Rugby: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre today in Breckenridge |

Rugby: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre today in Breckenridge

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The Gentlemen of the Blue Goose Rugby Club will attempt to win its sixth straight St. Valentine’s Day Massacre today at Kingdom Park.

The 36th annual rugby tournament, which consists of Sevens rugby rules, begins at 9:30 a.m. on the baseball fields adjacent to the Breckenridge Recreation Center.

The Blue Goose will be one of eight men’s teams signed up to compete in the event, Goose head coach and tournament organizer Pete Clarke said. While the Goose don’t have far to travel being Breck’s local team, the tournament will feature a team with players from New York and Chicago.

There will also be five women’s teams and two “old boys” teams, Clarke said. The latter of the two divisions will consist of an exhibition match in the middle of the day.

In last year’s contest, the Goose rolled through the tourney – and through the pot-hole-filled and groomed snow field – to win its fifth straight title.

This year, the lack of snow may make the conditions different than in years’ past, but Clarke said you can never tell until playing.

“I don’t think the weather will be quite as warm, so the field should stay firmer,” the coach said. “But who knows? That’s one of the parts of playing in this.”

Regardless, the Goose look to be the favorite to repeat.

“We’ll just try to keep (the streak) going as long as possible,” Clarke added.

The men’s and women’s tournaments will be played on separate fields all day until the finals, when both championships will be decided on the main field. The women’s final is scheduled to start at 3 p.m., while the men’s is slated for 4 p.m.

Play should wrap around 5:30 p.m., Clarke said.

During the tournament, there will be food and drinks available. Burritos and coffee will be served in the morning and pizza around lunch time. All day, there will be seven kegs of beer on-site.

There will also be a raffle held with more than 20 prizes. With the purchase of two raffle tickets, each person is given a cup with unlimited access to the kegs.

Clarke said the tournament was made possible by this year’s sponsors Fatty’s Pizzeria and Napper Tandy’s in Breckenridge.

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