EAST H.S. RUGBY ALUMNI & CURRENT PLAYER PARTY and HALL OF FAME
Sat. Dec. 19 6-8 p.m. in the church basement at 1100 Fillmore St. Enter building off alley on east side .
For all past players, current players, coaches, parents and friends of East Rugby
former East player and coach Dan Bludeau will be inducted into the East Rugby Hall of Fame
Celebrating our 28th year with pizza, appetizers and dessert
21 and over- $15 under 21 - $5 under 12- free
TOUCH RUGBY FOR EVERYONE- Alumni, current players, coaches
Sun. Dec. 20 noon- 2 p,m. on East H.S. turf field rain, snow or shine
After touch session-Join us for lunch and watch Broncos at Three Lions on Colfax. High School players are welcome
Attached, please find a PDF of the handout and permission slip for the 2015-16 East Rugby Strength and Conditioning Sessions. Please distribute electronically to the East Rugby community and post it on our web site.Sorry for the late notice, we just signed up our newest yoga instructor last night.Welcome, JR, and welcome back Bill, Keith, Liz, Joe, and Ian.See you all, Tuesday, 11/3, at 5:45 PM at Room 240 at East.Mark Hoskin
REFLECTIONS OF AN EAST RUGBY TRAVELER TO THE RUGBY WORLD CUP
My wife Barbara and I just returned from 3 1/2 weeks in the U.K. following the Rugby World Cup. My enthusiasm for the game has never been higher. Here are some reflections.
Although not all skills shown by the New Zealand All Blacks translate to our high school players, I observed many trends and techniques that we can learn from. I look forward to reviewing with our coaching staff and implementing some new wrinkles into our game.
WORLD WIDE RUGBY CULTURE
In our time traveling on trains, busses and subways, and at matches, we met many rugby fans from all over the world. Everyone was friendly and supportive and enjoying the international rugby spirit. Fans rooted for their country’s teams and many dressed up in fun costumes, but all with a great sense of sportsmanship. At a time when many sports in Europe and America are having problems, I am delighted that the positive rugby culture is thriving. I makes me feel good that we are introducing this sport and culture to many high school boys and their families.
EAST H.S. RUGBY INFLUENCE
I was amazed that the influence of the East H.S. rugby program is felt far and wide.
In Newcastle at the South Africa vs. Scotland match, the first person I saw was Guy Mumford. Guy was a Denver Barbarian and the older brother of East’s player Paul Mumford from South Africa.
In London before the USA vs. South Africa match, we had a gathering of East High folks that included Paul Hoskins Sr. (the founder of our club), East Coach Steve Gore (in the U.K. for a referee exchange program), Liz (Steve’s girlfriend and a Physical Therapist who has helped East Rugby), Steve’s parents and Liz’s parents, Barbara and me.
At the USA vs. South Africa match, I took my seat in the 70,000 seat sold out stadium . The person sitting directly behind me was Jamian Harvey who played for East Rugby and Regis University. He was there with his wife and 3 1/2 year old son and was explaining the game to his son. After the match Jamian’s wife thanked me for introducing him to rugby.
While exiting after the USA vs. South Africa match, I was approached by Joe Kielly who coached the H.S. rugby team from Edina, Minnesota. We hosted them in Denver years ago. Joe told me that on that tour we were excellent hosts, excellent sportsmen and excellent players. He said they came home and used what they learned from East to develop a quality program and won the next three state championships. He thanked us for our positive example.
Before the USA vs. Japan match we had a gathering of Steve Gore, Liz, Steve’s parents, East Coach Todd Applebaum and Todd’s friend from his rugby days in Virginia.
Before the USA vs. Japan match I ran into Salty Thompson at breakfast. Salty is the USA U-19 national coach. He has coached Connor O’Brien and Adam Leonard. Salty introduced me to some USA Rugby officials and said we had a great H.S. program and thanked me for helping to start and helping run the U-16 / U-18 Select Side Tournament in Aurora . He said it was the best in the U.S.
Before the New Zealand vs. France quarter final in Cardiff, Wales, I ran into Brian Hightower touring Cardiff Castle. Brian played for Aspen, was captain of the Eagles and is one of the two T.V. announcers for USA matches. He reminded me that his wife is an East H.S. graduate, and he follows our team. He said we have a great program.
All this make me proud of what we are doing for the program and for the young men who join us.
And I look forward to more positive connections in the future.
Yours in Rugby,
Head Coach East H.S. Rugby