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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Rugby results week 3

Along with this week's results, some commentary by me.

I made it down to the park for some rugby last Saturday, and it was great. One thing that's great is that all the games are played in the same place (Kapiolani Park). As of now there are three games every Saturday. The first one starts at 1:00 pm, and the other two follow. Everyone is in the same place, and it's quite the festive atmosphere. How many other places get this to happen?

I only saw one game, since I'm busy preparing for my trip, writing my book, and assorted other busy things, but it was a good one. The Barbarian vs. Kalihi Raiders. A close game by two closely matched teams. The Islanders have won all their games so far, so I'm going to try to make sure I catch their game this week.

The games and the organization of the Union have been looking good. A big Mahalo (thank you) to everyone who's putting in the effort to keep things moving forward. Thanks to Ma'afu for the effort at the top; Etu and Saga for their efforts with the referees; Lofi for his scheduling, and especially with reporting the results; and Kevin Perry for his valiant efforts with Hawaii Youth Rugby (hang in there Kevin). There are many more people putting a lot of effort in too, with the teams, the clinics, and all the little things that are needed to keep things going. All your hard work is paying off.

As always, we need your support, and your generous donations. It takes a lot of money to run the whole of the rugby organization; the adult Union, the youth league, and all of the individual teams. But the rewards for everyone are great; the players, the volunteers, and the community.

We've got some work ahead of us with the youth, especially here on Oahu, but we're going to get there.

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