UMW News BureauA group of aspiring rugby players at the University of Montana Western have organized an official campus club and are holding a fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 26 to raise money to send the team to compete at the Missoula Maggottfest rugby tournament in May 2011. UMW NEWS BUREAU A group of aspiring rugby players at the University of Montana Western have organized an official campus club and are holding a fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 26 to raise money to send the team to compete at the Missoula Maggottfest rugby tournament in May 2011. The Montana Western Rugby Club began humbly enough with a group of friends playing pick-up games on the UMW campus. Club president Vili Haunga said it soon became evident there was potential for an organized team. “It was just a bunch of friends playing in the tundra on campus,” Haunga said. “We just noticed it kept getting bigger and bigger. Everybody always has fun and we just decided it would be good to recognize it as a club.” The club became official in early January 2011. It already has 20 members and is scheduled for two scrimmages on the Montana Tech campus in Butte, Mont. on March 12 and April 9. The Montana Western club will be facing the Butte CRABS. While Haunga said the ultimate goal is to create an official University of Montana Western rugby team, for now the club has their sites set on the infamous rugby tournament in Missoula: Maggotfest. The rugby tournament, now in its 35th year, is organized by the Missoula Maggots rugby team. “They [the Maggotfest organizers] saved us a place,” Haunga explained. “All we have to do is pay up and show up.” To help the Montana Western Rugby Club “pay up” they are organizing a mini luau at the Dillon Elks Lodge on Saturday, Feb. 26. The luau will feature a traditional Hawaiian meal of pulled pork, Lomi salmon, white rice, crab salad and pineapple. There will also be a silent auction and an auction in which the lucky winner will receive one day’s worth of work by one of the club’s members. A dance will conclude the evening’s events. Doors open at 7 p.m. Dinner will be served with live Hawaiian music from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The auction will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. followed by the dance, which will go until 1:30 a.m. Admission to the luau fundraiser is $10 for students and $15 for adults. Call Villi Haunga at (808) 753-3291 for tickets. The Dillon Elks Lodge is located at 27 East Center Street in Dillon, Mont.
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