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Repeat Finalists in Girls U19 Championships

Saturday May 16, 2009 in Women Youth

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May 16, 2009, Pittsburgh, Pa. – Following the first day of Girls’ Under-19 competition, the finals day pairings have shaped up in similar fashion to 2008. Defending champions Divine Savior Holy Angels of Milwaukee will again meet Cleveland-area’s Lakewood in an all-Midwest Championship final at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

DSHA started its day with a tough 10-8 win over a powerful Summit High School (Colo.) team, and muscled out a 17-5 win over Maryville (Tenn.) to advance to the final.

“I expect a tough match tomorrow against Lakewood; they’re a well-coached, fundamentally sound team that play an excellent game of rugby,” said Divine Savior Holy Angels Coach John Klein. “I know they will keep us on our back foot and we will do our best to counter that. We know how they play and they know how we play - it will be an all out battle tomorrow.”

Lakewood overcame a size mismatch against the aggressive Sacramento Amazons, eking out an 8-5 tally – just enough to emerge to the final against DSHA.

“Summit and Maryville gave DSHA two hard-hitting games today and they had to work to get to the finals,” said Lakewood coach Andre Bruwer. “They’re playing with a world of confidence, and with a lot of returning players, it will play as a strength. But, if any team can take DSHA, it will be Lakewood.”

In the remainder of the Girls’ Under-19 competition, West Caroll will take on Rutland in the 7th/8th place match when play resumes at 10 a.m. on Sunday.  The 5th/6th place contenders include Summit and Fullerton , which each finished the day at 1-1. Finally, the 3rd/4th place match at 11:15 a.m. will showcase the Sacramento Amazons versus Maryville .

USA Rugby National Guard High School and Under-19 Championships
Founders Field, Pittsburgh , Pa. - May 15-17, 2009

Girls’ Under-19
Divine Savior Holy Angels 10, Summit High School 8
Maryville 22, West Carroll 5
Sacramento Amazons 46, Fullerton Youth Rugby 5
Lakewood 22, Rutland Rugby Club 0

Consolation Semifinals:
Summit High School 14, West Carroll 0
Fullerton Youth Rugby 29, Rutland Rugby 0

Divine Savior Holy Angels 17, Maryville 5
Lakewood 8, Sacramento Amazons 5

- USA Rugby


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