Defiance set for season |

Defiance set for season

The boys of summer often refers to those athletes spending a sunny day on the baseball diamond.

But in Glenwood there is another type of summer athlete – playing on the pitch – and the rain won’t cancel any of their games.

The Glenwood Springs Defiance Rugby Club opens its summer club season Saturday against rival Vail at 2 p.m. at Glenwood Park.

Now in its 10th season, the Defiance Rugby Club took a big step forward last season by becoming a Division II team (The Division II season starts in August), and this year the team also underwent a change on the field.

The Defiance went from a primarily player-coached team to having a sideline coach in former Glenwood and Aspen player Fred Weber.

An influx of young talent joined the team this according to veteran Tim Swanson, who was a member of the original squad 10 years ago.

“We’ve got a couple kids from Ireland and a couple of kids from the University of Miami-Ohio, so that kind of helps a bit,” Swanson said.

“The old boys are getting a little fitter. The young boys are making us run more,” he added.

One of the top newcomers (sort of) is Justin Stencel. Stencel, a flanker, played with the Defiance in the past, but spent last year playing rugby overseas.

While the summer season isn’t as important as the Division II season, the game against Vail should be a good measuring stick for Glenwood and always has the feel of a rivalry game.

Vail comes into the contest a little more seasoned than the Defiance, having already played a game this summer. Vail jumped out to a 31-0 lead in the first half against Breckenridge and went on to win 45-17 in its opener.

Glenwood travels to play Breckenridge Saturday, June 28. Other upcoming games on the summer slate include a contest against the Defiance Old Boys on July 12 at Glenwood Park, and the Defiance will host the Ski Town Tournament July 19-20 at the Gates Soccer Fields at the Colorado Mountain College-Spring Valley campus.

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