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2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Detroit Rugby Football club is in our 50th anniversary and many players, sponsors, coaches and supporters have been integral in developing a firm foundation and the longevity of the club. It was 4 years ago was our inaugural class of Hall of Famers and this year we had some well deserved nominations, and very hard to select only 5. Once we have pictures, we will post the information on the DRFC Hall of Fame page – and the new class as well as the others are displayed on the page. We plan to award these awards at our next annual awards banquet on Saturday, January 27, 2018 – Commonwealth Club – starting at 6:30pm.

To Register – 2018-banquet-link

Special thanks to Stan VanTiem, Howard Kuschick, Dave Skidmore, Jessica and Jim Schell, and Gareth who helped organize the nominations this Year.

This year the 2018 Hall of Fame inductees are the following with a brief explanation:

Katie Scott

She was the women who organized the DRFC women’s team back in 1998,1999? Been so long I can’t remember exactly!
The DRFC Women’s team is a success story. Like any story, it is important to look at the beginning. For those of us who played or are playing for DRFC Women’s team, our story begins with Katie Scott. Katie was the founder of the Detroit Women’s Rugby Team. Thanks to her and other forward-thinking members of the DRFC, the womens team became an integral part of the club. Because of her efforts, as well as her continual support of DRFCW.

Heather O’Hagan

I know for certain that the women’s team would not have had the quick and phenomenal success without her expertise, leadership and skill. I truly believe the merge of the UofM/Ann Arbor with DRFCW would never have happened without her nod of approval. Although I was blessed to be a co-captain with Heather, make no mistake…I looked to her for every decision or strategic move as she always seemed to know the right thing to do, the right direction to go. She never, ever let down. She’d be leading the pack in ruck then 30 meters later, be the one in support of the backs. Passing the ball off to Heather was always a relief…you knew it was in great hands. She was the fierce, capable, smart, reliable backbone of our team.

Jim “JK” Kennedy

Is nominated for his consistent leadership and commitment to DRFC and excellence in coaching. JK has been a leader both on the field and off the field. As a player, he was the player that lead by example and was always first to the ruck and last off the field. Off the field he was the leader in the coaching and a person that provided inspiration and spirit.

Larry Vertel

Larry was nominated for his versatile and one of the most durable ruggers that I played the game at DRFC. Larry would play the front row, second row, flanker or 8-man as call to do on game day. Played A-side or B-side as well—again as called for, without complaint. In one of my first seasons with the club Larry played 3 consecutive matches against Windsor RFC, A-side, B-side and a third match that I cannot remember specifically if a C-side or something else. Truly an iron-man. As much as he was committed to playing on the pitch, Larry was also committed to the club off-the-pitch as well as an officer. Larry held many positions including Treasurer for many years. Larry is truly a leader both on the field and off the field.

Alan Tait

Alan was nominated because of his excellence as a Premier DRFC Player, Midwest and Michigan Select player, Coach and Leader for the club for many years. Alan was nominated and supported by many people with the club and I agree with all the others that your contributions have been instrumental to DRFC and worthy of your nomination.

Congratulations to the 2018 Hall of Fame class and we will be celebrating their contributions on January 27, 2018 at the Commonwealth Club – starting at 6:30pm. Hope to see you many of you there, to celebrate their induction and share some fun stories about these players and others on Saturday 27, 2018. Tickets can be purchased on the DRFC website – 2018-banquet-link. Please contact me with any questions.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the banquet


Mike Gangler – Hall of fame Chairperson
Cell – 810-908-0462