The San Francisco Fog R.F.C. was well-represented in the Pacific Coast Rugby Football Union’s Women’s Grizzlies Developmental Side last Sunday as Bridget Madell and Ruth Parr from the Fog Women’s Side starred in their match against MARFU (Mid-Atlantic) Women’s Senior Select Side at Treasure Island on Sunday, April 13, 2008. Shortly after, the Fog found out that Bridget made the Pacific Coast Grizzlies Select Side. Congratulations to both Bridget and Ruth!
On Saturday, March 29, the Fog Women hosted the Chico State women’s squad in a friendly scrimmage on Treasure Island. In a match that featured four Fog players brand-new to the hooligan sport of rugby, the Fog Women held their own against a formidable Chico side, converted well in their line-outs and scrums, and as head coach Kevin “BMK” Sullivan stated, the Fog Women “learned that they are very dangerous out wide.” Not to mention an excellent time was had by all at the reverent third half.
The full match report by our head coach be found in our Lady Fog Rugby blog.
Written by a member of the San Francisco Fog, "Bingham Year" is a song commemorating the heroism of Mark Bingham and the biennial rugby tournament that honors him.
Bingham, who played championship rugby for UC-Berkeley in the 1990s, died on September 11, 2001 aboard United flight 93. He joined the Fog in its first year of existence, helping teach and inspire a small group of dedicated rugby novices that founded the club in 2000.
After Mark's death, the Fog created the first Bingham Cup tournament to honor him. Since then the competition has grown to include dozens of teams from around the globe, making it the largest amateur rugby event in the world.
The 2008 event will be held in Dublin, Ireland this summer, the latest in a line of host-cities that includes New York City in 2006, London in 2004, and San Francisco in 2002.
On Saturday, March 29, the Fog Men traveled an hour north to square off against the Petaluma Leghorns. Finishing up the NCRFU Season, the Fog Men completed their rite-of-passage within one of the toughest rugby divisions in all of America.
As the NCRFU Season closes and the Mark Kendall Bingham Rugby Tournament opens, the Fog finds itself more capable than ever imagined. As for the rest of Saturday, both the Fog and Leghorns celebrated their efforts for the match and season in a riveting third half.
Video of the Fog Men side versus the Petaluma Leghorns on Saturday, March 29, 2008, as shown on our FogTV YouTube channel: