St. Valentine’s Day Massacre set for Saturday
February 8, 2006
BRECKENRIDGE – Understandably, there are many outdoor sports that get put on hold during the winter months in Summit County. Cold and snowy conditions do not mix well with baseball, lacrosse or badminton, to name a few.Some sports, however, thrive all year round as they are driven by the diehards that play them. Rugby is a prime example. On Saturday, the 32nd annual St. Valentine’s Massacre snow rugby tournament returns to Breckenridge. The tournament, which is hosted by The Gentleman of the Blue Goose Rugby Club, will take place at Carter Park in south Breckenridge. At least 11 male and six female teams will be on hand, Blue Goose vice president Jon Wood said. The Goose enters Saturday’s competition as defending champions of the storied tournament. Last season, the Gentlemen won it for the first time since 1996, when they defeated defending champions Queen City in an overtime contest.”I’d say our chances of winning it again are pretty good,” Goose veteran Ian Hannaford said. “Some guys have moved on, but we still have our core group intact.”According to Hannaford, his team’s success will depend largely on its ability to play an intelligent “snow style” of rugby.”We won’t be able to run past people because there will be very little grip on the snow,” he said. “We’re going to have to move the ball around quite a bit.”The Blue Goose has had four practices in the last month, each of which occurred during a snowstorm. As a result, their practice time was limited to about an hour each day. Saturday’s tournament matches will be comprised of two seven-minute halfs, with 10 players to a side. The first match will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the finals beginning at approximately 4:30 p.m.
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