Defiance takes to the pitch |

Defiance takes to the pitch

G. Sean Kelly
GSPI Sports Editor

The Glenwood Springs Defiance Rugby Club has a new goal this season.

The Defiance is now gunning for the Mountain Union league title and the traveling trophy ” not to mention the ski-town bragging rights ” that goes along with the title.

Glenwood joined forces this season with Vail, Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs to form the mini-league this summer, which features a home and away game against each team. All four teams will also participate in the Ski Town Tournament in Vail July 23-24.

With a bigger recruiting budget, Vail should be the team to beat in the inaugural season of the Mountain Union.

“Vail is usually the one that should be top dog,” said Defiance prop Tim Swanson, who was also one of the founders of the squad in 1993.

Glenwood was slated to open its season last weekend at Vail, but the game was snowed. Wing Keith Jones was disappointed he didn’t get to play in the snow, saying, “That’s my game,” but he didn’t mind having another week of practice.

“The extra week helped us out,” Jones said. “It’s kind of nice to open the season with a home game and against a team that’s more on our level.”

Glenwood instead opens its season Saturday against Breckenridge. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. on the pitch at Glenwood Park.

The Defiance, again coached by Freddie Weber, had a solid turnout so far in practice but “would love” to bolster the roster with more players, experienced or not, Swanson said.

“Jonny Z (Jon Zalinski) is back this year, and Chris Romme,” Swanson said, naming a couple of key players. “Some of the old boys are coming back and trying it one more time and we picked up a couple of rookies.”

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