February 26, 2016

Highline Ballroom | 431 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011


The Village Lions Rugby Football Club hosted our third annual White Collar Boxing event in February at the Highline Ballroom. Nine thrilling boxing bouts between teammates were the focal point of the evening, and our Emcee, Kieran Holohan, helped guide us through the blow by blow.


The Lions are rugby players and supporters from the greater New York City area who are committed to both the fostering of the game and the city that they love. These passionate athletes have taken to the ring out of dedication to sport and for the betterment of New York City residents.


Fight 1: Kabatznick vs. Opich | Shot in the Dark Showdown

Fight 2: Kovalcik vs. Riley | Tea Party II: Earl Grey’s Revenge

Fight 3: Collins vs. Woods | The Bait and Switch

Fight 4: Banford vs. Morris | Battle for the Queen

Fight 5: Sharpe vs. Smith | 2 Slow 2 Serious: Manchester Nights

Fight 6: Heron vs. O’Callaghan | Paddywagon Shenanigans

Fight 7: Mullen vs. Broderick | Rope-a-Dope Rumble

Fight 8: Vodounon vs. Smith | A Kenyon in Each Korner

Fight 9: Mullen vs. Jones | Quarter Pounder for Quarter Pounder




About The Bowery Mission
The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879. This year, The Bowery Mission provided more than 406,000 meals to men, women and children, 91,000 nights of shelter and 44,000 articles of clothing, as well as showers, haircuts, and expert medical and optometric care. Each meal and every night of shelter is an invitation to residential recovery programs, where men and women get a second chance and lives are transformed from hopelessness to hope. Last year, the Mission’s residential programs served nearly 300 men and women who are regaining sobriety, reconnecting with family and faith, pursuing educational goals, and preparing for work and independent living. To ensure that at-risk children have a positive first chance at life, The Bowery Mission’s city camp and summer camp serves nearly 1,200 at-risk children from poor city neighborhoods.

About the Village Lions
Village Lions Rugby Football Club is a New York City-based registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit that fosters the sport of rugby in organized team play and participates in league competition and tournaments sanctioned by USA Rugby. The club as a whole was founded in 1989 in Greenwich Village. With a mix of internationals and homegrown players, the club has members ranging from former Eagles to current Olympic hopefuls to social members keeping the tradition and spirit of the Lions alive. The Lions field multiple sides — Men (D2, D3), Women (D1), and Social/Old Boys — and host two annual tournaments, Four Leaf 15s and Hell Gate 7s.

All WCB photos courtesy of JJ Darling