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Santa Catalina 2013

Dartmouth 1960/2005 – In November 1960, Dartmouth won the second, New York RFC’s Sevens’ tournament. Notable was that Tom Conger ’61 became the first rugby player since 1939 to be mentioned in a sports article by the NY Times about a rugby game played on US soil. In 2005, Dartmouth opened the Corey Ford rugby complex in honor of this sophisticated writer who lived in Hanover and donated his house to the rugby club. To commemorate Ford’s generosity, alumni commissioned an over-sized portrait. Conger, author of Banana Moon, a collection of short stories, has returned to Dartmouth to write a Corey Ford biography. The Dartmouth rugby complex serves as the successful model for all college programs, producing a skein of Ivy League Men’s titles, two-College Rugby Championship Sevens under former Eagles 7s’ Coach Alex Magelby (Dartmouth ’00) and also, a recent Women’s Ivy League champion in autumn 2013.

Brown’s Women’s Tournament 1978 – The poster heralded the “First” New England Women’s Collegiate Tournament, demonstrating the rapid growth of the sport by women’s colleges in the late 1970s. Women’s rugby at universities would spread throughout the east and also the rest of the country.  In the 1990s - at the start of the women’s national collegiate championships in 1991 (Air Force over Boston College) - all ten finals that decade would feature at least one team from the east. 1987 would witness the inaugural year of the Women’s national team (also called the Eagles), and that side would win the first Women’s Rugby World Cup in 1991.

Catalina Old Boys Rugby Festival – 1994 - Passed into memory are the three memorable California rugby tournaments, Monterey, Santa Barbara, and San Diego. But one tournament remains, Catalina, which started as a regular fifteen’s event, and survived by offering old boys’ sides an opportunity to bump bellies and heads, converting to the Master’s format in 1994. The tournament was the creation of the Hendrix Brothers, Joe and Tom, and featured their likeness on the fanciful, colorful posters. The late, great Paul “Boomer” Andrews started an early old boy’s side in the Bay Area. In New York City, the legendary Jacko Jackson began the Over Thirties, Les Vieux (Manhattan RFC), and finally, the Gentlemen of New York for the over-forty crowd. Today, these Masters events take place around the world.