Saturday, May 14, was a terrific day of rugby at Great Park in Irvine, with ten teams leaving it all on the field over the course of five matches. Every year the level of play in each division goes up and 2016 was no exception.
Before announcing this year's champions, however, we want to give a HUGE shoutout to all participating athletes, coaches, referees, trainers, staff, as well as parents, friends and other spectators for actively demonstrating the culture and values of the sport of rugby throughout the entire day. We saw and heard fans cheering on great plays regardless of which team was making them, coaches calling out positive encouragement to their teams, players helping opponents off the ground, photos with both teams intermingled immediately after each awards ceremony, etc. Respect for the game and everyone involved was everywhere and it was terrific!
Everyone jointly contributed to a fantastic demonstration of the culture of rugby and we THANK YOU for it - THIS is what makes our sport different and great!!
We also want to thank Great Park, our hosts the Rhinos, the medical staff, our sponsors Brock International (who were there with giveaways and cool field safety testing equipment), Gatorade, Rugby Imports and Rugger's Edge, as well as super-volunteers Mona Anesi and Francis Mariner - thank you all, the day would not have been the success it was without all of you!
And now, with thanks and congratulations to all teams that played in their division's Finals,
Girls U18: Fallbrook
Boys U18: Back Bay
Girls U16: South Bay
Boys U16: South Bay
Girls U14: Fallbrook
Boys U14: Irvine Rhinos
(completed at an earlier event at the end of the BU14 season)
More information about the 2016 Club Playoffs and Championships is here: http://www.socalyouthrugby.org/page/show/2526470-2016-club-championships
LOTS more pictures are on our Photos page here: http://www.socalyouthrugby.org/page/show/1959378-photos