Robert Turner, Contributing Writer
On Saturday, Oct. 6, about 20 alumni bested the brotherhood of the Hoggies in the annual Alumni Rugby match.
This year, as usual, the alumni came out ready to fight. For many, the Alumni Weekend game is the only chance they get to play rugby each year.
“If you don’t win today, it will be for one reason: you let the alumni suck you into their game. You have to play your game today, not theirs,” said Coach Matt Jones.
Given the alumni team’s marked advantage in size, it was imperative for the students to run more, moving the ball down the back line.
Instead, however, the alumni stepped up their game and exhausted the students’ forward pack with 80 minutes of rucking, mauling and scrumming.
When all was said and done, the scoreboard read 0-47 in favor of the alumni. The alumni were thankful to the students and the school for the chance to play rugby again, and in the words of one alumnus, “the game was closer than the score.”
After the match, Assistant Coach Bob MacNab handed out awards to the noteworthy players of the day.
On the alumni side, Bill Moser was named man of the match for having shown great dedication to club. At one point, Moser went down hard and protected freshman John “Thing 1” Houser from the many spikes which loomed in the ruck overhead by lying on top of him and covering Houser’s face with his hands. Everyone nearby heard something crack, but Moser was adamant that he was okay and insisted on remaining in the game.
Buck Moser, his son, won another award, though he himself did not graduate from the University of Dallas. Alumnus Danny “Midnight” Mittnacht was given an award for his impressive running skills.
On the student side, Michael “Blondie” Wadle filled in as fullback for Anthony “Gazelle” Wagner, who was unable to return after his concussion last season. Wadle played admirably in the position and earned an award for running over an alumnus while running the ball. On the defensive end, Kevin “Flowers” Flannery hit hard against the alumni – some of whom were easily three times his width – and earned the “All-Around” award for outstanding play.
Be sure to come out to the first cup-match of the season this upcoming Saturday at 2 p.m. when our beloved Groundhogs will take on the University of Texas at Dallas. The team will be saying a rosary led by Fr. Robert McGuire at 12:30 p.m. on the rugby pitch, and T-shirts will be sold. Go Hoggies!