Final Weekend of Rugby

Supporters of Palmer Rugby,

The men play this Saturday, 3:00 pm. at Tyke Nolton Field, Chicago Lions Field.  2431 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago.

They play Columbus in the MIdwest Playoffs.  Come out and support the boys on this final weekend of the season.


Joe Lippert

Head Rugby Coach
Palmer College of Chiropractic
(563) 884-5146 office

Rugger update

Supporters of Palmer Rugby,

Our Women’s Rugby Team closed out the spring season this past weekend, winning the All Iowa Tournament in convincing fashion. With a total score-line of 111-0, many substitute combinations were tried and all rostered players saw significant playing time. All agreed it was a great finish to the season. With a number of rookies showing well over the spring and no veterans set to graduate this summer, our 7s and fall 15s look extremely bright for the women in purple. The ladies have some well-deserved rest time until July, while a few will be heading to NYC in mid-June to train and kick-off our new partnership with Old Blue.

In the final regular season match of the spring, Palmer’s men defeated a spirited outfit from Cincinnati, 33-30, in Centennial Park this past Saturday. Captain and #10 Jim Sronkoski had two tries in the winning effort, while Forwards’ Captain Mitch Quill and Club President Nick Szopinski played strongly their final home matches for Palmer. In spite of a substantial injury count, the men have finished the spring with two significant league wins. The men have a weekend off before facing Columbus in the Midwest Playoffs in Chicago, May 16. 3:00 pm at the Chicago Lions Fields.


Joe Lippert
Head Rugby Coach
Palmer College of Chiropractic
(563) 884-5146 office

Another Great Symposium

Alumni and friends,

We wanted to thank you for another great Dr. David D. Palmer Athletic Trust Sports Symposium and you continued support of the program.  Special thanks to our speakers and sponsors.  Please visit this link if you would like to see some pictures from the weekend.  Pic’s

Congratulations to Dr. Nick Psaltis for being named Alumni of the Year.

Please make plans to attend the 2016 Symposium.

Ruggers kick off the spring

The student-athletes of Palmer Rugby got back into the swing of things this past weekend, with both teams in action at home.

The women played a competitive, back-and-forth intra-squad scrimmage, with the Purple Team ultimately prevailing 15-12.  Veterans set the tone and shook off any remaining rust, while a number of exciting rookies got their first rugby experience.  Hard-nosed fun was had and no major injuries suffered.  The ladies kick of their Midwest Spring Season April 11, when they host the Twin Cities Amazons.

In a tense, physical affair the men played Midwest league-leaders Kansas City Blues to a 13-13 tie.  Nick Szopinski scored Palmer’s only try, on the last play of the first half, while Jeff Scott converted Szopinski’s try and was two-for-two on penalty goals in the second half, the last coming as time expired to get the tie.  Fullback Gareth Lourens and Scott shared Man-of-the-Match honors.  Palmer’s defense was stout all day long, while the wide attack and penalty count left something to be desired.  We’re back to work already.  The men are also back in action April 11, when they host the Eastside Banshees.

“With You”



Coach Lippert

Joe Lippert
Head Rugby Coach
Palmer College of Chiropractic
(563) 884-5146 office
(715) 207-2913 cell

Spring Schedule

Supporters of Palmer Rugby,

With the start of a new trimester, both teams are back at it, practicing hard and smart to prepare for upcoming matches.  Additionally, our squads have finalized their schedules for the spring seasons.  You’ll notice a lot of home matches—several of which we are looking into live-streaming—so get on down and support your favorite rugby program!

March 14 vs Wisconsin (@Muscatine)
March 28 vs KC Blues
April 11 vs Eastside Banshees
April 18 @ Metropolis
April 25 vs Milwaukee Barbarians
May 2 vs Cincinnati
May 9-weather make-up date
May 16/17 @ Chicago (Midwest Championships)
March 28-Purple & White Intrasquad 10s
April 11 vs Amazons
April 18 @ Milwaukee Scylla
April 25 vs U of Nebraska
May 2 @ All Iowa

It takes a lot more than fifteen players in shorts to make a rugby team.  Thanks to each and every one of you for your continued support!


Joe Lippert
Head Rugby Coach
Palmer College of Chiropractic
(563) 884-5146 office
(715) 207-2913 cell

4th Annual Sports and Chiropractic Symposium

Dr. David D. Palmer Athletic Trust
4th Annual Sports and Chiropractic Symposium*

Friday through Sunday, April 24-26, 2015

Continuing Education 12 hours of CE – only $299 by March 20, 2015; $349 by Apr. 17, 2015; $399 at-the-door

Friday, April 24, 6 – 10 pm, Dr. Schofield

Saturday, April 25, 8 am – Noon, Dr. Hearon

Sunday, April 26, 8 am – Noon, Dr. Harrison
Same Great Speakers – All New Material

Dr. Fred Schofield – Latest Technologies, Innovations and Communications in Chiropractic and Clinical Practice

Dr. Kevin Hearon – Advanced Principles of TMJ and Rib Adjusting

Dr. Deed Harrison – The Spine as the Foundation for Health and Disease. A Contemporary Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP®) Technique Presentation.

Please note that registrations can also be completed online at: For event questions or details, please call (904) 669-6171 or visit

Hotel Reservations: Radisson Quad City Plaza 111 E. 2nd Street Davenport, IA 52801 (800) 333-3333 Room rate: $119.00

Room Block Code: Palmer Athletic Trust Seminar

*Any proceeds from this event will be added to the Dr. David D. Palmer Athletic Trust Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Holiday Wishes

Palmer Rugby Supporters,

On Friday, December 12, nearly seventy current players and guests came together at Davenport’s Downtown Radisson for Palmer Rugby’s Annual Holiday Party.  Outstanding players were recognized, departing players spoke, and good cheer was spread throughout.  Dress was formal and leadership groups for both teams represented well.

Women’s team awards went to:
Leslie Mitzel-MVP, Most Valuable Back
Kaci Batzel-Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Forward
Cassie Meylor-Most Improved
Deja Budd-Ledbetter-Baddest Chick
Emily Salo-Coaches’ Award

Men’s team awards went to:
Jim Sronkoski-MVP
Michael Lawrenson-Rookie of the Year
Patrick Pfantz-Most Improved
Shackleton Stewart-Coaches’ Award

After a bit of down time post fall season, both teams are back to hard work, building rugby skills indoors and getting stronger, faster, and fitter.  We are becoming more dynamic and personalized with our strength and conditioning approach and have brought on 1st-tri student Josh Berven as a new ATC and S&C consultant.  Josh brings a wealth of experience with high-performance collegiate athletics and Functional Movement Systems.  We are excited to have him onboard.

Enjoy the season!  Take time to thank and appreciate the people and things that matter.  If you haven’t recently, please consider making a holiday donation to the DD Palmer Athletic Trust.

Happy Holidays from the Palmer Rugby Family!

Always #PalmerProud
Coach Lippert

Weekend update

The Palmer men got back on the winning track this past weekend, downing the Columbus Rugby Club, 37-33, at Centennial Park.  Some defensive lapses in the first half had Palmer down slightly at halftime but a can-do attitude kept the Dragons work-rate high and plugging away.  The lead changed hands several times in a tense second half, with the decisive try being scored by prop Kyle Hanford in the seventy-third minute.  Flyhalf and captain Jim Sronkoski led from the front and put in a great personal performance, scoring three tries and leading a potent attack.  Flanker Kyle Bilquist added two tries and fullback Jeff Scott kicked two conversions and a penalty goal.  The men look to continue the momentum when they travel to the Chicago Lions this coming weekend.

The Palmer women faced undefeated Milwaukee Scylla and fought valiantly in a losing effort, 51-10, also in Centennial Park on Saturday.  The veteran, physically-imposing team from Milwaukee brought a focus and intensity that confirmed their league-leading status and put them up several tries in the first twenty minutes.  Palmer’s ladies kept after it and never quit, building momentum into halftime and scoring tries through flanker Rose Trotto and scrumhalf Nancy Lam in the early second half.  The Lady Dragons look to close out their fall season when they travel to Madison, Wisconsin to take on the WWRFC next Saturday.

Men’s game link
Womens game Link

Look forward to seeing all of you in Chicago!


Coach Lippert

latest from the coach

The ladies of Palmer Rugby avenged an early-season last-second loss to the Minneapolis Menagerie, 36-10, in Davenport this past Saturday.  The Palmer women used superior speed and fitness against their larger, more-experienced opponents—who were left shell-shocked and unable to keep up with the Dragons’ torrid pace.  Tries were scored by Kaci Batzel (2), Jamie Cranston, Cassie Meylor, Allyssa Rimkus, and Lisa Fischer.  Special mention goes to Laura Macko, who stepped in to start at prop in a pinch and performed admirably.  The ladies have now won three consecutive matches.

The Palmer Men’s Team traveled to Cincinnati to take on the Wolfhounds Saturday, falling 32-22 in a tough match.  Early opportunities and territory couldn’t be capitalized on and the men from Cincy were ruthless in converting every opportunity.  Down 17-0 at half, in a match that should have been even or better, Palmer did some soul-searching and re-focusing.  A renewed sense of urgency saw the Dragons put in four second half tries (one converted), but it was too little, too late.  As coach I’m doing some significant reflection and re-evaluation; mental errors and a lack of clinical finishing instinct are hurting our results badly right now.  I’ve taken responsibility and the men have committed to keeping after it.  We will get through this together.

Palmer alum Chad London scored a try while competing for the USA Selects against the Argentina Jaguars in the Americas Rugby Championship this past weekend.  Footage of the score can be found at  Congrats to Chad!  Keep representing well!

Finals week is in full swing and we’re allowing the players to focus on being students first for a few days.  The ladies look to continue the momentum against the Milwaukee Scylla this weekend, while the men work to re-group and get back on track against Columbus.  Both games are in Centennial Park at 11 and 1.


Coach Lippert

Latest News

Palmer’s women’s team traveled to Dekalb, IL on Saturday for a non-league friendly game.  In challenging conditions the ladies clearly outclassed the undergrads from NIU, emerging 40-5 winners in a rain-and-wind-shortened match.  The Palmer women dominated territory, possession and the physicality battle in the comprehensive win.  Ninth-tri Samantha Stahl finished her Palmer career in fine fashion, scoring two tries in the team effort.  Best of luck to Sam as she heads to Vermont to precept.  The ladies return to league action this Saturday, hosting the Minneapolis Menagerie in Davenport.

Facing a lengthy injury list and a smaller-than-normal roster (six of the first-choice starting fifteen available), the men ventured to Milwaukee to take on the Barbarians.  In what was accurately described by one of the players as, “the ultimate quicksand of a match” the Dragons found themselves down 31-0 by the midway point of the first half.  Battling back courageously, three tries were scored before halftime and Milwaukee knew they had a game to deal with.  The pressure stayed on until the final ten minutes of the second half, when Milwaukee got several more tries to flatter the score line.  Were it not for the atrociously slow start, Palmer likely would have come away with another win.  Tries were scored by Drew Voelsch, Cam Hayward, and Jeff Scott.  The men look to right the ship when they travel to Cincinnati this coming weekend.  Several players should be returning to bolster the lineup.

We continue to work hard and focus on the things within our control.  Progress continues.  Looking forward to seeing a legion of passionate Palmer supporters in Chicago!

Coach Lippert