Fog Rugby hosts two women's championships this weekend

The San Francisco Fog is exceedingly proud to host two top-flight women's rugby tournaments this weekend.

On Friday, November 6, the Women’s Division I Club Championships will kick off, featuring the nation's top women's club teams in pool play. The clubs head into the trophy rounds on Sunday, November 8, culminating in the crowning of the 2009 National D1 Champions.

This weekend also sees the first Women's Premier League (WPL) Championship. Newly introduced for the 2009 club rugby season, the WPL pitted eight top senior women's clubs from across the U.S. against each other in an elite six-week competition.

Hosted by The San Francisco Fog R.F.C. in association with USA Rugby, both events will take place at the Gaelic Athletic Association's field at 11th Street and Avenue E on Treasure Island. Admission is free to all spectators. There will be vendors selling food, refreshments and rugby gear.

UPDATE: Select matches will also be available for live viewing online (as well as replay) via Ustream.tv USA Rugby channel. See the schedules below for details.

Match Schedule – Women's D1 Championships

Match Day Time Field Home Team Away Team
1* Friday 9:00am 1 NOVA Seattle
2* Friday 11:00am 1 San Diego Surfers Atlanta
3* Sunday 10:00am 1 Seattle Atlanta
4* Sunday 12:00pm 1 NOVA San Diego Surfers

*Match will be streamed live and available for replay on Ustream.tv.

UPDATE: In Match 1, NOVA beat Seattle 25-23. In Match 2, the Surfers beat Atlanta 21-10.

Match Schedule – Women's Premier League

Match Day Time Field Home Team Away Team
1 Friday 9:00am 2 Amazons ORSU
2 Friday 11:00am 2 Keystone DC Furies
*3* Friday 1:00 pm 1 Beantown New York
4 Friday 1:00pm 2 Berkeley MN Valkyries
5 Sunday 9:00am 2 ORSU DC Furies
6 Sunday 11:00am 2 Amazons Keystone
7 Sunday 1:00pm 2 Beantown MN Valkyries
*8* Sunday 2:00pm 1 Berkeley New York

*Match will be streamed live and available for replay on Ustream.tv.

UPDATE: In Match 1, the Amazons beat ORSU 27-20. In Match 2, Keystone beat the Furies 27-5. In Match 3, New York beat Beantown 13-10. In Match 4, Berkeley beat the Valkyries 19-5.

Obama signs Matthew Shepard Act

President Obama today signed the Matthew Shepard-James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law. The law is named after Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming college student tortured and killed because he was gay, and James Byrd, a black man lynched by white supremacists.

The Matthew Shepard-James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act gives the Justice Department the power to investigate and prosecute bias-motivated violence, where the perpetrator has selected the victim because of the person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

The San Francisco Fog R.F.C. stands united in working towards a future in which such acts never occur.

In the first video below, Matthew Shepard’s mother, Judy Shepard, speaks about her son’s life. The second video recounts James Byrd’s murder and its aftermath.

Fog Men's and Women's matches on Halloween!

The Men of the San Francisco Fog will play in a round-robin day of rugby on Halloween, Saturday, October 31st.

The Fog will be joined by Berkeley RFC and the San Bruno Saints in round-robin play, with multiple sides from Berkeley and the Fog taking part. The day will include a total of six 40-minute games at the Fog Rugby pitch on Treasure Island with first kickoff at 11am.

Also on Saturday, the Fog Women will travel to Palo Alto to take part in the annual Stanford 10s Tournament. The tournament takes place at Stanford’s Steuber Rugby Stadium and begins bright and early at 7:45am.

Training for both the Fog Men and Fog Women continues every Tuesday and Thursday, from 7:30 to 9:30pm.

Fog Friday Beer Bust! - Oct 16 @ 6pm

This Friday, October 16, join the men and women of Fog Rugby at the LookOut Bar in the Castro to enjoy all the Budweiser beer you can drink from 6pm to 9pm for only $10!

Be sure to check out the selection of Fog Rugby T-shirts and hats on sale that night. We’ll also be raffling off exciting prizes throughout the evening.

Come on out, unwind after a hard work-week, and enjoy a beer with the men and women of Fog Rugby.

Place: LookOut Bar (corner of 16th and Market Streets, San Francisco)
Date: Friday, January 22
Time: 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Sevens Reaching Out at Truck - Oct 14

Rugby Sevens has been added as an Olympic Sport! Fog Rugby will be celebrating this recent development and holding an informational event for sevens rugby on Wednesday, Oct 14, 7:30pm at Truck.

Come learn the game and see what the buzz is about. See all of the action, hard work and fast pace of one of the most physically demanding team sports in the Olympics. You will get sucked into the game, and feel the excitement as the teams score try after try!

Truck is located at the corner of 15th and Folsom Streets in San Francisco (website / map & directions).