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The Olympic Club ran out to a big lead, lost it, and took it back again to earn their second victory of the Pacific Rugby Premiership and beat Santa Monica 43-31.
Santa Monica led 19-15 at halftime, fell behind 29-19, and then scored twice to lead 31-29 with 12 minutes to go. But Olympic Club's lineout worked when it was needed and set the platform for the go-ahead try, and then they added another for good measure.
Olympic Club wore pink for this game. This was the 5th Annual ‘Pink Jersey Pink Tie’ event run by Olympic Club Rugby team. As a part of the event Olympic Club wore pink jerseys and pink socks, provided by Canterbury USA.
Santa Monica, in a show of support for the event, also wore pink socks on the day, and will be attending the evening’s festivities. In another great show of unity from the PRP clubs, San Francisco Golden Gate will be donating a portion of the gate from their Ray Sheeran Field that they have shared with OC this year back to the charities supported by the event. Golden Gate (twice), Glendale and OPSB have provided great games for this event in the past, and this year's clash was equal to it.
The Pink Jersey Pink Tie Charity Event was established in 2009 as a Breast Cancer Awareness charity event and fundraiser to support local breast cancer services. The idea for the event was established following the unfortunate passing of Kathleen Ann McClenahan, the mother Olympic Club player and former Eagle Brian McClenahan. The beneficiary for the 2009 event was the KAM Foundation, a local breast cancer foundation established in Kathleen's name and honor. Since then the event has grown and also raises money for the American Cancer Society along with the KAM Foundation.
Rugby, like no other sport, has a history of rallying around teammates in times of need. After Kathleen's passing, the teammates of Brian McClenehan rallied around without hesitation to establish the event and show their support. In the years since, even though Brian has retired from playing, various players and club members have stepped forward to lead the event and continue this great tradition. Annually the event raises almost $20,000 for the two charities.
Olympic Club Director of Rugby Eoin O’ Toole remarked: "There is something special about the rugby community; at the team and club level as well as at a league and nationwide, if not worldwide, level. When you put your body on the line on a Saturday afternoon for the men next to you there is a strong bond that is unshakable amongst rugby players. I was still playing for the club in 09 when we started the event and I know the support meant the world to Brian and his family at the time; and now to many more families since that we have been able to help in a small way through our fundraising and awareness efforts with this event. It's fantastic to see the support from Santa Monica and Golden Gate for the event, and who knows, maybe next year all PRP clubs will be sporting pink for the day!"