Hundreds of gay rugby players from around the globe descended on Manhattan over Memorial Day weekend. The Dallas Diablos were among the 26 teams that competed in the biennial Bingham Cup (the tournament that pays tribute to 9/11 hero Mark Bingham, the gay rugby player who died on United Flight 93). The first Bingham Cup was in 2002, held in San Francisco. In 2004, it was held in London.
For the 2006 tournament, the new Bowl division was created to recognize various levels of play. The Diablos were one of eight teams that competed in the Bowl division. For the first five matches, the Diablos remained undefeated: Beating Philadelphia Gryphons, 22 to 8; Portland Avalanche 35 to 3; Dublin’s Emerald Warriors, 29 to 0; quarterfinals against Atlanta Bucks, 26 to 0; and semifinals against Austin Lonestars 19 to 5. In the Bowl final, the Boston Ironsides beat the Dallas Diablos, 3 to 0.
In the Cup division, the San Francisco Fog (champs of the 2002 and 2004 Bingham Cups) were defeated by the Sydney Convicts in the final match, 16 to 10. The Convicts also won the Plate Division.
For more information about the Dallas Diablos, visit DallasDiablos.org.
GAY GAMES REGISTRATION EXTENDED
With more than 11,000 committed sport and culture participants, many events for the Chicago Gay Games (July 15-22] are rapidly reaching capacity. Regular registration ended on April 15. And some sports are closed: pool/billiards, basketball, beach volleyball, soccer/football, figure skating, volleyball and track and field, badminton, racquetball, sailing, golf are ice hockey. For other events, participants can still register but will have to pay additional late fees.
To register, visit GayGamesChicago.com
DERBY DEVILS ROLL ON SUNDAY
North Texas’ flat-track roller derby league changes venue on Sunday. The all-female Dallas Derby Devils, featuring lesbian jammer Lezlie Dean, skate at the Forum Roller World in Grand Prairie. Dean (a.k.a. Cherry Cherry Bang Bang) skates with The Slaughterers who’ll face the Suicide Shifters in the second bout. The High Sea Hotties go up against The Wrecking Crew in the first bout.
If you pan on checking out the slamming action, it’s recommended to buy advance tickets. Derby Devils bouts have been selling out due to capacity limitations.
Forum Roller World, 1900 Great Southwest Parkway. Grand Prairie. June 4 at 7 p.m. Advance, $10; day of, $12. DallasDerbyDevils.com.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, May 26, 2006.