Sunday, September 21, 2014

It was a great run yet again on Sunday.  We welcomed some new faces and missed those that were not able to make it. Terry, I hope you were able to deliver on your promise of a romantic weekend to Tina.  Lord knows she deserves it. The weather was all we could ask for even though it did seem a bit warmer than the 85 degrees that was advertised.  Anna and Tiff showed up again.  Tiff brought her daughter and was happy to watch from the shade and Anna came out for a good run until the pace necessitated a rest in the shade as well.   We had some new fellas arrive to the pitch.  Jared, who is new to the area, gave us a good Coach John impression as he played without shoes for quite a bit.   Viking Andrew, who you might recall from the Thursday night competition, brought his brother along for a good run also.

Young Kalmus Griffin joined us after taking a break due to injury.  He brought some flash golden cleats and the glint from the sun helped him to evade some defenders.  Chris P was quick to point out after one particularly shifty run the Kalmus will never be as a good as his brother.  Chris then threw a wild pass between his legs like a long snapper on a punt team to no one in particular making his argument irrelevant.

Kill showed up with his camera after a nice vacation and left the ref whistle at home.  It was good to have him back a nice to see that the whistle wasn’t required to maintain an acceptable level of play.  Quite a few folks have commented on the pace and overall quality of play that is being diplayed each and every Sunday.  I think you can all give yourselves a nice pat on the back for it and I couldn’t agree more.

We ended up playing till about 12 noon.  The sides appeared to be fairly even.  6 vs. 6 with 3 or more subs for the best part of the day.  With the new folks not quite used to the activity level and some folks taking their time getting ramped up after a period away form the pitch the subs were coming in and out regularly.  We learned that Mullets trump Beards in manliness and tries as Shaggy was able to touch it down on several occasions.

I would love to write a lot more and live up to Kane and Joaquin’s standard but I have to go so I will not get fired.

We need to either makes ome good plans for this Saturday or blow it off.  It is my wife’s birthday and she has agreed to do something fun with all of us.  Her and I are gong out regardless.  We woiuld ove to have you all there or go were you will all be.

Cheers,

–Tige

It was a warm day.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 – Summer Tournament Finale

Last night was the end to a hugely successful summer tournament. Congrats to the Farts for some great play. We are looking forward to next year.

All of the photos are found here.

 

Congrats to the Farts.

Sir Richard Brownjohn even made an appearance last night at the fields.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Last night was another day of success for all! We had an excellent showing of all sides, the teams are really showing a much more advanced understanding of the game, realizing how it is truly a different sport, and something that they can continue to enjoy throughout the year.

Terry will have to update us with all the scoring, but we had some good plays going on. Though we did let disorder kind of dominate the day, where we forgot to use our basics banging up the middle and then producing overloads. Didn’t really take advantage of the wide wings, and were a bit sloppy on the pick ups and passing. But hey, everyday can’t be perfect. There was a solid showing of the Rat Bastards with Kill as always at the helm of the reffing, John kicked in to help along with boys from the Reds/Darc to appreciation of all. Terry kept things moving, and got a run himself, which Kill was also able to tear it up. Justin, Struan, Sean, Greg, Charl, John, Nico and a ghost from the past our good friend Al were some of the players there, to a total of about 14 Rat Bastards, where we were doing full six swops. Christine our team ambassador was there, mixing it up with the teams and flaunting her skills, from the sidelines was heard “man, that girl is a firecracker!”. There is a rumor that we aren’t losing her after all, so another reason to celebrate next thursday.

Talking with John, he is going to look to slip in more technique drills on our fundays, so that we can brush up on the basics and learn new things. We have newer additions that haven’t had the advantage of his drills, so I believe the learning and polishing will be welcomed by all. It was also great fun to hear his stories of Enoch and his first days. Man does he have his hands full with that boy! :)

John is going to set up a game with Houston, which we were talking about making it into a Micro-Tourney so we can invite the teams that have joined us this summer, and give Houston the opportunity to prep for the nationals. Lets all give him the support needed to make it happen.

The social was a smash, as we are getting used to having lots of people, great conversations and an overall contagious excitement on where the club is today, and how we can take advantage of the momentum this tourney has created for all of us.

We all enjoyed hanging out with the younger version of Joe, it was like drinking in a time warp with Chris (Joe, you definitely can’t deny that one). Sean and his Beau were there to share, Tina, Tige, Nate and Dodgey were missed as they are of the usuals that we have become accustomed to seeing there. But Terry, Kill, Frank, Charle, Greg, Al, John and some of the Red’s/Darc boys along with their lovely lady were there to keep the spirits flowing. Kane, Eric and Chris didn’t show, no hall passes for them, too bad, as the speed and spirit were missed. Remember, if you can’t make it to play, try to make it to the social, it is always good to see everybody and catch up!

Ideas bounced around for our trophy this coming week. We were brainstorming on the possibility of a set of long horns with a powerful magnet (Terry – please look into it), so that the winners can pull out showcasing their victory with the horns on their hood. it would be something fun to put together, so if anybody has a set of horns lying around (or knows where to get some cheap), or a jackalobe could work too, please let me know so we can put this together in the next few days.

Look forward to seeing everybody Sunday!

Best…

Joaquin

All of the photos are found here.

 

Last man standing.

Definitely no zombies this week.

Ball Ball Ball!

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Highlighted Photos – Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

I didn’t want to infringe upon Joaquin’s writeup in the previous post, so I decided to have a separate article which highlights some of my favorite photos from the night.

The conditions were less than ideal for quality photography, but the intensity of play gave me a lot of excellent material to work with.

–Kill

All of the photos are found here.

The face is awesome. But, if he had actually looked where he was passing the ball, it wouldn’t be nearly as good of a photo. You need to go look at all of the photos to find out if it the pass was successfully caught.

Tige, are we playing basketball of touch rugby?

Good defensive position. Hips dropped and under control.

Run for your life, there are zombies on the field!

Excuse me, I think the mark is back there.

Erik, does that dance move have a name yet?

I think Brad just grew a few inches.

John, is it the yellow shirt?

Don’t feel bad, it happens often when going up against Christen.

Enosh was definitely looking where he passed.

Good way to finish off the night.

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Tournament – Aug 14, 2014

The tournament that keeps on giving! Another amazing Thursday was had, with all teams giving a good showing of strength and reserves. We have only two Thursdays left to finish, and are needing to finalize plans on how/where we are going to celebrate the close of the season. We played into lights out (feels like it is already getting darker earlier).
Nate is considering offering up his house and pool for the end of season party, if so, we have to make sure Frank doesn’t show up with his g-string.

FARTS continue to hold on to their lead, winning two and tying one game. Rat Bastards also were able to win two and tie against DARC. Competition is fierce, with tempers flaring here and there, as testimony that the players are not taking the games lightly, everybody is giving it their best, which is giving us all a great time.

We head a healthy showing of plus/minus 40 players, all having a great time and enjoying new found respect for Dallas Touch, our new jerseys, business cards, recruiting skills and overall organization of the tournament. (By the way, there are just a few shirts left, if you haven’t bought yours, hit Terry up this Sunday, gettem while their hot!)

To kick start the day, Terry and Tina got us quickly organized in getting the games started, while Kill, Greg and others took care of the reffing (thanks to all for stepping up to the plate, reffing is a thankless job, but we wouldn’t be able to have so much fun without it). Nate committed to stepping up next Thursday, any other takers?

The day was an excellent farewell for E, as we send him off to college. He is now committed to spread the touch gospel with our support, as we should be planning on doing a Brownsville road-trip come spring 2015.

Erik got a full hall pass, was able to not only play, but join us for the social. It was good to see him out on a Thursday, along with all the rest of us Frank, Nico, Christine, Tige, John, E, Struan, Kane, Steve, Greg, Nate, Al, Brad, Charl, and so many more…

Social was great, with all the players hobnobbing and swopping stories. Our staunch supporter from the reds, Al, is going to be a father anytime soon. He predicts that his wife will be bringing a beautiful baby girl to the world this weekend. I have decided to make sure to bring my own water to all the games, as there are all these baby girls coming along….Al, Chris, Erik….just sayin’…could be the water….

Here are a few photos of the social, you can see the end result of the transformation of Tige.  He arrived with an ear ache, with work stress written all over. And now look at the smile we put on his face by the end of the evening ( a bit dark, but the smile is there):

Cheers to all, see you Sunday.

Best…

Joaquin

All of the photos are found here.

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Cranking up the Time Machine – 2011

Let’s take a trip back in time to December, 2011. Here is a highlight reel from Dallas’ trip to Houston to play in one of their tournaments.

Enjoy,

–Kill

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Thursday, August 7, 2014 – Tournament

Another stellar day of touch.

–Kill

All of the photos are found here.

First group photo with official jerseys.

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