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Jackalopes in October: Halloween Treats

Welcome to the tenth edition of El Paso Rugby’s Monthly Newsletter!

Where we keep you updated on all things El Paso Rugby. We’re excited to have you along for the journey! Check out what we got up to in October.

Trick or Treat so Peeps Can Eat

Volunteer coordinators Aaron Carrillo and Corey Preston organized a spooky good time for the Jackalopes to give back in October. Dressed in our Halloween finest, we went trick or treating for canned goods to donate to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. Neighborhoods in West, Central, and East El Paso participated and we are so grateful for all the generous donations from the community.

Everyone was notified ahead of time so that folks who weren’t going to be home when we came were able to leave their donation for pick up. And hopefully they enjoyed our festive group on their doorbell camera.

This was a fun event that let our ruggers connect with more members of the community while working for a good cause. We will definitely do this again next year so let us know if you’d like us to include your street next time. You might be visited by such terrifying creatures as a donut, a pig, or even a Jackalope! Happy Halloween!

The Jackalopes Cookout

In October, El Paso Rugby hosted a cookout at Album Park with players, family and friends of the club. We had delicious food, perfect weather, and great company. The group got creative and started playing a rousing game of rugby kickball. Shout out to our members who play kickball with Pride Sports who were clearly the professional sharks in the game.

We’ll definitely be doing a cookout again in the future with our growing group of family and friends of the club. We hope you can make it next time!

High Desert Classic

At the end of October, the Jackalopes travelled up to Albuquerque to participate in the High Desert Classic. The women+ team was able to enter a 15s side and our men+ players whored on with the Brujos.

The women+ came out strong against the Atomic Sisters in the first match, breaking through tackles to put points on the board and ABQ on their heels. As the game drew into the second half the Atomic Sisters started exploiting gaps in our defense and after a hard-fought battle they came away with the win.

In the second match of the day, the women+ team faced off against the University of New Mexico – a young and determined group of players who doggedly pursued the ball all over the pitch. The Jackalopes rallied together to give great support and offloads on several trips to the try zone. In the end, El Paso Rugby took the win and celebrated the day with a picture under the uprights.

This was also the first time many of our players donned an El Paso Rugby jersey with us and they received a commemorative item to remember the event. We also had several first-time scorers who were ceremoniously given a boot full of beer to savor while the club cheered them on.

Our men+ players were able to get in some valuable play time with the Brujos against several SWRU teams. The men+ side is continuing to grow and we’ve added more leadership on the men’s side. We’re hopeful about getting a full side together for some friendlies or tournaments in the Spring. Know a fella who wants to try rugby? Send them our way!

Lastly, a huge shout out to Sarah Meier, our team Doctor who played trainer for us all at the tournament. We appreciate your service :)

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