Alamo City Rugby Football Club
|Full name||Alamo City Rugby Football Club|
|Location||San Antonio, TX, United States|
|Ground(s)||Bowie Field (Brooks Park)|
|League(s)||Texas Rugby Union|
The Alamo City Rugby Football Club (informally Alamo City RFC or Alamo City Rugby) is an American rugby union club that is based in San Antonio, Texas. Alamo City RFC plays in the Texas Rugby Union Men's Division 2 league. Home matches are held at the Bowie Field rugby pitches located inside Brooks Park in southeast San Antonio. The nickname for Alamo City Rugby is "The Defenders", but is rarely used.
In 1983, the Alamo City Rugby Football Club was started by a small group of players who were interested in promoting rugby in the city of San Antonio, Texas. Over the years, the club has grown to support high school, collegiate, masters (“old boys”), military, and currently, men’s and women’s divisions. A great achievement for the club was when the high school team received 2nd, 3rd, and 6th place finishes in the National High School Championships. The fathering of the high school program helped the club achieve its 501(c)-3 status as a non-profit organization with exemption from state franchise and sales tax.
In 2001, Alamo City RFC expanded its club by starting a women’s side. The Alamo City Assassins formed through word of mouth of the men's club and local soccer leagues. Most of the women had little exposure to rugby prior to joining Alamo City RFC, but have quickly adapted to the change in rules and techniques. The women's team ceased operations in 2007 due to a dwindling numbers restricting them from fielding a side.
One of the club’s great accomplishments was obtaining the land for Bowie Field, which was named after Dr. Neil Bowie for his never-ending support to the club. The 10-acre (40,000 m2) site has a regulation rugby playing pitch and a lighted practice pitch. This facility is San Antonio’s first and only of its kind. It is located south of Brooks City-Base on Goliad Rd.
ACRFC contributes to the community of San Antonio by holding events and assisting in local charity fund raisers. The club has increased its ability to contribute to the community with their affiliation to the Harp and Shamrock Society, Target 90 Goals for San Antonio, and other local organizations. Alamo City RFC has an annual presence delivering toys to children in support of the San Antonio Elf Louise Program. H.E.B. and Halo Distributing have also assisted by giving generous contributions to Alamo City RFC. In addition, ACRFC members donate their time to the San Antonio Food Bank.
In recent years, members of Alamo City Rugby have begun donating their time and money to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Specifically representing the Lone Star Chapter, ACRFC participates in the San Antonio CF Great Strides, and the CF Tower Climb. Participants will run a mile prior to running up the stairs of the Tower of the Americas in downtown San Antonio.
Beginning in 2010, a few members of ACRFC began donating their time coaching the reinvigorated collegiate rugby programs of the University of Texas at San Antonio UTSA Roadrunners and St. Mary's University, Texas Rattler Rugby.
Fiesta 7s Tournament
In the spring of 1984, Alamo City RFC joined the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, and has since hosted the Alamo City Rugby Fiesta 7's Tournament annually. The Fiesta 7's tournament is held each spring in April during “Fiesta San Antonio”. Rugby sevens is played at the Fiesta Tournament, and is usually played in some type of round-robin tournament format. Teams from across Texas, and the nation, participate. In addition, teams from Europe, such as British Caldonia, Twickingham, Imber Court, England's Royal Engineers, Ireland's Arklow, and The Old Hirelings of France have traveled to San Antonio and played in the tournament.
Commandant's Cup Trophy
Although the Fiesta Tournament is a rugby sevens tournament, Alamo City RFC invites three of the United States military academies (United States Air Force Academy, United States Naval Academy, and the United States Military Academy) to participate in a round-robin tournament for the Commandant’s Cup. Each military academy enters a full rugby union (15-a side) team to compete for the cup.
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|Nov 06, 2010 -HARC II|
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|Dec 18, 2010 -Austin RFC II|
|Jan 15, 2011 -University of St. Thomas RFC|
|Feb 05, 2011 -San Antonio MC RFC|
|Feb 19, 2011 -Galveston RFC|
|Mar 05, 2011 -West Houtson RFC|
|Mar 19, 2011 -Austin Huns RFC II|