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March 2018

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Welcoming Our Newest Board Members!

 A huge club welcome to Misty Fisher as Secretary and Jo Rasmussen as Director of Fundraising! We are so happy to have you both on board this season!  As an all volunteer club, we are so lucky to have you!

Liberty Rugby Club is still looking for a Director of Operations. If you'd like to be part of what makes our club great, please send Scott an email at libertyrugby@gmail.com to learn more.

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CELEBRATING OUR SENIORS!

Liberty Rugby Club is proud to introduce to you some of our graduating class of 2018!  We have some amazing rugby players who are spending their last high school year of play with our club.

 

Stay tuned in to see more seniors next month!

Sosaia Mateaki

How many years have you played Rugby?
I have played for 6 years


Favorite position played?
Outside Center #13


Who is your biggest influence?
My Mother


What is your favorite memory from playing rugby with the Liberty Rugby Club?
Going to Sacramento and spending time with all the boys


What is your next step in life after graduation?
Going on my Mormon Mission and then go to college, hopefully for Rugby

Veronica Fatai

School: Kent-Meridan


What are your plans after HS? Not yet quite sure.


What is your favorite food or desert? Cheesecake


Have you lived anywhere else besides here? I lived in CA, from Sacramento to the Bay Area.


What is your favorite rugby memory so far? Everything. I love it all!


Do you have any hobbies outside of rugby? Sleeping, eating & Gym   

Simon Dodd

How many years have you played Rugby?
I have played for 5 years.


Favorite position played?
Flanker


Who is your biggest influence?  
Coach VD   aka Keith Van Doren


What is your favorite memory from playing rugby with the Liberty Rugby Club?
Winning U17 State 7’s Championship.


What is your next step in life after graduation?
Attending Life University and playing Rugby.

Deborah Tafeaga

School: Kent-Meridan


What are your plans after HS? After graduation, I plant to attend a four year university in Washington State to study towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to become a Nurse of some sort.


What is your favorite food or desert? Who could pick a favorite? I live it all, especially ice cream and pizza.


Have you lived anywhere else besides here? California for a few years when I was young.


What is your favorite rugby memory so far? The Trip to Sacramento for the Kick Off Tournament! The girls kicked booty out there and put Liberty on the map, both on and off the field.


Do you have any hobbies outside of rugby? Fastpitch, Pacific Islander Club and sleeping.

Mosese Vea

How many years have you played Rugby?
 I have played for 4 years.


Favorite position played?
Favorite position is Inside Center, #12 and #8 Man


Who is your biggest influence?
Who influenced me the most has been Coach Bobcat Candler and my Dad.


What is your favorite memory from playing rugby with the Liberty Rugby Club?
Favorite memory is traveling to Sacramento or just traveling period with the boys.  Cracking jokes and just having that tight brotherhood.


What is your next step in life after graduation?
Trying to play college rugby, if not get a well paying job.

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LIBERTY AUCTION

 Our club AUCTION is coming up on April 21st! We need your help to make this night a success. We are looking for donations for our silent and live auction events. If you or your employer has a donation, please contact Jo Rasmussen for procurment forms and to arrage pick up or drop off.

We will see you all there!

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::Sacramento Wrap Up::

 We are so proud of all our ladies and gentleman who travelled to Sacramento!  You represented Liberty Rugby Club in perfect form. 

Here are some articles that were written this last month about the tour.

Enjoy!

 

LIBERTY JV GO UNDEFEATED

After just one month of practices, we traveled 20 strong to Sacramento to take on the best northern California rugby had to offer in the annual Kick-Off Classic Tournament.

Matches were an abbreviated 30 minutes to accommodate the IRB law that young men under 19 years of age only play 90 minutes per day, but that didn't stop us from putting across try after try after try.

In our 6 matches we outscored our opponents 132 - 5 with 13 different players dotting down in-goal. We tackled well as shown in only allowing one try all weekend, however our team play on defense left a lot to be desired.

On offense we did not execute game-plan rugby and rested on individual effort far too often as well. This his is why we take the time and bear the expense of such an undertaking; to see what we are good at and to see what we are not good at before our season begins.

Most importantly and impressively was the conduct of our young men off the pitch. 2 airports, 7 restaurants and 1 hotel later we returned home without incident. Alaska Airlines actually went so far as to compliment the liberty kids, some 45 total that flew, as the best youth sports group ever.

 

Tobin

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Lady Liberty

Our Lady Liberty High School and some of our 7/8 girls took their first official trip to the Sacramento KOT.

The HS ladies did great, winning two scrimmage matches on Saturday a 10's match in the morning and a 15's match in the afternoon, both against Clayton Valley.

Sundays tournament matched them against three teams that were all top 10 nationally ranked last year.

Our ladies took a close 17-10 loss to O'Dowd, a 12-0 win against Pleasanton and a 22-14 loss to the Amazons.

The 7/8th grade girls joined up with our boys on Saturday for at least a game and played along with the Pleasanton girls for Sunday's tournament.

They definitely were a huge influence on the California team and did a great job at showing how to play Liberty style Rugby.

All of our Lady Liberty gals had a blast and represented the club and Washington very well.

Papa Dodd

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Liberty travelled to Sacramento recently with 5 teams for the largest High School tournament in the U.S.: Girls’ and Boys’ Varsity, Boys’ JV and Boys’ and Girls’ 7-8th graders. Out of 26 total matches Liberty lost just 4 leaving a lasting impression on the Northern California Rugby scene viewed as the toughest in the Nation. The Varsity Girls’ lost 2 matches to nationally ranked teams (7th and 10th) before besting the #4 team in the U.S. Stand outs for the Lady Liberty was Taylor Heimbigner, Hannah Smith, and Grace Sarginson TheVarsity Boys took out all but one opponent, but ended the weekend at 5-1, while the JV went a spotless 6-0. Standouts for the Boys were Noah Wright, Simon Dodd, Connor Cedergreen, Scott HeimbignerCohlRadulski, Cash Candler, Aidan Mitchell and Joey Francis. We spent 3 days in and out of airports, hotels, In-and-Out Burger and of course the tournament and represented Liberty and the PNW in fine fashion receiving compliments wherever we went. In April, our Varsity Boys will travel to San Francisco for an even higher-level of competition.

 

Although our teams had success in California, the JV Boys outscored their opponents 176 – 12 with the Varsity not far behind that number, at 165-12, it wasn’t all roses and diet cokes. We showed we are better athletes on many occasions but relied heavily upon individual efforts as opposed to playing solid, patterned team Rugby. Our coaches and players agreed that it was great to win but were not that enthralled at how we did it. The teams are back to work so that we will be able to capitalize on the spirit of the game, team play, when we face even tougher opponents here in the PNW and Canada.

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REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN!

 Calling all late registrants, all age levels!

www.libertyrugby.org

Tell your friends!

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POKER NIGHT WINNERS!

Congratulations to our poker night winners! The club raised needed funds for upcoming feeds and field rentals. Special thanks to all who volunteered to help and make this a fun evening for all who attended!

5th Place winner was Ty

4th Place winner was Kyle

3rd Place was David

Tied for First place was Robert and Jeff!

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Thanks for reading!  See you at Practice!

Bobcat says; DON'T FORGET YOUR MOUTHGRARD!

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