Tag: nawira sevens

  • Caravelli Unveils new USA Sevens Side

    <font color="#FF0000"><strong>United States coach Al Caravelli has chosen a 22-man squad for an eight-day selection camp ahead of the Wellington and San Diego legs of the International Rugby Board ( IRB ) Sevens World Series.</strong></font><br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/USA Rugby_01.jpg" align="right" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="104" height="104" alt="" /><br /> <em>Caravelli will select a final squad of 12 over the course of the camp, which kicks off on 19 January. The selection will be based on fitness, defensive ability and form assessments.</em><br /> <br /> The camp will provide Caravelli with a chance to work with a number of new players - Corey Blair (Huntington Beach Unicorns), Troy Hunt (White Plains), Mike Hicks (San Diego State) and Nicholas Hawkins (OMBAC) - who showed potential in the US's Rugby National Guard Men's All-Star Championships in December.<br /> <br /> However, the cream of Caravelli's new crop is Austin Sage, of Red Mountain, who performed well at the last Under-19 Camp.<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> "Even though he is only 18 and has only been playing rugby for a few months, he is athletic, quick-footed, strong and has the pace we need in Sevens," Caravelli said.<br /> "I'm really looking forward to seeing him perform during the week. If he works hard and puts in the individual time that our current squad puts in, I can see him making one of the traveling squads this year." </p></blockquote><br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> The other 18 players on the camp all attended the last assembly of the US Sevens squad ahead of the IRB Sevens World Series tournaments in Dubai and George, with two exceptions - Owen Lentz (Maryland Exiles), and Jason Pye (Park City Haggis), who are injured.<br /> <br /> The rest of the squad includes Todd Clever (OMBAC), Thretton Palamo (Biarritz), Mark Bokhoven (Denver Barbos), Riaan Hamilton (OMBAC), Nic Johnson (Denver Barbos), Matt Hawkins (OMBAC), James Gillenwater (Santa Rosa, Argentina), Clint Whittler (Arkansas State), Dallen Stanford (Belmont), Nese Malifa (Belmont), Chris Wyles (OMBAC), PJ Komongnan, Justin Boyd (Texas A&amp;M) and Mike Palefau (Petrarca).<br /> <br /> Noticeably missing from the pool are Jone Naqica (San Francisco Golden Gate), Tui Osborne (OMBAC) and Vili Matanibukaca (Old Puget Sound) - who are recovering from injuries.<br /> <br /> Caravelli expects them all back for the squad's assembly ahead of the Hong Kong tournament in March.<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> "This is a very young squad but has a good mix of experience in the likes of Clever, Hamilton, Wyles, Palefau, Gillenwater and Stanford," Caravelli said.<br /> "Those guys are our most active capped Sevens players. They have a tremendous amount of leadership qualities and an ever growing tenacity to win.<br /> "I know all the boys have been putting in the individual hard work that we now expect from every one of our athletes and our staff," Caravelli added.<br /> "Everyone has logged a lot of hours preparing for this assembly. We haven't won a game on day one of Wellington in the last five years and we want to build on our performances from George.<br /> "We aren't working on anything special or any secret formula, just the basics, tightening up our defence, being able to finish our breaks and controlling the ball at the point of contact. Those are our goals for Wellington." </p></blockquote><br /> <br /> Caravelli will be holding "tryout" Sevens matches on January 24 and 25, which will pit the top players against one another.<br /> <br /> Outcomes from these matches will directly affect who will make the next squads.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.planet-rugby.co.za/Story/0,18259,3551_3060946,00.html" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Planet Rugby</strong></font></u></a>

     
  • Trinidad: Northerns retain Rugby 7s Title; Omitted from International

    <br /> <font color="#FF0000"><strong>Stag Trinidad Northerns retained the National 7s Rugby title Sunday but will not take part in the forthcoming Carib-sponsored International Rugby 7s tournament, scheduled for December 1 and 2 at the St Mary’s College Ground, Serpentine Road, St Clair.</strong></font><br /> <br /> Six teams, minus Northerns, the Marcus Minshall Cup winners, have earned the right to contest the international tournament.<br /> <br /> Their omission came following a decision by the team’s management to skip the Classic Caterer’s 7s competition recently in Marabella.<br /> <br /> A release yesterday stated that clubs must participate in all rugby 7s tournaments sanctioned by the Trinidad and Tobago Rugby Football Union (TTRFU) if they are to be eligible for the International 7s play-offs.<br /> <br /> But on Sunday the team showed why they are national champions by defeating archrivals Caribs in the final 26-14 at the Serpentine Road Ground. As expected the men in the familiar blue and white strips enjoyed most of the possession with the Llewellyn Barrow Memorial Trophy at stake.<br /> <br /> Harvard which placed fifth at the national 7s championship have replaced Trinidad Northerns for the International 7s draw.<br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> The other teams will consist runner-up Caribs, Royalians who finished third, and automatic qualifiers Tobago Rugby Club which ended fourth. Meanwhile Rainbow also retained their national rugby 7s Under-19 title by virtue of whipping Harvard 28-nil in the final.<br /> <br /> The young Rainbow men dominated the proceedings from start to finish to earn the crown and the bragging rights that goes with it.<br /> <br /> In the Women’s division Royalians and Caribs shared the title as both could not pull off a win in the final.<br /> <br /> The hard-fought encounter finished all at 12 and therefore a decision will be made by the TTRFU on which team will contest the international tournament.<br /> <br /> The Rainbow senior team, which were considered a favourite to win the competition, arrived late for the opening game and could only muster a 12-12 tie in a Pool “A” encounter against Eastern Graduates. Having won the Police 7s tournament on two occasions and finishing as runner-up in the Classic Caterer’s championships, Rainbow got the better of Eastern Graduates 37-5 to claim the ninth spot. <br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.newsday.co.tt/sport/0,68775.html" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>T&amp;T Newsday</strong></font></u></a>

     
  • Guyana: Adonis seeks business support for men's rugby team

    <font color="#FF0000"><strong>President of the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) Noel Adonis has made a call to the local corporate community to offer support to Guyana's rugby efforts since the local men's side is likely to represent the region at the World Cup Sevens championships in 2009.</strong></font><br /> <div align="center"><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/german.jpg" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="300" height="200" alt="" /></div><br /> Adonis was speaking at a dinner over the weekend arranged by German's Restaurant at New Market Street to honour the Guyana men team's success at the just concluded NAWIRA (North American, West Indies Rugby Association) Sevens championships in the Bahamas.<br /> <br /> Guyana retained the men's title at the tournament which attracted 12 teams from North America and the Caribbean; the Guyanese had also won the tournament in 2006.<br /> <br /> He said the business community should follow the lead of the Urling brothers Clint and Hubert who offered to host a dinner for the players in appreciation of their achievement.<br /> <br /> "We need to see more support forthcoming from the business community," Adonis said.<br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> He remarked that the team is gearing itself for the challenges ahead and called on the players to stay focused.<br /> <br /> Recently, President of NAWIRA Guyanese Christopher "Kit" Nascimento called for more government assistance.<br /> <br /> According to Adonis, the winners of next year's NAWIRA tournament will represent the region at the World Cup Sevens championships in Dubai in 2009.<br /> <br /> Guyana defeated Jamaica 7-5 in a hard-fought final and had victories over Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago, USA South, Turks and Caicos, Barbados and Mexico.<br /> <br /> Five Guyanese players Albert La Rose, Claudius Butts, Theodore Henry, Dane Parks and Richard Staglon were also named to the West Indies team to continue training for a possible tour to San Diego, USA early next year.<br /> <br /> The players are expected to travel to Trinidad and Tobago this weekend for a try-out for possible selection on the West Indies team.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.stabroeknews.com/index.pl/article_sports?id=56533984" target="_blank"><u><strong><font color="#0000CC">Stabroek News</font></strong></u></a>

     
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  • Teamwork key to Guyana's Sevens success

    <br /> <font color="#FF0000"><strong>Teamwork was the hallmark of the Guyana men's team's success at the NAWIRA (North American, West Indies Rugby Association) Sevens championships which was played last weekend in The Bahamas, coach Sherlock Sam told Stabroek Sport yesterday.</strong></font><br /> <br /> Guyana retained the men's title but the women's side failed to record a win at the regional rugby event which attracted a number of teams from North America and the Caribbean.<br /> <br /> Solomon said that the teams had come fully prepared to challenge Guyana for the crown they won last year but he said his men were equal to the challenge.<br /> <br /> "The players stepped up to the plate and it was all round performance and teamwork that helped us to win again, the coach said.<br /> <br /> Guyana defeated Jamaica 7-5 in a hard-fought final, after both teams had shown their intention of being the teams to beat in the preliminary rounds.<br /> <br /> The Guyanese had earlier beaten Martinique in the semi-finals 17-5 and got the better of Trinidad and Tobago 24-14 and USA South 17-7 on Sunday while a day earlier they disposed of Turks and Caicos 26-4, Barbados 29-0 and Mexico 26-5.<br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> Five Guyanese players Albert La Rose, Claudius Butts, Thedore Henry, Dane Parks and Richard Staglon were named to the West Indies team to continue training for a possible tour to San Diego, USA early next year.<br /> <br /> Solomon disclosed that 14 West Indian players from the 21 called up will travel to Trinidad and Tobago next weekend for a three-day training Camp.<br /> <br /> Solomon also had high praise for rookies Parks and Peabo Hamilton, who were on their first tour, "they were outstanding and adjusted quickly under the circumstances," he said.<br /> <br /> "We were expecting a tough tournament and it was extremely tough only our first game was easy but all the others were challenging," the coach lamented.<br /> <br /> Guyana's women's team found the going rough against their more experienced opponents and lost all their matches.<br /> <br /> Lawrence Adonis, the women's coach said that the girls played well on the first day and stood up well against USA and Canada, but faltered on both occasions.<br /> <br /> According to Adonis, the Guyanese were leading the USA for most of the play in their first encounter but the Americans won on the last play of the match.<br /> <br /> The Guyana women's team lost 10-24 to Canada, 5-7 to the USA Development Eagles, and 0-10 to Jamaica in the first round Saturday.<br /> <br /> On Sunday, they lost 0-24 to the USA, 0-38 to Canada and 0-12 to Jamaica.<br /> <br /> "We were always in the game against our opponents but just could not find the try line, we have to do more with our ground play and that is an area we will need to concentrate on more in the future," said Adonis.<br /> <br /> He identified Captain Carrin Carter, Laurel Anderson and Tricia Munroe as being the outstanding players.<br /> <br /> The Guyana contingent returned home on Tuesday night.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.stabroeknews.com/index.pl/article_sports?id=56533653" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Stabroek News</strong></font></u></a>

     
  • Davies wanted better performance from team

    <br /> <br /> <font color="#FF0000"><strong>The Bahamas' national coach Andrew Davies was not overly impressed with the team's second place finish at the North America and West Indies Rugby Association (NAWIRA) Sevens Tournament held at the Winton Rugby Pitch on the weekend. Davies explained that the lack of fitness caused team Bahamas to finish in the same position as it did at the 2006 NAWIRA tournament in Barbados.</strong></font><br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> "We were aiming to be in the Cup but we found ourselves in the plate final again. We were in the plate final last year and lost to Martinique in the last minute," Davies said. "Each time we play in this tournament we get a little better but at the same time the other teams are getting better. Other countries go away after tournaments like this and come back even stronger, so making a small improvement is not going to get you up the rankings, you have to make a big jump in order to get ahead.<br /> "The only thing that hinders us from getting the wins necessary to improve in the ranking is the lack of fitness. Just running regularly, easily cures this. The lack of fitness is the only thing that is holding us back," explained Davies. </p></blockquote><br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> On Sunday, The Bahamas loss 19-14 in a five-minute sudden death overtime against Bermuda. Before this final, The Bahamas dominated Barbados, thrashing them 34-5 in the semifinal. Devon 'Dan' Woodside led the team in that semifinal as he had two tries. Also, Duran Beadle, Jeremico Cooper, Jamaal Curry and Andrew Bodie all made one try apiece while Kevin Salabie made the conversions.<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> "We have three or four guys on our squad who know that until they reach those fitness marks, it is going to be difficult for us to really break through to the top level. However, there are a few guys out there who are playing extremely well. One of them is Jeremico Cooper. Throughout the tournament he went about his business very quietly, nonetheless made a lot of key plays when we needed them most. Also, Giovanni Rolle out of the Freeport Rugby Club made some fantastic tries. I know that he has caught the eye of some of the selectors that are here from the West Indies so that is always good to hear," </p></blockquote>Davies noted about the final.<br /> <br /> Davies also highlighted the importance of hosting a prestigious event of this kind successfully.<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> "There is someone here from the International Rugby Board (IRB - world's governing body for rugby) and they are going to assess how we did (The Bahamas Rugby and Football Union) as far as transportation, quality of our pitches and the overall administration of the tournament, but so far we have been getting pretty good marks. There is room for improvement but if the IRB is impressed enough they will allow us to host NAWIRA again next year." </p></blockquote><br /> <br /> Concerning the quality of the pitches, BRFU's President Chris Lleida underlined what had to be done to get the second field ready in time.<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> "In order to accommodate the tournament with 60 games being held over two days, we knew that it was necessary to get the second pitch refurbished and reconditioned in time to host the Sevens successfully. Of course there were times when we realized that there are things that were overlooked or forgotten. We got a lot of help from the business community and volunteers. Generally, we are happy with how everything went," </p></blockquote>explained Lleida.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.thenassauguardian.com/sports/313767070256112.php" target="_blank"><u><strong><font color="#0000CC">Dahalia Smith, Nassau Guardian</font></strong></u></a>

     
  • Post-Sevens - Message from the NAWIRA Director of Officials, Roy Harvey

    <br /> <br /> <font color="#FF0000"><strong>During the NAWIRA Sevens in Nassau last weekend the quality of play and the cooperation of the players and coaching personnel involved with all teams were beyond reproach.</strong></font><br /> <br /> <em>This was reflected by the attitudes of players throughout the event. They should all be commended for the excellent conduct displayed.</em> <br /> <br /> The very few comments made were done so in a calm and positive manner; the vast majority of which being complimentary. On a number of occasions coaches took the time to demonstrate their approval of the efforts of the match officials, and this was well appreciated by all concerned. <br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> This is not to say that match officials performed perfectly; errors were made. But such errors were attended to by the referee advisors on an on-going basis and were not repeated. The three advisors - Alan Biggs, Dennis Dwyer, and Bob Showan - worked diligently throughout both days and I thank them sincerely for their tireless contributions. <br /> <br /> Furthermore, the high degree of team effort on the part of all officials contributed much to the standardized application of the Laws, including consistency of verbal communication with all teams. The above being written, the success of the tournament may be measured by the degree of satisfaction of the players and their coaching staffs -<br /> and I believe the event was a great success.<br /> <br /> <em>Roy Harvey, NAWIRA Director of<br /> Officials</em>

     
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