The Milwaukee Iron is in a rebuilding phase. Team members have faced injury setbacks, job position changes, and various family dynamic alterations causing inconsistent schedules for a regulatory practice/competition commitment during the 2016/17 USQRA rugby season.
The 2015-16 season marked the beginning for KC Revolution rugby. It started last January with one player and one rugby chair. After several weeks of reaching out by email and Facebook to anyone and everyone who might qualify to play and lived in the KC area, there was finally enough interest to hold a meeting. After our initial meeting, the numbers grew to 4 players and 1 rugby chair.
The 2016 Rugby Rave Tournament has come to an end with some amazing team and individual achievements. The tournament started Thursday with tough competition and hard hits, which left the Portland Pounders, British Columbia, the Minnesota Steelheads, and the Sharp Edge competing for the 3rd place spot. The Ability360 Phoenix Heat showed domination on Thursday winning games against the Portland Pounders and the At Large team.
On Martin Luther King Weekend the Portland Pounders held their 19th annual Portland Invitational. The invitational has gone through a lot of iterations as the Pounders have evolved over the years; from rec-level get together, to top-flight DI showcase, and in many years, a competitive regional tournament. This year is a bit of an odd one in the USQRA, with most of the top players more focused on preparing for the international calendar than winning a national championship. As such, the Pounders hosted perhaps their most low-key tournament in recent memory, with just 4 teams, all from the Pacific Northwest, competing. Boise, Seattle, and B.C. all drove down to compete for the inaugural edition of the Cascadia Cup (so new, it’s not actually in cup form yet).
I remembered the day Martin came to the gym where we practiced (Northridge Knights) in Chatsworth. It was the first time he ever played wheelchair sports. He started playing rugby with a chair borrowed from the team. It was very heavy and he had a hard time pushing his chair. He got tired very fast, was short of breath and felt bad. He could not even catch a ball. That first day he even told me he felt dizzy and wanted to vomit.
For quad rugby chairs, low-pointer chairs or defensive chairs have pickers on the front of them that are used to hook the chair of an offensive player and prevent them from moving. Alternatively, high pointer chairs or offensive chairs have a shroud that makes it difficult to be hooked.
In November, the Magee Eagles hosted the 26th Annual Beast of the East Quad Rugby Tournament at the RiverWinds Community Center in West Deptford, NJ. Eight teams from all over the region came out to compete: Medstar NRH Punishers, EWAF New York Warriors, Global Abilities Fury, Maryland Mayhem, Pittsburgh Steelwheelers, Northeast Passage Wildcats, and two teams from the host squad Magee Eagles.
The 2016 Knock & Roll Wheelchair Rugby Tournament took place January 15-17, 2016 in Lake Worth, Florida. This was the 15th annual Knock & Roll Tournament. It was hosted by the South Florida Rattlers and included 7 other teams. Those 7 other teams were Switzerland, Grand Rapids Thunder, Wreck N Ballz, Tampa Generals, Magee Eagles, RIC Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers.
The United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) is proud to be selected as a recipient of a 2nd Cycle 2015 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The USQRA was awarded $5,000 to support scholarships for Team Representatives to attend the 2016 Annual General Meeting and USQRA National Championships which will take place April 21st-24th, 2016 in Houston, Texas.