FOG HOLD THEIR HEADS HIGH AT THE 2010 MINNEAPOLIS TOURNAMENT
The San Francisco Fog played its best rugby on the last day of the 2010 Bingham Cup tournament, leaving everything on the pitch in its three contested matches, as the Fog A side reached the semi-final round in the Cup bracket, while the Fog B side advanced to the championship match in the Shield Bracket, the B side’s highest standing in the Bingham Cup tournament in the club’s history. Of special note, the Fog club collectively executed arguably its best defense in the history of the Bingham Cup tournament, as only two tries were scored against both sides throughout the three-day tournament, with the Fog A side never allowing a try in all of its matches.
SHIELD BRACKET - Semi Finals
SF Fog B Side 15, Atlanta Bucks 0
The Fog B side set the tone of the day for the club, playing tremendous rugby and never looking back while scoring three tries throughout the match en route to a stellar victory that placed the Fog in the championship match.
CUP BRACKET - Semi Finals
SF Fog A Side 0, Sydney Convicts 3
The storied rivalry between the Convicts and the Fog at the Bingham Cup continued in the semi-final round of the Cup bracket, as the A sides of both clubs squared off against each other for the third time in history. The match proved to be a nail-biter, as each team executed flawless rugby and in particular elevated their defensive efforts. With both teams scoreless at halftime, Sydney prevailed with a lone penalty kick in the second half to edge out the Fog in a match that could have gone either way.
PLATE BRACKET - Semi Finals
SF Fog B Side 0, Dublin Emerald Warriors 17
Moving to the championship pitch at the Bingham Cup, the San Francisco Fog’s B Side held their own and never made it easy for the previous tournament hosts Dublin Emerald Warriors in playing for the Bingham Shield, as Dublin forged ahead towards the end of the match as the eventual champions.
The New York Gotham Knights A Side won the Cup Bracket against the Sydney Convicts by a final score of 18 to 15. It was a closely fought battle with three lead changes throughout the match, and in the final seconds, Sydney missed a penalty kick that would have sent the match into overtime had it been made. Other winners of the tournament included the Los Angeles Rebellion (Bingham Plate), Sydney Convicts B Side (Bingham Bowl), Dublin Emerald Warriors (Bingham Shield), Phoenix Storm (Alice Hoagland Crest) and Seattle Quake B Side (Bingham Spoon). Members from over 30 different rugby clubs from around the world (North America, Eurpoe, Australia) attended the well-executed tournament, which was fantastically hosted by the Minneapolis Mayhem Rugby Football Club.
FOG RUGBY CONTINUES STRONG PACE ON DAY 2
The second day of the three-day Bingham Cup® tournament was graced with ideal rugby weather of overcast clouds and cooler temperatures. The Fog remained formidable with three wins in four matches, achieving a perfect record in pool play by both the A and B sides — a first for Fog Rugby at Bingham.
SF Fog B Side 26 - New York Gotham Knights B Side 0
The Fog’s B side ended their pool play competition with precision rugby among the forward pack and back line amidst tough competition from the Gotham Knights B side. The victory resulted in a perfect pool play record of three wins, a first for the Fog’s ever-improving B side.
SF Fog A Side 14 - Los Angeles Rebellion 3
The Fog’s A side started their day against local rivals Los Angeles Rebellion, as both squads duked it out throughout the match. The Rebellion scored quickly with a penalty kick and the Fog answered back with a forward try to end the half and an additional try to seal the match.
SF Fog 2nd Side 0 - Chicago Dragons 8
Facing upper tier competition for the first time in the tournament and little room for error, the Fog B side played their hearts out and never made it easy for Chicago, finally relenting to a very hard-fought try and penalty kick by the Dragons.
SF Fog 1st Side 56 - Dallas Diablos 0
The Fog A side continued its consistent execution and showcased its depth, as the forward pack continued to grind it out and the back line erupted for numerous breakaways against the Dallas Diablos.
FOG RUGBY MAKES EXCELLENT SHOWING ON DAY 1
The San Francisco Fog RFC achieved near perfection on the first day of The Bingham Cup® tournament in Minneapolis, Minnesota, winning all four of their matches with only one try scored against them all day, despite temperatures that soared into the 80’s on a mostly sunny yet very windy day.
SF Fog B Side 31 - Ottawa Wolves 5
The first match for the Fog reunited the club with two of its former members, who after leaving San Francisco founded the Ottawa Wolves, the Canadian Nation Capital Regions first gay-friendly rugby football club. Both sides played spirited rugby, with the Wolves scoring the lone try against the Fog on the first day of the tournament.
SF Fog A Side 12 - Seattle Quake A Side 0
The Fog’s A side continued its West Coast rivalry with the Seattle Quake’s A side to start the day. Each side grinded out a grueling 20 minutes with no score at halftime, and the Fog broke through in the second half with two tries to grab the victory.
SF Fog B Side 20 - La Rebelyon 0
The Fog’s B side continued its international competition with the La Rebelyon, a rugby team from France. With strong and dedicated play by both the backs and the forwards, the Fog scored four tries en route to a solid match.
SF Fog A Side 58 - Minnesota Mayhem 0
Ending day one with the hosts of The Bingham Cup 2010 tournament in the Minnesota Mayhem, the Fog’s A side picked up where they left off in their first game, ramping up their play until they were firing on all cylinders in scoring a decisive win.
After months of preparation and fundraising, the Fog men’s A Side and B Side are heading to Minneapolis, MN, with the goal of reclaiming the Bingham Cup®.
In 2002 Fog Rugby hosted the first Bingham Cup, which is named after the late Mark Bingham, a Fog founding member and 9-11 hero. The Fog are two-time Cup champions (2002 and 2004). In the 2008 tournament in Dublin, the Sydney Convicts claimed the cup.
The schedule for Day One of the tournament — Friday, June 18 — is as follows:
2pm: La Rebelyon
This Sunday the LGBTIQQ Folks and Friends of Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island will be holding a Pride Picnic to celebrate June Pride month. Fog Rugby members and friends are encouraged to attend.
The picnic is a potluck barbecue and will take place at the picnic area on Yerba Buena Island’s Clipper Cove near the intersection of Treasure Island Road and Macalla Road. Drivers should park in the Building One parking lot on Avenue of the Palms (immediate right after the guard gate) and walk back across the causeway to the picnic area. Walking directions from the parking lot are posted below.
Place: Clipper Cove Picnic Area, Yerba Buena Island
Date: Sunday, June 13
Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm