Cebu City, 09 December 2023 – The Visayas Youth Rugby Festival 2023, hosted by the Cebu Dragons Rugby Club in partnership with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), marked the culmination of a thrilling year-end tournament for grassroots rugby in the Visayas region. With participants ranging from 7 to 19 years old, the tournament showcased the talent and passion of young rugby enthusiasts across various age categories, including U9, U12, U15, U19, and Girls divisions.
A total of 200 participants competed in this exciting event, bringing together schools and teams from different communities. Notably, the tournament introduced the U9 division for the first time, with Guadalupe Elementary School making their debut and securing an impressive 3rd place finish. Pardo Elementary School secured the 2nd place, while the champions of the U9 division were SOS Children’s Village (photo on the left).
In the U12 division, SOS Children’s Village successfully defended their championship title from the previous tournament. Cebu International School (CIS) claimed the 2nd place, and the Cebu City Mixed Team secured the 3rd place. The U15 division witnessed intense competition, with SOS Children’s Village and CIS teams delivering back-to-back performances. Ramon Duterte High School, featuring new players, showcased remarkable skills to secure the 3rd place. CIS (photo on right) emerged as champions for the first time in the U15 division.
In the U19 division, SOS Children’s Village Cheetahs continued their dominance as back-to-back champions, followed by CIS in 2nd place and Ramon Duterte High School in 3rd place. The Ladies Division showcased outstanding performances, with Team Cebu City claiming the championship, followed by CIS in 2nd place and SOS Children's Village in 3rd place.
Enhancing the excitement of the event were the tackle divisions, namely U19, Men's, and Women's Tackle Divisions. The U19s division saw SOS Cheetahs - the same team who won the U19 touch division - clinch the championship, while in the Men's Division, South District secured the Champion title. Similarly, the Women's Division witnessed South District emerging as the champions.
"It is great to see the continuous growth of grassroots rugby in Cebu City. This is a testament of the dedication and passion of the members and volunteers of the Cebu Dragons Rugby Club. Kudos to the club for their initiatives in partnering with the PSC and the Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) to provide more opportunities to the youth in the region", shares Acee San Juan, General Manager of the PRFU.
The Visayas Youth Rugby Festival 2023 not only celebrated the spirit of rugby but also provided a platform for young athletes to showcase their skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork. The organizers express their gratitude to all participants, schools, sponsors, and supporters who contributed to the success of this memorable event.
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