It's as rough as football, there are no pads and players wear ear guards to protect themselves from "cauliflower ear". [Warning: image is a bit graphic].
The tournament is Saturday and Sunday with the TYRA (multi-school teams) and the TXHSRC (single-school teams) competing in separate brackets.
Sam Wilcox, who's the vice president of the Alliance Rugby Club based out of Keller, said the club's dues are $125 a year for the varsity high school team but they have players from 8 years of age up to adults, including himself at age 52 -- the oldest player in the league.
“We are very youth-oriented," Wilcox said. "I play in the men's league with my sons. It's a father-son contact sport.”
Alliance has kids from the following high schools, the majority of which are football players in the fall: Keller, Grapevine, Southlake Carroll, Justin Northwest, Hurst L.D. Bell and Euless Trinity. The other Dallas-based multi-school team is from Plano, featuring players from Plano, Plano East, Frisco, McKinney Boyd and Vines (a feeder school to Plano Senior High).
The tournament's bracket is as follows:
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10 a.m. – GAME #1 (multi-school)
Alliance (Keller) vs. Katy
11:30 a.m. – GAME #2 (single-school)
Dallas Jesuit vs. Houston Strake Jesuit
1 p.m. – GAME #3 (multi-school)
The Woodlands vs. Plano
2:30 p.m. – GAME #4 (single-school)
Houston St. Thomas vs. Austin Westlake
3rd/4th Place (multi-school)
10 a.m. – GAME #5
Loser Game #1 vs. Loser Game #3
3rd/4th Place (single-school)
11:30 a.m. – GAME #6
Loser Game #2 vs. Loser Game #4
TYRA Championship Final
1 p.m. – GAME #7
Winner Game #1 vs. Winner Game #3
TXHSRC Championship Final
2:30 p.m. – GAME #8
Winner Game #2 vs. Winner Game #4
Adam Boedeker is a sports writer/blogger for the Denton Record-Chronicle. He's back on the scene with a gangsta lean.