Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 8, 1987
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
The Michigan Daily
AS 'M' FRONT RUNNER
ichigan rugby clu
without fns or 'U'
By DAVID ASH students. "We ha
Yes, the University of Michigan does have a rugby athletes this year,
team. Gray said.
Though only a club sport, the Michigan rugby club One might wo
has been around since 1958 and has firmly established line while wearin
itself as one of the most successful university rugby jersey, shorts an
clubs in the Midwest. Alumni have gone on to play composed of ap
professionally in Australia, a hotbed for professional anybody is welc
rugby leagues, and one former player, John Hartman, About 25 percen
went on to play for the United States National Rugby and other people i
team. A FORMER
This may sound great, but for most students, all Dave Weber, hast
they know about rugby is what they've seen on "We just want pea
Michelob Light beer commercials.
Rugby, which_ originated in
England in the 1840s, is a kicking, I
passing and tackling game. The aim.
of the game is to carry the ball
across the opponent's goal line (four.
points) or to dropkick the ball over
the crossbar of the goalposts centered on each it has been espe
goal line (three points). guys begin to rea
TEAMS CONSIST of fifteen players to a side the way it wasn
and the playing field is 110 feet by 75 feet. Play is The other co-c
advanced by either kicking, passing, or running with leader by exampl
the ball. Passes are made underhand with both hands, hustling style ofF
and forward passes are illegal. When a player is tackled, The team is p
he must immediately relinquish the ball which makes championships to
it free for either side to take possession. Nov. 7-9, and wi
Rugby is often considered to be a mix between match against O
modern day football and soccer. "What makes rugby football clash.
similar to soccer is the constant ball movement," said One interesting
Michigan club president, Ian Gray. "There are no customary for th
stoppages of play other than penalties or out of visitors. The gam
bounds." nature of the g
It is this continual flow of play that has led to the players can se
ave a really good group of student-
although we don't actively recruit,"
nder who would put their body on the
bg only such "protective gear" as a
d a pair of cleats. Well, the team is
pproximately 60 players, although
come to join the club at any time.
t of the squad is made up of alumni
n the area. The rest are students.
MICHIGAN graduate, co-captain
been on the team since 1976 and said,
*ple who enjoy playing the game."
This year's squad has undergone a
major facelift with four top players
leaving the team for one reason or
another. Still, the Wolverines are 3-
3 against the likes of Notre Dame
and Miami of Ohio. "Although this
year has been a little frustrating as
far as wins and losses are concer ged,
Fcially rewarding to see the your, Ter
alize their potential and play the game
meant to be played," said Weber.
captain, Jeff Hagen, has proven to be a
e through his hard work and scrappy,
preparing for the upcoming Big Ten
be held in Ann Arbor the weekend of
ll close the season with the traditional
hio State, Nov. 21, right before the
ng tradition is that after all games, it is
he host team to throw a party for the
me is forgotten and the sportsmanlike
ame emerges. After the battle, the
ttle down and party. Remember,
or the winners (and losers).
Scherer runs to recognition
By BILL ZOLLA
The life of a long distance runner
is not exactly a glamorous one.
Besides the many hours of training,
the recognition given to even the
best runner can be minimal in a city
where football and basketball are
Cross country demands the same
dedication as the 'glamour' sports,
but lacks the rewards of big crowds,
pep rallies, and media exposure.
Michigan cross country star John
Scherer understands first hand the
meaning of dedication without
recognition. For the past two years,
Scherer has run almost literally in
the shadows of Chris Brewster, a
two time All-American considered
by many to be one of the finest
runners in Michigan history.
DESPITE BEING named an
All-American last year in both cross
country and track, Scherer had to
watch as the little attention his team
received, focused almost exclusively
on Brewster's heroics.
Now however, it is Scherer's turn
to run in the spotlight. After
finishing 23rd in the NCAAs last
year and 2nd in the Big Ten behind
Brewster, Scherer has opened the
1987 cross country season in top
form, winning consecutive races at
the Notre Dame and Central
Michigan invitationals. His eight
second margin of victory at Notre
Dame gave Michigan the overall
title in the seven-team competition.
With two years of eligibility
remaining, Scherer has a chance to
become one of the only three-time
All-Americans in Michigan track
history. The exposure will finally
"The recognition will be nice, but
I'll miss Chris (Brewster)," Scherer
said in all seriousness. "He was a
leader and got the attention, but he
was also a friend who taught me a
SCHERER FEELS he's ready
to take on the role of a team leader,
but realizes that the responsibility
for motivating himself and his
teammates will now take an extra
"I always had Chris to go after.
He would always run ahead of me
and push me to beat him. Now I find
myself running out in front of the
others. I'm the one being chased,"
Scherer has an interesting
perspective on his talent, and his
desire to run. He acknowledges that
running simply for fun would not be
"I have to thank God for my
talent," Scherer explains. "A lot of
the time that gets overlooked. God
has given me a gift, and I like to run
in his glory. It really helps me to
stay motivated and keep things in
the right perspective."
Scherer is an aerospace-
engineering major who expects to
graduate in June. He hopes to
continue his graduate work at
Michigan so that can use his final
year of eligibility. Another year in
the spotlight wouldn't be so bad
... out of Brewster's shadow
growing popularity of rugby
Michelob Light f
By BILL HOBSON
Looking to rebound from a
disappointing and frustrating
weekend, the Michigan field hockey
team is preparing for three big
contests this week.
The schedule opens with a contest
against perennial Big Ten contender,
Northwestern. Unlike their football
colleagues, the Wildcat field hockey
team is a tough, but quite beatable
squad. Over the weekend,
Northwestern was beaten by MSU, a
major upset that rattled the Big Ten
It would seem to be intimidatng
to face a revenge-seeking
Northwestern, but Michigan Coach
Karen Collins isn't worried. "I know
we can beat them if we execute a
style of give-and-go hockey. If we
dictate the style, we'll be alright."
Tonight's 7:30 matchup will tell the
The team also plays Purdue at
2:00 on Saturday and Boston
University at 1:00 on Sunday to
hopefully bolster their conference
record after a dismal start.
The Wolverines were beaten in
double overtime, 3-2, by the
defending national champion, Iowa.
*Sun.-Thurs. stop by Room 102 UG L
t9 t ANN sALN or Call 936-1000
Wad Expre 11/15/87
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