High Performance captures Lady Triton Rugby Sevens title
The High Performance women’s rugby club captured the very first Lady Triton Women’s Rugby Sevens Tournament championship with a 36-0 victory over the Para Todu club on Saturday at the University of Guam Rugby Field. The university’s Triton Athletics Department hosted the two-weekend tournament in conjunction with the debut of its first-ever women’s rugby team.
“This tournament brought a lot of excitement to the rugby community,” said UOG Athletics Director Doug Palmer. “We can hopefully hold two more this spring.”
The championship match was hard-fought by both teams, but the High Performance defense proved too much for Para Todu and the match on the scoreboard was a one-sided affair.
High Performance, whose team consists of multiple Guam national team players, went 5-0 during the tournament, allowing only one score.
In the semifinals, High Performance beat the shorthanded UOG Tritons team 31-0. The Tritons, down to six players after a team member suffered a concussion last week, managed better defense than their 42-0 loss to High Performance in last week’s qualifying match.
In the second semifinal game, the Para Todu club beat the Hybrids 17-5 in a match that heated up in the final two minutes as the Hybrids turned up the pressure on Para Todu.
With the Tritons vs. Hybrid third-place match cancelled following a Triton injury in the semifinals, team Hybrid, with a tournament record of 2-3, was declared the winner and third-place finisher.
Para Todu finished second place with a record of 3-2, and the UOG Tritons finished fourth place with a record of 0-5.
“This was a great start for the UOG Lady Tritons,” Palmer said about the university’s newest sport and the team’s first tournament. “We didn’t win any matches, but we learned a lot about the game and what we need to do to have a successful program on the island.”
Vina Terlaje of High Performance was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, with the following players named the All-Tournament Team:
• High Performance’s Olivia Elliott
• Para Todu’s Katie Mueller
• Hybrids’ Taylor Crisostomo
• UOG Tritons’ Katrina Penaflor
• High Performance’s Mariana Crisostomo
• Para Todu’s Makenna Greenlee
• Hybrids’ T’anna Dela Cruz
• High Performance’s Tori Starr
• Para Todu’s Aveah Garrido
• High Performance’s Kayla Taguacta-Chiong. (PR)