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Island sports: Alameda Rugby update

Submitted by on 1, March 8, 2011 – 12:01 amNo Comment
Ashley Hom runs through the Piedmont defense. Photo by CJ Ignacio.


The Alameda Islanders were shut out by a talented Danville team, 19-0, on Saturday afternoon. In a sloppy, heavily penalized game, Alameda committed repeat infractions and turnovers in their home loss. Forward of the game was awarded to Encinal High School’s Philip Castro and back of the game was awarded to Thurmond Thomas. The boys play Bishop O’Dowd at O’Dowd, at 6 p.m. Monday, March 14.

On the girls side, the Riptide cruised to a 20-5 non-league victory against a scrappy Piedmont team with only one game under their belts. Kalila Patete, Kathy Watanabe, Caitlin Reid and Michelle Foketi all scored tries. Foketi was awarded forward of the game, and Ashley Hom was awarded back of the game. The girls are on a bye next week, and travel to Humboldt the following week.

On Sunday, the boys and girls worked to fix up the field at Wood Middle School, demonstrating the commitment of Alameda Rugby to the city and schools of Alameda.

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 on to play all over the world, including Canada, Europe and Afghanistan. They have also joined college teams, including UC Davis and San Jose State. Because rugby is a club sport, players come from all across the Island as well as surrounding communities.

For more information, visit www.alamedarugby.com or find the team on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=61527989337.

Correction: Last week’s score report listed Rachel Fisi’iahi as scoring a try, which was actually scored by Michelle Foketi. We regret the error.


Philip Castro and Matt Goodwin make a tackle on a Danville runner. Photo by CJ Ignacio.


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