The third annual Toys for Tots Rugby Bash had the best turn out yet! The Boise Bombers and the Boise Parks and Recreation Adventure Seekers Program were host to this years event with the Nemesis Women's Rugby Team, The BSU Rugby Club, Snake River Rugby Team, and the 43rd Crimson Lions Rugby Team. It was quite the event with four games of wheelchair rugby and more than 250 toys donated to Toys for Tots. It's almost hard to believe that this is the third year we have hosted this event. Each year it gets bigger and better with more fans, teams, and Toys. This was the first year that the 43rd Crimson Lions came out to play. I had run into some of their players at The Lift bar and grill a few months back. They asked me about wheelchair rugby and if they could play in the Christmas game. I have to say its pretty cool to see the popularity of our sport rise and have recognition from other athletes like this. A few of our players even had some good smack talk on the old Facebook with some of the Snake River players who have been playing in this game from the start. These games have created some great comradery, friendships as well as some great competition. The following weekend we had several of the Lions and BSU players return to the court for a full two and a half hour practice. It was a blast and helped our team work on our lineups. We would like to thank all of the volunteers, organizers, fans, refs, and players that helped make this event possible.
The Boise Bombers wheelchair rugby team, the Treasure Valley Rollergirls, the Capital City Skull Crushers and Boise Parks and Recreation joined together to help out the City Light Women's Shelter with a fun filled evening of rugby and food donations. All of the teams brought in a good group of fans, food, and fierce competition. Throughout the year we ask for a lot of help from our friends, family, and the community to help keep the Boise Bombers wheelchair rugby team funded so that we can travel and compete at the national level. This is the time of year that we love to give back to our community that has helped us out so much. The Boise Bombers would like to thank everyone who helped make this event possible and to everyone who donated food. We have another charity event coming soon. The Toys for Tots wheelchair rugby bash is December 13th from 4-7pm at the Fort Boise Community Center. Come see some intense action between the Boise Bombers and several able bodied rugby teams. Be sure to bring an unwrapped toy!
The Bombers traveled to Tacoma and Reno to start out the 2014-15 season. To kick it off we drove to Tacoma, Washington the last weekend in September and finished in fourth place. We traveled with minimal players and it was an iron man test of our endurance. We proved ourselves beating British Columbia 49-43 with only a four man line up! The Bombers finished 2 and 3 for the weekend.
The Halloween Reno Rumble wasn't as victorious but we got to travel with a larger squad. The Bombers had a few really close battles in the early quarters but too many turnovers got the best of us and we didn't get any wins. Kory Puderbaugh was voted best high point player of the tournament! Congratulations Kory!
Exciting events coming up soon!
November 22, 2014 at the Fort Boise Community Centerat at 4pm we are having our 3rd annual Food Drive scrimmage benefiting the City Light Women's Shelter. The Boise Bombers will challenge both the Treasure Valley Rollergirls and the Capital City Skull Crushers in wheelchair rugby games. Please bring canned food, boxed food, or a turkey!
December 13, 2014 at the Fort Boise Community Center at 4pm we are having our 3rd Annual Toys for Tots Wheelchair Rugby Bash. The Boise Bombers will challenge the Nemesis Rugby, Snake River Rugby, and The Lions Rugby club in wheelchair rugby games. Please bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots!
January we are on the road again to Portland.
February we are flying to Dallas.
March 6,7,8 2015 we are hosting the Pacific Sectionals at the Meridian YMCA. There is going to be great rugby at this event! Go Bombers!
Below are all 4 quarters of the British Columbia game. Enjoy!
It's the end of another successful season of Summer League Wheelchair Rugby put on by the Boise Park's Adventure Program with Team Rampage as reigning champs. It didn't come without a fight though, the Ballers lead by Willie Bosserman and Pat Dourghety have been the runners up both seasons. The game started with the Rampage's lead player Spencer Larimore headed to the lavatory with stomach issues and the Ballers took advantage jumping on a five point lead by half time.
After a few minutes into the second half Lairamore returned to the court with Jeff Christensen, Paul Cox and Wilson Antoniuk to try and cut into the five point lead of The Ballers. After a few point for point possessions Team Rampage created four back to back turnovers to bring the game within a point. The two teams battled point for point for the next few minutes until The Ballers used up all of their timeouts. Team Rampage took advantage and got The Ballers no spread offense on a few 12 second violations and various other turnovers to gain the lead.
In the end it was all Team Rampage for a final score of 28-23. The Boise Bombers would like to thank our fantastic referees, volunteers, players, fans, and staff from Boise Parks and Recreation for their help and support. Very few teams across the country have such an awesome event going on with their community. It's pretty darn cool how well we have packed the gym on Thursday nights in the summer. Thank you all!
Check out tons of photos from the championship game as well as several other games in our photo gallery.
Thanks to the Jimmy Dean TICKETS Fore CHARITY program, 100% of the purchase price of your ticket goes directly to the Boise Bomber Wheelchair Rugby Team. Our team receives their funds monthly, so the sooner you purchase, the sooner we will benefit! These tickets also make great gifts! CLICK HERE to order tickets online!
By Spencer Larimore
The Boise Bombers finished third place at the Matt Reynolds Memorial Tournament in Irving, Texas to bring home their first piece of hardware. It was a bittersweet victory for yours truly as I started playing rugby in Dallas, Texas back in 2008. This was our second time attending the Matt Reynolds Memorial Tournament, last year we didn't fare so well we won only one game beating San Antonio's B team by 1 point. This year we started out pretty well all though we did lose to TIRR in the first game and we were with out Kory Puderbaugh for day one. The second game we played my old team the North Texas Cowboys. We rallied together in the first half, fighting for a nail biting 1 point lead. The second half was all Bombers and we finish the game 55 - 47. Day two started with a game against the Texas Stampede B team led by the all-tournament 3.0 Mason Symons. Kory Puderbaugh arrived for the remainder of the tournament and he was an immeasurable force against the Stampede. His agility and speed was too much for the Stampede to handle and we beat them by 14 points, we finished the game 55 - 41. In the late game we played the Switzerland national team, by the end of a tough first quarter we were only down by three. By the end of the game they proved to be too much to handle, they racked up the points and beat us by a whopping 71 - 34. The Switzerland boys were pretty good. So going to into Sunday's game we were 2 and 2 up against the Edmonton Steel Wheels (2 -2) to fight for third place. We played these boys in Reno back in October and lost by 7 points so it was our time for redemption and to bring home the hardware. The game was pretty tight all the way through but the Boise Bombers held on to the lead to achieve the most exciting win in the Boise Bombers history. The final score was 55 - 52. Everyone on the Boise Bombers team has worked extremely hard and has made huge improvements. Our new coach, Ana Mimani has picked up the game quickly and is a major factor in the growth of our team. I cant express how thankful and proud I am of our team, they all have stepped up their game! I also want to give a shout out to Stuart Larimore, my dad, for fixing countless flat tires and broken rugby equipment. Big thanks to all of our volunteers, sponsors and fans! Without you there would be no us. Next stop is Sectionals Feb 21-23 in Tacoma, Washington, Go Bombers!
Action photos by Mike Peters.
The Boise Bombers and several Treasure Valley area Zumba instructors came together to have a fun Halloween themed dance party and fundraiser for the team. Several people turned out for the fun filled event to shake their booty and dress up as scary zombies! The Boise Bombers performed the Thriller dance lead by the awesome Zumba instructor Natalie Gallegos. They worked on choreography for several weeks to put on an amazing show! Check out the Youtube video and photos! The Bombers would like to thank everyone who helped organize this event and everyone who donated and participated! We all had a great time!
The 2013 USQRA season is off and running with the Boise Bombers first tournament of the year in Las Vegas! We are proud to introduce our newest Bomber Kory Puderbaugh. He did very well playing in his first quad rugby tournament. The team showed a lot of improvement over last year's Vegas tournament scoring almost 10 more goals on average per game. We still have a lot to work on till we start bringing home the wins. We got a chance to play 3 of the teams coming to our home tournament in November and we get to play them again in Reno next week. We are studying game film and practicing hard so when we host our tournament we will hopefully win. Thanks again to our sponsors and volunteers that make all of this possible. Go Bombers!
Results For Helter Skelter 2013
1st Place Nor-Cal Quakes
2nd Place U of A Wildcats
3rd Place Northridge Knights
4th Place Vegas Renegades-B
5th Place Sierra Storm
6th Place Boise Bombers
All Tournament Team
0.5 Shawn Fluke
1.0 Brant Daye
1.5 Earl Bowser
2.0 Grayson Holden
2.5 Chelsea Falnes
3.0 Steven Toyoji
3.5 Jose Carasco
MVP Steven Toyoji
Sportsmanship Larry Porter
Friday, October 11
10:00 a.m. Wildcats 56 vs. Sierra Storm 25
11:30 a.m. Bombers 25 vs. Quake 49
1:00 p.m. Knights 33 vs. Wildcats 53
2:30 p.m. Renegades-B 36 vs. Quake 53
4:00 p.m. Sierra Storm 50 vs. Bombers 37
5:30 p.m. Renegades-B 39 vs. Knights 48
Saturday, October 12
10:00 a.m. Bombers 30 vs. Wildcats 48
11:30 a.m. Knights 55 vs. Sierra Storm 33
1:00 p.m. Bombers 30 vs. Renegades-B 52
2:30 p.m. Wildcats 38 vs. Quake 46
4:00 p.m. Sierra Storm 42 vs. Renegades-B 58
5:30 p.m. Quake 45 vs. Knights 39
Sunday, October 13
10:00 a.m. Knights 55 vs. Bombers 41
11:30 a.m. Sierra Storm 45 vs. Quake 57
1:00 p.m.* Wildcats 1 vs. Renegades-B 0
We took the low pointers to Reno for a fun weekend in August. This tournament only allows players classed 1.5 and lower with the total player points on the floor adding up to 3.5. A normal tournament would have a max of 8.0 points on the floor. We ran lineups with Spencer (1.5) Jeff (1.0) Josiah (0.5) and Willie (0.5) with Jacob (0.5) as a sub for Willie or Josiah. We won a game against Sierra Storm and had a couple close losses with Northridge and Nor-Cal. It was a great weekend to get back into tournament mode before the real season starts! Thanks again to all of our friends and family that cheered us on and fixed all of our flats! Click Here to see more photos of the low-point tournament.
The Summer League series came to an end Thursday, July 11 with some fiercely competitive wheelchair rugby games. The first game of the night was dominated by the Scull Crushers lead by team captain Tracy Lewis who has stepped up huge in his first team leadership role. The second game of the night was a huge upset of the highly ranked 3rd seed Steamrollers. Unfinished Business had their team name in mind when they impressively won 31-22 over the Steamrollers who won the first match up of these two teams by 11 points in week two. I give Unfinished Business coached by Josiah Sullivan the most improved team award. The final game of the night was a highly anticipated rematch of the two best teams in the league. Their first regular season game came down to the last few seconds and was won by only one point. So we all knew this was going to be a killer game to watch and or play in. Team Rampage coached by Spencer Larimore and The Ballers coached by Willie Bosserman both hit the floor in an intense point for point battle. The Ballers had a two point lead for about 2 minutes otherwise it was tied up most of the game. With the game tied 21-21 Rampage had possession of the ball with 35 seconds left on the clock and they charged down the court to score the final goal! The Summer League was a huge success in getting our sport more recognition in the Treasure Valley. It was a blast! This was by far some of the funnest rugby I've ever played. Thank you all for putting together such competitive teams. Lots of thanks to LeAnn Sullivan, Kent Sullivan, Stuart Larimore, Alyssa Antoniuk, Laura Wheeler, Gail Bosserman, Rebecca Mullikin, and Max Forkner for your help reffing, score keeping, equipment and cooking Hope to see everyone back next year!
Week 6 Championship Games 7/11
Rampage (22) over The Ballers (21)
Unfinished Business (31) over Steamrollers (22)
Skull Crushers (27) over At Large 19
1. Rampage (5-1) 147pts
2. The Ballers (5-1) 141pts
3. Unfinished Business (3-3) 120pts
4. Steamrollers (2-4) 143pts
5. Skull Crushers (2-4) 127pts
6. At Large (1-5) 133pts
Week 1 5/30
6:10 Unfinished Business (8) vs The Ballers (22)
7:00 Skull Crushers (25) vs At large (24)
7:50 Steamrollers (15) vs Rampage (23)
Week 2 6/6
6:10 At large (19) vs Rampage (24)
7:00 The Ballers (23) vs Skull Crushers (22)
7:50 Steamrollers (27) vs Unfinished Business (16)
Week 3 6/13
6:10 Rampage (28) vs Skull Crushers (18)
7:00 Steamrollers (22) vs The Ballers (24)
7:50 Unfinished Business (25) vs At large (24)
Week 4 6/20
6:10 Rampage (25) vs The Ballers (26)
7:00 Skull Crushers (19) vs Unfinished Business (24)
7:50 At large (24) vs Steamrollers (21)
Week 5 6/27
6:10 Unfinished Business (16) vs Rampage (25)
7:00 The Ballers (25) vs At large (23)
7:50 Skull Crushers (16) vs Steamrollers (36)