Fairport Boys (Rochester) and the New York Rugby Club U19 Girls (NYC) 2011 are the New York State High School Age Champions after the second annual Rugby NY Championships held this past weekend at Niagara University.
The NYRC girls defeated Kingston girls 34-20 while Fairport claimed a come from behind 25-22 win over Kenmore West in the championship matches on Monday.
In girls competition on Sunday, the NYRC U19 girls defeated Fairport 27-7 in the semifinals while Kingston dispatched Adirondack 37-7 to advance to the championship match.
The championship match was a hard hitting affair that saw Kingston race out to a 12-0 lead. NYRC combined patience on offense and a tenacious defense to claw back to within two 12-10 at the break. In the second half, NYRC was able to avoid Kingston's tough forwards in the middle of the field and attack wide as they slowly pulled away for the victory.
In the Girl's Consolation match Fairport defeated Adirondack 19-7 in a close game that was tied at 7 at the half.
In boys semifinal action Kenmore West reached the finals by defeating Kingston Boys 36-11. Fairport overwhelmed Saratoga 51-0 to set up the showdown with their Upstate rivals from Buffalo.
The championship final was an exciting game that saw several lead changes and numerous big hits. In the end it came down to a late try and a penalty kick that put Fairport ahead 25-17 with only minutes remaining. With Fairport challenging for another try to put the game away, Kenmore West forced a turnover and bulled their way back down field for a try but the score came at the fulltime mark. The conversion was missed to make the final score 25-22 Fairport.
Kingston Boys claimed third place with a 10-7 win over their Albany area rival Saratoga. A late penalty kick by Kingston sealed the win in a match that was knotted at 7 at the half.
Rugby NY would like to extend a huge thank you to Niagara University for hosting the 2011 Championships and for providing a great experience for the teams and their fans. "The people at Niagara were just outstanding." said Rugby NY President Rob Sliwinski. "Despite all the rains this spring, the fields were in great shape and the teams all played terrific rugby."
Rugby NY would also like to thank the Niagara University Men's Rugby Club for their hard work and also the NYS Rugby Referee Society for assigning officials for the matches.