About the Girls.
The Girls season has been impressive, starting the season with a win over Morris RFC in March. They had a lot on the line for this fixture, having lost to Morris twice in previous years, however the girls showed up and SWITCHED ON for this very physical game. Stand out performances from Tyhira (Number 8), Naomi (Blindside Flanker) Susan (Outside Centre) & Malery (Full back) brought the Girls a win, 20-12 scoring four tries.
Starting with this strong performance raised the girls’ confidence and paved the way for continued success throughout the season. The NY Academy girls are ranked as the 16th best team in the nation and were invited to nationals but due to funding were unable to attend. The scores for the season were:
Vs Morris – 20-12 – Win
Vs NYRC – 68-10 – Win
Vs Monmouth – Monmouth Forfeit
Vs South Jersey – 97 – 5 – Win
Vs Cobourg – 45 – 15 – Win
Vs Harvey – 123 – 0 – Win
Vs Union – 87 – 5 Win
After such a dominant performance throughout the season the girls qualified for the NY State Final, their third consecutive qualification. They took the championship over Kingston, 45-28, in 2013-14 season and narrowly lost to Orchard Park, 33-29, in last year’s final. This year the girls beat City Honours in the semi-final, 45-5, advancing to the final against Orchard Park.
The final match was a heated game, with impressive play from both sides. However, the NY Academy girls were unable to secure a victory, and lost by a narrow 4 points, 14-10. All said, the growth and development of the team overshadows any disappointment with this result, and their success both on and off the field means the girls can be proud of all they accomplished this Spring.
About the Boys.
After a strong showing in the the D2 league last season, 12 wins and 1 loss, many players graduated and left low numbers starting this season. Coach and player recruitment managed to fill out the squad to 25 boys, and a few warm up games early in the season gave the new players a chance to get up to speed with the chaotic style of play the NY Academy is known for.
The boys played against Xavier at the start of the season to help set a benchmark for the boys – this was the level they had to play at in order to compete in this league. A tough loss, 59-7, was a learning opportunity for the boys. This was a chance for them to take what they could from that match and use it as motivation to step up their game.
The boys did just that in their next match up: Harvey School, the 2015 NY state finalists. Our boys showed up and beat them, 45-38. A week later they faced Fordham and were down at half time 29-0 and ended up losing the game 36-29 in a stunning 2nd half performance, and they managed to gain 2 bonus points. The boys then faced St Anthony’s at home and won 68-15 in a dominating game. The final match of league play was against Pelham, who expected to roll over the NY Academy as they were the 2nd best team in the league and had played more games. By halftime the score was 29-26, with Pelham up. The Pelham pack proved too much for the Academy to contain in the 2nd half and the boys lost 56-32. However, our boys secured an additional bonus point and secured a place in the NY State finals where they would face Cansisus in the semi-final. Two stand out performances from Shemar (Right wing) and Kamari (Outside Center) helped get a win, 55-22, advancing to the final against Fordham.
This game was what finals was all about. Fordham have a very traditional ‘English’ style of play. Slow ball using the forwards then using their fly half who has a fantastic tactical brain and a very high rugby IQ and an even better boot. NY Academy boys play a very wide, fast, open and high risk – high reward game. It was a very entertaining final, with Fordham scoring 3 tries and Play Rugby scoring 4 tries. However, Fordham took advantage of their talented kicker and racked up a number of penalty points, giving us a very close game going either way up until the last. The final minute of the game the NY Academ were 24-22 up and conceded a penalty about 45 meters out on the 15 metre line. The Fordham fly half elected to take the points and nailed a fantastic kick that went straight over the posts and straight down the middle. An impressive game from both sides, our NY Academy boys left the pitch with heads held high – final 25-24.
Representative Playing honors
Gio – U23 All American’s, High School All Americans, Empire All Stars & Atlantis
Naomi – Atlantis
Malery – Atlantis & Empire All Stars
Nilly – Atlantis
Susan – Empire All Stars & Atlantis
Shy – Empire All Stars
Lelyss – Empire All Stars
Leanny – Empire All Stars
Xio – Empire All Stars
Noah – Atlantis & Empire All Stars
Ryan – Empire All Stars
Kamari – Empire All Stars
Javonte – Empire All Stars
Will – Empire All Stars
Ben – Empire All Stars