Written by Pat Clifton
Monday, 04 July 2011 10:00
Pacific Island Barbarians Win Cape Fear
After day one, it appeared as though only one team could challenge the Midwest's 1823 and Chicago Lions in the summer classic that is Cape Fear 7s -- the Pacific Island Barbarians, a side full of Polynesian all-stars from west coast clubs, including Old Puget Sound Beach star Isimeli Daveta.
The tournament field's other five competitors hadn't challenged the aforementioned closely enough to seem a threat, and the Lions and Columbus bunch got through their quarterfinals with ease.
Chicago beat the Georgia All-Stars 31-5 and 1823 pounded Florida 50-0. The Barbarians and South All-Stars also advanced, ousting Cape Fear and the Kenya Exiles.
Both semifinals would be close, but only one would result in an upset. The South pushed the Lions to the brink, but ultimately didn't have enough gas to get a win. In the other semifinal, the Barbarians did muster an upset, beating the previously undefeated 1823 14-5.
The Barbarians then avenged their only loss of the tournament, a 19-12 defeat at the hands of the Lions in pool play, in the title match, winning the men's elite bracket at the 37th annual event.
Men's Club: Kudus
Men's Social: Gladiators
Men's U-19: Hyde Rugby
Women's Premiere: Atlanta
Women's Social: NOVA 2
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Sunday, 03 July 2011 19:54
SoCal Girls Defeat NorCal
School Age -
The Southern California Griffin Girls U19 and U17 teams emerged champions beating Northern California at the California Girls All Star Cup, played today at California State University Fullerton. The Griffins dominated both divisions, beating NorCal 37-0 in the the U17 match, and 55-5 in the U19 match.
In the U17 match, both teams looked evenly matched until the 20th minute, which was when the Griffins opened up with their first try when Amber Ruiz scored with a good run and some beautiful sidestepping. From then on, the Griffins kept pressing deep into NorCal territory, ending the first half at 10-0.
In the second half, the Griffins kept pushing Norcal into their half, which was where play remained. The youngest player on the team - Izzy Manu, who had just celebrated her 13th birthday, was unstoppable with her sizzling runs, and was rewarded with a hat-trick of tries.
The final score: SoCal Griffins - 37. NorCal All Stars - 0.
In the U19 match, the Griffin Girls went in hard to score their first try within 9 minutes of play. From then on, there was no stopping the Griffins, who kept pushing deep into NorCal's 22, and ended up scoring 38-0 by half time. Lauren Bell converted three difficult conversions.
In the second half, the Griffins scored once again, which Bell converted. NorCal came back in the second half playing a better game, attacking the Griffins, and ending with a try. The Griffins responded with two more tries before the final whistle.
The final score: SoCal Griffins - 55. NorCal All Stars - 5
The U19 Griffin Girls
Sammy Pinson (Captain) - Fallbrook
Desiree Leaupepe (Vice Captain) - ORCA
Natasha Perera - Fullerton
Corina Curiel - Fullerton
Jamie Garcia - Fallbrook
Pasene Asuega - Back Bay
Simone Qualls - Fullerton
Samantha Irizarry - Fullerton
Bere Ruvalcaba - Fallbrook
Lauren Bell - Fallbrook
Jessica Nuno - Fullerton
Kim Lamons - Fallbrook
Mary Ann Joves - ORCA
Megan Pinson - Fallbrook
Lauren Tonumaipea - Back Bay
Michelle Garcia - ORCA
Lilly Rigoli - Cathedral
Casey Karl - Fallbrook
Natalie Wilson - Back Bay
U17 Griffin Girls
Karmin Macedo (Captain) Fallbrook
Chelsea Tatum (Vice Captain) - Santa Monica
Becca Baxis - ORCA
Sierra Brooks - ORCA
Cambria Brandenburger - Fullerton
Taylor Duncan - Fallbrook
Alexi Eich - Fallbrook
Courtney DiMauro - ORCA
Rachel Edward - Santa Monica
Brittney Eldridge - Fallbrook
Eva Klein - Santa Clarita
Izzy Manu - Fullerton
Aliyah Moala - South Bay
Michel Navarro - Fallbrook
Cynthia Nuno - Fullerton
Eriana Pula - South Bay
Tori Riddle - Fallbrook
Kayla Rudman - Fullerton
Amber Ruiz - ORCA
Sade Young - South Bay
Lisa Jones - ICEF
Ravi Perera - Head Coach
Craig Pinnel - Forwards Coach
Marin Pinnel - Backs Coach
David Edward - Backs Coach
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Sunday, 03 July 2011 21:13
Alberta Wins Canada Women's Title
Vancouver, BC - For the first time in the history of the Rugby Canada National Women's League (NWL) Finals, Alberta are Tier One champions after an impressive 27-17 win over Ontario.
In their first year of entering the NWL tournament, British Columbia's Under-23 provincial team are Tier Two champions after wrapping up their 2011 campaign with an 84-0 victory over New Brunswick.
Ontario clinched the Under-20 division with a narrow 17-15 victory over tournament hosts British Columbia on the final day of competition.
Tier One - Senior Women's Final
Alberta 27, Ontario 17
After dispatching the defending champs British Columbia in the semifinals by a score of 17-16, Alberta carried their momentum into the championship game and are now the first team other than BC or Ontario to be crowned national champs.
Alberta came out firing in Sunday's gold medal final and led 12-0 at the half through a pair of tries from Maria Jaworski and Danielle Rowlands. Their captain Ashley Patzer tacked on the conversion.
In the second frame, Ontario found their footing and replied with at try through centre Brittany Benn.
The tenacious Albertan offense could not be silenced however, with Jaworski and Ashely MacDonald going over for further tries and a conversion coming courtesy of Patzer.
Ontario didn't go down without a fight, and replied with two tries of their own. Benn again managed to solve the Albertan defense to narrow the lead. Minutes later, a grubber kick found its way bouncing into Alberta's try zone, and Ontario's Misha Maric won a footrace against two defenders to touch down for the score. Cheryl Philips converted for Ontario to narrow the gap 24-17.
With the final minutes winding down, Ontario conceded a penalty in front of the sticks and Patzer stepped up to convert for the 27-17 win.
The victory was a long time coming for Patzer, a player that has been part of Alberta's struggle to qualify for the national championship in recent years. Alberta's success can be attributed to their preparations and development over the last few seasons, Patzer said after the win.
"A lot of it came from team cohesion," Patzer said before adding, "We haven't come together as a team like this before."
When asked about any standouts on the squad, Patzer immediately mentioned the strong ball running and defense of national team back rower Jen Kish. "Kish is phenomenal," Patzer said. "She's playing well. She just really led the way with her steps and getting past the line and we really looked towards her a lot."
The National Women's League Tier One Final is an annual competition featuring the highest level of domestic women's rugby in Canada. From 2007-2010, only BC and Ontario had made the finals with BC winning three of the four past championships.
Consolation Final: British Columbia 41, Quebec 20
NWL tournament hosts BC wrapped up third place in the Tier One competition with a solid 41-20 victory over Quebec in the consolation final on Sunday.
BC centre Andrea Burk led the squad in offence, kicking four conversions and a penalty for a total of 11 points. Kimberly Donaldson recorded a brace of tries and other BC scores were tallied by Jessica Dovanne, Marlene Donaldson, Captain Brittany Waters and Corinne Jacobsen.
Elissa Alaire led Quebec offensively, notching two tries. Justine Brassard crossed over to touch down with full back Magali Harvey notching a penalty and conversion.
Tier Two - Round Robin
British Columbia-U23 87, New Brunswick 0
The British Columbia Under-23 provincial team captured the Tier Two National Women's League championship after a convincing 87-0 victory over New Brunswick on Sunday morning. BC went 3-0 during the competition having previously defeated Ontario's U23 team 49-12 and Saskatchewan by a score of 34-10.
BC's kicking prop Randi Hunter was again at the forefront of their attack producing a game-high 22 points against New Brunswick through two tries and six conversions. Kayla Moleschi recorded her second hat trick of tries, having notched three in BC's opener against Ontario. Tries were also recorded by BC Captain Jesse Olynyk, Abby Goodwin, Christie Auzins, Erin Grant, Sara Byers, Melanie Le Blanc and Megan Banford.
"We're strong in the forward pack and in our backs. We hit the gaps and did a lot of off-loading and it worked to our advantage," said Hunter after the game. "We worked really hard throughout the last few months to get here and we've just proved that we are the better team and we played our hearts out," she added.
"We knew going into [the tournament] that this was the year that we could get some of the best players at this age group together. It was quite a dream team for BC," said BC captain Olynyk. "We knew going in that our forwards were going to dominate. What i was really impressed with was how are backs came together. Some girls out there, this was their first time playing representative rugby and they really came and showed us what they had"
Saskatchewan 41, Ontario-U23 10
Saskatchewan's senior women's provincial team produced a 41-10 victory in their final match of the NWL tournament to down Ontario's U23 team. The six try performance saw Saskatchewan finish second in the tier two championship.
Laruen Whyte did the bulk of the damage for Saskatchewan, recording a trio of tries with singles coming from Carey Wallace, Julie Paetsch and Gillian Allen. Jenn Skilnick notched four tries and a penalty to wrap up the day with 11 points.
Ontario's tries were scored by Tiera Thomas-Reynolds and Louise Chen.
Under-20 - Round Robin
Ontario 17, British Columbia 15
The Ontario Junior Storm captured the National Women's League Under-20 title on Sunday with a narrow 17-15 victory over hosts British Columbia. After fending off a series of BC attacks in the final minutes, Ontario's Claragh Pegg crossed over in the 75th minute to touch down for the game winning try.
BC had led at the half with tries from Paniz Phalavanlu, Demi Stamatakis and Cassy Stevens but were unable to capitalize on their momentum in the second half. Ontario's two other tries were scored by Maggie Cogger-Orr and Zoe Smith. Smith's conversion proved to be the difference with Ontario edging their arch rivals by a devastating two points.
Ontario had gone 3-0 in the tournament having previously defeated Alberta 23-17 and downing Manitoba 54-0 earlier in the week. Ontario finished on top of the round-robin competition with 14 points, with Alberta close behind with 10. The hosts BC finished in third place with seven potions, while Manitoba finished in fourth having registered no points during the 2011 competition.
Alberta 75, Manitoba 0
An impressive 13-try performance saw Alberta's U20 team wrap up their 2011 campaign with a 75-0 win over Manitoba and a 2-1 record overall placing them second in their pool.
Cassandra Orr and Rebecca Fairbarn each crossed over four times combining for 40 points. Jillian Ankutowicz and Brittany Jones each recorded two tries and Logan Kennedy crossed over once. Fairbarn converted five tries to finish the day with 30 points to her credit.
Sunday, 03 July 2011 11:39
SFGG Wins Own Tournament
San Francisco Golden Gate won the inaugural Golden Gate Invitational Saturday, defeating East Palo Alto 21-14 in the final.
Jordan Larson, Siupeli Sakalia and Jeff Colata all scored tries for SFGG, with Neori Driu converting two and Mose Timoteo adding another.
Northern California has a vibrant 7s series in Palo Alto, but those tournaments are not for a cup; more for game experience. This tournament was billed as slightly more hard-score.
Golden Gate Invitational 7s Scores
San Mateo 31 SFGG Green 7
East Palo Alto Razorbacks 38 River City Panthers 0
SFGG Black 29 Samoa United A 5
Sacramento Lions 33 Santa Rosa 0
River City Panthers 26 Samoa United B 12
Santa Rosa 24 SFGG Green 19
Sacramento Lions 40 San Mateo 0
Samoa United B 14 SFGG Green 12
Santa Rosa 44 Samoa United A 21
SFGG Black 52 River City Panthers 0
San Mateo 12 Samoa United B 5
East Palo Alto Razorbacks 59 Samoa United A 5
Sacramento Lions 47 SFGG Green 7
Santa Rosa 26 San Mateo 21
Sacramento Lions 29 Samoa United B 0
East Palo Alto Razorbacks 48 SFGG Green 0
SFGG Black 28 San Mateo 12
Santa Rosa 38 River City Panthers 0
East Palo Alto Razorbacks 17 Sacramento Lions 10
SFGG Black 55 Santa Rosa 0
River City Panthers 19 Samoa United B 17
SFGG Black 21 East Palo Alto Razorbacks 14