Pasig City, June 26, 2023 — The 2023 PRFU Luzon Rugby Cup, one of the most highly anticipated rugby tournaments of the year, concluded with a thrilling display of skill and determination at the Ultra Philsports Complex in Pasig City on June 24, 2023. The event witnessed fierce competition and showcased the unwavering spirit of rugby athletes from across Luzon.
In a captivating Championship division match, the La Liga triumphed over SKF Makati Mavericks Roosters with an impressive score of 32 - 10. The match was marked by intense action and exceptional teamwork, with La Liga emerging as the deserving champions after 2 impressive wins this season. Evan Thomas of La Liga was honored as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Championship division, recognizing his outstanding contributions to his team's success all throughout the season.
The Women's division final witnessed an incredible performance by Eagles RFC, who secured a convincing victory of 27 - 10 against SKF Makati Mavericks. However, this victory came with a bittersweet touch, as Eagles' flyhalf and top playmaker, Aiumi Ono, suffered an unfortunate injury within the first 10 minutes of the game. In a heartfelt gesture, the team dedicated their emotional win and the MVP award to Ono, showcasing the camaraderie and sportsmanship that define the rugby community.
Adding to their Women's division triumph, Eagles RFC also emerged victorious in the Premiership Division title match. With an impressive display of skill and strategy, the Eagles RFC defeated the resilient Manila Nomads with a final score of 44 - 22. The Manila Nomads fought back and scored a series of tries in the second half to cut down the lead. However, time wasn't on their side and the Eagles emerged victorious. Nevirittee Belden of Eagles RFC shone throughout the match, and his exceptional performance earned him the prestigious MVP award for the Premiership Division.
The 2023 PRFU Luzon Rugby Cup not only celebrated the remarkable achievements of the winning teams but also showcased the passion and talent of all the participating clubs. The tournament provided an opportunity for rugby enthusiasts to come together, cheer for their favorite teams, and witness the indomitable spirit of rugby players.
The Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) would like to extend its heartfelt congratulations to all the winning teams for their exceptional performances and well-deserved achievements, as well as all the competing teams this season. Their dedication, perseverance, and sportsmanship have elevated the sport of rugby and inspired a new generation of players.
PRFU President, Ada Milby, expressed her gratitude to all the teams, officials, sponsors, and fans who contributed to the success of the 2023 PRFU Luzon Rugby Cup. She stated, "The tournament has showcased the immense talent and potential within our rugby community. We are thrilled to witness such exceptional displays of athleticism and teamwork. Congratulations to all the winners, and we look forward to continuing the growth and development of rugby in the Philippines." The PRFU also expresses gratitude to the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) for their continued support in the sport and its development in the country.
About PRFU: The Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) is the governing body for rugby union in the Philippines. Established in 1999, the PRFU is committed to promoting and developing the sport of rugby at all levels, from grassroots to elite competition. The organization aims to foster a culture of inclusivity, sportsmanship, and respect within the rugby community while representing the Philippines on the international stage.
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