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2017 Fall Season Announcement

by | Aug 11, 2017 | Club News

GLENDALE, CO – Exciting times are ahead for rugby fans and players in Glendale, Colorado, as significant changes for the hometown Glendale Rugby program are afoot. With the 2018 rollout of the United States-based professional rugby league Major League Rugby (MLR) forthcoming, the city of Glendale has rebranded its Women’s Premier League, women’s Division I and men’s Division I, II and U20 teams as the Glendale Merlins.

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The new Glendale Merlins remain within the larger Glendale Rugby family along with the Glendale Raptors, and are named for a small but mighty falcon – a moniker that embodies the city’s fierce, compact, determined spirit. Beginning in 2018, the Glendale Raptors will play solely as part of Major League Rugby.

The vision of rugby at Infinity Park is to create a pathway for players to learn the skills and gain the experience they need in order to compete on all levels. Players who wish to continue their rugby career after high school or college to work with coaches and trainers on the various development teams to elevate their game. These players are not only playing for the love of the game: They are also pushing themselves to see just how far they can go, whether that’s the Olympic games or the country’s top leagues. The Merlins name reflects that relentless pursuit of personal and team goals that drives each player.

Merlins Head Coach and Director of Rugby Development Luke Gross is excited about the change: “The great thing about this change is that it allows coaches and players to develop with a clear path to whatever level of rugby they aspire to play. All of our players are really excited about our new name and we’re all committed to the future of this organization. It’s an exciting time for the sport of rugby in the U.S.”

The Glendale Merlins have a busy fall season ahead, with several home match days September through November. The full schedule follows:

September 9 – Infinity Park 10-year anniversary celebration
  • Glendale Merlins U20 vs. Regis University (park) – 1pm
  • Glendale Merlins Men vs. Denver Barbarians (stadium) – 1pm
  • Glendale Merlins Men Elite vs. Ontario Blues (stadium) – 3pm
  • Glendale Merlins Women’s Premier League vs. Chicago (stadium) – 5pm
September 23
  • Glendale Merlins Men U20 vs. University of Denver (park) – 1pm
  • Glendale Merlins Women D1 vs Lindenwood University (park) – 3pm
  • Glendale Merlins Men Elite vs. Mystic River (stadium) – 3pm
  • Glendale Merlins Women’s Premier League vs Lindenwood Univ. (stadium) – 5pm
September 30
  • Glendale Merlins Men D2 vs. Denver Highlanders (park) – 1pm
  • Glendale Merlins Men Elite vs. New York Athletic Club (stadium) – 3pm
  • Glendale Merlins Women’s Premier League vs. Oregon (stadium) – 5pm
October 7
  • Glendale Merlins Men U20 vs. University of Utah (park) – 11am
  • Glendale Merlins Men D2 vs. Park City (park) – 1pm
  • Glendale Merlins Men Elite vs. New York Old Blue (stadium) – 3pm
  • Glendale Merlins Women’s Premier League vs Berkeley (stadium) – 5pm
October 21
  • Glendale Merlins Women D1 vs Black Ice Women D1 (park) – 3pm
  • Glendale Merlins Men U20 vs. University of Colorado (stadium) – 3pm
  • Glendale Merlins Women’s Premier League vs San Diego (stadium) – 5pm
November 4
  • Glendale Merlins Men U20 vs. University of New Mexico (park) – 12pm
  • Glendale Merlins Women D1 vs Austin Women D1 (park) – 2pm

Tickets for stadium games are $6 for adults; kids 12 and under are free. Matches played on the Infinity Park turf field (noted “park” above) are free.