Thursday, July 27, 2017
Mount Vernon Alexandria’s co-ed touch rugby teams reached the championships in all aged leagues on Sunday, July 23. The Pre-K/Kindergarten team played relentlessly to win the championship against Richmond despite being down a player for the entire game.
Alexandria Rugby had its best ever showing at the State Championships held on July 22 and June 23 at James S. Long Regional Park in Haymarket. Alexandria teams finished with two championships, and three other rankings.
“Every one of our players really showed their parents and coaches how tough and determined they are.” said Director of Alexandria Youth Rugby Owen Malone. “They never gave up and didn’t want to let their teammates down. We are all very proud and optimistic about Alexandria Rugby’s future.”
There was a tackle tournament held on Saturday in which the teams earned 3rd and 5th place.
However, once the 1st and 2nd grade team played in the championship game, they lost to a Loudoun and Western Suburbs team, which is known for being one of the oldest and best teams in Northern Virginia.
In the final and most exciting match of the tournament, the 3rd and 4th grade team was down by 11 points against Vienna at the end of the third quarter. With eight seconds remaining in the game, Alexandria scored seven points to win the Championship Cup by a score of 36-33. The team finished with a perfect 5-0 record in the tournament.
Girls or boys interested in playing touch or tackle rugby can visit www.alexandriarugby.org.