Kenmore Rugby's high school boys team decided the best way to celebrate Senior Day was with a come-from-behind victory and a division title. So they did just that, scoring 21 unanswered points to claim the RugbyNY Upstate Boys Division title. James McNeil put the team on his back, scoring all four tries, and Senior Avery Vogt made the difference by going 3/4 on conversions. Trailing at one point 20-5, the team never doubted their chances of coming back.
"I'm incredibly proud of the team's composure and ability to adjust and improve their play as the match went on." - High School Boys Head Coach Mackenzie Doolittle
High School Girls The high school girls won their league match against Syracuse by a score of 15-5. Senior Emma McNab scored twice, and Maddy Greene added another. The team then took on the challenge of playing Iroquois Roots in a friendly, and was defeated 31-0. It was a good challenge for the team, as the Roots have built a strong program led by indigenous peoples of Canada. In all, it was a great day for recognizing the seniors.
Middle School Teams The middle school teams started the weekend on Saturday at McQuaid Jesuit for the second-to-last stop on the RugbyNY Middle School 7s circuit. The Kenmore boys went 2-0-1, the girls went 1-0-2, and the 5th/6th graders went 1-0-0. Cole Hirschfelt, Josean Rodriguez, and Peyton Barry each scored twice. Randy Schaus, Jake Giannantonio, and Marleigh Szymendera each added one apiece.
"Fundamentally, this was our best weekend yet. Looking for help, making passes, sealing rucks, talking to each other, it was all there. I'm hoping we can carry that into Syracuse in two weeks." - Middle School Head Coach John Bressette
Up Next... This Saturday, the high school boys look to finish a perfect regular season when they travel to Syracuse. The high school girls enjoy a well-deserved week off before playoffs on June 4th. The middle school series has a week off before traveling to Syracuse for the last tournament of the year on June 3rd.
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.