The WRC Old Boys are affectionately known as the VOMITS.
This name was bestowed upon them by former player and
coach Stuart Daily. It is an acronym for Veterns, Old
Men, Idiot and TwitS. Stuart tragically passed away
after having played a game for the VOMITS. The name
is used as it's a fitting description and as a tribute
to a lost comrade and teammate.
Pigfest - Oshkosh, WI - 2010
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Vomits Pigfest Recap: Despite losing
several guys before play actually began, we managed
to have 12 available to play* and somehow we muddled
through. For the first time since the inception of the
VOMITs we did not win or tie at least one match in a
tens tournament, but not for the lack of trying; more
like lack of holding onto the ball as well as a few
marginal forward pass calls that could have given us
at least one win if not a tie.
Game 1: Stoney & the Bandits several
tries, VOMITs 0: Yes we lost to a country cover band.
Actually they seemed to be Old Boys from from several
Milwaukee area clubs. The highlights were Dan Marz almost
scoring and Tooley almost getting thrown out for arguing
with the ref, who was widely considered to be less competent
than a Chicago alderman.
Game 2: Sheboygan Sharks 3 tries,
VOMITs 1: The highlight here was Dennis "Big Cito"
Law's break off a loose ruck, quick dummy and side step
and quick motor for a score from 30 meters out. Two
other potential tries were called back due to questionable
forward pass calls. Our "ringer", UW-Whitewater's
Brian Heim, took a pass on the wing and blew past his
opposite mark, only to have the try reversed. Cito's
performance won him the VOMIT of the day award. The
Sharks ended up playing in the finals.
Game 3: Oconto one try, VOMITs 0:
A decent effort though about half of the match was spent
trying to get the Oconto front row to bind properly
-- of course the ref penalized us (by us I mean Combat
Bob) several times for trying to hold them up so they
didn't plant their faces on the turf. Another dubious
forward pass call hurt our chances of tying or going
Despite the results, we had a great day and it was
fun to hang out with the WRC guys and see a lot of old
friends. It also prepared us for the Stuart Daily Tens
upcoming in a few weeks. With any luck we'll have more
than 12 guys...
Thanks for playing and for wives and girlfriends who
came to support:
Tooley, Dan Marz, Big Cito, Combat Bob Zimmerman, Greg
Zukowski, Steve Kirsh, Steve Schoen, Mo Lubasi, Brian
Heim, Mike Korb, Joe Pagliara and myself. Also a big
guy named Josh who helped us out in a couple of matches.
*Best Excuse for Not Making Pigfest
Choose your favorite!
Larry Stevens: "Joining the Seedless
Larry had to back out once he discovered he had arranged
to have some, um, delicate surgery the day before Pigfest.
Jeff Woods: "The dog ate my shoulder"
Woody took his dogs on a run and managed somehow to
hurt his shoulder.
Don Pfau: "The dog made me work."
Don unexpectedly had to take on all his partner's Saturday
chiropractic patients. Plus Don was going to bring a
load of tasty homebrew...which we'll hopefully see at
the SD Tens.
Matty Oakes: "The dog ate my transmission."
The transmission in Matt's car blew up in Michigan earlier
in the week.
Aubrey Fish: "The dog ate my will
to get off the couch."
Apparently there was a Three's Company marathon on TV
Land all day Saturday...
Aspen Ruggerfest- 2009
The Traveling Party to the Aspen Ruggerfest included:
Steve Kirsh, Dan Marz, Bernie Cantorna, Matt Oakes,
Jon Moyer, Aubrey Fish, Big Dave Kruse, Scott Tooly
Storlid, Rick Stoughton and Joe Pagiara, all of whom
played with Massey Maulers, NZ , over 45s and some picked
up matches with other sides who were short; Tim Probst
and myself played for Boulder Old Boys over 50s. Dan
Marz and Marc Becker played a few matches with Boulder
over 35s as well. Terry Godfrey picked up some over
55s matches along with Don Becker. Most of us were at
the Aspen Chalet at one end of the pitch, while Tooly,
Don and Joe had a nice condo with a hot tub overlooking
one of the try zones.
Wee Bob Jafferis had to cancel due to the failing health
of his father in law who passed last week. Our condolences
to Bob and Marcia.
Greg Zukowski canceled because he couldn’t figure out
a way to fly free to Denver because his regular carrier,
Cheapo Airways, doesn’t fly there directly. He thought
he had a free connection through Minneapolis, Vladivostock
and Iceland, but he could only get as close as Des Moines.
He then offered to cook to pay his way through steerage.
He should be rounding the Cape of Good Hope by Christmas…Someone
suggested he pry open his wallet and try to harness
the power of the moths that fly out of it...Read
v Frogs - 2009
Frogs 7 tries, VOMITs 3 tries
Thanks to the 16 Old Boys who traveled to the west
side of Chicago to play the Frogs, the Condor Old Boys.
Hats off to Matty Oakes who was so keen to be at the
carpool rendezvous on time that he slept in his van
by the Crossroads.
This match report may be a bit off due to heat stroke
in the 80 degree weather and we only had one sub so
your humble scribbler had to play nearly the whole 60
minutes at tighthead. I do recall that they scored the
first time their big center got the ball. Then the first
time their big #8 got the ball. Thanks to improved defense,
they didn't see the ball in open space again until late
in the match.
I believe that Aubrey Fish got us on the board first
with a burst up the middle on a pass from Erik Goetz
and two stiff arms later.
The Frogs went up again by two tries until flyhalf
Timur Yarnall scored, making it 4 to 2 as halftime approached.
Then we had a momentary lapse and gave up a try just
In the second half, we held our own until a misplayed
clearing kick attempt lead to an easy Frog try. Midway
through the half, Steve Kirsh began a nice movement
then fed Timur who passed to Steve Keup for the score.
So it was looking respectable, until the last scrum
of the day (I think that was scrum #348) led to the
final try on the last play for the Frogs. So 7 tries
to 3; not horrible, not great, but it was a fun day
especially considering we only had 3 bona fide backs;
for the most part it was a good run around. For those
going to Ruggerfest in Aspen next week, it was a good
indication how (un)fit we are. Now we can prepare for
our next match at Rockford, Oct. 17. Time TBA.
Thanks to all who played: Wee Bob Jafferis, Matty "Van
Man" Oakes, Mike Ferdig (who drove in from Notre
Dame), Tim Probst, Keith Amberg, Joe Wornson, Jeff Woods,
Dan Marz, Steve Kirsh, Timur Yarnall, Aubrey Fish, Steve
Keup, Erik Goetz, Marc Kennedy, Joe "I'm Really
Not a Back But I Play One on TV" Pagliara and Skip
"I'm Also Not a Back" Blake. This was Skip's
first match with the VOMITs and he said he is likely
to return, especially if we don't ask him to play wing
Stuart Daily 10's 2009
We finished 1-1-1, and did not make the semi-finals,
so we accomplished our goals. Everyone who wanted to
play got time though plenty were ready to play more.
A fourth game would have been acceptable.
Nice new jerseys courtesy of Don Becker! Thanks to
Don and to Dan Marz for the design.
NOTE: There is no photo at this time: the digital camera
was accidentally set on “video.” I’m trying to figure
out how to extract a photo from the videos taken. If
anyone has any ideas, let me know.
Game 1 Vomits 7, East Side Militia Alumni 7
Fun game in the pouring rain. The Vomits controlled
the ball most of the game, taking a 7-0 lead about halfway
through the first half on a try off a penalty by scrumhalf
Steve Kirsh. He sent the forwards to the left, the backs
to the right, then tapped and went up the middle for
about 7 yards and the try. Adam “Batman” Wolfe converted.
In the second half, the Vomits dominated possession
with a series of rolling mauls that stalled just short
of goal several times. Joe Pagliara was in goal at one
point but was held up. Midway through the half Eastside
managed to get the ball to their speedy A-side WRC backs
who tied it up. One of the Vomit forwards in the first
half enticed Ace Lynn-Miller into punching him, prompting
a sin-binning and a nasty note from the AARP. That’ll
teach Ace to swing at old, slow, fat people…
Game 2 Milwaukee 6 tries, Vomits 0
Despite knocking on the door several times, we couldn’t
score against a side that will be in the national 7’s
next week. At fullback Aaron Pairama had a several nice
tackles but couldn’t stem the tide. Compton Kurtz at
one point attempted to play topless but since no one
stuffed dollar bills into his shorts, he put his shirt
Game 3 Vomits 27, Rockford 12
It was hot, it was humid, it was sticky; yet everyone
wanted to play. Against a Rockford/pick-up side, the
Vomits fared better, scoring 4 tries in the first half
behind solid forward and back play. Rich Bergemann,
Mo Lubasi, Aaron and Mark Gillen all scored. After switching
forwards for the second half to ensure everyone got
suitable playing time, winger Timur Yarnall added a
score and conversion to counter 2 late Rockford scores.
Thanks to all the Old Boys who played and watched (sometimes
doing both at the same time…).
Steve Kirsh (who missed the last game; apparently there
was a “Golden Girls” marathon on basic cable),Aaron
Pairama, Aubrey Fish, Timur Yarnall, Rich Bergemann,
Mark Gillen, Mo Lubasi, Matt Oakes, Dan Jensen, Mike
Ferdig, Bernie Cantorna, Joe Wornson, Erik Goetz, Adam
“Batman” Wolfe, Jeff “Joker” Jacoby, Scott “Tooly” Storlid,
Joe Pagliara, Matt Angerhoffer, Big Dave Kruse, Tim
Probst, Dom Sopkovich, Kirk Sorensen, Steve Keup and
Jeff Woods (who was dropped the last match); Terry Godfrey
(in absentia), Greg Zukowski (present yet still missing).
Old Boy supporters: Buck Buchanan, Herb Paaren, Andy
Chitwood, Soupy Campbell (who was all dressed up with
wife Bobbi Jo and apparently nowhere better to go),
Tom Humphries, Josh Schroeder, Jon Moyer, Steve Cohan
and John Paul Hurlock.
If I missed anyone, it’s because I have the attention
span of a microbe.
Remember, we have matches this fall:
Sat. Sept. 5, @ the Frogs (Condors Old Boys) Noon (before
the WRC-Condors A side match)
Sat. Oct 17, @ Rockford, time TBD
Marc Kennedy, August 2009
Tour to Ireland, January 2009
The MUNSTER vs Sale Sharks Match
We visited several pubs in downtown Limerick before
the match just because they were there. The atmosphere
was great in Limerick before the game; a nice city with
plenty of venerable buildings, including many castles
and churches. Several members of the Abbeyfeale Old
Boys arranged to meet us at the clubhouse of the Bohemians
rugby club at Thomond Park. Guys like Maurice, Gavin,
Richard and son Philip who would be our water boy at
our match the next day in Abbeyfeale, among others,
made us feel right at home. ...Read
Vomits v Rockford Old Boys
The WRC VOMITS (Veterans, Old Men, Idiots & Twits)
hosted the Rockford Old Boys (known as the Old Kishwaukeans
after the Kishwaukee River that meanders through that
hoppin' burg in northern Illinois) before the WRC match
against Metropolis on Saturday, October 18.
The final score notwithstanding, both sides had great
fun on a sunlit, mild day at the WRC pitch.
Stuart Daily Tens 2008
Nearly 30 VOMITs kitted up and enjoyed a beautiful
day for rugby. Blue sky, moderate temperatures, cold
beer; lots of knee wraps, shorts that used to fit, athletic
tape and Icy Hot. I love the smell of analgesic in the
morning. It smells like…arthritis.
The VOMIT roster is conveniently listed at the end
of the article for easy cross-referencing by parole
officers, divorce lawyers and bail bondsmen.
WRC Old Boys Hold on vs.
Condors Old Boys 17-15
In the first annual match between the old boys squads
of the Wisconsin Rugby Club (the VOMITs) and the Westside
Chicago Condors (the Frogs), the host team hung on for
a seesaw 17-15 win. The score was really immaterial;
it was a spirited match on the first decent sunlit Saturday
since the fall which all enjoyed followed by a great
feed and post-match palaver. Many Frogs stayed in town
which added to the atmosphere at the Crossroads and
later at the downtown Great Dane. We owe it to the Frogs
to give them a match in Chicago either in the fall or
In the match, winger Mo Lubasi scored early off a pass
from Dan Marz and it remained 5-0 until the VOMITs scored
on a pushover try for a 10-0 lead. The latter was provided
with help from the few forward subs the VOMITs had –
Marcus Watson and Dave Kruse – who came off right
after the score, giving it the best two minutes of their
lives. We’ll never hear the end of it from either…I
guess we could refer to them as the short yardage “jumbo
package” in the scrum. As Marcus walked off the
pitch, he vociferously declared that he was done playing
rugby forever, though few took him seriously since only
Cher has retired more often ...Read
One Rugger to Another
“No good deed goes unpunished.”
Often true. But occasionally you get surprised.
Last fall when the Wisconsin Rugby Club’s former
coach Adrian McDermott was visiting Madison from NYC,
I rode my bike from work at the Memorial Union to join
the group meeting him at the Avenue on a Friday evening.
As we were leaving, someone at the next table noticed
my T-shirt – from the recent Stuart Daily Ten
a side tourney that Old Boy Dan Marz created; the “This
is your brain on rugby” design.
“Wow,” one of the gentlemen said, “Our
daughter plays rugby at Stanford. She’d love a
shirt like that!”
So, I took off the shirt and handed it to him, saying
something like “from one rugger to another,”
adding that I hadn’t worn it before today so it
was nearly new. We all had a good laugh and our group
left for the next venue, the Weary Traveler.
While waiting at the crowded bar, a woman asked sarcastically
if I was making a fashion statement.
“You’re just wearing a wind breaker, unzipped
I nodded then explained.
“Oh. We just thought that you were some kind of
doofus with a midlife crisis…or one of the homeless
guys from the shelter down the street.”
I’d forgotten all about it until I got an email
in December from Grant Dekker. He asked whether I was
the guy who had “given the shirt off his back”
for another rugby player he’d never met. I guess
he found me via the WRC web site. I replied that I was,
and that as a coach and player (OK so I wander around
the pitch occasionally as an Old Boy) it was my pleasure.
He explained that his daughter Susan loved the shirt,
and asked for my address so they could send me a card.
Christmas morning I opened a nice card (view
card) from Grant and Susan Dikkers that arrived
inside a package that contained a Stanford rugby T-shirt.
The card said, “From one rugger to another.”
to WRC in Final
VOMITs Don’t Choke, Make the Stuart Daily Finals
By Marc Kennedy
VOMIT (Veterans, Old Men, Idiots and Twits) Handler
The plan was simple and seemingly foolproof: Assemble a group
of aging ruggers (from 30-something to 50-something), play
three matches, win one or two but not advance, showing some
younger guys that despite our age and expanding waistlines
and receding hairlines, we still got a little game. Then,
we’d repair, honor and bodies intact, to the shade under
Herb’s Hideaway and enjoy the semi-finals from the sidelines.
There, we’d quaff a few, and buy Jell-O shots from the
Women’s Team and get a head start on telling the same
old lies over and over. Read
Photos: (Contact Tim Leslie or Marc Kennedy for higher resolution