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MetroSports Magazine

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2017 NY Rugby Sevens Randall’s Island Park New York City


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4 Welcome from NYC’s Mayor Greetings NY7s from Bill deBlasio 5 Tournament Hosts The New York Rugby Club 6 The NY Rugby 7s Tournament A 59 year tradition 7 Randall’s Island NYC A rich history of sports 8 Participating Teams 2017 NY7s participants 10 Women’s Divisions Social, Club, Premier 14 Men’s Divisions Social, Club, Premier 18 High School Teams From the U.S. and Canada 22 College Teams 26 Two Generations of Champions 28 Focus on Stony Brook University

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New York Rugby Club

The New York Rugby Club (NYRC), hosts of the NY7s Tournament, was founded in 1929 as the New York Nomads the NYRC is the oldest rugby club in America, becaming the NYRC in 1957. The NYRC currently fields both men’s and women’s 7s and 15s teams at the high school, adult, and alumni levels.

2017 New York Rugby 7s Tournament On November 25th, New York City’s Randall’s Island came alive with over 2,000 athletes, representing 139 teams from across the United States and abroad, competing in the 59th Annual New York Rugby 7s (NY7s) Tournament. Hosted by NYC’s own New York Rugby Club, the NY7s is the nation’s oldest and largest single-day Rugby 7s tournament getting its start in 1958. The history of the sport of Rugby Football dates back to the early 1800s when the codes of Rugby Union were first developed in England. Some sources trace the origin of the sport back to a 16 year old named William Webb Ellis who, in 1823 as a student at the Rugby School, ignored the rules of the soccer-like game of football at the time, and ran with the ball rather than advancing it with a kick. The Rugby School, founded in 1567, is still in operation today in the market town of Rugby, Warwickshire, England.

Rugby 7s, a variant of the original game of Rugby Union, dates back to 1883 in Melrose, Scotland and has grown in popularity becoming one of the most recent additions to the Olympic sports, first introduced at the 2016 Rio Games. As opposed to Rugby Union which is played with 15 on-field participants on each team, Rugby 7s is played with only seven on on-field participants per team. It is also a much faster game, typically played in two seven-minute halves, rather than the 40 minute halves of the Rugby Union style of the game.

Above: Randall’s Island Rugby Field under NYC’s RFK (Triboro) Bridge.

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Randall’s Island, NYC

Home of the New York Rugby 7s Tournament


ew York City’s Randall’s Island is not only the site for the New York Sevens Rugby Tournament, but it is also a well-known NY Metro area mecca for sports of all types. Randall’s Island has served as the home for New York’s first professional soccer team, the NY Cosmos on which international soccer star, Pele, played. In 1936 in front of an audience that included President Franklin Roosevelt, Jesse Owens qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team with a victory in the 100 meter dash at the Randall’s Island Olympic Trials and went on to win 4 Olympic Gold Medals at the 1936 Berlin games. Jesse’s victory was reenacted in 2004 by U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Justin Gatlin to celebrate the opening of the island’s Icahn Stadium and recapture a bit of Randall’s Island history. On May 31, 2008, six time Olympic Gold Medalist, Usain Bolt, set a new world record for the 100 meter dash, also in Icahn Stadium. The history of Randall’s Island in NYC dates back to 1637 when Dutch Governor Wouter van Twillin purchased it from the Lenni Lenape tribe of Native Americans. Since that time, the island has been used for a number of purposes including a Civil War veteran’s rest home, burial ground, a juvenile delinquent detention center and various medi-

cal facilities. In 1933, by act of the New York State legislature, Randall’s Island was designated a recreational facility. New York City Parks Commissioner and builder Robert Moses oversaw the construction of playground, ball fields, and a sports stadium, originally known as Triborough Stadium and then as Downing Stadium and which was replaced in 2002 with the modern Icahn Stadium. The lights used at Icahn Stadium to light the field were taken from the old Ebbets Field, the former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers prior to their move to L.A. Back in the days when baseball was a segregated sport and before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, the Black Yankees of base-

ball’s old Negro League played their 1938 season in Triborough Stadium on Randall’s Island although most of their home games were played at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Also calling Triborough Stadium their home field were one of New York’s earliest professional football teams, the New York Yankees of the old AFL. Triborough Stadium was renamed Downing Stadium in 1955 and, in 2002, was torn down to be replaced by Icahn Stadium in 2004 and which is still in use on Randall’s Island today. Although the NY7s moved to Randall’s Island in 1967 the NY Rugby Football Club has been using the Island since the 1930s.

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2017 NY7s Participating Teams High School Boys Academie de Rugby Legion, Levis QC Aspetuck Valley Rugby, Reddington CT Berks High School Rugb, Reading PA EORU 1, Ontario CA Greenwich 7s, Greenwich CT Greenwich 7s V, Greenwich CT PEI U18 Boys, Charlottetown PE Play Rugby USA Academy, NY NY Rugby NJ, Rahway, NJ Rugby PA All-State B, Dow PA St Francis Prep, NY NY STL Lions, Richmond Hill ON Titans, QC Upright Rugby Rogues, Oakville ON High School Girls Atlantis U17 Girls 2, Lafayette Hill PA Eagles, Quebec QC EORU 1, Ontario CA Falcons, Quebec QC Faucons, Levis, QC PEI U18 Girls, Charlottetown PE PEI U18 Girls A, Charlottetown PE Play Rugby USA Academy Girls, NY NY Titans Limoilou 1, Quebec QC Titans Limoilou 1, Quebec QC Upright Rugby Rogues, Oakville ON High School Boys Premier Canadian Misfit Rugby-Red, Toronto ON Canadian Misfit Rugby-Black, Toronto ON CODP Boys, NY NY Equipe Quebec, QC Northeast Academy, Boston MA NRU Thunder Green, Niagara Falls ON Rugby PA, All-State, Dowiningtown PA Toronto Elite Reds, Markham ON Upright Rugby Rogues, Oakville ON High School Girls Premier Atlantis Girls U18 1, Lafayette Hill, PA Blaze, NJ Canadian Misfit Rugby-Girls, Toronto ON EORU, Ottawa CA Equipe Quebec, QC Northeast Academy, Boston MA Toronto Elite Reds, Markham ON Upright Rugby Rogues, Oakville ON U18 Women’s NS Keltics 1, NS

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Men’s Club Channel 4 Booze Team, NY NY Drexel University, Philadelphia PA Naughty Bears B, NY NY Ottawa Irish Rugby Club A, Ottawa ON Ottawa Irish Rugby Club B, Ottawa ON Pacific Island Warriors, NY NY Pelicans, NY NY R.C. des Trapanels, Sherbrooke QC Ste-Anne-de-Bozos RFC, Ste-Anne-de Bellevue QC Trenton Scar, Trenton NJ Village Lions, NY NY Women’s Club Aurora Barbarians, Toronto ON Barrhaven Scottish, Ottawa ON Eh!, Toronto ON New Haven Women, New Haven CT Nova Scotia Keltics, Halifax NS Scottsdale Blues Women’s Rugby, Scottsdale AZ Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke QC The Scoring Scouts, Toronto ON Village Lions, NY NY Men’s Collegiate Atlantis, Greenwich CT Ithaca College Bombers, Ithaca NY Bulldog, CT Molloy College A, Rockville Centre NY Molloy College B, Rockville Centre NY McGill University Rugby Football club, Montreal QC New Blue, Hamden CT Nordet Sans Brocoli, Levis QC Stony Brook University RFC, Stony Brook NY West Chester University, West Chester PA Women’s Collegiate Hofstra Women’s Rugby, Hempstead NY Ithaca College Renegades, Ithaca NY New Paltz Rugby, New Paltz NY Phenix, QC Royal Military College Rugby, Kingston ON Stony Brook Women’s Rugby, Stony Brook NY

Men’s Premier Beltway Elite 7s, Washington DC Cowrie Rugby 7s, Lagos Nigeria Equipe Quebec, Montreal QC Northeast Academy, Boston MA R.C.C., Sherbrooke, QC Schuylkill River RFC, Philadelphia PA Women’s Premier Equipe Quebec, Montreal OC Lindenwood University, St. Charles MO Northeast Academy, Boston MA Northeast Academy II, Boston MA New York Rugby Club Women, NY NY Scion Rugby Academy, Washington DC Village Lions, NY NY Men’s Social Ashbury Alumni, Ottawa ON Baltimore Hags, Baltimore MD Belgium Barbarians, Belgium Bytown Blues, Ottawa ON CRQ, QC Enfield RFC, Enfield NS Enfield RFC 2, Enfield NS FDNY Bravest Rugby, NY NY Godsquad, NH Gotham Knights RFC, NY NY Liberty 9410, NY NY MOB, Kosatica Serbia MOB 2017 New London CT Muppets United RFC, Montreal QC Naughty Bears A, NY NY New York Rugby Club, NY NY NJSP, NJ Nordet Brocoli, Levis QC Northern Dusty Dingos, Erin ON NYRC Old Stars, NY NY Pacific Island Warriors 2, NY Parco, Montreal, QC RCM Old Stars, Montreal QC Red Ruggers Fairfield University, Fairfield CT Rogue Samurai 13, MD Rugby Club Montreal 1, Montreal QC The Ammaretto’s Limes, Montreal QC TPS Blues, Toronto ON UL Rugby Mens, QC Wanderers, Montreal QC X-Cons-C’est Tout, Montreal QC

Women’s Social Amaretto Limettes, Montreal QC CRQ 4, Quebec QC Danbury Rugby, Danbury CT Gladiateurs, Gatineau, QC Long Island Women’s RFC, LI NY Lucky Guns n’Roses, Worcester MA Lumberjacks, QC Molloy Alumni, Rockville Centre NY NYRC Olde Love, NY NY Ottawa Irish Rugby Club, Mooresville NC Rogue Samurai Women, Hollywood MD Rugby Club Montreal F, Montreal QC Sherbrooke Femmes Fatales, Sherbrooke QC TPS Blues, Toronto ON Wandering Ravens, Montreal QC Waterloo Nuggets, Breslau ON

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Women’s Divisions Club, Social, Premier Canadian teams overwhelmed the competition in all three Women’s Divisions with Equipe Quebec capturing the Women’s Premier Cup Championship, the Nova Scotia Keltics claiming Cup victory in the Women’s Club Division, and the Ottawa Irish Rugby taking home the Cup Championship in the Women’s Social Division. Rounding out the winners in the Women’s Premier Division was Cup Runner-Up Scion Rugby team, the Plate Champion L.U. Rugby team and the Bowl Champion Northeast Academy 1 team. Finishing in the Runner-Up position to the Keltics in the Club Division was the Aurora RFC followed by the Plate Champion Sherbrooke Rugby and Bowl Champion Scoring Scouts. The New York Rugby Club’s Olde Love took the Runner-Up position in the Social Division, CRQ4 claimed the Social Division’s Plate Championship and the Sherbrooke Femme Fatales won the Bowl Championship.

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Above: Scottsdale Blues vs Scoring Scouts (Red Bowtie)

Above: Scion Rugby Club (Green) vs NY Rugby Club (Blue) Below: Ottawa Irish (Green) vs NY Rugby Club Olde Love (White)

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NY Rugby Club (Blue/Orange) vs N.E. Academy Elite (Blue/Blue) 12 | December 2017

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Men’s Divisions Club, Social, Premier Claiming the Men’s Premier Division Cup Championship for the first time was the Beltway Elite 7s from Washington D.C. Last year’s Premier Division Champions, Boston’s Northeast Academy was nudged out into the Premier Division’s Runner-Up standing. The 2011 Premier Cup Champions from Philadelphia, the Schulkill River Rugby team took home the Premier Plate Championship and Canada’s R.C.C. claimed the Bowl Championship. New York City’s own Pacific Island Warriors and Village Lions claimed the Men’s Club Division Cup Championship and Runner-Up positions followed by Canada’s R.C. des Trapanels team. In the Men’s Social Division, Europe’s Belgium Barbarians captured the Cup Championship followed by the Godsquad, Liberty 9410 and Parco with the Cup Runner-Up, Plate and Bowl Championships, respectively.

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Above and Right - Beltway Elite (Yellow) vs Quebec Men’s Elite (Black) 14 | December 2017

Above - D.C.’s Finest (Blue) vs Drexel University (Yellow)

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High School Teams Our Canadian neighbors from the north showed great strength in the High School brackets where the boys of the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union (EORU) captured the Cup Championship in the Boys High School Club Division and the Canada Misfits 7s Red took home the Cup Championship in the Boys High School Premier Division. Also bringing trophies back across our northern border were the Premier Division Plate Champions of the Toronto Rugby Union Elite Red team, the PEI Rugby Club Division Plate Champions, and the Canada Misfits 7s Black Premier Bowl Champions. More locally, Play Rugby USA CODP finished as the Premier Division Cup Runner-Up, Rugby NJ finished as the Club

Division Cup Runner-Up and Berks High School claimed the Club Bowl Championship. On the Girls side, the Canada Misfits 7s made it a trifecta in claiming the Premier Bowl Championship, the EORU Girls captured the Premier Plate Championship and finished as Runner-Ups in the Club Championship. Atlantis Rugby was crowned the Premier Division Plate Champions followed by the Upright Rugby Girls as Cup Runnerups. In the Club Division, the Falcons took home the Plate Championship and the PEI Rugby Girls, not to be outdone by the boys, brought the Bowl Championship trophy back to Canada.

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Above: PRUSA Girls vs Upright Rugby Canada

The 2017 New York Rugby Seven’s Tournament received sponsor support from: -The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office which proudly sponsored the Premier Division Teams -Rugby Imports, -The Liberty NYC, 29 West 35th Street, -The Australian Bar-Restaurant-Lounge, 20 West 38th Street, -Professional Physical Therapy, -Backline, -FlowRugby, -DBS Rugby Tours, -GET Sports Travel & Event Service,

College Teams Capturing the NY7s Tournament Cup Championship in the Men’s Collegiate bracket was the Bulldog Rugby team defeating the team from Atlantis Rugby in the Cup Finals. Other Men’s bracket champions included the Pelham Alumni Pelicans as Plate Champions and the Nordet Sans Brocoli team as Bowl Champions. The Women’s bracket Champions included Canada’s Phenix as Cup Champion followed by the women of Canada’s Royal Military College as Cup Runner-Up, Hofstra University’s Women as Plate Champion and Stony Brook as Bowl Champion, repeating in this position for the second year in a row..

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Ithaca College Bombers (White) vs Atlantis Men (Blue) MetroSports Magazine | 25

Two Generations of Champions Compete at the 59th Annual New York Rugby Sevens While MetroSports Magazine salutes the members of all 139 participating teams and congratulates the winners in each of the twelve tournament Divisions, we want to make special note of the Cup Championship winning team in the Girls High School Premier Division, Atlantis Rugby, and the Cup Championship runner up in the Women’s Social Division, the New York Rugby Club Olde Love. Not only do these two teams represent, respectively, the sport’s upand-coming young players and those of more longstanding veteran status, but they also included what is perhaps the Tournament’s only two-generation mother and daughter tandem, Lisa Huff Henrich of the NYRC Olde Love and Emily Henrich of Atlantis Rugby. Furthering the relationship between this unique duo and the NYR7s Tournament, the pair had previously made their appearance at the 56th Annual NYR7s Tournament in 2014 when they played together as members of the Olde Love.

team, the New York City women’s team that later merged with the NYRC. Lisa’s next appearance in the NYR7s was with the Championship Philadelphia team in 1994 and, closing the circle with daughter Emily, Lisa competed on the Tournament Champion Atlantis team in 1996.

With her parents both accomplished collegiate rugby players, Emily is making her own mark on the American rugby scene. She stands as a three-time Champion of the NYR7s Tournament, competing as a 9th grader, side-by-side with her mother, as a member of the 2014 Olde Love in the Women’s Social Divsion, and in both 2015 and 2017 as a member of the Atlantis team in the Girls High School Division. A standout at Orchard Park High School, Emily was selected to be a member of the Girls High School All American team powered by Atavus (GHSAA) which competed this past September in France against teams from England, Russia and Wales. Earlier in Continuing the bond between mother and daugh- the year Emily had been named to the AIG Women’s ter, Lisa had made her first appearance at the NYR7s Junior All-American National Team to compete in twenty-five years ago as part of the Gotham City the U20 Can-Am Series.

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Above: Mom, Lisa, bringing down an opponent Right: Daughter, Emily, advancing the ball.

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It’s a Busy Fall STONY BROOK

While the Women’s Rugby Team from Stony Brook University was busy capturing the 2017 NY Rugby Sevens Bowl Championship, their classmates on the Stony Brook Table Tennis Team were celebrating their performance in the 2017 NYC Regional Championship of the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association. The NCTTA Tournament, won by the NYU Violets, included teams from Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers, FIT, and Brooklyn College.

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