NYC Winter CHAMPS a Success!
The Winter CHAMPS Culminating Tournaments were a great success! We had a total of 25 schools, 52 teams, and around 450 students participate this weekend in a total of 118 games of flag-rugby! The coaches', parents', and students' dedication and enthusiasm for sportsmanship and rugby showed on and off the pitch.
In a final battle against 392A, who took the Cup Runner-Up Trophy, 279A walked away with the Cup Championship Trophy (9-7). The Plate Trophy went to 282B after a match against 429 (6-4). 331A played 202A in the Bowl Final and took home the trophy. Well done to all 24 teams!
With 20 teams ready to play, the turnout for the beginners’ tournament was quite impressive! 279A took home another Cup Championship Trophy after a tough game against 232, who received the Cup Runner-Up Trophy. The Plate Trophy went to 129 after a match with 493. It was 104 who won the Bowl Trophy against 353A in the Bowl Final match up. Congratulations to all the teams!
All 6 teams gave a phenomenal show of women's flag-rugby on Sunday! 392A and 279A had a great showdown in the Cup Final. 392A's quick off-loading and support running led them to be the victors and take the CupTrophy. 279B received the Plate Trophy after playing 202 for their school's third trophy of the weekend. After a full weekend of rugby, all of these teams gave a great effort!
Please remember that the NYC Rugby Cup is on June 9th! This will involve elementary and middle schools from all over New York City for a total of 76 teams. This will be our biggest tournament ever! Each team will be sponsored and will receive a jersey. If you are a current or past program partner interested in participating, contact Holly Adinoff to receive more info or to let her know that you are interested in attending. Even if your team will not be participating in the spring season, you can still play in the NYC Rugby Cup.
Please check out our Flickr Saturday Tournament page and Flickr Sunday All-Girls Tournament page to see all of the pictures from the weekend. Thank you to our wonderful photographer on Sunday, Mike Lee. A special thanks to two Edward A. Reynold’s West Side High School Sports Leadership Academy students Derek Burson and Jose Henriquez, who took the photos at the events on Saturday. Along with seven of their teammates they provided a key resource on the day and truly showed the power of our program, as it was one of the first times our older students have volunteered and helped run an event for our younger students. A last big thank you to all of the coaches, players, and supporters who came out this weekend.
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