Page 10- The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 4, 1983
Ruggers bask in
By ADAM MARTIN
While most Michigan varsity sports are limited to
an elite, talented few, the men's and women's rugby
clubs are succeeding through open participation.
After 24 years, the men have put together a team
that is perhaps one of the best in the nation, and cer-
tainly the premier club of the midwest.
BUT THE club's success is not a product of intense
recruitment. Said Dave Weber, the club's captain on
and off the field, "we win because we have a learning
system, the older people help the younger ones and
eventually the inexperienced guys learn the game.
"Anybody that comes out and wants to play will
chance to play, but more importantly, they teach the
game to the young guys, so we are building experien-
ce," he said.
A similar learning situation occurs on the women's
club. Junior Carol Healey, club captain, feels the
women are improving greatly because of the mutual
support of team members. "The minute somebody
wants to play, she is welcomed. And our team is one-
half experienced players and one-half inexperienced,
so the new people learn from the experienced ones,"
THE QUESTION often arises, however, whether
rugby should be a varsity sport considering the
overall success Michigan's rugby clubs have had.
The answer is short and sweet. No.
"We don't want (rugby) to become a varsity
sport," Chapman said. "It would ruin the spirit and
camaraderie of the game."
A VARSITY level qualification would also put
several restrictions on team members. In fact, if a
varsity rubgy team existed, the wide variety of
players now on the club would endoubtedly be
eliminated, since many are not students.
Weber emphasized the importance of club status.
"The people on the team want to win, but are in-
terested in having fun."
Yet, although many feel status implies a lack of
competition, Weber sees this as a fallacy.
"IN RUGBY, everyone plays against guys of their
own caliber, he said. "And there are tough games
Dale Tuttle, another club member, enthusiastically
agreed with Weber. "On the field, our desire to win is
our number one priority."
So while going unnoticed by much of the University
community, the men's and women's clubs are
flourishing in their own system of support, instruc-
tion, and competition.
Said Tuttle, "The club is very team oriented and
very serious, but we are also trying to have fun.
"You can have fun and be very effective. We are a
Sailing team falters
Calm waters and dead air spelled doom for the
Michigan sailing team as it placed eighth this past
weekend at the 13-team Cary Price Regatta at
Navy took the team title.
The distant finish ended Michigan's four year
reign of the Regatta.
"THE CONDITIONS were light and fluky," said
Scott Ferguson, the team's captain. "That put the
race more up to chance. We should have won the
The two day event featured the teams racing their
15-foot boats in two separate divisions. Each division
sailed in round robin competition and at the com-
pletion, the results were totaled and the team with the
lowest score won.
Doby Byers skippered Michigan's division A boat
and was assisted by Ellen Wefer. Greg Danilek skip-
pered the division B boat and was assisted by Beth
- Ted Lerner
play, every weekend," Weber noted. That includes
students, faculty, and alumni.
Currently, the men are fielding four sides with a
total of about 80 people. The majority of the club
members are students.
SENIOR HOWARD Natinsky decided this year that
he wanted to get involved in rugby. He came out to
play and now really enjoys the game. "There is
always an opportunity for people to play," said
Natinsky, "even if you're inexperienced."
Assistant captain Ian Chapman, one of four All-
Americans on the team, sees a continuous process at
work that ensures the club's success. "The club's
staff members stay with the team thereby getting a
Lewis H. Girty got down and got dirty
by picking 16 winners in last week's
Gridde picks This entitles him to a
small, one-item pizza from Pizza Bob's.
What were your reasons for not turning
your Gridde picks last week? Your cat
got the flu? You swallowed a chair?
You forgot? Just think, you could be
preparing to munch on that pizza right
now. So don't let your cat out of the
house this week and bolt your furniture
to the floor so that you can get your
You can turn in your picks at Pizza
Bob's on State St. or the store on Church
St. or at the Daily offices at 420
Maynard. Deadline for all picks is mid-
night Friday. Who knows, you just
1. MICHIGAN at Michigan State (pick
2. Purdue at Ohio State
3. Minnesota at Indiana
4. Illinois at Wisconsin
5. Northwestern at Iowa
6. Nebraska at Oklahoma St.
7. Alabama at Penn St.
8. Florida State at Pittsburgh
9. Oklahoma at Texas
10. Auburn at Kentucky
11. UCLA at Stanford
12. LSU at Tennessee
13. Notre Dame at South Carolina
14. Washington State at USC
15. Virginia at Clemson
16. Baylor at SMU
17. Missouri at Colorado
18. Boston College at Yale
19. Prairie View at Bishop
20. DAILY LIBELS at MSU Spatoons
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
This Michigan rugby player laterals the ball to an approaching teammate.
Golfers finish ninth
at Lady Northern
By JEFF HARRISON
A score of 947, its best ever, helped the Michigan women's golf team to a
ninth place finish in the 19-team field at the Lady Northern Intercollegiate
Golf tournament in Iowa City last weekend.
Ohio State finished first with an 894 total, while Michigan State's 904 was
good enough for second. Cheryl Stacey of Ohio State was the tournament's
medalist, firing outstanding rounds at 70-72-70 on the par 72 Finkbine Golf
Course for a four under par 212.
Michigan's Missy Bauer led the Wolverine starting five, which was made
up entirely of freshwomen, with a 54-hole total of 231, good for 17th place over
all. Val Madill was three shots back at 234, including a 74 for the second
round. Other Michigan scores included Bridget Syron at 240, Lisa DiMatteo
at 244, and Jan Idomir with a 249.
Michigan's next tournament is at Ferris State this weekend.
Sports on Tap
at Michigan State, October 8, 1:00 p.m.
UM-DEARBORN, October 8, 7:30 p.m.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Lehigh Invitational, October 8
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Western Michigan Invitational, October 8
WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY
MICHIGAN STATE, October 7, 1:00 p.m.
MIAMI (Ohio), October 7, 4:00 p.m.
at Ferris State, October 8-9
at Central Michigan, October 4, 7:15 p.m.
at Wisconsin, October 7
at Minnesota, October 8
AP Top Twenty
1. Nebraska (60) ...... 5-0-0 1
2. Texas ............... .. 3-0-0 1
3. Alabama .............. 4-0-0 1
4. North Carolina......... 5-0-0
5. West Virginia ...........5-0-01
6. Ohio State ............. 3-1-0
7. Auburn ................ 3-1-07
8. Oklahoma ............. 3-1-0
9. Florida ............... 4-0-1 f
10. Arizona..............4-0-1 f
11. Georgia ............... 3-0-1 f
12. Miami (Fla.)...........4-1-0
13. So. Methodist.........4-0-04
15. Iowa ................ 3-1-0
16. Maryland ............. 3-1-0
18. Arizona State.........3-0-1
19. Illinois............. 3-1-0
20. Brigham Young, 3-1-0
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