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Island sports: Alameda Rugby

Submitted by on 1, February 22, 2011 – 12:01 amNo Comment
Alameda Rugby’s girls team. Photo by John Reeb.

Alameda Rugby’s girls team defeated the Sierra Foothills team 20-0 in a muddy match in Sacramento. Kalila Patete (Holy Names) scored two tries, Sini Kolokihakaufisi-Gross (Alameda High) and rookie Kathy Watanabe (Alameda High) put up 1 try each. No conversions were made. Next up is a home game against the Davis Lady Blue Devils.

The boys team were defeated 28-15 in the league opener at Campolindo High against powerhouse Lamorinda in the frigid rain and hail. Peni Mesui (Island High), Mahlik Blake (Alameda High), and Philip Castro (Encinal High) each scored one try and no conversions were made. Next up is a home game against Archbishop Riordan High School.

In previous weeks, the girls lost to the 2010 National Champions Sacramento Amazons 51-5, with Elena Tran (Alameda High) scoring a try.

Alameda Rugby's boys team. Photo by Bajro Ponjevic.

The boys team lost in the preseason to playoff contender Bellarmine College Preparatory, 19-10, with Peni Mesui (Island High) and Mustafa Whitehead (Encinal High) putting up one try each. The week prior to that, the boys were defeated 31-10 by Piedmont in what was many players’ first rugby game ever. Will Colvin (Alameda High) and Ben Freeman (Encinal High) each scored one try.

Alameda Rugby in its modern incarnation was founded by students Steve Kettlehut, Rory Moore, Samantha Travis, and Cameron Stewart in 2002, with Jeremy Castro, Bill DeMar, Craig Stewart, Paul Berman, and Bill Travis as the first coaches. Alameda Rugby alumni have gone to play on for Super League teams, Canadian teams, Dutch teams, and also many different college teams, including UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara. Because it is a club sport, we pull from all over the Island and the surrounding communities. For more information, visit www.alamedarugby.com or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=61527989337.

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