Rough day for Blue Goose at Annual Cow Pie Tournament |

Rough day for Blue Goose at Annual Cow Pie Tournament

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ” The Gentlemen of the Blue Goose rugby squad had its ups and downs Saturday in the 34th annual Cow Pie Classic Rugby Tournament in Steamboat Springs.

The Breckenridge side scored a strong win in shutting out a Park City, Utah, squad 53-0, but failed to capitalize on its other two matches. Breckenridge fell to Vail, 33-8, and Glenwood Springs, 22-17.

The Blue Goose players get a rematch against Glenwood this afternoon in Steamboat, as the teams square off in the tournament’s third-place match. Vail plays Steamboat for the tournament title today at 2 p.m.

It’s the second year in a row Steamboat has made the finals of the Cow Pie Classic. Last year, Steamboat beat Wyoming to win the Cow Pie for the first time since 1981.

But Vail topped Steamboat earlier this season, 31-13.

“The first game (Vail) surprised us,” Steamboat’s Charlie Pappas said of that loss. “I know there have been some excuses for that one, but there should be no excuses. We didn’t play up to our potential.”

Steamboat defeated Glenwood on Saturday when Steamboat’s Tony Mckendrick broke through the pile for the game-winning try with less than seven minutes remaining in their match. The conversion put Steamboat up for

good, 13-10.

“It was close. It was do or die,” Mckendrick said. “I knew it might be our last chance and something needed to happen.”

Now Steamboat moves its sights

to Vail.

“It’s going to be a tough game,” Mckendrick said. “Both teams come in carrying a few injuries. The winner is going to be who turns out on the pitch and shows up.”

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