On Saturday, May 17th 100 young rugby players converged on the San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club facilities to represent their school in the second annual Bear Data Solutions SF Rugby Cup. The youngsters, along with many parents and supporters, came to represent their school and put their skills to the test in this culminating competition. At each SF Rugby Cup, players get to keep the amazing Canterbury rugby jersey they are given at the start of the day. This year we are very happy to have the support of Bear Data Solutions to make this possible. A special thanks to Jeremy and Joe Castro for taking the amazing photos in our slideshow!
Teams came from both San Francisco and Richmond, reflecting the growth of our program in both cities.
From the City of Richmond, four elementary schools entered teams: Grant Elementary, King Elementary, Stege Elementary and Washington Elementary Schools. This year, Washington Elementary entered two teams in the tournament after a strong player turn out. King Elementary started the day with fantastic numbers as well, ultimately fielding a 19-player team! Each Richmond school participating is a part of the Bay Area Community Resources after-school program, a strong partner for us in Richmond.
From the City of San Francisco, eight elementary schools entered teams: Lawton Elementary, Miraloma Elementary and Sheridan Elementary all represented the Stonestown YMCA; Cleveland Elementary represented the BACR in San Francisco; George Washington Carver represented Bayview Hunters Point YMCA; Alvarado Elementary, Diane Feinstein Elementary and Fairmount Elementary Schools represented our newest program partner Growth & Learning Opportunities (GLO). All Sam Francisco schools contributed to a positive competitive environment.
Match Results and Player Awards
The 12-team tournament was split into three pools for initial competition.
Pool A brought Washington (Grey), G.W. Carver/Fairmount joint team, Diane Feinstein (DFES) and Cleveland Elementary Schools together. At the beginning of the day, DFES was light on players and faced an uphill battle against some a more experienced pool as well as the SF Fall Tournament reigning champions – Washington. This pool saw close battles with each game ending in no more than a two-score differential.
Pool B saw Alvarado, Sheridan, Washington (Maroon), and Miraloma Elementary Schools come head to head. In past tournaments, both Washington and Miraloma took home a cup trophy and were determined to maintain their edge in this seasons competition. Alvarado rose to the challenge and as underdogs emerged from pool play with an overall third place tournament ranking.
Pool C included King, Stege, Lawton and Grant Elementary Schools. All teams came to the Cup with strong tournament experience. King Elementary had some fantastic numbers giving them strong depth in player substitution allowing them to keep the heat on throughout the full day of competition. Lawton and Stege found themselves neck and neck as pool play closed to determine overall tournament rankings heading into the finals matches.
Final Tournament Ranking
- King Elementary School
- Diane Feinstein Elementary School
- Alvarado Elementary School
- Stege Elementary School
- G.W. Carver Elementary School
- Miraloma Elementary School
- Lawton Elementary School
- Washington (Maroon) Elementary School
- Washington (Grey) Elementary School
- Sheridan Elementary School
- Grant Elementary School
- Cleveland Elementary School
Through the day, players were nominated for both Most Valuable Player awards as well as the Spirit of Rugby Award. These awards stand to represent the players that uphold the Play Rugby values of Go Forward, Play What You See, Try Makers Not Just Try Scorers, Get There and Switch On. A match ball was presented to recipients by Play Rugby San Francisco Advisory Council members Charles Cockerton and Jo Healey along with CA Executive Director Stuart Bagshaw and founder Mark Griffin.
Boys MVP– Dylan N., Lawton Elementary
Girls MVP– Whittney, King Elementary
Spirit of Rugby Awards
Ari, Washington Elementary
Jayke, G.W. Carver Elementary
Laelani, Sheridan Elementary
John, Miraloma Elementary
Jackson, Alvarado Elementary