Sunday, January 25, 2015

What a great day! The sun was out, the clouds were few, and the people were plentiful! We started with 12 people out on the field right at 10am which was a compliment to the fine weather. It wasn’t long before we had two fields going and came in with about 35 people who turned out to play some touch.

The first few games were pretty tight thanks to Kill taking the ref position. A few of us took turns refereeing which was good to see. This will put us in a good position for refs come the summer touch competition.

We had a few new people out too which was good to see. Anne was back with a few of her friends, then E bought a few of his mates who were almost just as quick on the field. Needless to say we had some good speed on the field. It was only luck that Jose didn’t come out on the field otherwise we would all be exhausted and probably would finish a little earlier.

Despite the speed, Terry and Joe made an unbeatable team… Well, at least for one play. Joe passed a single handed spiral pass which found it’s way to Terry. Enosh tried to cut back to get Terry, but must’ve felt sorry for the old bugger. The end result was Terry scoring which we all know is a rare event! Joking aside, it was a nice play and needed to be mentioned.

We finished the day as we always do with a first to 3. The fatigue was starting to set in but we all managed to have a great time. Afterwards the brew flowed and the conversations started. It was great to see Struan and Jose stop by to join in the social.

A few notes: the summer touch committee will be having a meeting on Thursday. More details will follow closer to the time. We are still aiming to send a team to nationals in October. Keep this in your calender. We will look at starting training around the summer touch competition.

Have a good week and we’ll see you out next Sunday!



All of the photos are here.

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Sunday, January 18 2015

It’s a new record. We had 30 people out playing touch this past Sunday. Two fields playing simultaneously and we still had subs!

A stellar day of touch was followed by a successful annual general meeting for the club. Lots of new volunteers stepping up to help out the club. I’m very happy to see the enthusiasm. Lets keep the momentum going.


All of the photos are found here.

Superman doesn’t wear a cape, he wears a Dallas Touch jersey!

Jose’ made an appearance. Not playing touch, but he did show up.

What is up with the grins on their faces?

Is that a big smile I see on his face?

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January 4, 2015


How do?

What a great run yesterday!  Brisk was a word that came up a lot.  Holy cow was it cold.  I was nervous that not many people would show up because it was so cold but happily we had a strong 15 or so out to McCree for what turned out to be one of the faster paced better played runs we have had in a minute.

The crowd was a good mix of new and old.  Tea Pot came out and impressed us all with his passing skills and fitness level.  He brought his special lady friend Shelbi who was quick to pick up the game and pose a real threat on the wing with good hands and fast pace outside.  We were all happy to see Anne back in the mix after a week off.  Especially when she kept catching bullets from Nicco to set up good play back towards the middle of the field.  Speaking of Nicco, he and Joe were able to get together on a few phases that truly represented “Champagne” Rugby.  One particular phase saw Nicco give a great quick pass back to a looping Joe who held on to the ball just long enough to freeze the defense so he could flip it out to Struan for the score.  Was the “play of the day” by most accounts. New guy Kevin wasn’t afraid to mix it up and was not half bad at getting back five by the end of the day.  Manny was back out and able to shimmy his way through the defense on a number of occasions to dot it down. Kill of course was there and during a moment where we were both recouping on the side lines it was fun to share a moment discussing how much the consistent number of players showing up has grown along with a much improved over all level of play since he helped start this whole thing years ago.  We also decided that Daniel Schneider should do a better job of being an ambassador to the new female players that come out to the club. However, we did not share our thoughts on the subject with him.   Terry was up to his usual antics and nearly nabbed another interception for a score.  Luckily for us all, Chris Pantera has been out on the regular again after the birth of his daughter.  His on field play can only be matched by his off field comments and Creed impersonations.  We played for quite a bit considering there weren’t very many subs and the pace was pretty quick.  We played to a best of three and then retired to the bleachers for some beverages.

It was too bloody cold to hang out at the park for too long for most.  I did have my cold weather drinking gear with me but since I was going to have people over for food and football and I left after one.  Thank you to the fellas who came over after.  Was great to have some friends stop by for a while and was good to here Kane tell some great pilot stories.  While I did have the Ireland France game on DVR, I never did play it so maybe we will have to do it again next week..



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I really struggled to come up with just a few of my favorite photos from the day. They were all quite good.

All photos are found here.

Dan, it really helps if you actually run.

I would call that a touch.


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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Alright, I’m not going to try and make it seem like it was a comfortable day because it sure was cold! It was about 37 degrees outside but that didn’t deter 7 faithful (or idiotic) players from getting out for a run!

We played a three on four game with the try scorer switching teams. It worked out well but most of us were getting tired pretty quickly. Was it the cold? Were we just unfit? Probably both! But we endured! Chris surprised us with a new move that we need to put in the playbook. Let’s call it the “brake and squat.” It was impressive with Chris shirking to half his size in a squat and ducking down to totally get some around flailing arms.

After a few hot coco/water breaks we decided 2.5hrs of play was long enough and a best to three game begin. Chris looked like a little boy at Christmas when he discovered the team with three could just tap the ball to resume play. The defense was consistently offside which led to the first try. We decided zombies in movies knew geometry and continued to end the game with a 3-2 victory.

Joe arrived just in time with the beverages and a smile on his face. We took a group photo to show all of you slackers that we could still have a great game despite the temperatures!

2014 has been a great year. Let’s see 2015 come with even more touch rugby fun and spirit. See you all next year! We will continue to play at McCree park until about mid January.

Have a great new years celebrations and look after your loved ones!


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Dallas Touch Highlights – 2014 Houston Tournament

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

It was a cold, wet Sunday with some of us running the marathon, some of us working the marathon and we still managed to get 18 people at touch today. We had 4 more newbies, Lee, Cal, Fiona and Morgan. Also great to see Ann back for a second week, and Christen, Tina, E, Dave and Aaron back after a long break. Thanks to everyone for braving the wet weather. Nico set us an extra large field with the tree as part of the sideline so we had plenty of room for a really open game of great touch. We had a lot of fun today in the wet, but I think Greg had the most fun with a few accurate arse touches. I guess the Birthday Boy is allowed to do that.

Speaking of Birthdays……… is Sir Richard’s Birthday as well. Happy Birthday you pair of old bastards.

Cal and Fiona are from NZ and Oz, they are a great fun couple, really enthusiastic on the field, even came to the Lakehouse with us……………………………….. but guys, I am not sure I like this Inter-racial relationship.

Another wonderful Sunday of friends and footy.


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Sunday, December 7, 2014

We had another great day of touch yesterday! The temperature started at 50 degrees, ended at 50 degrees, and therefore averaged 50 degrees. It was a little chilly to start, but we were all running around in our official Dallas Rat Bastards shirts after the first 15 minutes.

It was good to see Stacy and Aiden out again from last week, and we had George and Fred who came out for their first time run! They did a great job picking up the rules and made a healthy addition to the 14 regulars that made it out. To those regulars that thought it was too cold to come out, we missed you! Come out next time! The Meet Up app has been going well in spreading the word. Be sure to sign up for it if you haven’t done already.

We ended the day with a first to 5 game in which the first two tries happened rather fast, at least for us. Terry threw a dummy and it got me good. I hope you didn’t blink when he pulled it because it will be awhile before you see it again! The first to five game resulted in a first to 3 game which was a good run all around.

The beer flowed after our run as it always does. Thanks again to Joe and Terry who continue to provide our after game refreshments.

On the business front, here is a question. Who is a wizz at social media and would like to volunteer in spreading the Dallas Touch word? I may look young with all my wrinkles, but the only social media I know is Facebook. I would love to help organize a few people who are able to volunteer an hour or so a week to maintaining Dallas Touch social media accounts. Twitter, Instagram, Meet Up, and all those others which you guys and girls know how to use. Contact me if social media is your thing!

Have a great week and we will see you all out this Sunday!

Kind Regards,


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Not in Jim’s house.

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