Posted February 4th, 2009


Ladies and Gentlemen:


It's that time again!  Dust off the boots, mold a new mouthpiece, and drop the 10 pounds you put on over the holidays!  Back, again, by popular demand, we give to you the . . . Whiskey 10s!

As you know, our premier Spring
10s Tournament runs in conjunction with our famed Chicago South Side Irish Parade, happening the very same weekend!  The city will be stirring, and so will our guests!  Not only will you enjoy the atmosphere of the great tradition of Irish celebration, but also, you will get to loosen up the 'Rugby rust' against some other Teams in the Midwest.  Our Tournament has grown into one of the best 10s Tournaments in the country!

Once entered, your Club will get a guaranteed minimum of three games in a Pool Play structure.  Pool Winners play up to five games!  Worried about playing the same old Teams?  We'll be sure to try to give you pairings out of the ordinary, giving your Team fresh looks! 


Since Easter falls later this year, '09, the Tournament is also a week later, which should offer some nicer weather than we had last year.  Last year was the biggest and best Tournament to date, so . . . get your Team[s] Registered early before the Tournament Pools are filled up.


In order to make the day run smooth for all, we can only hold spots for the following number of Teams:

  • 12 Menís Gold Division Clubs

  •  8 Menís Silver Division Clubs

  •  8 Womenís Open Division Clubs

  • Men's Collegiate Division - Number of Clubs and brackets to be determined



    • Gaelic Park, 6119 147th Street, Oak Forest, IL 60452 . . . for a map and directions click here . . .



    • $ 250.00 per Team . . . $ 175.00 per each additional side . . . only a payment will guarantee a spot, and no Teams will be allowed to sign up on the day of the Tournament.


      • Send check[s] to:


        • South Side Irish Rugby

          c/o Drew Parchem, 12808 Elm Street, Blue Island, IL  60406


          Please make checks payable to SSI RFC


        • To help us prepare for the Tournament, all checks need to be received by Friday the 27th of February!


    Starting Time:

    • Captains meeting will start at 8:00 AM

In honor of St. Paddy's Day, and after a hard day on the pitch, we cordially invite you to our Irish Pub for 2 HOURS OF FREE BEER after the Tournament!   If you came to the last year's Whiskey 10s, you know what a good time was had by all!  Beads are GOOD!!!


Don't miss this Tournament!  The weekend promises to be a great time!  Use this to build that much needed 'season camaraderie' all Clubs/Teams are looking for!  The Tournament filled up in 7 days last year, so spots are very limited!  Reserve yours now by contacting me, and/or getting your Entry Fee in!  First come, first serve!


10s Game Play:  10s Rugby is a great way to begin a season!  You get to hit and run for 20 minutes as you work off all the rust from the long off-season.  For those unfamiliar with a 10s lineup it is made up with the following players . . . 2 Props, 1 Hooker, 2 Locks, 1 Scrumhalf, and 4 Backs.  Each Match consists of two 10 minute halves, with a 5 minute halftime break . . . it's that easy!


The South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade:  For those of you who may not be familiar with the South Side of Chicago, the famed South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade takes place on Sunday morning the 15th of March, just a few short miles from our Rugby grounds.  Specifically, the Parade begins on 99th and Western Avenue in Chicago, and proceeds through 115th Street.  The route ends at Kennedy Park, where the South Side Irish will play a Parade Match in front of a neighborhood crowd.  If you're interested in making the venue on Sunday plan on getting to the Parade by 10:00 AM . . . the area gets crowded fast with over a hundred thousand people celebrating.  Get there if you can . . . it's a great time!


We look forward to having you as our guest!  Please contact me if you have any questions.


Yours in Rugby,

Drew Parchem

Tournament Director



Be sure to visit the South Side Irish website . . . click here, or the banner above . . .