U19’s High Peformance Win Rocky Mountain Challenge, U17’s take 6th

“The Rugby Texas U17 and U19 High Performance teams traveled to Denver, Colorado for the 10th Annual Rocky Mountain Challenge All-Star tournament this past weekend. The U19 squad was dominant during the two day tournament winning the championship 7-3 over the reigning champions Utah. Texas defeated Minnesota 33-22, Arizona 41-0, and Wisconsin 29-10 in the games leading to the championship.

The championship game was a thrilling affair which went down to the wire, with Texas holding Utah in a goal line stand for the last 5 minutes of the match. Kingsley McGowan scored the winning try when he gathered a chip kick and ran through the Utah defense for the score in the first half. Daniel Metcalf (Dallas Jesuit), Paul Rogers (LSU), Dylan Carrion (Plano), Conor Mills (TAMU), and Liam O’Donnell (Katy) were named to the All Tournament team.

The U17 squad finished the weekend 2-2 (beating ERRFU and Florida) and played some extremely exciting rugby. They were extremely unfortunate not to win their third game due to a highly controversial call which resulted in a try being called off in a 8-5 loss to Heart of America. Irving Cruz (Katy) and Christian Ostberg (Stony Point) were named to the All Tournament team.”

The roster included Rugby Texas players born in 1991/1992 (U19) and 1993/1994 (U17)

Rugby Texas U17 HP Team Roster

Forwards
First Name / Last Name / Club
Collin Covington Woodlands
Chance Frank Plano
Dickson Garnett St. Thomas
Shane Heil Plano
Jacob Hoffman Plano
Tyler Norris Katy
Christian Ostberg Stony Point
John Poston Woodlands
Noel Quinn Woodlands
Andrew Rockafeller San Antonio
Jeremy Seligsohn Plano

Backs
Ben Chustz Woodlands
Dillon Cole Stony Point
Randy Cooper Woodlands
Irving Cruz Katy
Tommy Evans Dallas Jesuit
Shane Garza Alliance
Sebastian Gracia St. Thomas
Joe Kelly Grand Prairie
Bradley Luvender Katy
Joe Mcgelliott Woodlands
Paul Nieuwoudt Woodlands
Daniel O’Donnell Katy
Ryan Pierantozz Woodlands
Daniel Ryan Jesuit

Rugby Texas U19 HP Team Roster

Forwards
Jordan Allan Woodlands
Fernando Assing Katy
Ryan Bachman Univ of Oklahoma
Andres Baena Alliance
Joe Corpus Alamo Heights
Jason DeVilliers Katy
Ryan Kretchmar Woodlands
Michael Madrid Woodlands
Dan Metcalf Jesuit Dallas
Will Middleton Katy
Colton Pederson Woodlands
Paul Rogers Louisiana State Univ
Ryan Sullivan St. Thomas
Matt Whitehead Woodlands
EK Yancy Katy
Victor Zapata Alamo Heights

Backs
Aguilera, Erik St. Pius
Carrion, Dylan Plano
Dimmitt, Nolan Woodlands
Gutkowski, Will St. Thomas
Mason, Riley Katy
McGowan, Marshall St. Thomas
Mills, Connor Texas A&M
O’Donnell, Liam Katy
Pasbecq, Steven Plano
Saldierna, Mario Woodlands
Taylor, Zach Alliance
Wiggins, Tristan San Antonio

Final Standings for the tournament were:

2010 Rocky Mountain Challenge Final Results Under-17 Bracket:
1. Northern California
2. Minnesota
3. Utah
4. Wisconsin
5. Heart of America
6. Texas
7. Golden Gate
8. Eastern Rockies
9. Louisiana

U-19 Bracket:
1. Texas
2. Utah
3. Minnesota
4. Heart of America
5. Eastern Rockies
6. Wisconsin
7. Florida
8. Arizona
Women’s U-19 Bracket
1. Rugby Colorado
2. Glendale/SWARM

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