January 17, 2015; Dixon, CA
Girls KOT recap:
The Silicon Valley High School Ladies played their first matches ever this past weekend at the NORCAL kick off tournament in Dixon, CA. The first match was versus Davis, another brand new team. There was a lot of nervous energy but things settled down as Julie Kring made an alert play to score the first try in club history. Marion Sellier would add two more trys and two conversions as SV won 19-0. Next up was a much larger Sonoma team. The girls knew that if they passed the ball wide and use their speed that Sonoma would have trouble. They did just that winning 40-10. Four different players scored 6 trys as SV moved the ball unselfishly into to open spaces. The last match of the day was versus Pleasanton. SV started off great, running in four trys in the first half. Pleasanton came back in the second half as SV started to tire, but we were able to hold on for a 40-21 victory with five different players scoring tries.
Totals for the weekend
Marion- 7 plus 9/15 on conversions
Cassie - 3
VS Pleasanton Cavaliers
Team arrived ready to play and very energetic. Pleasanton had 10 players, we had seven so we opted to play 7s. Game started at a very rapid tempo. Both sides played defense and offence very well and were able to hold their positions with remarkable discipline. The officials also did an excellent job of keeping the play flowing.
Pleasanton were able to open the scoring with a try half way through the first half. The rest of the half was a spirited exchange of possessions and some excellent defensive plays from the silicon valley team.
After a quick half time break, play resumed - Pleasanton scored again but the Silicon Valley team continued to battle on. This level of play led to a try from Maxwell into the corner and some well-earned celebrations from the team. We had another player join us so we were now 8 against 8. Pleasanton were able to run another try in towards the end of the game and that was the final score.
For about half of the U8s on the field from Silicon Valley this was their first game, some of them had also only been to one practice. They all played remarkably well and it bodes well for the rest of the season.
We finished our day with a quick scrimmage game, U8s mixed SV and Cavaliers versus a mixed Dads team. Although the Dads played well they were overwhelmed by the sheer energy of the U8s who won with a quick try up the center.
A fantastic opening day and game against a well drilled and organized team. The Cavaliers were wonderful hosts and the U8s very much look forward to playing there again soon.
U10 Open and Light
What a wonderful weekend of rugby! The U10s did a great job in their first games of the season. It can be the toughest game of the year but this team showed us they were ready for it.
The first game against Pleasanton's Light side was well matched. Our team came out strong and scored several tries. Will, Theo, & Ben were some of our try scorers for the match. Thomas & Chance did well with tackling and Lewis & Adam did a great job covering the wings. As well as they played, it was also an opportunity for us coaches to see what we still need to practice. Well done, U10 Light.
Man of the Match for the Light game:
The Open Match was the toughest game of the day with Pleasanton outweighing us and having more experience. The first half was very one sided with Pleasanton scoring several unanswered tries. The second half was more even with our team scoring several tries and playing better. Andrew, Tyler, & Adam were a few of our try scorers. Way to finish strong.
Man of the Match for the Open game:
We would also like to congratulate David Brook for picking up the referee whistle and doing a good job for his first match.
U12 Open and Light
It was a beautiful bright sunny day in Livermore, a bit crisp in the morning but as the sun rose in the sky it warmed up quite a bit. A great day for rugby overall. Our U12 coaches are very excited about our crop of young ruggers, this year's team we have quite a few returning players (most of which are newly up from U10s) with a few new players to complement the side. The Cavaliers had an extremely capable side of "light" players, and a true "Open" side, where all of their players were greater than 100lbs. The harder they come, the harder they fall.
We began the match, spreading the ball, and linking up several passes. We lost the ball quite a few times in the ruck. We will continue to work on the skill necessary for successfully winning a ruck. We saw excellent tackling from some of our veteran players such as Scotty, Wade and David, and from some of new players including Devlin and Maverick, great job boys. Congratulations to our players of the match: Paddy (Backs) and
Our "Open" match was a tough match against a bigger and more experienced side of Cavaliers. To try and help even things out we borrowed front row players each half, (thanks Addison and Max! and later in the match the twins at lock, who were excellent at the breakdown and could carry the ball). The Cavaliers went out to an early lead, They were well drilled at the breakdown (rucks) and could run and pass. We had a few excellent rucks, and a great defensive goal line stand. We had a try taken from us by a quick whistle by the ref, if he had played advantage, it would have been a try. Congratulations to open players of the match: Wade (backs) and
The coaches were very proud of the teams, they played well during the match, and listened to the coaches during the match. They did not get discouraged, even when were were losing by a large margin, they remained positive and encouraged each other on the pitch.
SV middle school showed up on a nice pitch in great weather ready to play a well drilled team. In true rugby spirit, Pleasanton offer three players to make it a full fifteen on fifteen. Coach Larry had asked our team to concentrate on two goals
1. Rucking hard and creating at least four consecutive phases; and,
2. Tackle physical with shoulder- i.e. do not let them run through our middle.
Our forwards quickly proved coach had set the first goal too low by stringing many multi-phase attacks in the first half with strong showing from Captain Nick and Isiah both running and rucking. Eashan and Eliki showed no fear in running the ball in their first ever rugby game. In the backline, Sam volunteered to be my runner and did a fine job at a new position and Gunnar showed his speed with some great runs. The first half ended without team down 4 tries and our fitness showing.
While the second half score was even larger as Pleasanton was able to put an additional 6 tries down, we got to see some skill play from Arthur that really showed the value of a good ball off the scrum and some great tackling from Carson on the wing. A special thank you should be given to the U12 play Chuck for stepping up and doing a great job adding to our numbers.
Our forwards did show their fitness needs work as ultimately we lost two tries through the middle, but they did manage to put together a few beautiful multi-phase attack (one that I counted 8 rucks). We were all happy to see Jack get us on the scoreboard with the first try of the season. Ben demonstrated the next goal of passing in the tackle and Wyatt shoed Pleasanton that he cannot be tackled by one player. Congrats to Nick and Carson for winning the man of the match, and Nick for winning “Rucker of the week”
Our youth sides participated in three Northern California Youth Rugby Association's (NCYRA's) Summer Seven's Series in Dixon, and one Pleasanton Seven's Invitational. We played well throughout the summer at all levels, and showed the rest of Northern California rugby that although we were a smaller club from the South Bay, we were a club to be reckoned with.
The highlight of SVRFC's summer was our Under 10 (U10) program. Our U10's showed a lot of heart in NCYRA's Seven's Championship weekend. They were a small team composed of youngsters with a variety of experience: 5 years of rugby, to the first summer of rugby. All the lads played that day with the heart of a 30 year veteran.
They came out on the top of "easier" pool play at mid-day, moving on to the elimination rounds. In a closely fought match with Danville's open side (open weight), our young ruggers prevailed and moved on to the Championship Match. A big strong San Mateo open side came out fast and fierce, defeating our boys in a very physical match. It was a hard loss for the young lads, but a great learning experience and it was wonderful for the coaches and families to see the progress the kids had made since the beginning of the summer. Many of this summer's U10 side will move up to U12s. We're excited to see what will come of them in the future. Eagles (or Irish, French or Mexican Nationals) in the 2024 Olympics?
We can't wait for the winter season! Register soon, and we'll see you on the pitch!
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