Island Sports: Alameda Rugby update
Under a bright sky in Concord, and missing several players due to food poisoning, the Alameda Boys battled valiantly against a larger and more physical Diablo Rugby team but came away with another loss.
After taking the lead 6-0 after two Jack Barbour (Alameda High) penalty kicks, Diablo was able to control the ball due to its dominance in the scrums as well as their physicality in the rucks. Alameda was unable to capitalize on good field position within the red zone, and simply could not stop the massive back line of Diablo. Peni Mesui (Island High) and Danilo Valle (Alameda High) were awarded forward of the game and back of the game, respectively.
The boys will finish off their season with a make-up game against De La Salle within the next two weeks.
The Alameda Riptide were idle this week, with a first-round playoff match-up against Elsie Allen next week. If the Riptide defeat Elsie Allen again, they will enter into the Final Four the following weekend at the Pacific Coast Invitational Tournament in San Jose. If everything turns out well for the girls at the tournament, a trip to nationals may be in the picture.
Finally, Alameda Rugby would like to send a big congratulations out to last year’s Castro Award winner, Amy DeSmidt, for helping to take her University at California, Davis team to the Sweet Sixteen tournament for Division I college women’s rugby.