Dad, son get physical on Father’s Day weekend
Mitch and Luke Heuer spent Father’s Day weekend a little differently than most father-son duos.Instead of fishing, playing golf or watching the U.S. Open or NBA Finals, the two spent Saturday tackling each other as they played rugby against each other in the Glenwood Defiance-Glenwood Old Boys scrimmage.Mitch, the father and a 10-year rugger playing for the Old Boys, went head-to-head against his son, Luke, who competed in his first-ever game with Defiance.”It was good to have him out,” Mitch said of his 20-year-old son. “I have been inviting him for years, and here he is.”
After watching his father play for years, Luke finally decided to join in – having only practiced twice before Saturday’s scrimmage.”I had the time to do it, and it is a good bunch of guys, and I just wanted to come out and have some fun,” Luke said. “I’m still learning and still trying to get with the program.”While on the field, Mitch and Luke came face-to-face on several occasions and were forced to tackle each other. “I took him down once,” Luke said. “It wasn’t too weird. We are always rough-housing.”
“He’s pretty tough,” his father added.Luke played the first of three 20-minute scrimmages before sitting out with a blister the size of a quarter on the back of his heel.”I am loving it so far. Nothing negative at all except for these new cleats,” Luke said. “It’s a lot of running. I am not used to that.”The teams were made up of 10 players each for the scrimmage, as opposed to 15 in a regulation match. The scrimmage was Defiance’s first home action this season. With former players returning, families on hand to watch and a barbecue concluding the scrimmages, it was a favorable start to Glenwood’s season.
“It was good for our team,” said James Lewis, a five-year veteran on Defiance. “The Old Boys always bring guys together and there are a lot of new guys out here, so it is good for them to get some playing time.”With fewer players, the field was much more open and allowed for multiple long runs. Each scrimmage was filled with tries, long forward crashes, quick back plays and rookies learning as many rules as possible. “There are a lot of new guys, so what you saw today is not really indicative of what happens in a game,” said Lewis, who scored multiple tries throughout the day. “Games are a lot more physical and not as many long runs. But it’s good, we are all out here to run and get some exercise, and the kids are here. It’s a good day today.”Glenwood will be back on the pitch to host Aspen on Saturday at Glenwood Park. After that, Defiance will play in six more matches and one tournament before finishing up their season on Aug. 19 at Steamboat. “We have a pretty good turnout this year,” Lewis said of the team that draws 20-25 people to practices. “We got a lot of new young guys out and they seem pretty enthusiastic about trying to learn.”
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