Childhope vs. Tuloy U16s
The second CBRE Juniors Touch Rugby Tournament of the year was held last Saturday, February 16, 2013, at Eagles Nest in Southern Plains Subdivision, Laguna. The tournament featured the participation of nine teams from various schools, clubs, and foundations. Over 100 players from the PRFU Juniors Development Program came together under the hot sun, vying for the title of best juniors’ team in their age group.
The day also featured the introduction of the new G4S sponsored Childhope teams. G4S Security Company and Mike Ross recently decided to sponsor the Childhope Foundation Rugby Club and the players were delighted to wear their new G4S uniforms in the CBRE Juniors tournament. So far the PRFU have been able to find sponsors for the both Tuloy Foundation (Leighton) and Clark Rugby Club (Pot Bellied Pigs) it is a goal for the PRFU to expand the Foundation Development programs in 2013 and also find new sponsors to help grow and develop the sports of tackle and touch rugby with those less fortunate than ourselves.
Coach Ahlo Abono’s Tuloy Foundation dominated the U16s division with their accurate passing, sound teamwork and over-all fitness, the Tuloy players continued to demonstrate why they are the team to beat in the age group. Clark Rugby Club and Childhope put up a good fight, but in the end, it was the boys from Tuloy who remained unbeaten.
The U14s division featured three veteran teams (EIS, Tuloy, and CRC) and one returning team (Hapons). All the matches were close, with some games resulting in draws. The U12s division featured two teams from Clark Rugby Club, with most of the kids playing their first ever touch rugby tournament. All members enjoyed playing touch rugby and were enthusiastic about participating in future tournaments.
This tournament edition also introduced Rugby’s “set and rip” rule. Traditionally, players were to put the ball down and step over it upon being touched. Under the new rule, players now had to turn their back from the opposition and present the ball to their teammates, who, in turn, had to rip the ball from touched player. This variation is more consistent with the rules of full contact rugby. All teams were instantly able to adjust to the new rule and were able to play fun, high-level games throughout the day.
The teams who participated were:
Clark Rugby Club 1
Clark Rugby Club 2
European International School
Clark Rugby Club
Clark Rugby Club
The next round of the CBRE Juniors League will be on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
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