photo by Kim A. Stolis
Team Membersdtt alphabetical order:) Kevin Bailey,
Ted Beuke, Henry Burnshausen, Mike Cantu, Alan
Carvajal, Bret 'Clark Kent' Coody, Lee Dillard, Eure
Tubby' Dye, Ron 'Big Ron' Gall, Richard 'Dick' Garcia,
Roy Gunnels, Jack 'Sequoya' Henderson, Shane
Hennan, Rob Jakubas, George 'Crazy George' James,
Marwan 'Bun' Jarrah, Phil Johnston, Tom Karsten,
Todd T. K.' Kettelkamp, Robert Keyes, Stephan
Killinger, John Lansch, Scott 'Snake' Lisinski, Mike
Masison, Eric 'Glamour Boy' Marchand, Kerry 'Rock'
McCafferty, Robert McKenzie, James 'Big James'
Morton, Adam 'Scam' Nisenson, Nathan Oatley,
Danny Piper, Chris Rampachek, Jerry 'Wildman'
Randal, Jeffery Ray, Mike Rhodes, Travis Scotts,
Steve Setiaff, Robert Setzekorn, Faried 'Free' Shapi,
Rob 'Shrub' Sharabba, Mark 'Sensi-Man' Sheffield,
Daniel 'Swede' Simon, Dan Smith, Kacey Stevenson,
Greg 'Weasel' Switzer, Rob Taylor, Eric Van Zant,
Terry Villarreal, Rick Walsh. Hal Walling. Coach
George 'General' Batten.
Lighting up the
Fall 1991 Cup Matches
Sam Houston State
St. Thomas forfeit
ilthough there don't appear to be any rules to
Rugby, Mike Rhodes knows that by holding the ball,
he's target number one. No-one but the ball holder
can be tackled in Rugby football. Photo by Thomas
Leads up! Bill Beck, George James and Matt Lan-
gley, all work for possession of the ball in a game
against Southwest Texas State in October.Photot by
Kim A. Stolis.
leleive it or not, this is called a Maul. Once a ball
carrier has been stopped, the closest players for each
team fight for possession. Here Daniel Simon tugs
and pulls the ball away from the St. Mary's team.
Photo by Thomas Nguyen.
Is nothing sacred? It seems that nearly anyth!^
goes, including trying to pull off Scott Lisins ^
shorts. Scott's onlv options are to get away or p
laterally toW of his teammates. Photo by im
for the team and the beer
1 here is some mystique about Rugby and
some say that only real men play Rugby.
According to president Ron Gall, there is
some truth to this. "Rugby is a difficult
game to play. Rugby men and real men
drink a lot of beer; the two are inseparable.
You play hard and you party hard/' he said.
Rugby is a gentlemen's game. After
the game, win or lose, both teams would
get together and have a party. They forget
about the game and friendships were made
between the opposing
players. Often the
team had a keg on the
sidelines and after
each game team met
at a bar for burgers
and hotdogs and
more beer. After that
the party would move
to another location or
the team might host a party that night. A
hotline number had to be set up to supply
information on all their parties and matches.
Two players who were leaders on
the field and in the post-match socials were
Scott Lisinski and Matt Langley. Both are
prototypical Rugby players, according to
Gall. They are there for practice and on the
playing pitch when needed. They took a
solid academic load and still had time to
Scott Lisinski is nicknamed "Snake,"
because he's a snake on the field. His position was standoff. "Defensively he just
tackles like a fiend," said Gall. "He moves
the ball well to the backs. He knows when
to pass the ball and when to run with it. He
has had numerous game-winning trys
(Rugby's touchdowns). Lisinski shows his
leadership through his action in his plays.
He's more experienced and he knows what
to do. He makes the other players better."
Matt Langley plays forward and
his position is prop. "He stands out on the
field and he's always there to play," said
Gall. "His position is a tough one and
many times goes unnoticed. Most of his
efforts are to hold up the scrum in the
individual battle with the opposing prop.
He has to be around the ball and always
support it. He has two tasks m playing
prop and not many people want to play
that position, but Langley cherishes it. All
this makes him an
asset to the team."
The Rugby Football
Club finished the Fall
'91 season 5-2 in cup
matches for the Texas
^ Rugby Union
They were tied for
second place in the
Southern Conference and still had half a
season to go. They were in good position to
compete for the Texas Rugby Union Conference Championship.
The TRUC is a collection of collegiate teams. At the end of the fall and
spring seasons winners from the North
and South Conferences play each other in
The team formed in the early 80's
and was very successful, but in the mid
80's the team was not as strong. The team
improved with the recruitment of "ruggers"
dedicated enough to show up for practice
and games, building up the team over the
last two years. Coach Eddi Titus, a former
player with the National Trinidad Rugby
Team,was the main reason why the team
was so competitive in the TRUC. That and
the thought of where the next party, and
the next beer was coming from.-Loida Y.