We learned about the PRUSA Academy Girls team last week. This week, we shift our attention to our Boys team coached by coach Brian Wolf and coach Adam Barnard.
It has been a tough year for the Academy Boys team, playing the full sevens season with a very small squad. This did not stop those involved committing and working hard for the team. The fact that the boys improved tremendously throughout the season and even won games with only six players on the field is a testament to their determination and drive to Go Forward, a value Play Rugby tries to inspire. Added to this, the selflessness of the team was remarkable, some boys refused to come off the field even with slight injuries so not to let the team struggle a man down. Highlighting Try Makers Not Just Try Scorers, another value of Play Rugby.
Off the field, leadership sessions led by Coach Brian Wolf have aided in the boys setting goals for themselves and realizing what is needed to Go Forward on and off the field.
Highlights of the season have been winning two games with 6 players in Danbury, again showing the great character and spirit the boys had. We also came very close to winning some silverware in New Haven, losing controversially in overtime in the bowl final to Connecticut Yankees. Two other results underlined the improvement of the team- in the final tournament of the season coming close to beating Princeton, narrowly losing 17-12 to a team who beat us by over 30 points the previous week. The second result was against New York Rugby Club in the semi- final of the plate, unfortunately we just missed out again losing by one score to a team who had beaten us in all previous encounters.
From the coaches Brian Wolf and Adam Barnard, they would like to say well done to all the boys who were involved and thank you for the terrific effort and determination showed week in week out. It is pleasing to say they have watched the players in the team advance as rugby players and also young men.
Summer 2013 Tournament Results:
Monmouth- Won- 0 Lost- 3
Danbury- Won- 2 Lost- 2 (6 player squad)
New Haven- Won- 2 Lost- 3 (One in the Bowl Final)
Princeton- Won- 1 Lost- 2 (One in the Cup Quarter Final)
Hell Gate- Won- 1 Lost- 2 (One in the Plate Semi- Final)
Since we are highlighting the Play Rugby USA Academy this month, we would like to share the history of the Academy and it's past tournament records to let you know more about this fantastic program.
The PRUSA Academy was established in 2012 with the mission to bring together the best rugby athletes and coaches from around NYC, to maximize players’ development on and off the field. The Academy is focused on transitioning players to the best level of competition available through college, senior and all-star tracks (15s and 7s), while providing a comprehensive life skills curriculum to support students in maximizing their potential to attend college and secure career opportunities.
The Academy serves two cohorts of players: First, Play Rugby USA Senior Academy members (boys and girls) who attend by invitation only based upon coach recommendations. Coaches’ selection criteria are based upon players who display the 4 A’s: Attitude, Attendance, Academics, and Athleticism. Second, 8th graders (and new 9th graders) from Play Rugby USA Flag Programs who are invited to participate in a less formal community Junior Academy program which is focused on a fun transition from flag to tackle rugby.
In the last two years the PRUSA Academy has served approximately 50 students through well-organized elite rugby coaching, high performance fitness and nutrition program, internship, community service, and career mentoring. All participants were able to develop individual, unit and team skills, maximize rugby-related conditioning and generate healthy lifestyles, and receive assistance in college preparation.
Past Tournament Records
2012 Old Blue Midnight 7s Tournament Cup Champions
2012 New York 7's International Tournament 2nd Place & Cup Runner Up
2013 Spring Matches finished undefeated 4-0 record over Morris, Elizabeth, NYRC and West Side
2013 Summer Empire GU Overall Champions included:
Hells Gate 7's Cup Champions,
Princeton NJ 7's Cup Champions,
New Haven 7's Cup Champions,
Danbury 7's 2nd place Cup Runner Up,
Monmouth 7's Cup Runner Up, 2nd place