Gael Rugby Celebrates Golden Anniversary

Story by Jerry Murphy, '72

Ike was in the White House and Elvis was King when a small band of Gaels joined to play the rough-and-tumble sport of rugby. Though still a club, rugby now plays (and often beats) nationally regarded varsity squads. More importantly, rugby is a thread that remains unbroken through the fabric of Gael culture for 50 years.

The golden anniversary of the modern rugby era at Saint Mary's will be celebrated with a three-day gathering of the clans going back to 1956. The festivities start with a golf tournament on March 10. A four-team rugby tourney, called the Pat Vincent Cup in honor of the legendary 70's coach, will be contested on Saturday and Sunday. The centerpiece of the celebration will be a gala dinner on Saturday night, uniting teams from the past half century.

Invited speakers include former Cal football coach Mike White; legendary high school football coach Bob Ladouceur; comedian Bob Sarlatte, and more. Entertainment will abound, including a rare recording of Pat Vincent singing "A Slow Boat to China," the auctioning of Pat Vincent's golf clubs (now owned by Brother President Ron Gallagher), a retrospective film, and yarns galore-both true and embellished. Souvenir jerseys and nostalgic displays will round out the program.

Proceeds will benefit the fund to restore the Pat Vincent rugby field. For more information, or to join the Men's Rugby Alumni Chapter, please contact Marty Storti at (925) 631-4781 or