The Fairfax Police Youth Club (FPYC) Lady Jaguars overwhelmed the Ft. Hunt Gators 62-5 to win the 2012 Rugby Virginia High School Girls State Championship. It is their third consecutive state title.
The match was played at impressive Fairfax High School Stadium under sunny skies in Fairfax, Virginia before an enthusiastic crowd. Ft. Hunt kicked off and quickly took advantage of a muff to touch by FPYC.
They won the resulting line out and played strong multi-phase rugby to drive the ball to the threshold, but FPYC’s defense finally stiffened and, after poaching the ball inside the 5-meter line, was able to kick it to space and bring the gainline all the way back to Ft. Hunt’s 10 meter line.
After some hard-fought back-and-forth play, FPYC loosehead prop Bridget Kahele burst through on a pick-and-go from 10 meters out for the first try of the game.
Shortly after the ensuing kickoff, FPYC’s fullback, Emily Fulbrook, broke free for the first of her three long tries.
In each case, strong passes from the backline combination of Jenny Thai, Vickie Green, Sarah Higginbotham, Sara Marquez-Martinez, Maxine Summer and and Niki Selz sprung Fulbrook for her brilliant dashes around and through the defense. Ella Bresson converted this try and four others during the match.
Green also scored twice in the first half, including a remarkable run from midfield through the heart of the defense.
Ft. Hunt showed they were serious with a try sandwiched between Green’s two scores, following strong forwards play including multiple rucks and mauls. Tighthead Lane Blackwood was able to drive through the last of the FPYC defense to score, making the halftime score was 31-5.
In the second half, the Lady Jags were able to pick up where they left off, with Green scoring her third try of the contest. FPYC’s other prop, tighthead Matina Sandara, supported by a driving pack — Lauren Capitano, Katie Krause, Hannah Kostoff, Shelli Harris, Bresson, and Marisol Heisley — broke through and dashed for two scores.
Fulbrook squeezed one more in between Sandara’s two, and scoring was completed by match MVP, Thai who had switched to fullback.
One of the great things about the Collegiate Rugby Championship is its potential to unearth great talent. Because of the teams that compete, many of whom are not traditional collegiate rugby powerhouses, the CRC provides players the opportunity to perform on a stage they’d not otherwise be privy to.
This year, the person who shined the brightest under the spotlight was Maryland’s Trevor Tanifum, who came to Maryland from Southampton, England.
“I love the atmosphere, I like the crowd. Back home, this is the way rugby should be played -- loud music environment, and this time we have the chance to get out and play in front of a crowd,” said Tanifum.
“I’ve played maybe four or five times in a stadium like this, but it never gets old. I’m by no means used to it. First game it still gets you, but as you get into the day it eases up a bit.”
From the first game against Florida to the consolation final against Florida, Tanifum thrilled the crowd at PPL Park with astounding agility, speed and ability.
In addition to the hundreds of thousands watching from their living rooms and the 18,000-plus fans from the bank of the Delaware River, there were numerous interested onlookers trolling the press box, suite level and stands. There were high-level club coaches, All American coaches and 7s and 15s National Team coaches.
Had Tanifum and Maryland reached the DI-AA National Championship game played last month at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, not even then would they have played in front of so many selectors and interested coaches.
Tanifum, with 10, led the tournament in tries. Tanifum, due to an ankle injury suffered in the Challenger Semifinal against Oklahoma (a game in which he scored four tries), was ineffective against Florida in the Challenger final and subbed out in the first half. He did so one try short of Rocco Mauer’s CRC record 11.
A senior, last weekend was Tanifum’s swan song as a Terrapin. But he’s going to stick around Maryland for a little while longer.
“I’ll be around. I’m taking a year off. I’ll be in the Maryland area, so hopefully hanging out playing some rugby,” said Tanifum, who after last weekend, could be playing some of that rugby with the 7s All Americans.
“My coach has pushed me in that direction. I know of (Peter) Tiberio, Rocco Mauer, guys like that who have made a name for themselves in this tournament. Steve Laake, our 7s coach, has a lot of faith in me. He tells me go out there and play your best game, just keep working and you should have a good opportunity.”
Tanifum, showcasing speed unparalleled by anyone else in in the CRC, as well as ferocious defense and a clear set of sharp skills, has earned that opportunity. Now the ball's in the court of those coaches and selectors. Get Tanifum, who says he wants to be an Eagle, in a high performance environment quickly, before he goes back across the pond.
Yes, Tony Pacheco. Why not? The coach of the Central Washington University 7s team is now the coach of the Collegiate All American 7s team. He has coached CWU to several excellent results in recent times – and, remember, college 7s is still in its infancy.
Rugby Canada's Men's U20 Team Coach Mike Shelley has today unveiled the 26 players who will represent Canada at the IRB's Junior World Rugby Trophy 2012, which takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah, from June 18 through June 30.
This year will be the third time Canada has taken place in the tournament, and the prize up for grabs for the first and second placed teams is promotion to the elite Junior World Cup next year. It is without doubt the highlight of the U20 season and will present a huge challenge to the young Rugby Canada athletes representing their country. "For the players, the JWRT represents a first opportunity to compete on the global stage against their peers. It's going to be demanding, first of all physically with games every four days, but it will also represent a huge test of character," Coach Shelley told Rugby Canada.
The tournament marks the culmination of age-group rugby and is of huge importance for the high performance development of Rugby Canada athletes, with planning in place to ensure players are ready to step up to senior level seamlessly. "From a development perspective, it’s our job to be tracking these players as well as possible. Senior men’s head coach Kieran Crowley will be attending the games and the tournament is a key part of our plans for the future leading up to Rugby World Cup 2015 and for the Sevens team for the 2016 Olympic Games," he said.
While significant work will be done identifying players capable of making that step up, Shelley also said he will be looking for those capable of giving their all as part of a group. "The JWRT will is hugely important as an indicator not only as a way to grade how individuals perform, but also for the team as whole. The key to it is we want to win together as a team," he said
Canada will be up against familiar opponents in Pool Play, being drawn against Zimbabwe and runners-up for the past two years Japan for the third straight tournament, and last year's hosts Georgia for the second time in a row, meaning the coaching team goes into the competition knowing just how tough the task will be. "I have a huge amount of respect for all these teams," Shelley said. "At last year's tournament in Tbilisi we came up against them all. We noted how enthusiastically and how well they groom their players in Georgia. We know the physicality of their game and the preparation they put into it, and the same applies to Japan."
Four players return from that tournament to the 2012 roster – Sean Ferguson, Mike Fuailefau, Clayton Meeres and Cam Stones, and Shelley said he would be looking for them to use that experience to help the team. "We have a group of leaders within the team, but it's not only the guys coming back from last year. Jake Ilnicki as tight head prop plays one of the most important positions on the team, and he has shown over the past few months that he has good leadership qualities as well."
"We also have someone in Taylor Paris with great experience; he's been on two Sevens Circuits and to a Rugby World Cup with the senior guys." Paris may be an anomaly in going to the RWC before the JWRT, but there is plenty of incentive for his teammates, who will know that by putting their hands up in this tournament, they'll be taking a big first step toward playing on the sport's greatest stage themselves.
1. Jake Ilnicki - UVic Vikes/ Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC) 2. Noah Barker - Vancouver Rowers ( Courtenay, B.C) 3. Alex Marshall -Vandals RFC/The Rock (St. John's, NL) 4. Lucas Hoppe – Lindsey RFC/ Ontario Blues (Omemee, ON) 5. Casey Reed -Moosejaw Nads (Airdrie, AB) 6. Eric Selvaggi - Aurura Barbarians (Woodbridge, ON) 7. Jacob Rumball - Balmy Beach Rugby Club (Toronto ON) 8. Andrew McGinn – JBAA (Victoria, BC) 9. Ryan Monahan - Baymen Rugby Club, The Rock (CBS, NL) 10. Cam Stones – Ajax Wanderers (Witby, ON) 11. Matthew Heaton - St-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC (Godmanchester, QC) 12. Fuku Vikilani - Burnaby Lake Club (Vancouver, BC) 13. Chase Kelliher - Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC) 14. Lukas Balkovec – Waterloo Country (Kitchener, ON) 15. Andrew Ferguson - Oakville Crusaders (Mississauga ON) 16. Mike Dalsin – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC) 17. Conor McCann – Balmy Beach RFC (Toronto, ON) 18. Doug Crowe – Rowing Club (Courtenay, BC) 19. Clayton Meeres - Abbotsford RFU (Chilliwack BC) 20. Taylor Paris – Ontario Blues (Barrie, ON) 21. Michael Fuailefau -UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC) 22. Gradyn Bowd - Red Deer Titans (Red Deer, AB) 23. Jon West - Markham Irish RFC (Scarborough, ON) 24. Patrick Kay -UVIC Vikes (Duncan, BC) 25. Josh Hart - Cowichan RFC (Minitonas, MB) 26. Lucas Hammond – Toronto Nomads (Toronto, ON)
u20 upcoming schedule Warm up matches May 23 vs. USA U20 at Shawnigan School – lost 22-27 May 26 vs. USA U20 at Bear Mountain – lost 34-28 June 9 vs. St. Andrews U20 at Bear Mountain
IRB Junior Rugby World Trophy June 18 vs. Georgia U20 at Utah June 22 vs. Japan U20 at Utah June 26 vs. Zimbabwe U20 at Utah June 30 Finals at Utah
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