Friday, August 14, 2015
14 August, 2015
Stars Rugby 7s is making its debut at the presitgious Rugbytown 7s tournament hosted in Glendale, Colorado. The tournament features an international field of elite teams from the USA, Canada, Mexico and Caribbean and is noted for hosting the Armed Forces Championship as well.
A week of training commenced on Monday as the Stars summited Pike's Peak and hosted a touch rugby/HIIT session at 10,000 feet to adjust to altitude. The remainder of the week incorporated two-a-day practices, pool sessions, and classroom sessions as well as a scrimmage Wednesday morning with Air Force 7s, Atlantis Rugby and El Azul. Working on mental skills through biofeedback, EFT, yoga and meditation with Health & Wellness Coach Erica Black has added another layer to Stars preparations.
Tournament play begins on Friday, August 14th at the Infinity Park with pool play matches followed by additional pool play and quarterfinals on Saturday followed by semifinals and finals on Sunday. Pool play matches include the Bermuda National Team, the host Glendale Raptors and Upright Rugby Rogues from Canada.
The 2015 Stars Rugby 7s tour features many veterans from Australia's Central Coast 7s tour, Tobago 7s, Calgary Stampede 7s and the Las Vegas Invitational:
Sonny Adjei - Chicago Lions
*Ethan Baldino - Naples Hammerheads
*Daniel Cook - Arkansas Gryphons
John Corpuz-Jackson - Old Blue/Northeast Academy
*Kyle Granby - NYAC/Northeast Academy
*Jonathan Halter - Gainseville Hogs
*Garrett Jones - Oceanside Chiefs/OMBAC
Tom Kacor - Western Michigan University/Chicago Lions
Cal Randleman - Life West Gladiators
*Jojo Tikoisuva - Metropolis/Youngbloodz
*Antoine Turner - Life West Gladiators
*Cody Weber - Kansas City Blues
*Vaha 'Esikia - Las Vegas Rugby Academy/Rugby 12
*Joe Lippert - Palmer College
*Nemani Delaibatiki - unattached
*Erica Black - Erica Black Wellness, Seattle
Elizabeth Harrison - Denver, CO
*Liz Entwhistle - Fort Miami/W1823
*indicates Stars veterans of previous tours
Stars Rugby 7s would like to thank the following tour sponsors: Washington Irish RFC, Palmer College Rugby, Teliczan Construction, Optimum Health & Performance, Erica Black Wellness, All American Training Center, Paladin Sports, Rugby 12, and USA Rugby Club.
About Stars Rugby 7s: Stars Rugby 7s was founded in November 2013 with the mission of developing rugby 7s players in elite tournament settings. Teams compete in multiple high performance assemblies and international tournaments each year with a deep talent pool combining internationally capped 7s and 15s players, elite prospects, athletically gifted players new to the game of 7s, and crossover athletes. There is a major focus on recruiting players that lack regular exposure to high level coaching /playing opportunities due to geographic restraints and the lack of resources which varies greatly throughout the United States. While mostly US based, the Stars rosters include players from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK and welcomes any players committed to the team and rugby camaraderie. Tours have included the Las Vegas Invitational, Calgary Stampede 7s, Australia Central Coast 7s, Tobago 7s, and Atlanta 7s with numerous championship appearances and titles won.
Posted by Liz Entwhistle at 10:23 AM