The Laramie Lumberjacks are a name that many around Laramie have never heard of, however their reputation is quickly becoming known within the Rocky Mountain Rugby community. Established in 2016, the Laramie Lumberjacks just closed out their first competitive season on April 22nd with an overall record of 7-1. The Lumberjacks compete in men’s division 4 rugby within the Rocky Mountain Rugby region, and they are a team that the community of Laramie should start to become familiar with because they are just getting started.
April 22nd was the division closer for the Laramie Lumberjacks Men’s Rugby Club as they traveled to Fort Collins to meet the Colorado Springs Grizzlies in what would turn out to be a match that was decided in the final seconds of playtime. Tim Mendoza led the club to its first try of the day, with a strong push by a maul into the try zone. Bobby Watkins (#13) followed this up after a daring pass from Tim Mendoza (#8) left Bobby with little resistance to the try line to bring the Lumberjacks in front 10-0. However, the Grizzlies came back swinging and the game turned into a back and forth nail biter until the 80th minute of playtime when quick decision making by Alex Knowles sent the ball to touch, resulting in a victory for the Laramie Lumberjacks.
Several businesses around the town have already dedicated themselves to being sponsors for the Laramie Lumberjacks and they were not disappointed following a 55-51 victory over the Colorado Springs Grizzlies in the final division match of the season. Senior player and wannabe real life Lumberjack, Evan Cox (#3), led the team with two scores, followed by scores from several other team members who were never lacking in support as the Lumberjacks battled back and forth with the Grizz for dominance on the field.
Look for the Laramie Lumberjacks to be active through the summer as they attend nearby tourneys, host local Wyoming teams for exhibition matches, and partake in fundraising for a possible international tournament at the end of the year. The Lumberjacks are also in contention for promotion to division 3 in the Rocky Mountain Rugby region where they have already proven to be competitive against several division 3 teams in exhibition matches throughout the season.