Jazz Pigs Hosting Two Matches and Pig Roast on May 14

This Saturday, May 14th, the St. Paul Jazz Pigs will be hosting two matches.  First, the D2 will be playing against the St. Cloud Bottom Feeders at 12:00pm.  At 2:00pm, the D4 will be taking on the Osh Kosh Mighty Pigs.  Both matches will be at our home pitch in Maplewood.  (Afton Heights Park, Upper Afton Rd., Maplewood, MN 55119).
After the matches, join the St. Paul Jazz Pigs at the annual Saulala Mafi pig roast after the match

on Saturday May 14th. The event is hosted by our Old Boys in honor of
Saulala Mafi at the “Old Folks Home” at 764 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul, MN
55104
Come celebrate the growth and advancement of your Jazz Pigs. And Win BIG
in the raffle and enjoy some food and adult beverages.
You can purchase your tickets for $15 from you favorite St. Paul Jazz Pig!!!
After the evening comes to a close at the Old Folks Home we will be heading
to a local watering hole!!!
Please feel free to invite any of your friends and family.

Summer 7s Schedule Announced

Summer 7’s rugby practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Afton Heights Park in Maplewood.  Tuesday practices are form 6:30pm-8:30pm.  Thursday practices are from 6:30pm-8:15pm.  Practices will start on Tuesday, May 24th.

The Jazz Pigs are affiliated with the Woodbury Wolfpack, a 7s qualifier team out of Woodbury, MN. The Jazz Pigs and the Wolfpack have a competitive 7s qualifier team and a competitive social team.

All individuals are welcomed to come practice and play with the Jazz Pigs and Wolfpack.

The Pigs will be entering in the following tournaments:

June 18– Madtown 7s, Cottage Grove, WI
June 25– MN 7s, Eagan, MN
July 9– Lakefront 7s, Milwaukee, WI
July 16– Ducks 7s, Iowa City, IA
July 30– Midwest Championships, Chicago, IL
More tournaments may be added.

For more information about summer Rugby, please contact Nick “Kroost” Bannon at nbannon001@gmail.com.

Pigs vs. Metropolis 4/16/16 – Match Report

Close games by both sides on Saturday paired with some beautiful weather made for a great day of rugby. The first match of the day was with the D2 side. The pigs struggled to find their stride early on, ending the first half with a 24 point deficit. However they not only closed that gap in the second half, but were up by 7 points with 10 minutes left in the match thanks to a solid defensive effort, crisp back line play and three tries by man of the match Jole Miller. Metropolis was able to score two times in the second half bringing the score to 38-34. The Pigs made one last offensive push as time ran out and the game unfortunately came to a close as the result of a penalty while within Metro’s 22. Overall a great second half effort by the Pigs.

The D4 team took the field afterwards for another 80 minutes of rugby. Lots of new players got reps in and the Bombers came out on top with a score of 36-29.

We’ll keep this momentum moving forward as the Pigs travel to Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, April 23rd to take on Des Moines RFC.

Spring Outdoor Practice Schedule

Outdoor Practice Schedule:

 

4/5, 6:15-8:15pm, Afton Heights Park or Como park, depending on field conditions. Check Facebook orTwitter for location closer to the date.

 

4/7, 6:15pm-8:15pm, Afton Heights Park or Como park, depending on field conditions. Check Facebook orTwitter for location closer to the date.

4/12 through 5/19, we will be practicing on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Afton Heights Park from 6:15-8:15pm. (Upper Afton Rd, Maplewood, MN 55119)

All are welcome to join us at any practice.

Spring Indoor Practice

Spring indoor practice schedule has been announced.  Any and all are welcome to join us at our practices.

3/22, 6:30-8:30pm, Hope Church, 7910 15th Street North, Oakdale, MN 55128
3/24, 6:30-8:30pm, Hope Church, 7910 15th Street North, Oakdale, MN 55128
3/29, 8:30-10:30pm, Bielenberg Field House, 4125 Radio Dr, Woodbury, MN 55129
3/31, 8:30-10:30pm, Bielenberg Field House, 4125 Radio Dr, Woodbury, MN 55129
4/3, Noon-2pm, Bielenberg Field House, 4125 Radio Dr, Woodbury, MN 55129

13th Annual Mike “Buca” Lundberg Memorial Tournament

March 5 @ 10:00 amMarch 6 @ 12:00 am

Registration: $30 (at the event)

Mike Buca

All-Comers tournament. There is an entry fee of $30 per player. Names are drawn from a hat to determine the teams. The number of entrants will determine the format. (7s, 10s, 15s) There will be a post-tourney social with food and drinks for all participants. MEN AND WOMEN RUGGERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.

In 2004, the Mike Lundberg Memorial Tournament started as a fun opportunity to play winter rugby for men and women of all skill levels while donating 100% of the proceeds to help defray the costs of Mike’s treatments. Sadly, Mike lost his long battle with Leukemia in 2008. At the request of his family, we have continued the tournament to celebrate his life and help a member of the Minnesota rugby community in need.

This year’s beneficiary is Kevin Ash.  Kevin is a member of the Faribault Rugby Club who suffered a traumatic brain injury during a match two years ago.  Since the injury, he has required around the clock care and still struggles with the most basic of daily tasks.

We are required by USA Rugby to verify the CIPP of all tournament participants. Verification will take place Friday, March 4 at 2:00 pm. IF YOU ARE NOT CIPP REGISTERED AT THAT TIME, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY. THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS.

Registration begins at 10:00am with matches starting at 11:00am.  All matches will be held at Hoffman Park, River Falls, WI. (547 Hanson Dr, River Falls, WI 54022).

The post tournament social will be at the Lazy River Bar in River falls (115 W Walnut St, River Falls, WI 54022).

Please RSVP to Ben Hanson at LHPROP1@hotmail.com by February, 20 so I can order shirts and food. You can also RSVP and get the latest updates at https://www.facebook.com/events/1671675716436318/ or follow us on twitter @stpaulrugby.  Entry fee is to be paid the morning of the tourney. 100% of the proceeds go to help a member of MN rugby in need. Donations are also greatly appreciated.

 

USA Pour Tour Cancer Charity Event

USA pour tourHalf Time Rec has invited us to join them to help raise money for Regions Cancer Center in St. Paul. They will be hosting the USA Pour Tour www.usapourtour.com which will include a silent auction, raffle, and live music from 2-8pm on July 18. The event will also be sponsored by Summit Brewery. They are hoping we could put together a St. Paul Jazz Pigs auction or raffle package for them. If you have anything you would like to donate please contact me directly at guster01@luther.edu and I will figure out a way to get the item from you. We are looking for any Pig items you may have clean shirts, koozies, key chains, rugby balls, shorts, and/or Jerseys. The event last from 2pm to 8pm the Pigs will be meeting at Half Time Rec at 5pm thru 8pm to help support our sponsors Summit Brewery and HTR. Please feel free to show up earlier and plan on having a few drinks and ordering dinner at HTR with your fellow Pigs. After 8pm I assume some might make their way down to Joe and Stan’s or some other bar to end the night.

Half-Time Rec:
1013 Front Ave, St Paul, MN 55103

Fall D2 Schedule Released

The following is the St. Paul Jazz Pigs Fall D2 Schedule.  Times and locations TBD.

2015 League Schedule

August 29th: Vs. Banshees

September 5th: Jesse James Tournament (Eagan, MN)

September 12th: Vs. Metro

September 19th: Vs. Wisconsin

September 26th: @ Green Bay (Green Bay, WI)

October 3rd: BYE

October 10th: @ Metro (Minneapolis, MN)

October  17th: @ Banshees (Eagan, MN)

October 24th: Vs. Green Bay

October 31st: @ Wisconsin (Madison, WI)