On Saturday a medley of students from different programs, including the Junior and Senior Rugby Academies as well as students from the West Side Sports Leadership Academy, traveled to the city of brotherly love to take in the second day of the Collegiate Rugby Championships Invitational at the beautiful PPL Park stadium in Philadelphia. For many of the students it was their first trip to Philadelphia and their first opportunity to experience high level collegiate rugby up close and personal!
Meanwhile, closer to home, the New York City skyline served as the backdrop for a rousing day of fast paced rugby at our final Middle School flag rugby tournament before the cup on June 7th. Eight teams came out to compete in co-ed games, with an additional all-girls bracket for this Integrity themed tournament.Each school was asked to submit what “Integrity” means to them as a team both on and off the pitch; the team with the best answer was presented with the prestigious Canterbury of New Zealand Integrity Award. The winner for the day was MS 284 from Queens for their answer of “Integrity is essential in rugby. You must trust your team and be able to work together and cooperate. A rugby team should follow the rules and be honest at all times, not only when they are told to do so. Having integrity also means being whole and undivided which is part of playing rugby- working together for a common goal.”
MIDDLE SCHOOL INTEGRITY TOURNAMENT RESULTSALL GIRLSPLATE- JHS 185CUP- MS 282COEDSHIELD- JHS 185BOWL- PS 202PLATE- IS 392CUP-MS 282A
On Sunday six teams came out for the Elementary Integrity themed tournament at Riverbank State Park. Among those teams were Hyde Leadership and PS 59, both new PRUSA programs participating in their first tournaments! Showing great spirit they jumped right in with three of our veteran teams, South Shore Rugby, PS 282, and the PRUSA Sports Leadership Academies.
Each team faced off for 5 quick paced matches with the two highest seeds of the day, South Shore Rugby and The Sports Leadership Academies, advancing to the Cup Final. The two teams traded trys back and forth in an incredibly close game but in the end the Sports Leadership Academy pulled out a a Cup win. South Shore’s positive attitudes and great show of sportsmanship in both victory and defeat was recognized by referees and staff not only throughout the day but also in their sincere handshakes after the final game. “Good Job. You deserve it” was one of the many exchanges of positive sportsmanship overheard by staff members. The game was a great example of this weekend’s theme: Integrity. Keeping with the quick paced games of the day, the final match was an energetic finale and a great way to head into this weekend’s Rugby Cup where these teams just might meet again!