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Springfest hosts rugby tournament

Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star Reporter

April 29, 2014

A rugby player skies for the ball during Saturday's tournament. Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star

A rugby player skies for the ball during Saturday’s tournament. Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star

While most students on campus were busy attending mud volleyball, field day and other popular events during Springfest, there were others who gathered at the Ash Field at around 1 p.m. last Saturday and competed in a rugby tournament.

This “tournament”, according to club president for the Fairbanks Sun Dogs, Joey St. Germain, wasn’t actually a tournament at all.

“Right now it’s sort of a friendly sort of deal,” Germain said. “But in the past it’s been a tournament. We’d have about two sides of our own and then another team, but this year it just wasn’t able to happen.” Germain said that they still had enough people to play during this friendly tournament.

There were two teams that showed up for this event, one male team and one female team. The women’s team was called the Fairbanks Ravens and the men’s team was called the Fairbanks Sun Dogs. They split into four teams so there would be a different group of competitors playing while the two were on the sideline resting.

A member of the Fairbanks Ravens fights her way through the defense during the rugby tournament. Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star

A member of the Fairbanks Ravens fights her way through the defense during the rugby tournament. Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star

“We have enough players out here that we were able to put something together and come out here and just get some experience for some of these newer guys,” Germain said.

Anthropology student and Fairbanks Ravens team member Katie Griffin said that mud volleyball wasn’t the only event from Springfest 2013 that was effected by un-cooperative weather. “We spend all of our preseason watching the snow melt off the pitch,”Griffin said. “So last year, unfortunately, there was still ice and snow but we had our game anyways. This year, with it being so warm and nice we watched the snow finally melt and all the ice is gone so it doesn’t get much springier than that.”

Germain said he was happy with the event this year.

“The event today is perfect,” Germain said, adding that having this event during Springfest gives them a chance to show their sport to the community and he hopes to have more rugby events in the future.

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