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Earning feathers for the Blue Goose

BRECKENRIDGE – It took one sprint around end Saturday at Kingdom Park for Ryan Boyd to feel like he truly belongs on the Gentlemen of the Blue Goose Rubgy Club.

Boyd is a football convert in his first season with the Goose, and his dash to the try line midway through the second half of Saturday’s 39-0 win over Steamboat was his first scoreboard contribution to the team.

“It was absolutely exhilarating,” said Boyd, who played a semester of Rugby at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. “It’s a huge thing for the respect you get from the other guys. You get that huge adrenaline rush, and when it happens in the second half, you can ride that the rest of the game.”

The try gave Boyd something to show for his continuing efforts to understand the game of rugby. While the aggression and recklessness carry over from his college football days, the rules and positions are completely different.

“It’s constant learning,” Boyd said. “Every once in a while you’ll get called for a penalty, and you don’t even know what you did wrong. You just have to get back in there and keep going just as hard as you were before.”

Blue Goose veteran Alex Agre said that tradition called for Boyd to disrobe during the post-game celebration at the Gold Pan Saloon. Ken Musashi also scored the first try of his Blue Goose career in Saturday’s convincing win, which improved the club’s record to 2-1.

“The tackling and the defense were great,” said Agre, who is filling in as coach while Peter Shafroth is out of town. “It was a much better team effort last week. But it’s coming around.”

Zach Zellars scored the team’s first try, and Musashi followed with his first. In the second half, Boyd, Tom Begley and Ian Hannoford scored. Player/coach Andrew Hulbert scored on four of five conversion attempts and two penalty kicks.

The Goose preserved the shutout with a solid try-line stand before stealing and clearing the ball with time winding down.

The locals beat a Steamboat club in rebuilding mode. This is the first summer in the last four years that Steamboat has had a full-time team. The club is now a mixture of old timers who used to play when the team was healthy in the 1980s and newcomers whom the veterans were recently able to recruit.

“We’re just building now,” said club president Mark Hermacinski. “It’s a brand new team. We probably have three or four old boys, and everyone else is new this year.

“Steamboat had a good team about 20 years ago,” he continued. “It just fell apart from lack of organization. Nobody was showing up just because nobody took control. I took (the presidency) about four years ago. We kept it going with our Cowpie Tournament every summer, and with some advertising and some funding, we’re putting things back together.

“It was fun coming down here with a full team, and I hope we build so that in a couple weeks we’ll be competitive with the Blue Goose, Aspen and everyone else who is coming up for the Cowpie.”

Next up for the Goose is Glenwood Springs Saturday at Kingdom Park. The club then travels to the Cowpie Tournament in Steamboat July 12.

Nick Bridge is scheduled to arrive early this week to join fellow Englishman Hulbert as a player/coach.

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