Rec Center.

The kick-off for the first XV’s match will be a little earlier than normal and will happen at 11:30 am.  The second XV will kick-off immediately following the first match, at around 1:00 pm.

There will be a no host reception/social at NY Pizza, which is just down the hill from the campus at 902 State Street, Bellingham.  The reception should begin around 4:00 pm.

Parking:  There is free parking in Lot “C” all Day Saturday and Sunday so there will be no worries there.  Lot “C’ is located directly south and across the street from the Wade King Rec Center.

As an extra added bonus, if you spend the night and are going to be around Sunday, the Vikings have a make-up of a match that was originally postponed by weather, against the University of Oregon Ducks.

Again, that match will be held on the turf field just north of the Wade King Rec Center.

There will only be one match against the Ducks and that match will kick-off at 12:00 noon.

We hope to see you there…


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NCRC Website Up And Running

The Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference (NCRC) has gotten their website up and running and it is pretty cool.  Matt Hudson, President of the NCRC has done a great job in putting this all together.  It really is cool…

We have a link to the site here:  NCRC Website

And we have a link on the NCRC tab on our website.

In addition to having a profile of each team, they have a schedule of the weekend’s matches complete with weather at the home team’s location, a complete breakdown of scoring stats by anyone who has scored this season, and, of course, team standings.

You can also go to each team’s page and see what is going on just by clicking on the team’s mascot icon at the top of the page.


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Vikings Win Their First Game of the 15’s Season

Here is a write up by Head Coach Paul Horne of the match against Western Oregon University on the turf field next to the Wade King Rec Center:

The WWU Vikings got their first win of the young season with a convincing 43-12 score over the Western Oregon University Wolves. After losing their first two league matches by a total of seven points, the Vikings were not going to be denied. Playing at home on the hard, unforgiving  artificial turf, the young Vikings ran in seven trys. Freshman Ryan Glendenning (North Thurston HS) and Wiatt Vasay (Lynden HS) led the way with two trys each. Cory Kleppe (Burlington Edison HS), Oliver Dougherty (Bellingham HS) and Louie Henson (Auburn HS) all had solo trys. Nick Salimano (The Bush School) conveted four of seven attempts.

The Wolves brought a physical game and seemed content on using their large forwards to pound the ball. The ball never made it to their outside backs as the Viking backs were up and quick to close the space . Showing good discipline, WWU stuck to their pattern and managed to take control of the game early and took a 24-5 lead into the half way mark.

The defense was good and continually shut down the WOU ‘s pick and go style of play. As a result Wolves never got the opportunity to put many phases together before turning the ball over. Strong games were had by Kai Duchnycz (Earl Marriot HS, Surrey BC), Louie Henson and Cory Kleppe in the forwards while Nick Bonovich (Dixon HS, Dixon, CA) and Ryan Glendenning showed great promise in the back line attack.

The young Western team played with confidence and are looking forward to the the rematch against the Oregon Ducks this next Saturday, February 8th. Losing 17-12 to Oregon last week  has given the Vikings lots of motivation to reverse the score line in their much anticipated rematch.  Kick off for next Saturday’s match is set for 1:00 pm on the turf field next to the Wade King Rec Center.

Another important date to remember is Reunion Day, February 22nd, the day several generations of former Viking ruggers will be in town to watch the match against the Washington Huskies and renew old friendships.  There will be a large contingent from the late 60’s – early 70’s and another group from the mid-to-late 80’s crew.  Lots of activities planned so come join in the fun.

We are just getting started!

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Vikings Lose Heartbreaker To Oregon

It was a spectacular day at the turf field north of the Wade King Rec Center on the WWU campus last Saturday.  Bright sunshine, temps in the low 50’s, and little or now breeze.  A perfect day for a rugby match.

Western knew they had their work cut out for them in their first match of the ‘Spring’ portion of the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference (NCRC) schedule.  Their opponent, the University of Oregon Ducks, had already played two matches, winning both, one against Western Oregon, 22-17, and the other against arch-rival Oregon State, 34-19.  Western, on the other hand, had not played since their November 23rd match against the UW Huskies in Seattle, where they lost 24-22.  The coaches made some changes after that game moving Nick Bonovich (Dixon HS, Dixon CA) and Ryan Glendenning (North Thurston HS) out to the centers.  Even though the Vikings had been training hard since their return to the practice field Saturday, January 4th, they were at a distinct disadvantage.

The match started out like the holiday break hadn’t hurt the Vikings that much.  Western was controlling the match, especially the sets and line-outs, winning lots of ball and generally controlling the match from the beginning.  There were some signs of rust but there didn’t appear to be any big gaps in their game.  The Vikings were sorting out all their issues and it helped that the Viking forwards like Corey Kleppe (Burlington-Edison HS), Wiatt Vasey (Lynden HS), Louie Henson (Auburn HS), Nate Muir (Earl Marriott HS, Surrey, BC), and Spence Stevenson (Roosevelt HS) were taking care of business.

Oregon kept pressing but the Vikings pretty much kept them in their own end for the first five minutes and then a break-down on defense by the Vikings let an Oregon back get wide and take off down the field on a 60 yard run.  The Duck runner was tackled about 15 yards out from the try line but excellent support by his teammates led to a try that put the Ducks up 5-0 after the missed conversion.  The match continued with the Vikings unable to string together a coherent attack, just when you thought the Vikings would score, they’d make an error and have to start over.  The rust was there… Continue reading

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