This past weekend, Texas Stampede came away victorious at the RISE Rugby Tournament at Senter Park in Irving, Texas, while St. Louis Rams settled for second and the Boise Bombers came away with a third place victory.
In what was a very good week, Bryan Kirkland of the Texas Stampede was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. This follows having been invited to the United States Rio national team selection camp last Wednesday.
Rob Macisaac from the Edmonton Steel Wheels earned the tournament’s sportsmanship award for 0.5 point players, and Jay Nagel of the Denver Harlequins and Jeff Butler of the Boise Bombers earned it for 1.0 point players. Jay Nagel of the Denver Harlequins earned the sportsmanship award for 1.5 point players, while Mike Shaumberg of the St. Louis Rams picked up the award for 2.0 point players. Cody Fornie of the Edmonton Steel Wheels got the sportsmanship award for 2.5 point players, William Taylor from RISE and Corey Panderberg from the Boise Bombers earned the award for 3.0 and 3.5 point players.
Over 70 volunteers helped make the tournament happen, including 42 volunteers from the local Bank of America Dan Volunteer Group.