BERKELEY - California begins its spring 2014 season Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-19, with four matches at the All-UC Tournament, a six-team event also known as the Dennis Storer Classic hosted by UCLA on the Bruins' North Athletic Field.
The Golden Bears, ranked No. 2 nationally to begin their 15s campaign, face UC Santa Barbara at 11 a.m. Saturday followed by UC Davis at 12:40 p.m. and UC Riverside at 3:10 in a rigorous first day of the season. Even with matches shortened for tournament play, minutes will abound for the Bears, offering data from which head coach Jack Clark can select the Starting XV to face the Bruins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
“It’s a ‘fill the bus’ travel weekend. Fifty-plus guys could potentially see action,” said coach Clark. “We are interested in seeing as many players compete as possible and also interested in limiting the early-season minutes on some of our more established campaigners.”
Once again the event offers the winner the right to hoist the Dennis Storer Memorial Trophy, presented by Dorothy Storer, the widow of the former UCLA head coach and the first coach of the U.S. National Team.
Last year at this event, Cal earned its eighth straight Storer Classic title going back to the inaugural event in 2006, ending the weekend with a 29-7 win over UCLA on tries from Seamus Kelly, Jared Braun, Alec Gletzer and Andrew Battaglia. The try and conversion by Bruin Ben Francis were the only points allowed by the Bears all weekend.
Following their trip to Los Angeles, the Bears return to Berkeley for the semester's first day of classes one day before a freshman-sophomore side takes on Cal Maritime at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Vallejo.
The Cal home opener and beginning of the PAC Rugby Conference schedule follows on Saturday, Feb. 1, against Oregon State, with the Bears and Beavers Starting XVs at 1 p.m. followed by a reserve-grade contest on Witter Rugby Field.