June 2001

Union Happenings:

OMBAC III, at least for the time being, is now in our Division. So anyone for a clam bake with a side of whoop ass?

Club Happenings

www.GurkhaRugby.com is now ALIVE! The club purchased the domain name recently and Ray did a redesign of his website for the club, there are pictures and history, go check it out and tell us what you think. The club will be selling email addresses very soon with "yourname@GurkhaRugby.com". Please let VP Dan know if you are interested in purchasing one! email him at "Dano@GurkhaRugby.com"

July 14th, is the date for the Gurkha Rugby Club 25th Anniversary Banquet. It will be held at the Olympic Resort Hotel & Spa. The dress is semi-formal. That means no jeans and tee shirts (especially the tuxedo tee shirt). The cost will be $45 per person. The event kicks off at 6pm and ends at 12am. There are a limited number of tickets. Get yours before they are all sold out. Money must be in no later than 29 June 2001. Contact Joe Clarke for your RSVP at (760) 724-3436. Please mail your checks to Joe Clarke at 653 Matagual Dr. Vista, Ca.92083 or give them to him at training. Make checks payable to Escondido RFC. There has also been a block of rooms set aside for those of you who would like to stay the night. The number to call is (760) 438-8330. The confirmation # is 1/7866-103-7746 for the discounted rate. Check in: 3pm Check out: 12pm. There is alternative lodging at the Motel 6 on Palomar Airport Rd. Their number is (760) 438-1242. For those of you who know Bronco, he and his band will entertain us for the evening.

The Quarter ton of beer raffle is HERE. Tickets need to be sold. So get your tickets from Joe and sell, sell, sell!! $2 gets you a ticket. The drawing will be held the day of the 10šs tournament, Oct. 27, 2001.

In 2003, the Rugby World Cup will be played in New Zealand and Australia. The question has been brought up if there would be anyone interested in going to the World Cup in New Zealand? If so, please let Joe Clarke know, as soon as possible.

Devon Cutrell is moving to Oregon in the summer. John Gibb is now the coach of the Rancho Bernardo Barbarians. If you would like to help John out or know any high school aged kids that would like to play rugby contact John at 760-737-8684.

Golf Tournament

There will be a meeting at the Camelot Inn in San Marcos at 6 pm on Wednesday July 11. The second annual Gurkha golf tournament will be held September 23rd this year. This years tourney is going to hopefully be bigger than last yearšs if we get the participation from all members of the rugby club. The club NEEDS for everyone to sell FOUR SPONSORSHIPS. The way it has been figured out is, if we sell four tee sponsorships, that money will pay for the entire golf tournament and the rest is solely profit for the club, but WE all have to do our part for this to happen. SO BE AT THIS MEETING!!

Gurkha 10's Tournament:

Miguel Perez is organizing this years tournament. If you would like to help get a hold of him at the Bat Cave, 760-720-2024.

Recruiting

Boys, we need for you to get out and talk up our sport to the masses. Hopefully, youšll talk them into playing for our club. Seriously, we need the bodies to replace or fill in for those who are stepping down from playing first side matches. John Gibb is looking at passing the scrum half torch onto someone else. Ray Steel is concentrating on coaching and the same with Joe Clarke. Get with Dan and get new schedule cards.

Home Pitch and Club House

Ray Steel is looking into the purchase of a rugby pitch for the Gurkhas. To help fund this venture we need to maximize our efforts in ALL our Fund Raising activities!! So if you want to play on OUR OWN PITCH, volunteer your time and/or services to the club and help out whenever you can.

Oasis 7's Tourney

Pool play opened in an inauspicious manner. Despite sneaking in a fourth sub (the tourney rules only allowed three) the Gurkhas were unable to overcome the young and spry Not Really Ancient Aztecs, along the way losing one of their speedsters, English Scott, to a rib injury. Though the second game did not promise to fare any better, being against highly-regarded Santa Monica, our boys in blue displayed impressive ball handling and support in the first half keeping the game within reach at one try to SM's two. The second half, however, saw the opposing side add another two trys while the Gurkhas could muster none. The final pool matchup was against the O.C. Bucks. A superb offensive effort ensued, including a solo try by Phil Martinez who utilized a masterful "Joe Special" dummy pass to freeze the defense and scamper in from midfield. (Reports that Phil was heard giggling as he darted through the gap are unsubstantiated at press time.) The effort fell short, however, as an ill-advised pass, picked off and taken to the try zone untouched, proved to be the difference in this 24-19 loss.

The 0-3 record was good enough for the Plate bracket (home sweet home), and as fortune would have it the first round provided a rematch against the Bucks. This game saw the return of Scott "Ow, my ribs" Mitchell and the Gurkhas fully capitalized on the opportunity for revenge, notching an impressive four try to one victory. The semi-finals saw our heros pitted against an impressive looking Oxy Old Boys side. After giving up an early try, the never-say-die Gurkhas fought back to a 14-12 lead, which they continued to maintain until late in the game, in no small part due to a try-saving tackle by Josh "Speed Demon" Williams. (Josh unfortunately suffered a knee injury on the play. At this time it looks like he will be out from 1-3 mos. We wish Josh a speedy recovery.) Hopes were dashed, though, when Oxy scored at full time, securing them a berth in the finals where they handily dispatched Care Unit, an Old Aztecs side.

Heard 'Round The Pitch!

Congratulations go to Scott Talbot just bought a house in Oceanside! So when's the party Scotty???

Dave "Bar Brawler" Levine is moving on, back to New York! We'll miss our car salesman, good luck Dave! So when's the party Davey?

Which means "Black Adder" is on the prowl again for a place to live! Lock your doors!

Jeff McCoy made it to a training session before it was done! Which meant he had to actually run, wonders never cease.