The 2017 Los Angeles Rugby Cup saw over 350 young boys and girls take part in another superb co-ed Flag event on Saturday May 13th. The tournament was hosted at Belvedere Middle School, east of downtown Los Angeles. Special thanks to all our supporters that made this wonderful event possible – including the LA84 Foundation!

VIEW Photos of the 2017 LA Cup HERE!

The school sites that were invited to the 7th annual Rugby Cup on the west coast included:

Beyond the Bell (Elementary Schools)

Allesandro, Annandale, Beethoven, Buchanan, Bushnell Way, Cahuenga, Cesar Chavez, Clifford, Dahlia Heights, Dorris Place, El Sereno, First Street, Franklin, Garvanza, Ivanhoe, Logan, Magnolia, Mayberry, Monte Vista, Mount Washington, Norwood, Plasencia, Sierra Park, Toland Way and Yorkdale.

Beyond the Bell (Middle Schools)

Burbank, Burroughs, Eagle Rock, Emerson, Griffith, Irving, King, Pacoima, Stevenson, Virgil, Wilmington and YOKA.

After-School All-Stars (Middle Schools)

Bell Gardens Intermediate, Bret Harte, CRMA #12, Mount Gleason, Mulholland and Stella 5/6.

Play Rugby USA (PRUSA) sent Youth Development Mentors (YDM’s) to all 25 Elementary Schools at Beyond the Bell and 6 Middle Schools from After-School All-stars for one rugby session per week over the season (7 to 10 weeks in length) to ensure all staff were able to deliver the ‘Give Rugby A Try’ and ‘Team Rugby’ curriculums. Leading up to this tournament – PRUSA attended 465 sessions with over 650 students experiencing flag rugby and it’s values – with the average attendance being 15-25 young boys and girls!

The theme at this year’s Rugby Cup was Super Rugby for the Middle Schools and Rugby World Cup for the Elementary sites.

Elementary Tournament

Each of the Beyond the Bell teams played 5 pool matches, then were ranked 1 through 24 for the various finals. During the pool stages the only team to win all five fixtures was Russia (Clifford), closely followed by New Zealand (Bushnell Way) and France (Dahlia Heights) – who both won four of their round-robin games and tied the fifth.

The top two teams from each pool included:

Pool A

New Zealand (Clifford): 14 Points – 4 Wins, 1 Draw (Scored 18 Tries / Conceded 14 Tries)

Australia (Dahlia Heights): 13 Points – 3 Wins, 2 Draws (Scored 21 Tries / Conceded 14 Tries)

Pool B

France (Dahlia Heights): 14 Points – 4 Wins, 1 Draw (Scored 15 Tries / Conceded 10 Tries)

Wales (Garvanza): 11 Points – 3 Wins, 2 Losses (Scored 16 Tries / Conceded 12 Tries)

Pool C

Spain (Allesandro): 13 Points – 3 Wins, 2 Draws (Scored 15 Tries / Conceded 8 Tries)

Samoa (Cesar Chavez): 10 Points – 2 Wins, 2 Losses, 1 Draw (Scored 13 Tries / Conceded 12 Tries)

Pool D

Russia (Clifford): 15 Points – 5 Wins (Scored 21 Tries / Conceded 9 Tries)

Namibia (First Street): 13 Points – 4 Wins, 1 Loss (Scored 19 Tries / Conceded 13 Tries)

The action was non-stop with plenty of camaraderie shown by the teams during the tournament, showcasing one of PRUSA’s values “Try Makers Not Try Scorers”.

A record 380 tries were scored amongst the 24 teams competing, an average of 15 tries per squad. The various finals delivered some breath-taking skills, treating the fans to so many close finishes!

Co-Ed Elementary School May 13 Tournament Results

Cup Final (1st Place): Russia (Clifford) 7-2 France (Dahlia Heights)

Plate Final (3rd Place): Australia (Dahlia Heights) 4-1 New Zealand (Bushnell Way)

Bowl Final (5th Place): Spain (Allesandro) 4-2 Namibia (First Street)

Shield Final (7th Place): Wales (Garvanza) 5-2 South Africa (Plasenia)

King Final (9th Place): Italy (Stella) 4-3 Samoa (Cesar Chavez)

Star Final (11th Place): Romania (Mayberry) 4-2 Scotland (Annandale)

Massive congratulations to the 75 girls and 110 boys that took part in the Elementary division of the LA Cup!

And also to our 2017 Champions, the Sleek Sensations from Clifford Elementary!

Middle School Tournament

Each of the Beyond the Bell and After-School All-Stars teams played 4 pool matches, then were ranked 1 through 10 for the various finals. During the pool stages the only team to win all 5 fixtures was the Crusaders (Emerson Red). Over 160 tries were scored by the co-ed Middle School sensations.

The top two teams from each pool included:

Pool A

Sharks (Nightingale Red): 14 Points – 4 Wins, 1 Draw (Scored 17 Tries / Conceded 8 Tries)

Lions (Emerson Blue): 12 Points – 3 Wins, 1 Loss, 1 Draw (Scored 19 Tries / Conceded 8 Tries)

Pool B

Crusaders (Emerson Red): 15 Points – 5 Wins (Scored 23 Tries / Conceded 10 Tries)

Hurricanes (Nightingale Blue): 13 Points – 4 Wins, 1 Loss (Scored 17 Tries / Conceded 8 Tries)

Co-Ed Middle School May 13 Tournament Results

Cup Final (1st Place): Crusaders (Emerson Red)  5-4 Sharks (Nightingale Red)

Plate Final (3rd Place): Lions (Emerson Blue)  4-3 Hurricanes (Nightingale Blue)

Bowl Final (5th Place): Stormers (Emerson Black) 5-1 Kings (Nightingale Black)

Shield Final (7th Place): Highlanders (Logan) 3-2 Blues (CRMA #12)

King Final (9th Place): Chiefs (BGI Red) 1-0 Cheetahs (BGI Blue)

Massive congratulations to the 65 girls and 100 boys that took part in the Middle School division of the LA Cup!

And also to our 2017 Champions, the Sleek Sensations from Emerson Middle School!

The Tournament Most Value Players (MVP) and Sportsmanship Awards for Elementary & Middle Schools went to the following sensations:

Melissa Rivera, Marcos Giron (Clifford), Jesus Quevedd, Aiden Saucedd (El Sereno), Johawy Leiva, Pedro Hernandez (Magnolia), Salvador Hernandez, Vincent Roman (Sierra Park), Jocelyn Pascual, Mateo Gonzalez, Nate Craft, Jayden Lopez (Dahlia Heights), Michael Espinoza, Sally Saucedd (Plasencia), Nathan, Memphis (Stella), Angel Ahuilar, Giovanni Giron (BGI), Daniel Morales, Victor Gaspar (First Street), Tiger, Makeda, Raheem. Green. Conlan, Danielle (Emerson), Corbyn Hernandez, Ulises Chavez, Hung Ta, Danny Ochoa, Cathy Lam, Araceli Rivera (Nightingale), Vaughn Guthrie, Cotbyn Phoenix (Beethoven), Kimberely Garcia, Eunice Escavar (CRMA #12), Aimiana, Alberto, Notika, Daniela (Garvanza), Kevin Himoja, Andrew Biaza, Dimitri Espinosa (Buchanan).

Each received either a GoForward PRUSA shirt or a donated one from the legends at Project Love Rugby!

 Special thanks to the PRUSA staff who helped this season: Barnaby Audsley, Fernando Zepeda, Jamison Hayward, Ronald Chan, Samir Gangolli & Will Ayers (Occidental Rugby), Matt Raba & Harrison Herndon (Pasadena RFC), Mayra Jimenez, Lizzy Hermosillo (Pasadena Women’s RFC), Connor Botha (Santa Monica RFC), Dyala Alameddine & Ann Leese (Santa Monica Women’s RFC), Ann Hoang (UCSB Rugby) and Chloe Butler (Australia Women’s National 15s Team).

For more information visit Play Rugby USA (www.playrugbyusa.com), Beyond the Bell (http://btb.lausd.net/home) and After-School All-Stars (www.la-allstars.org). PRUSA would like to thank the amazing LA84 Foundation (www.la84.org) for all their support in expanding rugby to Elementary, Middle and High School boys and girls across Los Angeles. 

Play Rugby USA (PRUSA) was founded by Mark Griffin in New York City in 2003, and with it’s mission of ‘Developing Youth Through Rugby’ the program has spread to Los Angeles in 2010 and San Francisco in 2012.

The LA program has grown from 6 to 150 schools over the past seven years, serving an estimated 4,000 students annually.

PRUSA works with after school programs the Sheriff Youth Academies League (YAL), Police Academies League (PAL), Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF), Summer Night Lights (SNL), LA’s Best, Woodcraft Rangers, the EduCare Foundation, After-School All-Stars (ASAS) and Beyond the Bell (BTB).

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