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Aspen Takes Ruggerfest

Tuesday Sep 22, 2009 in Grassroots Rugby Tournaments

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The Aspen Rugby Club won their own Aspen Ruggerfest Sunday, defeating the Denver Barbarians 39-20 in the final.

It was a relatively small open bracket, with nine teams participating, while the Ruggerfest continues to be a popular destination for Old Boys teams.

Aspen rode strong weekend performances from Simon Dogbe, Hayden Mexted and Matt Doubek to take the tournament, and exact some measure of revenge over the Barbos for the Denver club’s league victory over Aspen earlier this fall.

“It was a good, competitive tournament,” said Aspen coach Freddy Waititi. “And it was a good feeling to beat Denver. We usually look at Ruggerfest as the beginning of our season.”

Aspen wasn’t really ready for that opener, Waititi said, but they will be ready go9nig forward.

“We are looking to bounce back,” he said. “A lot of the guys took the summer off, but we’re training seriously again and getting ready.”

Aspen downed a tough Albuquerque team in the semis while the Barbarians beat the Denver Highlanders in the other semifinal. The Highlanders were too beat up to play the consolation so the Aardvarks took third.


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