St. Valentine’s Day Massacre hits Breck
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Snow groomers will pack down the powder at the Breckenrdige Recreation Center’s baseball fields, today, clearing the way for the Massacre to take place Saturday.
Beginning at 9 a.m., Breck will play host to the 35th annual St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, an eight-hour, 16-team rugby tournament played out on the frozen pitch.
The hometown squad, Gentlemen of the Blue Goose, is looking for its fifth-consecutive win while playing host.
“It’s a fun event, but people want to win,” the Goose’s head coach Peter Clarke said. “It’s just a fun day out there in the middle of the winter.”
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Because of the unusual field conditions ” at least when it comes to rugby matches ” tournament rules are changed up a bit from the average battle on the pitch. Teams play 10 competitors aside, and, as Clarke pointed out, adhere to a much different strategy.
“(The snow) slows down everyone,” Clarke said. “You try to just move the ball around and not get bogged down.”
But, with the use of the snow groomers, the field should be packed down fairly hard for the competition.
The Massacre hosts both a men’s and women’s bracket.
On the men’s side, the Goose is joined by Colorado Springs, Denver Harlequins, Denver University, Durango Rhinos, Fort Collins Flamingos, Regis University, Steamboat and Western State.
A team made up of Summit County women plays the part of the home team on the women’s side. Other squads include the Boulder Babes, Fallen Angels, Western State College, Northern Arizona University, Glendale “Olde Girls” and the Colorado School of Mines.
Brackets for the tournament are set to be announced tonight.
There will also be an on-sight raffle of more than 30 prizes, with first prize being a pair of skis. There will also be food and beverages for spectators and competitors throughout the day.
Play is expected to conclude at 6 p.m.
Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at email@example.com.
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