U30s reclaim Father Abraham Cup
Sunday 1 September played host to the annual Father Abraham’s Cup for GC Zürich Rugby. The prestigious trophy is fought for by the Young Lambs (players under the age of 30) and the Spring Cows (over the age of 30).
This year the Spring Cows needed some reinforcements from the kids to fill their team so the oldest looking under 30 players were shipped off to don the magnificent green of the Spring Cows jersey. Henry Estermann fit the bill exactly, barely fitting into the jersey with his magnificent dad bod. Leo Vignola, the other donation, did not, and in the 30 minute warm up he couldn’t grow the moustache needed to justify his inclusion in this Spring Cows team. Nonetheles, the Young Lambs took pity and let it be. The young Lambs were busy lining up with some eccentric positional changes first and foremost Tauira "Mr T/Big T/Lima Sopoaga’s Cousin" Patterson at 10 and Andri "Brooo" Köferli at 12.
After a good kickoff from Lima Sopoaga’s cousin, the Spring Cows jumped into life and quickly found themselves in the driving seat propelling forward towards the Young Lamb’s tryline. The valiant tackling from the U30s couldn't stop returning fan favourite Ed Foster from crashing over the tryline to put the Spring Cows ahead. That winning feeling didn't last long for the Spring Cows and on the next play Big T bulldozed his way over the white line with the subtlety of a bull in a china shop. The young boys were really heating up now and scored from seamingly anywhere, champagne rugby at its finest. Leo "the only quick person from Bern ever" and Marius "chunt vo chuur obenabe" scoring some worldies and increased the lead. The Spring Cows did not only like to play dirty on the field but also off it. The Young Lamb’s quickly found out that their water supply was tainted with what tasted like mustard. Clearly shell-shocked by this, the Spring Cows sprung on the opportunity and after hydrating themselves with clean water launched their comeback. Playing simple yet very effective forward centric rugby they got back into the game with 3 quick-fire tries all over the park. Most notable, Martin Bingisser, 10-time Swiss Hammer Throw Champion, crashing over twice in his rugby debut for the Spring Cows.
The under 30s, however, were able to weather the storm and held on to reclaim the trophy that was lost last year.
Thanks to everyone who came down to support, play and share club stories. Thanks to Ethan Glass for reffing! It was a great rugby day and an excellent benchmark to begin the Swiss rugby season next week at home against LUC. See you all there!