Winter Is Coming: The Return of the Blackout Tournament

By: Nick Conners

Much like the fabled “winter” in the HBO Series Game of Thrones, anticipation has peaked at the

possible return of Charleston’s famed Blackout Tournament. Sure enough, it has come. This Saturday,

March 26, the College of Charleston will host the University of Wisconsin, University of North Carolina,

the Citadel, and the Blockade at The Yard. The Cougars head into this tournament following a strong

showing at the Citadel 7s and Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Tournament. Players like freshman fly-half Zach

Kaminski are feeling optimistic about the Cougars’ prospects.

“We are starting to build chemistry and a relationship on the field together and it’s making an

impact,” said Kaminski, “and practicing and playing with the upperclassmen has really prepared me as a

player both on and off the pitch, so I’m excited to see what happens this weekend.” Of course, this will

be Kaminski’s first year participating in the Blackout Tournament, as will be the case for most of the

young College of Charleston players. Some of the upperclassmen, like senior scrum-half and Club

President Bradley Russell, are aware of the history this tournament brings and the potential this year’s

showing can offer for the future.

“I’m really happy I get to play in the Blackout Tournament my senior year,” said Russell. “I feel

like this tournament is emblematic of the good things that are to come for C of C Rugby.” With Accepted

Students Weekend recruiting and tournament preparation out of the way, the Cougars are ready to do

what they love most- just get out and play some rugby. As President Russell would say- The Blackout

Tournament is back, and so is Cougar Rugby.