(15 Oct 2008) Fog Rugby this week is celebrating its eighth anniversary of founding as the nation’s preeminent rugby club geared toward those traditionally under-represented in the sport.
The San Francisco Fog RFC was officially founded by Derrick Mickle, Cameron Geddes and Bryce Eberhart eight years ago on October 14, 2000, as the nation’s second gay-friendly rugby club (after the Washington DC Renegades). Nine players attended the first organized practice.
Fog Rugby is well known due in part to Mark Bingham, an early member of the club, who was aboard United flight 93 when it crashed in rural Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The Fog honored his life by creating the biennial Bingham Cup® rugby tournament, the international championship event for gay and gay-friendly teams.
The Fog has won the Bingham Cup® tournament twice, in 2002 and 2004. It has also introduced the sport to hundreds of newcomers through its developmental team, and has fielded a successful women’s side since 2006.
More information about the club’s first four years can be found in the history section of our website.
The San Francisco Fog Men’s Sides (both competitive and developmental) officially begin training for their upcoming season on Tuesday, October 21. Training sessions are Tuesday and Thursday evening of each week from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Fog’s home pitch on Treasure Island. These sessions are primarily for the men’s side but are open to all. Most Saturdays (except for holidays) are filled with rugby matches.
Whether you are new to the game of rugby or have played this exciting sport for years, now is the time to start training with the Fog!
Place: Treasure Island on the corner of Avenue D & 9th Street
Date: Every Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
The San Francisco Fog Women faced off against the ORSU Rugby women’s team in another Pacific Coast Rugby Football Union women’s division match. Going up against the national sweet 16 finalists from last year, the Lady Fog held their own ground and continued to play technically-sound and spirited rugby.
The San Francisco Fog Rugby Football Club achieved unprecedented success within the weekend of October 4-5, organizing the Fall Rugby 101 Clinic, hosting two home matches with the Lady Fog and participating in the Castro Street Fair by running three booths (two beverage, one recruiting).
Thank you to everyone that helped make this weekend an outstanding one!
RUGBY 101 CLINIC, TWO WOMEN MATCHES AND CASTRO STREET FAIR!
The San Francisco Fog Rugby Football Club is invading the city this upcoming weekend of October 4-5, 2008 with four exciting rugby events!
Want a taste of Fog Rugby? Check out what we’re doing!