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A First in Club History!

For the first time in Kenmore Rugby history, all four teams were active on the same day. The middle school boys and girls traveled to Fairport for a 7's tournament, while the high school teams hosted Orchard Park.

Kenmore Rugby Club middle school players and coaches posing after playing 4/30/23
Kenmore Rugby Middle School players and coaches ponder what's next

The first RugbyNY Middle School 7's tournament of the season was a rousing success for everyone involved. For some, it was their first taste of contact rugby, and the kids from Kenmore excelled! The boys finished with a record of 2-0-1, falling to Fairport then beating Corning and Syracuse. The team was led by Josean Rodriguez, who scored a total of 5 tries. The girls tied Fairport before losing to Corning and City Honors, finishing 0-1-2 on the day. Rookie Marleigh Szymendera found the scoresheet 4 times!

"Going out there and being able to see their hard work pay off, that's what it's all about. The kids had a phenomenal first tournament, and we're excited to see them continue to grow." - Middle School Head Coach John Bressette

The Kenmore HS boys put together another complete game this weekend, defeating Orchard Park 92-10. James McNeil paced Kenmore with 5 tries, Javier Torres added three, Michael Greene and Tyler Gray scored twice, and Dylan Guarino and Nicholas Cash each added one. Avery Vogt was 11 for 14 on conversions.

The Kenmore Rugby Club High School Boys team gather at halftime of their match with Orchard Park 4/30/23
Kenmore Rugby HS Boys

The Kenmore HS girls lost to Orchard Park A 7-40 and tied Orchard Park B 15-15 in their doubleheader. Emma McNab scored once in each match. Emily Pytlewski and Maddie O'Malley added tries in the second match. It was a hard-fought day for the girls, who continue to show improvement.

"Playing against the three largest teams in the league in our first three matches is never easy, but these girls took it in stride and continue to improve each game. The strong competition has only brought them closer together. I'm excited to see what the rest of the season has in store!" - High School Girls Head Coach Rachel Noone
The Kenmore Rugby High School Girls players & coaches after their match with Orchard Park 4/30/23
Kenmore Rugby HS Girls players & coaches

All four teams are back in action on Sunday, May 7th. The middle school teams are hosting the next RugbyNY 7's tournament, while the high school boys host Fairport. The girls travel to Syracuse for a showdown with the Silver Hawks.


Founded in 2004, the Kenmore Rugby Club is WNY's oldest and largest youth & high school rugby club with over 100 active players in grades K-12.

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