Parent’s Day This Saturday And Sunday…

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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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Western A Great School – A Great Value

If your son is considering coming to Western to play rugby, consider the following:  Western is far and away the better school for your son’s education in the State of Washington except for possibly the University of Washington.  And if you want a school with a student population of under 40,000 students then Western is the only school in the state for you.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine just came out with their National 100 Best Values in Public Colleges and Western Washington University is again on the list.  The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.

Kiplinger’s ranks Western 93rd on its list for 2014 for in-state students and 74th on the list for best value for out-of-state students. Western was listed at 74th in 2013 and 81st in 2012.

There is only one other school from the State of Washington that made the list and that is the University of Washington which was listed at no. 13.

Western has also consistently ranks high in the US News and World Reports Magazine lists such as this one:  Top Public Schools – Regional Universities (West)

And another US News and World Reports List, a ranking of all Regional Universities:

Top Regional Universities

And this story from the Seattle Times:

UW, WWU on list of best colleges for the money

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Scholarship Opportunity

Dustin Brittian, a friend of Coach Paul Horne and a financial advisor in Bellevue sends us this link to scholarship opportunities that are being offered by his company to college students.

Here is the link:  AXA Scholarship

There is an entry deadline of December 15th on one of them so you don’t have much time to get your name in on that one.  Sorry for such short notice….

If you have any questions give Dustin a call and he will be able to help:  360-389-6981

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Vikings Drop NCRC Opener To Huskies

Story by Head Coach Paul Horne

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The 2013 defending Northwest Conference Champions traveled down to Seattle to face the UW Huskies.  It was a beautiful cool, sunny winter day on the campus of the University of Washington.  This was to be the first game to be played on the new UW turf field.  The Vikings had beaten the Huskies in league play last season 57-0 and knew full well they were going to face a very motivated UW team.

The 2013/14 Vikings selected a very young team with four Frosh and six sophomores in the starting lineup.  The game started well for the Vikings putting pressure on the opposition from the opening kickoff.  Jake Romano( Santa Rosa Ca.) scored the first try at the fifteen minute and put the Vikings up 5-0.  The conversion was unsuccessful.

The lead did not last long.  Tackling and turnovers would prove to be problematic for WWU throughout the game.  Both first half UW trys were a result of breakdowns in the Vikings defense.  The Huskies took a 12-5 halftime lead.

The second forty minutes produced five more trys, three by WWU and two by the Huskies.  Oliver Daugherty (Bellingham HS) showed his speed as he turned the corner and outran all for a 70 meter try.  Again the conversion was not good.

Nate Muir (Earl Marriott HS, BC) followed up at the 60 minute mark scoring a beast of a try and closed the score to 17-15 for the Huskies.  Jon Kaimmer (Roosevelt HS, Seattle), who came on at the half, scored next and the Vikings took the lead.  Nick Solimano (The Bush School, Seattle) converted and the Vikings were up 22-17.

The last UW score  was a heart-breaker as the Vikings controlled much of the play and had fought their way to take the lead with five minutes to play.  The Vikings seemed to have taken control of the game at this point.  This was not so, as more turnovers and costly penalties allowed the UW to claw their way back into the game.  Missed tackles and some poor tactical kicking put the Huskies back in the lead 24-22.

The Viking forwards led by Captain Louie Henson (Auburn HS) and Nate Muir (Earl Marriott, BC), were dominant throughout the game.  Leading the charge it was not long before the Vikings had the Huskies going backwards and again in a position to pull out a win.  Another turnover, a penalty and time ran out for the Vikings.

The second XV were dominant and came out with a 39-5 win over the Huskies.  Scoring on the day were John Cushman with two trys.  Sam Carroll, Mikhal Snovel, Winston Chen and Jess Harris all touched down for solo trys.

Next up for the Vikings will be a January 25 match against the University of Oregon. The game will be played on the Wade King Turf field.

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Interested In Attending Western?

We’ve changed the rugby website a little to help prospective students, especially rugby players, as they work their way through the sometimes daunting application process.

Check out the changes by clicking on the “Want To Go To Western” tab and when you see the drop down menu, click on the “On-Line Application and Scholarship Opportunities” tab.

You should be able to get answers to your questions from the resources listed there.  Also don’t be afraid to get in touch with the admissions counselors listed and use the counselors at your high school to help you through the process as well.  They all love helping you succeed in your dreams and achieve your goals.

You have lots of resources available to you…use ‘em.

Here is some additional scholarship resource listings, click here and check it out:  Financial Aid

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Vikings U-20 Action

Story by Coach Paul Horne

Saturday, November 9, 2013, was a  good Rugby Day.

WWU travelled across the 49th parallel to meet the Capilano U20’s half way for a match at Bayside RFC home field. It was great to play on a full size international, real grass field. The players also commented on how much they enjoyed playing on something other than artificial turf.

The first half was fairly even match but the score board indicated a different story. The Caps took full advantage of our inability to make first up tackles.  Caps scored three trys that were a direct result of missed tackles and took a comfortable halftime lead 21-0.

The Vikings came storming back scoring three quick trys to even the score at 21 each.  With scrummaging superiority, #8 Nate Muir (Earl Marriott Secondary, BC) picked up at the base of the set and made a powerful run breaking numerous tackles before off loading to Max Wright (Shorewood HS) for a beautiful try.  This proved to be a game changer.

Mike Peckham (Kelso HS) also added a try after some good work on the Caps goaline.

Nick Bonovich (Dixon HS,Ca) followed up with a try after making a great line break and touched down between the posts.

Ryan Glendenning (Budd Bay RFC) converted all three.  Score was now 21-21.

Spencer Stephenson (Roosevelt HS, Seattle) and Wu Bene (Kings HS)) added trys to give WWU the lead with only three minutes to play.

Just as it appeared WWU was going to go home with a victory, Caps stole our put in and scored to tie the game. Their conversion from the touchline was just short and the game ended in a tie, 31-31.  All in all a fair result.

Lots of positives on the day in that we had lost 47-5 to this team a month ago.

Go Vikings!

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Vikings ‘Battle In The Bay’ 7′s Team

2013 BITB Team

Back (l to r): M Wright, N Muir, J Romano, L Henson, J Kaimmer, R Glendenning, K Duchnycz
Front (l to r): N Solimano, R Lilla, S Hobbs, N Bonovich, O Dougherty

Well, the 7′s season is over for Western.  It was a great season for the boys and Coach Adam Roberts in that they knew going in they were not going to be as strong as last year’s National Championship participant team simply because they had lost eight players from the previous year’s team.  The boys started the year the weekend after classes started at WWU by hosting the first-ever Viking 7′s on campus here in Bellingham….then off to the Oregon State 7′s in Corvallis…then NCRC Championships at Western Oregon in Monmouth, OR…and finally to the Battle In The Bay 7′s, hosted by St. Mary’s College, on Treasure Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay.

In each of those tournaments they played in they got better than the previous week’s results and, in most cases, better than the previous match’s result.  They learned a bunch about 7′s, they grew as a team, and came together as teammates.  Especially on that long drive to and from the Bay area and enjoying the fabulous hospitality at the Romano family’s fabulous casa in Santa Rosa.  Next year’s 7′s team has the potential to be one of the better ones we’ve had here at Western.

With no thoughts of applying for an “at-large” bid to the Nationals back in Greensboro, NC, November 23-24, 2013, they are now busy preparing for their Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference (NCRC) 15′s season opener, November 23rd, in Seattle, against the University of Washington.  And while the 7′s team was off romping around the countryside, the boys left behind were playing 15′s…and what a schedule they had!  Competing in the BC U-20 league and other non-conference foes, the 15′s struggled early against difficult opposition.  Coach Paul Horne was trying to integrate a bunch of new people into the lineup, get a look at returning players, all while giving several first time players some playing time.  And irrespective of being a new or returning player, Horne was especially interested in seeing who had put in the extra work over the summer. The Vikings had two matches scheduled for this weekend against BC U-20 teams but both of those teams had to cancel so the team will be playing and intra-squad match on Saturday at Western.  Coach Horne commented that the return of the 7′s team players back to the squad has totally changed the team dynamic and that the coaches are going to have some difficult decisions to make regarding team selection.

So the team will play the UW on the 23rd in Seattle, and then take a ‘holiday break’ and resume their NCRC schedule January 25, 2014 against the University of Oregon in Bellingham on the turf field next to the Wade King Rec Center.

We hope to see you in Seattle on the 23rd, we’ve been contacted by a large number of WWU Rugby alums and the match is looking like it will be a pretty good sized reunion.  Hope to see you there…

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