BACK-TO-BACK! Eagles RFC defend Open & Women’s Divisions titles of the 2022 Globe 7s Series - Luzon Leg 2
Cavite, Philippines – The Eagles RFC Women’s and Men’s teams (Eagles) successfully defended their title, winning back to back championships in both the Open and Women’s division in last weekend’s 2022 Globe 7s Series - Luzon Leg 2 at the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub.
In the Women’s division, it was a finals rematch between the 1st and 2nd ranked teams, the Eagles RFC and SKF Makati Mavericks Ricky (Mavericks). Two tries each from Philippine Volcanoes, Agot Danton and Dixie Yu, set up by Flyhalf Aiumi Ono, gave the Eagles the early lead in the match. However, a late comeback from the Mavericks from tries from Philippine Volcano Annie Rivas and former Ateneo de Manila University track & field athlete, Shiela Patino, had everyone on the edge of their seats. Time wasn’t on the side of the Mavericks though, as the referee finally blew the full time whistle. The Eagles edged the Mavericks with a score of 26 - 10, and Ono was awarded the MVP for her superb playmaking skills and leadership on the field. In the battle for 3rd match, the Manila Rogues scored a repeat over the Ibons with a score of 12 - 0 to secure the 3rd spot for leg 2.
In the Open division, the Eagles RFC dominated the round robin games with a total of 156 points scored and only 12 points scored against them. SKF Makati Mavericks were the only team who scored against the tough Eagles side in the round robin games. However, a loss against a motivated Manila Nomads relegated the Mavericks to the battle for 3rd match. The Manila Nomads, boosted by the presence of Philippine Volcanoes Kai Stroem and guest player Jovan Masalunga, gave a great challenge to the Eagles in the finals match, but a late try from returning player, Andrew Wolff, dashed the hopes of the Nomads. It was an intense finals match highlighted by Nomads rookie and track & field athlete, Carl Nico Magtanong, showing his pace out wide for a brilliant try on his first Open division tournament finals match. However, it was veteran player Wolff, who was awarded the MVP for his steady presence and experience at the crucial moments of the match.
The PRFU is again inviting teams to register entries for the 3rd leg of the 2022 Globe 7s Series. We will have a two-weekend break before we return for the NDD on the 8th of October, where we will see which team will prevail as overall champions for this year’s 7s Series. The 2022 Globe 7s Series - Mindanao is scheduled to kick off on the 15th of October at Koronadal City as well.
Last weekend’s matches can be viewed on the Upstream Sports TV’s Facebook page. Points table after leg 2 below:
Cavite, Philippines – After an action-packed 2022 Globe 7s Series leg 1 on 27 August at the Alabang Country Club (ACC), players from the Open & Women’s division prepare for the upcoming second leg of the 7s competition this Saturday, 24 September 2022. Open & Women’s Division teams will grace PRFU’s home turf, the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub, for the first time this season, and are hopeful to switch things up in the rankings after the games this weekend.
With Clark Jets and SKF Makati Mavericks Lagalags begging out for the Open division for the upcoming leg, and La Liga, SKF Makati Mavericks Franky, and Clark Jets begging off in the Women’s division, the second leg will be played in a Single Round Robin format (SRR). Manila Hapons (leg 1 7th rank) and Ibons (leg 1 6th rank) will kick off at 9:00 AM for the Open division, and sister teams Eagles RFC (leg 1 1st rank) and Ibons (leg 1 5th rank) will face off for the Women’s division at 9:50 AM. All preliminary matches are expected to end at 3:40 PM, with a 25-minute break before the battle for 3rd and finals games.
It will be a very thrilling Saturday for all Rugby fans as reigning champions of the Open division, Eagles RFC, will be meeting the Ibons and the Manila Hapons for the first time in this series. In the Women’s Division, leg 1 champions – Eagles RFC will play the same teams they went up against last August 27, as we await for their meet up with Clark Jets women’s team, hopefully in the third leg. Other club teams look forward to taking on the challenge of playing in a SRR format to build on more wins for them to reach the finals or battle for third. A lot of great individual players and teams will be leading their squads, and we are in high spirits to see great match ups among the playing teams.
Another jam packed #SaturdayIsRugbyDay for Philippine Rugby, so we hope to see everyone at the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub! For those who cannot come, Upstream Sports TV will also be streaming the games live on their Facebook page and will be shared on Philippine Rugby’s Facebook page.
Philippines – A number of grassroots age-grade teams from the main islands of Luzon and Visayas had a fun-filled Saturday on 17th of September at the 2022 Globe 7s Series - Colts and Juniors Festival, as well as the Grassroots to Global (G2G) Festival.
The Visayas Festival was held at the Cebu City Sports Complex and involved both Touch Rugby and Tackle games played by the different teams participating. A Cebu-based South African referee, Damon Freeman, helped out officiating in the games. According to one of the festival organizers Madille Salinas, having Freeman officiating the games gave motivation to the players – “naganahan ang mga players na naglaro kasi para kasi kami[ng] nasa [isang] big event”.
MVP awards were given to each player category for both the Touch Rugby and the Tackle games. Jacob Padila from SOS Kids U12, Richie Dandan from the U15 SOS Talamban team, and Luije Amarado from the SOS South Wing U19 category were all awarded the MVP awards for the Touch Rugby games. For the Tackle Games, Luije Amarado won another MVP award for the Cebu North U19 team. Josue Ocat of Cebu South and Virtue Nyeche of Cebu North bagged the MVP awards for the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively. The G2G team also joined this fun day as they held a Touch Rugby festival in the morning. Virtue Nyeche, who also played tackle in the afternoon, was named MVP for the G2G Women’s Touch Rugby Festival.
In Luzon, the games were held at Philippine Rugby’s official home venue, the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub, and involved Touch Rugby games for the U11 and U13s, U17s, and the Grassroots to Global (G2G) girls. The Colts players also enjoyed full contact Rugby games, wherein the Bulacan Bombers won the finals match against the Albay Bulkans with a score of 24 - 19. All the juniors players who enjoyed the festival were also invited to participate in fun games in between matches, where Rugby values even at their young age are already evident. During the fun games, players showed great teamwork despite being grouped with kids they do not know. Sportsmanship award was given to Harvey Morris of La Liga u13s team for his exemplary attitude and behavior on and off the field. Bulacan Bombers Colts player, John Leo Villasoto Heba, was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for his division. A great Saturday event indeed for Luzon.
The Rugby community is steadily growing, and we look forward to more youth games and G2G festivals in Visayas (Negros) and Mindanao (Koronadal) during this last quarter of 2022. While we await to see the kids play again soon, let’s come and support women’s and men’s teams from Luzon as they participate in the 2nd leg of the 2022 Globe 7s Series this Saturday, September 24, at the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub in Cavite. #SaturdayIsRugbyDay!
Cavite, Philippines – A month into the 2022 Globe 7s Series, the youth rugby players from the islands of Luzon and Visayas are set to showcase their skills in the Colts Division and Juniors Rugby Festival of the 2022 Globe 7s Series - Luzon, and 2022 Globe 7s Series - Visayas. This festival will be held on September 17 at the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub in Imus, Cavite, and the Cebu City Sports Complex. In Luzon, a friendly touch rugby tournament will also commence simultaneously.
With their senior players manning the field in in the first and second leg of the 2022 Globe 7s Series - Luzon, the Albay Bulkans’ and La Liga’s Colts teams are set to compete in the festival, alongside the Bulacan Bombers (Bombers). Despite only three teams playing for this division, it will still be a fun-filled weekend, as the SKF Makati Mavericks (Mavericks) will also bring their talented U11, U13, and U17 boys to join the Juniors Touch Festival. For the U11s and U13s category, the Mavericks will be facing the Bombers and La Liga. For the U17s group, only two teams will be participating – the Mavericks and the Bombers.
Players in the Colts division and the U11/U13 Touch Rugby category will play two to three games each, while the two teams in the U17 category will play against each other in four matches. The awarding ceremony will follow at 1:30 PM.
While the Colts and Juniors division play in field 1, select players who participated in the rugby clinics facilitated by Grassroots to Global (G2G) leaders will also have their friendly matches in field 2. A total of eight teams will be playing in the G2G Festival, including two teams from the Mavericks, and one team each from the Nomads Rogues, Bulacan Bombers, Clark Jets, La Liga, Eagles RFC, and Albay Bulkans.
In the Visayas competition, the SOS kids and the Mixed Cebu kids will participate in the U12 Touch Rugby category. SOS, Cebu Alaska Mambaling, and Cebu Mango will play in the U15 category. In addition, the SOS North Wing, SOS South Wing, Alaska, Lilo-An, Guadalupe, and Naga teams will play in the u19 Touch Rugby category. Colts, Women’s, and Open men’s divisions will also be played on the day as part of the 2022 Globe 7s Series - Visayas. Games will kick off at 10:00 AM.
We expect to see great future rugby players who could soon take part in the senior divisions, so we hope to see you this Saturday! Family, friends, and supporters are all invited for a fun-filled #SaturdayIsRugbyDay!
Cavite, Philippines – The SKF Makati Mavericks (Mavericks) successfully defended its National Development Division (NDD) championship at the 2nd leg of the 2022 Globe 7s Series on 10 September, 2022 at the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub. Despite the unpredictable weather, the Mavericks were still able to come out on top of the festival day composed of 6 teams from across the island of Luzon.
After beating the Albay Bulkans and La Liga 2 in the pool A round robin matches, the Mavericks played La Liga 1 in the 1st semifinals match, and beat them at 39 - 0. In pool B, the Clark Jets (Jets) beat La Liga 1 and Nomads Kalabaws. The Jets won over pool A second-ranked team, the Albay Bulkans, in the 2nd semifinals match with a final score of 24 - 5. Leg 1 finalists and rivals Mavericks and Jets faced each other in the finals once again, with the Mavericks repeating against the Jets with a final score of 24 - 7.
Living up to his statement during Leg 1’s post-festival interview that their 1st Leg win would be their drive to defend their championship, Captain Lito Ramirez got the Championship, and was hailed Leg 2 Most Valuable Player of the NDD. Players from the Mavericks were more than motivated during the last festival, as it was Head Coach David Johnston’s last game with the team. Johnston will be flying back to Canada, as announced by the PRFU VP Sec-Gen, Mr. Rick Santos after the awarding ceremony. In 9 years of coaching in the country, David Johnston has brought out a lot of talent from all the players he has coached. When asked about his six-month stay with the Mavericks, Johnston simply said “My experience has been very enjoyable. The club has a great culture, and the athletes enjoy training and competing.” Without hesitation, he also believes that the system that the club has will continue in the coming legs for the National Development, Open, and Women’s divisions. He expects the Mavericks’ NDD team to still get into the finals for the third straight time, and hopefully get the three-peat for the division.
Final ranking during the NDD second leg: La Liga 2 at 6th place, Nomads Kalabaws at 5th, Albay Bulkans at 4th, La Liga 1 at 3rd, Clark Jets at 2nd, and SKF Makati Mavericks at number 1. Overall points from the two legs are 24, 28, 28, 34, 38, and 44 respectively.
We hope to see you again this Saturday, September 17, for the Colts, Juniors, and Grassroots to Global Girls touch rugby festival, at the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub in Cavite! Second leg of the Open and Women’s division will commence the following Saturday, Sep 24, 2022, at the same venue.
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