Rugby teams square off against Palatine

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
The Cailinis rush in for the tackle against Palatine.

The Chillicothe rugby teams opened the season Saturday with a pre-season game including various teams.

The girls team, the Cailinis, had exhibition style games with Plainfield, Palatine and Rockford. Fifty four girl rugby players made an appearance at the Chillicothe Elementary Center for the afternoon.

The Cailinis were the first to play at noon against Palatine and then against a combination of Palatine and Plainfield players.

It was the first game for the Cailinis as a team in the Chillicothe Rugby Football Club.

“The Cailinis represented themselves very well and each opposition coach only had great praise for the Cailinis on how they came out, overcame rookie nerves, and showed that the future of girls rugby looks very strong in Chillicothe,” coach Laurence Hornibrook said.

After the conclusion of the girls games, the teams sat together for lunch to show their sportsmanship and appreciation for each other.

“One of the other coaches has already asked that we make such a pre-season scrimmage a yearly event and alternate locations from year to year,” Hornibrook said.

The Barbarians played against Palatine in an extended game and lost the match 17-10.

“The game went back and forth and you could see the Barbarians begin to get the rugby feet under them the longer the game went on. It was a great first outing and one that sets the stage for an exciting season,” Hornibrook said.

Barbarian captain Kyle Fouts earned the Man of the Match honors for his performance on the field. He took up many positions that he had not played before, Hornibrook said.

By the end of the day, 130 people were fed.

The Barbarians first regular-season match will be against the All Reds from Metamora April 5 at home and the Cailinis will travel to Plainfield April 12.