Rugby Virginia Crowns HS Champs
Tuesday Jun 9, 2009 in Grassroots Rugby High School
Fairfax, Va. – Virginia high school teams braved the rain and a field change to challenge for their state championships this past weekend.
Field closures at the original location of South County HS in Lorton, Va. Meant the Rugby Virginia state championships needed to be moved to TC Williams HS, thanks to the support of City of Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille.
Finally the games could go on, and it was a good weekend for Western Loudoun of Leesburg, which swept both Boys D1 and Girls on the day.
The Western Loudoun girls were pitted against the Fairfax Police Youth Club (FPYC) girls U19. Western Loudoun opened the scoring with a try from hooker Hosna Shoja, converted by flyhalf Lara Hampson. Just before halftime, FPYC was able to tie the score at 7-7 thanks to scrumhalf Jenny Thai.
Western Loudoun took back the when Hampson touched down, and then survived the physical battle to win 12-7.
Western Loudoun boys and Springfield Youth Club (SYC West End) U19 were the Boys D1 State Finalists. Loudoun Valley senior Randy Mueller opened the scoring with a try converted by Eric Minor (7-0). Minor added a penalty kick to make it 10-0 just before halftime. SYC roared back in the second half with a penalty and then a converted try when scrumhalf Reagan Douglas zipped over on a quick-tap. That made it 10-10.
With a little more than one minute left and the score still tied, Minor slotted the winning kick; the lock forward also took home the MVP award.
In the Boys D2 Final, Peninsula Conference champs Menchville HS of Newport News faced the Northern Conference champions TC Williams of Alexandira.
TC was desperate to show its mettle in front of the home crowd, and opened the scoring right away with center Abu Kamara touching down. Kamara added his second ten minutes later to make it 14-0.
Menchville was able calm the tempo of the game, retain possession of the ball and make forays near the TC Williams goal line, only to be pushed back by a strong TC defense.
The score remained at 14-0 at half time. Menchville battled hard in the second half to get back in the game, getting tired in the process. Late in the game TC ran in two scores to seal the game 28-0 Kamara completed his hattrick while Brendan Burke added a try. Jordan Cardenas was good onm all four conversions.
DI Boys Final
Western Loudoun 13
Pens: Minor 2
Springfield Youth/West End 10
MVP Eric Minor, lock, Western Loudoun
Boys DII Final
TC Williams 28
Tries: Kamara 3, Burke
Convs: Cardenas 4
Menchville – 0
MVP Abu Kamara, center, TC Williams
Western Loudoun 12
Tries: Shosha, Hampson
Fairfax Police Youth Club (FPYC) 7
MVP Lara Hampson, Flyhalf, Western Loudoun
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