FOG RUGBY MAKES STRONG SHOWING ON DAY 1
The San Francisco Fog RFC made a grand entrance to the first day of The Bingham Cup® tournament in Dublin, winning three out of their four matches.
The day started with opening ceremonies highlighted by a speech from Mark Bingham’s mother, Alice Hoagland, and a rendition of the Irish national anthem. The temperature hovered around 18-22•C (65-72•F) with a mixture of sun, overcast clouds and a little drizzle - in other words, perfect for rugby.
SF Fog 1st Side 67 - Philadelphia Gryphons 0
The Fog’s 1st side took the pitch by storm, playing solid team rugby en route to a decisive victory over the Philadelphia Gryphons, a club that the Fog met once during The Bingham Cup® in London (2004). The Fog took a 29-0 lead into the half and never looked back.
SF Fog 2nd Side 0 - London Kings Cross Steelers 60
Facing the Steelers, one of the perennial top teams in IGRAB, the Fog’s 2nd squad gave their all, playing gritty technical rugby and never giving London an easy try. Though the score looks one-sided, the Fog showed tremendous spirit that impressed their opponents and which would pay dividends later in the day.
SF Fog 1st Side 12 - Manchester Village Spartans 5
The Fog’s 1st XV squared off against the formidable Manchester Village Spartans, who displayed superlative defense and immense heart. The Spartans led the match 5-0 at the half, having scored a sudden try with a cross-pitch kick and run in. The Fog responded in the second half with a beautiful dummy move by the flyhalf for their first try, followed by a breakaway run by their inside center leading to the second try, igniting the Fog’s sideline supporters.
SF Fog 2nd Side 5 - Boston Ironsides 0
The Fog’s 2nd side game against the Boston Ironsides RFC, who took the Bowl in the 2004 tournament, was a nail-biter. Closely matched, neither side was able to score in the first half. Then, in what became the Fog Rugby “play of the day,” a Fog prop broke free with the ball from inside his own 22m line, sprinting down the pitch and ultimately passing to his supporting runner, who scored the only try of the match.
Day Two results will be posted at the end of Saturday’s matches (14 June 2008).
The San Francisco Fog is starting to embark on its trip half-way across the world to Dublin, Ireland, as the club gears up to compete in the largest amateur rugby event in the world, the Bingham Cup®. Approximately 32 clubs from 9 countries around the world are attending this year’s tournament, hosted by Dublin’s Emerald Warriors RFC. The Fog are proudly fielding two full sides as the three-day tournament commences on Friday, June 13.
We will be providing daily updates on the Fog’s progress in the tournament on this website, so make sure to come visit here each day.
Saturday is a Rugby Day, and the San Francisco Fog is celebrating this zenith of rugby commandments with a jam-packed day of rugby matches, as all three sides of the Fog will be taking the pitch! The Fog Men and B-Side teams will be warming up with their last matches before The Bingham Cup® tournament in Dublin, and the Fog Women go for two victories in a row against UCSC.
Full schedule of matches:
- 11am: Fog Women vs. UCSC
- 12pm: Fog vs. Berkeley RFC
- 1pm: Fog vs. Stanislaus Harlots
- 2pm: Fog vs. Berkeley RFC
- 3pm: Fog vs. Stanislaus Harlots
- 4pm: Berkeley RFC vs. Stanislaus Harlots
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND GARAGE SALE WITH THE BIG GAY FRAT HOUSE
The San Francisco Fog is teaming up with the Big Gay Frat House for a Garage Sale in the heart of the Castro on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend! If you are around the area and are looking for some neat objects, then come on by and take a look around—you never know what you just may end up finding!
Date: Sunday, May 25
Time: 11am to 5pm
Place: 630 Castro Street (near 19th Street)
Proceeds will go towards travel costs for The Bingham Cup® and the Women’s Side Fall 2008 Tour.
On Friday, May 17, come out to The LookOut Bar at 3600 16th Street (where the Metro Bar used to be), to enjoy all the Budweiser beer you can drink from 6pm to 10pm for only 8 dollars!
The Fog will also be selling clothing merchandise (including t-shirts and hats) and holding a raffle with exciting prizes! On top of that, the Fog will be showing its most popular videos from its FogTV YouTube channel on their big screen TVs!
And did we mention there will be LOTS of rugby players to hang out with? Come on out, unwind after a hard work week, and enjoy a beer with us!