THE MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 211. 11MY
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By DAVE MILDNER
and PHIL BROWN
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the sec-
ond part of a three-part story on
the Michigan Rugby Football Club.
Phil Brown .is a Daily sports night
editor; Dave Mildner is a graduate of
Oxford University in England, ands
serves as manager of the club. C.N.
While the Michigan rugby club
was conscientously preserving all
the game's traditions and slowly,
but positively improving its pro-
ficiency on the playing field, other
clubs sprang up and grew.
Michigan began playing clubs
from Chicago and other cities in
the area, and finally, in 1962,
founded the Midwest Rugby Union.
This organization included the
Chicago Moons, Notre Dame, the
Chicago Lions, and a St. Louis
club, as well as a scattering of
teams which existed for only a
The problem of travel arose
very quickly, because most of the
clubs were at great distances from
Ann Arbor. The membership took
a look around and found that
organized rugby was readily avail-
able in Canada.
Michigan expanded its limited
schedule to include contests with
teams f r o m Sarnia, London,
Brantford, Kitchener, and Toron-
to - all in Ontario. And, in 1964,
the club collaborated with a young
Michigan State organization and
the Canadian teams to form the
South West Ontario Rugby Union.
Since that time, the Union has
expanded to incude eight clubs,
adding Windsor, Windsor Black-
rock, and the Detroit Borders,
while Kitchener and Toronto with-
drew. The teams compete in two
divisions, with division champions
meeting in a post-season contest
to decide the league title.
The Labatte Trophy, symbolic of
Union supremacy, is awarded to
'the winner of the playoff. This
game is always played on a neu-
tral field, eliminating any pos-
sible advantage a team might rea-
lize from competing on familiar
The Michigan club, always a
strong contender for the crown,
beat Sarnia in the playoff game
to win the Labatte Trophy in
The SWORU provides a full
schedule for all member clubs dur-
ing the fall, but as yet is largely
inactive in the spring. Michigan
ruggers, wishing to play during
both seasons, turned once again
to the West.
Clubs had been formed at a
number of Big Ten schools while
Michigan was playing Canadian
teams, and it was to these clubs
that the ruggers looked when the
snows had gone.
Games were scheduled with
Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and
Ohio State, as well as with Mich-
igan State. The eight Western
Conference teams (only 'Purdue
and Northwestern have yet to
organize clubs) gave Michigan the
variety of competition and two-
season activity it had sought.
The two-league system makes
the Michigan club eligible for both
Canadian and American rugby
honors. Pursuit of the Labatte
Trophy, prized by Ontario teams,
and the quest for national rank-
ings make each season a new
The spring schedule is not as
long as the fall session, due to the
great distance Big Ten teams
must travel and the lack of funds
with which they operate. This
shortage of money is a key fac-
tor in the club's future.
The University's intramural de-
partment, responsible for all club
sports, has a budget of just $2000
for over a dozen clubs. Rugby has
gotten a good portion of this
contributes five dollars each year "
for general operations) and money
received from patrons at games,
when a bucket is passed among :b
Referees are another problem,
as qualified officials must come
either from Canada or from Chi-
cago or farther west.
"Getting a good referee is our
greatest difficulty," points out
Alan McLean, past president of
The cost of hiring the officials
sand transporting them to Ann
Arbor must also be born by the
The club's future is ambitious,
but uncertain, due to the fincial
pinch. Mike Johnson, this year's
captain, sees the situation this
"It all depends on finances from
MIKE JOHNSON the Athletic pepartment to travel
' and expand. We need to make
amount, but not enough to give tours during the Christmas Va-
the club the expanded program cation to bridge the gap between
it seeks. the fall and spring seasons."
Uniforms, equipment, and mem- "We need decent facilities to A QUARTET OF MICHIGAN R
bership dues in the two leagues be able to invite foreign univer- Field earlier this season. Thei
are all provided by the club's al- sities here, because they can help since the days of the Ann Arbo
lotment. The ,cost of maintaining to improve our game. We need to now fields some of the stronges
grounds and of lighting Wines play a better standard of rugby."
field for practices (the field is Playing a better standard of enough problems have have arisen
available only after 9 p.m., due rugby can mean different things to make the point worthy of con-
to intramural sports and march- to different people, and this has sideration.
ing band practice) are covered by come to be a major factor in the While Michigan has been com-
the athletic department. determination of the club's future. peting in the Midwest Rugby
There is still much expense left Variations between Canadian Union since 1962, and in the SW-
to the club and to individual and American rules confront the ORU since 1964, the club has con-
members. Travel costs come out team in each game. And although centrated on aligning itself with
of the club dues (each member the differences are not great, the other clubs at Big Ten schools.
%UGGERS tackle a Toronto ball carrier in a game played at Wines
r obvious enthusi asm reflects the zeal which has been traditional
or Cricket and Sporting Club. The Michigan Rugby Football Club
t teams in the Midwest.
Coming Fri., Oct. 27
The possibility does exist that
Western Conference competition
might eventually become a real-
ity, although it will certainly not
occur in the' immediately fore-
seeable future. Before any such
thing could happen, individual
universities would have to elevate
the clubs to the varsity level, and
this is not an iminent possibility.
The game has not proven to be
overwhelmingly popular with the
general campus population, des-
pite the fact that it does seem to
be gaining slowly.?
It is through a fanatically de-
voted core of followers that rugby
has flourished, and more general
appeal has to be generated before
the move to varsity can be ser-
In addition, there is the facts
that independent clubs enjoy cer-
tain advantages that varsity
teams don't have. Most notable
among these is the social freedom
which has long been a club trade-
mark, and which would be severely
limited by a jump to the varsity
Tomorrow: Part III
North Campus Commons
TOP TEAMS SLIPPING:
Whatever Happened to MSU?2
THE SAN FRANCISCO
By DON BRAYMER
When Michigan State and Notre
Dame play each other this Sat-
urday they will not be playing
for first place, second place, or
any place in the national rankings
These two teams, who fought it
out for collegiate football domin-
ance last year, have together
amassed a won-lost record of
five and five.
The basic reason for Michigan
State's decline from the national
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mation of their defensive back-
field by both graduation and in-
Notre Dame, on the other hand,
has suffered from an amazing in-
ability to keep the football once
it gets it. Terry Hanratty has been.
intercepted by everyone bu t
Charlie Weidemeyer, and that may
well happen this weekend.
Perennial power Alabama has
also succumbed to the year of
upsets, dropping out of the Top
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Bear Bryant's quick boys got
run over -for 37 points in their
first outing of the year against
Florida State, and though they
got out of the game with a tie, the
Crimson Tide was no longer in
mental shape to handle Tennes-
see, who they lost to last week-
Texas had the misfortune to
open against USC, and didn't re-
cover in time to catch Texas Tech.
Super Bill Bradley and Chris Gil-
bert finally got Texas going
against Oklahoma State, and
haven't been beaten since.
In all, this week's Top Ten is
conspicuously missing the teams
picked first through fifth before
the season began last month.
This year's surprise teams have
come primarily out of the West,
n a m e 1 y from Los Angeles.
Southern California andUCLA
have moved into first and second
positions, respectively in the As-
sociated Press poll and their up-
coming meeting on Nov. 18 prom-
ises to be the game of the year.
USC has a backfield of speed and
power, featuring of course 0. J.
Simpson, who can run the 100
in 9.4, and flanker Jim Lawrence,
who isn't far behind at 9.6. Little
heralded is fullback Mike Hull,'
who can take his 230 pounds 50
yards in 5.6 seconds.
On the plains, Colorado has
built a football machine which
has ground out a 6-0 record, in-
cluding victories over Missouri
In fourth position, just behind
Colorado, is a Tennessee team
that features Dewey Warren and
Richmond Flowers, a fine pitch
and catch pair. Tennessee's only
'M' Rugby Teams Split;
Lacrossers Lose, 11-6
CHEMISTS-B.S. M.S. & Ph.D.
loss came in their opener against
UCLA. Since then, they have
beaten Auburn, Georgia Tech,
Perhaps the year's biggest sur-
prise has been North Carolina
State, a team which has risen
from complete obscurity to fifth
position in the national rankings.
Their 6-0.record includes victories
over Florida St. and Houston,
proving their mettle against tough
Purdue and Indiana represent
the Big Ten in the national rat-
ings, placing seventh and tenth.
Purdue's mainstay has been the
quarterbacking of sophomore Mike
Phipps, and the two-way play of
Leroy Keyes, one of the best all-
round players in the country.
Indiana is led by sophomores
Harry Gonso, John Isenbarger,
and Jade Butcher, and has the
youth to be a power in the Big
Ten for the next two seasons.
The Michigan Rugby Club
dropped an 11-6 decision to a
tough Windsor team at Wines
Field last Saturday. This loss left
the Michigan team in second
place behind Windsor in the
South West Ontario R u g b y
Michigan opened the scoring
when flyhalf Andrew McDonald,
kicked a 30-yard penalty for
three points. An intercepted pass
and a long run allowed a Windsor
backfield man to score a try
(three points) which was con-
verted into a goal (a further two
points). Just before halftime the
heavy Windsor scrum pushed the;
Michigan pack over for an ium-
converted try, putting Windsor
ahead 8-3 at intermission.
In the second half another long
run gave Windsor its third try.,
With 10 minutes left, Wolverine
hooker David Campbell stole the
ball from a lineout and crashed
over for a try in the corner to
make it 11-6. In the remaining
time, Michigan mounted many
unsuccessful offenses for thata
elusive goal. which would have
tied the game.7
'B' Team Wins,
In the second game, the sec-!
ond-string 'B' team maintained
their unbeaten record when they
outfought Windsor 'B' 8-5. Full-;
back Dick Forbes kicked a 25-
yard penaltynto open the scoring
for. Michigan after a scoreless
The Windsor team retaliated,'
however, and a fine backfielda
movement resulted in a try which
was converted into a goal (five
points). In the final minutes,1
wing-forward Wayne Hanson1
pounced on a Windlsor mistake at
The Michigan Lacrosse Club,
hindered by inexperience and a
lack of ball control, succumbed 'to
Michigan State 7-3 last Sunday
at Wines Field.
The Spartans overpowered the
home-standing Wolverines with
three goals in the first half, while
shutting out the Michigan attaek
A fourth MSU tally opened the
second half scoring, but Michigan
bounced back when Mugs Davock
put one in the nets at the 5:40
mark of the third quarter. It was
Davock's day, as he scored twice
more in the next four minutes.
Still, the visitors stayed in con-
trol by grabbing a pair of mark-
ers while the Wolverines were a
man short as a result of a pen-
alty. A final MSU goal in the
fourth period made the final
Scoring honors went to Davock
and State's Berger withboth
notching three-goal hat tricks.
Two tallies by Sabara, and single
goals by McVey and Hardenberg
rounded out the Spartan scoring.
Michigan faces Notre Dame in
South Bend on Saturday. The
two teams last met in 1965, when
the Irish claimed a lopsided 8-1
a scrum near their line to make
it Michigan's game.
This Saturday the Michigan
Rugby Club will play a league
game against third place Black-
rock from Windsor. In their pre-
vious encounter, the Wolverines
won 17-6. Since there is no home
football game scheduled this
weekend, the game will be played
at Ferry Field Stadium at 3 p.m.
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