This summer was the first time the Bombers made a push to develop a 7s program to compete with the National 7s competition. With the help of new coach Cam Wyper, (read his story here) the Bombers started to lay the groundwork for a 7s program with great potential.
The first year was tough for the Bombers but they did make it to regionals in Denver. Going forward, the key factors to be improved upon for the squad is a much more structured attacking play, with implementing a much more structural game plan rather than the typical “play-as-you-go”, as well as improved 7s style defensive coordination and communication.
The MRFU 7s was another successful year as both side were undefeated until they had to face each other.
The Bombers2 side would finish 4th overall after losing to the Eureka Kings in the playoffs. The Bombers1 side defended their title in another down to the last try championship game against the Ramblers. The Bombers were up in the first half, but the Ramblers controlled the ball in the second half and took the lead. The last play of the match was led by a break away by Jeff Rehdar who offloaded to Joe Auger and scored the winning try taking the 19-17 victory.
On Thursday, August 14, the Bombers held their annual awards night at the Dubliner (featuring formal attire of rugby shorts and blazers). Over drinks and appetizers, the evening celebrated and honored many Bombers, closing out a very active 15’s season and successful summer of 7’s rugby. The following Bombers join a long list of storied players and club members committed to competitive rugby and a vibrant club atmosphere.
- Newman – Justin McKay
- Hardest Hitter – Alex Ochoa
- Mopes Award – Joe Auger
- 7’s MVP – Joe Auger
- Most Improved (coach’s award) – Bryan Hebron and Ryan McDonald
- Orville Turgeon – Ben Meyers
- President’s – Dan Ward
- White Side MVP – Colin Fitzhenry
- Black Side MVP – Mark Menne
The handout of each award was paired with a corresponding beverage to match the spirit of the award. Big thanks to Alex Ochoa and Neal Ford for organizing, the Dubliner for hosting, and everyone who made it out in support.
15s practice began a few weeks ago and are getting ready for our first match this weekend.
The Bombers practice at Steger Field at 6:30pm every Tuesday and Thursday are the only St. Louis team to have both a competitive DII and DIII team. We are always looking for new players with or without rugby experience from High School to any age. We look forward to the upcoming year of exciting rugby, eventually leading to a club-wide banquet at the end of the season. Reminder that the Bombers kick-off the season this Saturday, hosting Division I Palmer at Lucier Park at 2:00PM. The St. Louis Sabers will be matched against Palmer women’s team at noon.