Fog vs. Berkeley - March 8

With half of the 2008 NCRFU Season behind them, the Fog Men met halfway with across-the-bay rivals Berkeley RFC for a riveting league match in the middle of the bay, giving it their complete all for the whole game in which Berkeley prevailed in the end.

Shortly after, the ever-progressing Fog B Side suited up for a seconds match with the Berkeley B Side, playing a hard-fought match.

Fog vs. Berkeley - March 1

The Fog Women returned to the pitch for 2008 by competing in a friendly match against national champions Berkeley All-Blues. Though faced with adversity, the Fog showed excellent defense at the base of the scrum and recycled the ball well in a game played in three 30-minute “halves.”

Check out our Lady Fog Rugby blog for the full match report by our women’s coach.

Fog vs. Stanislaus, March 1

On the first day of March, the Fog Men continued on their 2008 season, traveling for two hours into the central valley for a league match against the Stanislaus Harlots in Modesto, CA. The game proved to be a well-fought high-scoring affair, as the Fog scored more tries than in any previous league match in history. Though the final outcome showed the Harlots as the victors, the Fog emerged with a renewed sense of vigor that is sure to emanate in future matches.

Shortly after, the Fog B-Side continued on their progression towards pre-eminence, scoring a hard-fought try towards the end of the contest. A great time was had by all of the players and supporters.

Mission vs. Fog - February 23

After a three-week hiatus, the Fog Men welcomed Mission RFC, a formidable NCRFU Division III opponent, to its home pitch on Treasure Island for the second match of the Men’s 2008 Season. The match was close for the first 40 minutes, with Mission pulling away with the victory in the end.

Shortly after, the up-and-coming Fog B-Side, victors of their last match three weeks earlier, squared off against the San Jose Mauraders B-Side on the same pitch, and a great time was had by all amidst the harsh weather conditions.

Ben Susau, 1987-2008

BEN SUSAU (Photo: Dave Santos)

It is with regret and deep sorrow that we report that Ben Susau, a winger for the San Francisco Fog RFC for the past two years, has unexpectedly passed away in Hawaii.

The Fog was the first club to give “Little Ben” an unequivocal taste of rugby, and he loved both the sport and the team immensely.

In the words of Fog member Hugh Keelan:

There was nothing little about Ben, either in presence or in spirit. On the field, he was a big-hearted, fearless, speedy winger; off the field, he had the biggest grin this side of Fiji.

I feel some comfort in knowing that where Ben has gone he’s now in the company of the Fog’s finest: Mark Bingham, Mark Rumple, Darrin Perry, Tim Fox. Those boys will look after him well. I reckon that together they’ll all be playing the game that’s played in heaven.

Rest in peace, Little Ben. We will miss you tremendously.