This was an invitation that was too good of an opportunity to pass up, Working with Chris McAlpine in the Rec Sports to assure that we'd have a pitch to play on, the personel to line the field, trainers, referees and all that goes into scheduling a rugby match on the UT Dallas campus. We had a GO.
Colorado College has a fairly good Women's team and they were looking for some high level women's rugby, an invitation was sent to UT Austin, in which they replied with a yes as well and will make their first trip to the pitch at UT Dallas.
With all that being said, and the teams all knowing when and who they'll be playing. Here is the breakdown and schedule for the games that will be played this coming Saturday.
3:00pm - UT Austin Women vs Colorado College Women
4:40pm - UT Dallas Women vs TCU Women (7's style format)
5:00pm - UT Dallas Men vs Colorado College Men
5:40pm - UT Dallas Women vs TCU Women (7's style format)
7:00pm - UT Dallas Women vs Colorado College Women (25 or 30 minute halves)
The reason, you see UT Dallas Women vs TCU Women is that they do have a league match that has to be played out in the Lonestar Conference. 7's style format is two 7 minute halves with a one minute half time. So the ladies will get more than enough rest between games and before the Colorado College match.
This is a huge opportunity for us to show case our pitch, our university and our teams in front of UT Austin and against Colorado College. For some of you who may remember reading about or saw the University of Denver match last spring, you'll know that outside of Texas we are at a slight disadvantage in size. So this match would give us a preview of things to come, should we (and I expect us to) make it to the "Cowboy Cup" Qualifier next spring.
This will also be a great event for our girls to play the game as we have been practicing for but not getting the chance to play, a full 15's game of rugby. Colorado College's second side will be a good gage of where we've come from and may need to work on, but the idea of playing all the girls at the same time is exciting.
As usual if anyone should have any questions or comments, regarding the upcoming weekend, please contact me and I'll do my best to answer those questions.
See you Saturday.