Photo by Rick Gustafson
The Eastern Rockies Rugby Union’s (ERRFU) Tenth Annual Rocky Mountain Challenge Rugby Tournament kicked off at the Aurora Sports Park Saturday morning with the Under 17 (U-17) round-robin pool stage.
Northern California dominated play in Pool A with wins over Wisconsin and Louisiana. The two victories advanced Northern California’s select side into the championship bracket to face Pool C winners Utah. Utah advanced to the U-17 semifinals by shutting out San Francisco Golden Gate and dominating Heart of America Rugby Football Union.
Minnesota and Wisconsin secured the final two semifinal bracket positions. Minnesota advanced by dominating Texas and shutting out ERRFU (Colorado) in Pool C. Wisconsin captured the final slot, despite going 1-1 in Pool A, by virtue of total points scored in their matches against Northern California and Louisiana.
|2010 Rocky Mountain Challenge|
|Under 17 - Saturday, June 19, 2010|
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C|
|Under 17 - Sunday, June 20, 2010|
|Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union (Colorado)|
|SFGG - San Francisco Golden Gate|
|HOA -Heart of America Rugby Football Union|
Texas and San Francisco meet in the first consolation round, as will Colorado and Louisiana. Heart of America’s 1-1 pool record earned them a first round bye in the consolation round Sunday.
In the U-17 division, nine select sides (equivalent to all state), representing their respective regional rugby unions from across the country, competed in three pools of three teams each.
The top four pool winners advanced to Sunday’s semifinals. The five teams not qualifying for the championship rounds moved into the consolation pool.
High school rugby, matches are typically played in two thirty minute halves with a ten-minute halftime. To accommodate rules limiting high school athletes to 90 minutes of play in a single day, tournaments where teams play two games each day, such as the Rocky Mountain Challenge, shorten halves to 27 minutes each.
About the Rocky Mountain Challenge
The Rocky Mountain Challenge is one of five regional tournaments in the United States where USA Rugby evaluates emerging players for its Elite High Performance Development System.
Selected players may have the opportunity to compete as part of the Under 20 and Under 18 USA National Teams.
Both teams will represent the United States in international competitions during 2010.