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WITH the warmth of the sun combined with clear skies, the University of Guam Field was the place to be this past Sunday as action in the Guam Rugby Seven’s Tournament kicked off.
According to league officials, the July tournament is meant to prepare all teams for a bigger scheduled tournament come August. Fans in attendance this past weekend got their fair share of hard-hitting and exciting rugby action as a total of five women’s and eight men’s teams brought their A-game on opening day.
On the women’s side of the action, all five teams were able to get a look at what each team had to offer as all teams got at least one game in.
In the first scheduled match, Para Todu Black made quick work of their opponents and cruised to a 42-0 shutout victory over Southern.
With games lasting 20 minutes, matches rolled on throughout the day with minimal breaks.
The second women’s match of the day pitted the Blue Comrades going head-to-head against Ziggy’s. Made up of mainly Notre Dame High School alumni, the Blue Comrades were able to squeak past their opponents to garner the 19-12 win.
Play on the men’s side was just as thrilling as several teams put on an early display of speed, strength and talent. In their first of two games scheduled for the day, Southside was able to gain their first win of the season after defeating GSPN 19-5.
In the early parts of the game, neither team was able to penetrate the other’s defense, keeping the game at a stalemate. However, Southside put the first points on the board after Joey Swatzell busted a move from midfield to the try line for a 5-0 lead. Moments later, Southside upped their lead to 10-0 after Gerard Aguon made his way through the GSPN defense and into the try zone. A successful conversion immediately afterward made it a 12-0 game. GSPN fought effortlessly for the remainder of the half and denied any other Southside opportunities to score.
Returning from the brief rest period, Southside picked up from where they left off and Joedee Reyes was able to carry the ball for another try. Reyes didn’t stop there as he converted a kick to give his team a commanding 19-0 lead.
Determined not to go home scoreless, GSPN found a way to end their drought with only minutes left in the game. Jacob Leon Guerrero posted five points on the board for GSPN after finding the try line for the score.
Rugby sevens action resumes this weekend with games scheduled on Saturday and Sunday.
- Para Todu Red shut out Halu’u 35-0.
- Para Todu Black shut out Da Doks 31-0.
- Young Guns defeated South Side Colts, 22-7.
- Da Doks defeated Para Todu Red, 19-10.
- GSPN defeated Halu’u, 24-5.
- Young Gunz defeated Para Todu Black, 22-12.
- South Side Colts defeated South Side, 14-10.
- Para Todu Black shut out Southern 42-0, (Women's).
- Para Todu Red shut out Southern 29-0 (Women's).
- Para Todu Black shut out Ziggys 15-0 (Women's).
- Para Todu Black and Para Todu Red finished with a 5-5 tie (Women's).