The Inaugural Quinn Noel Memorial Match will be contested November 18th, 2017 in The Woodlands, TX between Texas Tech Rugby Football Club and the Woodlands Rugby Football Club (Men’s). The match kick off at Noon on the home pitch of WRFC, Alden Bridge Sports Park (4751 TX 242, The Woodlands, TX 77382). This will be a very special event to honor Quinn and will be the culmination of a plan that Quinn himself put in motion.
A few weeks before Quinn sadly passed, he called his old Woodlands Rugby (Youth) coach, Phil Beck, to float the idea of a friendly match between the two Clubs. Over the years, The Woodlands has been fortunate to send quite a few players to Tech and the fit just seemed natural. On the 18th, Quinn’s vision will become a reality and hopefully this game will grow into an annual fixture. Quinn would be thrilled!
For those that didn’t have the opportunity to know Quinn, here are a few thoughts from his former Youth coach, Phil Beck:
Quinn was quite a character. First off, he played hooker. For those familiar with Rugby, you might think of some huge person with no neck and broad shoulders; that was NOT Quinn! He was probably one of the smallest forwards on the field. But what he lacked in size, he made up for with his tenacity and passion! Quinn loved this game; you could see that by the way he played. No player was too big for him to knock down or run over and his passion and commitment were infectious, spreading into his fellow players. Quinn is a huge loss to many of us and I cannot think of a more fitting way to remember him than to contest this game in his honor. I am just glad I had the pleasure to know him. RIP Quinn.
Please come out and support both Clubs and help us honor the memory of a rugger gone too soon.