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Rugby in Paradise:
Northridge Knights Rugby Tournament
By Mike DeYoung
            The Northridge Knights hosted their annual quad rugby tournament this year on January 16, 2011. Due to limited gym time at our home practice facility, we were forced to find another gym with extended hours. Thankfully, the San Diego Sharp rugby team graciously invited us to use their facilities in beautiful Oceanside, California.
            After making the 80 mile trip down south, the Northridge Knights arrived to the Oceanside gym just feet from the Pacific Ocean on another beautiful Southern California day. Unfortunately many of us could not enjoy the 80 degree beach weather because we were battling it out on the rugby court for much of the day. Because a couple local rugby teams were attending other tournaments around the country, Northridge had the privilege of playing repeat National Champions Sharp for four games in a row. This was going to be a long tiring day for both teams and referee Jordan Luxembourger. Fortunately though, both teams have deep lineups and everyone got lots of playing time that day.
             Games started at 11 a.m. and ended just before 5 p.m. First game was of course Knights vs. Sharp with the Northridge Knights barely squeezing out their only victory of the day with a score of 28-25. The next game was another close one with Sharp winning with a score of 30-26. The third game was not as close as Sharp won the game with a score of 56-28. The National Champions won their fourth and final game with a score of 62-40.  

            After this exhausting day, both teams helped clean up the gym and then retreated to the parking lot to load chairs and relax just in time to watch the sun set below the Pacific, a perfect ending to a great day of rugby. This kind of day speaks volumes about what this sport is truly about. When it comes down to it, it's not about who won and lost but more about the camaraderie within a team, competing teams, and between all fellow athletes, referees, and volunteers

January 23, 2011 — 1:33pm