Better than last year!!! 3 titles of champions!!! CYA Rugby brought its "A" game at the 2007 tackle PRUYL tournament.
Players across all age groups played with a lot of heart.
On Sunday August 5, the U13 were as dominant as I expected. Against Springfield in pool game, the U13-1 down by a try managed to come back and win decisively by adapting their style of play to deal with the strong defense that their opponents were putting together. One of the best moment of the day came in the U13-2 game against Vienna in which Brandon scored the only drop kick of the season across all ages and across all teams just before the half, giving his team a 8-0 advantage. Having our U13s play against each other in the semi final was so sweet to see.
The U15 started slowly, losing their first two games, and finishing third of their pool. Aware that they could win the championships by winning their next two games in the afternoon, they put together their "A game". They crushed their two opponents who had beat them that morning by putting together a strong hard-hitting defense and an offense that makes Rugby such a great sport to watch. I counted at least five tries where the balls went through the hands of the back line to the wing who scored the try. What a pleasure to watch these games.
With the U13 and U15 repeat titles, we had reached the same point as last year. What the U17 did gave the extra edge. Let me explain first how the U17 tournament was set up. 9 teams entered the tournament that were divided into three pools of three. The winner of each pool plus the best second would go to the Cup bracket, the others would go to the Plate bracket with semi finals and finals in each bracket. In Pool play, the U17 started slowly by losing their first game to Howard County. The second pool game never happened, West Carroll never showed up. CYA won by forfeit and finished second of its pool behind Howard County who went to the Cup bracket and lost in the Cup final against the Exiles. The main problem facing the tournament organization was how many points should be given to the winner of the forfeit game to decide who was the best second across the pools (points differential was the discriminator). This had not been decided before the tournament. If a forfeit game score was 35-0, we were the best second, if it was 3-0, we were not. By not playing the second game we did not have a chance to assure a significant winning margin to make it best second. (note: in this year’s 6 Nations Tournament, France knew that they had to beat Scotland by 28 points in their last game to win the title and they did). How to decide? I don’t know what the exact rule was at the end but we ended up in the Plate bracket. Chantilly put a lot of heart in its two games against two opponents who had beaten them two weeks before. They crushed Springfield in the semi final and met Winchester in the Final. Since Winchester and Chantilly had enough players, the coaches from each team agreed to play 10’s instead of 7’s. Chantilly dominated the game winning the Plate final 12-7, and giving CYA Rugby its 5th trophy in its two years existence.
On Saturday August 4, the U11 did not go beyond the first round. They tied their first game and lost the second one by a try. However, I believe they were playing a better Rugby than their opponents. Their opponents were just older (we had to combine our U9 and U11) and faster. The U11 have improved so much this year and I would like to thank Coach Chris to have made this happened.
I am so proud of you all. What you showed this weekend was impressive: heart, determination, commitment, teamwork. You gave 110% of yourself on the pitch and it paid off. I would like to thank the players from SYA/Centreville that came reinforce our U11, U15 and U17 ranks. You played a great part in the victories and the titles are also yours.
I would like to thank all the coaches that made this string of successes possible: Chris Patrakes, Paul Unterkofler, Tom Sullivan, Bob Gaskins, John Cipriani, Alex Van and Frank Lyman. We would not be where we are without you. You managed to transmit to the kids your passion for Rugby and you did an excellent job in showing and teaching them this great sport.
Finally, I would like to thank all the parents who trusted us with their kids, dealing with change of venues, of schedule, driving their kids all around Fairfax County and beyond (do you know where New Windsor, MD is?) and providing help and support to the program.
I hope you all had as much fun as I did. I hope to see you back in the program next summer.
Thanks for a great season.
CYA Rugby Commissioner
CYA Rugby Titles:
2006 PRUYL U13 Tackle Champions
2006 PRUYL U15 Tackle Champions
2007 PRUYL U13 Tackle Champions
2007 PRUYL U15 Tackle Champions
2007 PRUYL U17 Tackle Plate Champions