14th Annual Mike Lundberg Memorial Tournament

The St Paul Jazz Pigs Present:

14th Annual Mike Lundberg Memorial Tournament

WHEN: Saturday, March 4, 2017—10:00 am until ????

WHERE: Hoffman Park, 547 Hanson Drive, River Falls, WI

WHAT: 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.

We are required by USA Rugby to verify the CIPP of all tournament participants. Verification will take place Friday, March 3 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.

Please RSVP to Ben Hanson at LHPROP1@hotmail.com by February, 17 so I can order shirts and food. Directions can be found at www.saintpaulrugby.com You can also RSVP and get the latest updates at https://www.facebook.com/events/1779958882326238/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.

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Fan Appreciation Day on Oct 8th

Fan Appreciation Day this year will be on October 8th, 2016 at Afton
Heights Park(2511 Upper Afton Road Saint Paul, MN 55119). We will have two matches that day against Metropolis with D2 playing at 1pm and D4 playing at 3pm. We will have free hot dogs, burgers, sides, and soda for the fans.

After the second match the Team will be heading to Half Time Rec to enjoy a few adult beverages. And for the kids we we will have a couple of people supervising them at the playground next to the pitch. I look forward to seeing everyone there to support the St. Paul Jazz Pigs.

If your kids or maybe you want to make some extra money and are old enough to watch the kids at the playground. Please let Goose know.

Match Reports: St. Paul Jazz Pigs D2 and D4 vs. Eastside Banshees D2 and D4

The St. Paul Jazz Pigs D2 and D4 squads kicked off their season Saturday, August 27, 2016 hosting the Eastside Banshees at the Jazz Pigs’ beautiful pitch in Maplewood.  The grass had been recently cut and the lines freshly painted.  There had been a slight amount of rain; just enough to make the ground slightly softer when landing on it and the ball just more difficult to catch.   The sun came peaking out behind the clouds making the air temperature in the mid 70s.  A perfect day to play rugby.

The Jazz Pigs started the first match against the Banshees D2 squad.  The Piggies sent a message to the Banshees by retrieving their own kick on kick-off.  From there the Pigs marched down the field, smashing the Banshees in the mouth, making them regret not catching the ball.  As the Pigs marched closer to the Banshees try zone, the Banshees became flustered and committed a penalty within their own 10 meters.  The Pigs took advantage of this mistake with a quick tap and smashed the ball into the try zone to take an early lead, 5-0.

Unfortunately, this lead did not last long as the Pigs committed penalty and the Banshees took advantage.  They kicked for touch, caught the ball on their own line-out, and then marched the ball into the try zone with a maul to even the score 5-5.

For the rest of the half, the scoring was one-sided.  The Banshees capitalized on Jazz Pigs mistakes; whereas, the Pigs were unable to capitalize on the Banshees mistakes.  The score at half was 5-22; Banshees lead.

This did not discourage the Pigs as they came out from half scoring a try and conversion to bring the score to 12-22.  The second half was a hotly contested half with the Banshees scoring an additional try; however, they did so through undisciplined play.  They received multiple yellow cards for a dump tackle, repeated high tackles, and repeated off-sides.  As time ran out, the Banshees were able to score one more try to take the final score to 12-33.

The D4 match did not goes as well for the Bombers.  The Banshees came roaring out and took a 33-7 lead into half-time; however, the Bombers made multiple adjustments to make the second half more competitive.  Ultimately, the Banshees took the match with a final score of 45-7.  While the Banshees won the match, the Bombers were able to get many young players into the match to gain more experience.  Furthermore, there were some Pig who played 80 minutes in the D2 match and jumped in the D4 match to help out.

The Jazz Pigs and Bombers may have dropped two matches against the Eastside Banshees on Saturday, but they did not lose the St. Paul spirit.  They fought hard, delivered bone crushing hits, and punished the Banshees for every meter earned.  And as always, the Jazz Pigs and Bombers won the social.

The Jazz Pigs and Bombers will have two weeks to make adjustments before their next matches on Saturday, September 10th against Metropolis’ D2 and D4 squads at the All-MN Rugby Tournament.

Once a Jazz Pig, Always a Jazz Pig. Oink, Oink, Oink!!!

SPRFC Online Pre-Order Store

St. Paul Jazz Pigs PRE-ORDER online store:
The PRE-ORDER store will be open all week.  The store will close at 11:59pm, on Sunday, August 21st. Orders will be placed into production on Monday the 22nd to ensure we have shorts and socks in time for the Banshee’s match. SHORTS and SOCKS are mandatory for match day if you don’t already own them.
If you are an active player at training please select WILL-CALL. I will bring these orders out to practice with and matches with me.
If you are NOT actively at practice, please select shipping and your order will be sent directly to you.
If you have any questions, email Thor directly – rthoresen@rugbyathletic.com
If you are interested in purchasing a kitbag, please talk to Thor at training.

Fall Season Starts Tomorrow

The St. Paul Jazz Pigs 15 Fall League starts tomorrow.  We are starting practice. We will be practicing Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Afton Heights Park (Upper Afton Rd, Maplewood, MN 55119).

All are welcome to join our practices.

The Fall League schedule is currently still being finalized.  It will be released soon.

3rd Annual Jazz Pigs Golf Tournament

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The Pigs are hosting their 3rd annual golf tournament at Phalen Golf Course,1615 Phalen Drive, St. Paul MN 55106 on Friday, August 5th, 2016.

The tournament will be 4 Person Scramble Style Play with a Shotgun Start at 1:30 PM. Check-in by 1:00 PM

For $100, a player will get to play 18 holes of golf, use of a golf cart, range balls, potential to win prizes/contest holes, dinner, and a free keg of beer at Half Time Rec afterwards.

Prizes will be given out for the following categories:

1st place team receives $100/person
2nd place team receives 1 voucher for a free round of golf for 4 at Phalen Golf Course

Contest Holes & Additional Cheating Tactics
Men & Women’s Big Hitter Award (AKA Longest Drive), Longest Putt, Closest To The Pin, Double Your Money, Mulligans, String For Putting, etc.

Dinner will be served approximately at 6:00 PM and Includes:

Personal Chef
Prime Rib of Beef
Horseradish Sauce
Dinner Rolls
Caesar or House Salad
Vegetable Du Jour
Assorted Brownies and Cookies
Coca Cola Products

Deadline to Register is July 25th (or until filled).  Attached is the registration form.

All proceeds will go to the St. Paul RFC.

Hole Sponsorships are available.
PigZilla Sponsor – $600
Includes an advertising sign on a hole, four golf packages, and the option for a representative at a hole to do an elevator pitch to every group
Pig Sponsor – $300
Includes advertising sign on a hole and two golf packages
Piglet Sponsor – $100
Includes an advertising sign on a holeHole Sponsors: Please provide what you want to appear on the hole-sponsor sign.
For questions please call or email
Joshua Pauly at 952-239-2745 or paulyjoshua@hotmail.com.

Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/events/994845657297651/

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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
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.