This past weekend Yale Rugby held its annual alumni weekend. To say it was anything short of a blast for the players, coaches, parents, and alumni would be a false narrative. The weekend tee’d off Friday morning at 9 A.M at the Yale Golf Course. Alumni, parents, and coaches, and players arrived early on a breezy morning to play an 18 hole scramble. While the golfing did not quite exactly imitate the likes of Phil Mickelson, it was a great experience for everyone involved. The winning team shot a -3, and all teams celebrated with phenomenal stove cooked pizza for lunch.
As the afternoon came to a close, everyone headed back to campus where the current players were fortunate enough to receive insightful wisdom from some Alumni through a mentoring session. Alum gave some tips on perspective careers, how to approach life after college, and how to stand out in a competitive applicant pool. The team was very lucky to have heard from leaders in their perspective industry on how to best approach upcoming challenges as students, professionals, and ruggers. The meeting broke off into a meet and greet style where alumni spoke to small groups of players going deeper into their fields. Overall, the information session was a massive success, and the team gained much wisdom from the experience.
Saturday morning rolled around and with it, perfect rugby weather. The morning kicked off with a competitive game between the older alumni, or N.O.B’s, and the graduate school team. It was a gritty game that came to a last second try by the N.O.B’s to put them on top in the final scoreline. The Yale women’s rugby team followed up with a dominating seven’s win over Fairfield rugby. Play after play, the women were sprinting and diving into the tryzone. The Younger alumni were up next against the development XV of the Yale Men’s rugby team. Some hard running and offloading made the recent graduates show little signs of rust as they pounded their way to a winning scoreline. By around 2 P.M, the Yale women’s rugby faced off again against Fairfield and showed no signs of slowing down from where they left off. Holding the Fairfield team to goose eggs on their side of the scoreboard, they swept the day 2-0 with another dominant victory. The first XV of the Men’s Yale Rugby followed with back and forth intense game on both sides. Each time having moments of brilliance and resilience. Fairfield finished the 80 minute game on top with Yale running out of time as the momentum was ultimately swinging in their favor.
All parties headed to the end of the field to eat, drink, and celebrate the great day of rugby. The end of the weekend banquet was highlighted by roasted pig, burgers, and hot dogs. Awards were given out to the best alumni golfers and current ruggers. As the sun set in the background, the entire Yale community bonded together over their bruises and beers. Older alumni, and freshman alike were reminded once again of how amazing the Yale community is and how unifying the sport of Rugby is. All in all, the weekend was an incredible experience, and something special to look forward to come next April.
Simar Chadha '21
Photo credit - Rick Bannerot -Thank you