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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Northeast Academy Name Teams For New York 7s

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The Northeast Academy 7’s sides are back in action on Thanksgiving weekend after allowing players in the system some much needed time to focus on their home clubs through Fall 15’s. Kicking off for the 57th time on Nov. 28th at Randall’s Island in New York City, the annual New York Sevens tournament event is the longest running Sevens tournament in the United States. This year’s event will be sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in NY (HKETONY).

The Northeast Academy specifically will field one team for in the Hong Kong Men’s Premier Division and two teams in the Women’s Premier Division. Northeast Academy members named to this event will be scouted closely by the organization selectors as potential players to be named on the following week’s Tobago 7’s touring roster and for the Las Vegas Invitationals in March of ‘16.

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In the Men’s premier division, the competition will be quite fierce as some of the Academy’s most familiar rivals will also be on hand. Schuylkill River, who had a promising go of it at Nationals last summer, the dangerous CT Bulldogs and Stars Rugby 7’s will represent the US contingent along with the Academy team. International flair will heat up the brisk weekend though too, as three clubs from north and south of our borders will guarantee that the entirety of North America is represented on the pitch. The Upright Rugby Rogues from Ontario, Canada, who were an integral part of Rugbytown 7’s in COLO this summer will make the trip south for another tune up. Representing the great white north alongside them will be Team Quebec, from Montreal. As promised, our friends to the south are also participating at Randall’s Island as Mexico’s National 7’s team will be on hand too. Mexico will be looking to assert itself as a potential inclusion in the World Series of 7’s by year’s end, so don’t sleep on any of the teams in this group.

For the women’s division, there are two Northeast Academy sides being named. Many of the 24 women on the Academy rosters will be showing their talents for the first time in a Northeast kit. They will be eager to prove their skills in cohort with those who were lucky enough to be a part of the team’s inaugural run at Elite City 7’s in August. The women too will have to put on their best against competition representing all three North American nations. Team Quebec and Mexico are both sending women’s representative groups along with their men. The competition doesn’t end there, by any means though. The vaunted 1823 Rugby Club will sending a women’s team to NY along with the Scion Sirens from Washington D.C. and the ever touring Stars Rugby 7’s group, which includes representatives from all over the US.

New York Sevens has become a great Thanksgiving Rugby tradition on the eastern seaboard over many years. It now includes ten divisions of competition including the elite groups highlighted above as well as Senior Club, Collegiate, Open Social and High School divisions for both men and women. As an added bonus, this year the event will be live streamed by Boxcast and Big Work Productions (link included below). It is absolutely a tournament worth checking out as a spectator or team representative alike.

http://newyorkrugbysevens.com/2014/11/watch-2014-premier-games-live/ Northeast Academy

Rosters for New York Sevens:

Men

1.Connor Wallace-Sims (OBNY), 2. Harry Higgins (OBNY) , 3.Johnphilip Corpuz-Jackson (OBNY), 4. Kyle Granby (NYAC), 5. Michael St. Claire (OBNY), 6. Nate Brakeley (NYAC), 7. Rick Kirkland (OBNY), 8. Sean McGarrity (CT Bulldogs), 9. Sam Sutera (UMass), 10. Wes Lillig (BIWRFC), 11. Cameron Apples (Columbia Univ.

Coaches: Dominic Wareing and Sean Horan

Women 1

1.Lucy Oswald (NYRC), 2. Rosalie MacGowan (NYRC), 3. Paige Stathopoulos (Boston University), 4. Morgan Roberts (BWRFC), 5. Amy Verdonik (University of Scranton & OBNY), 6. Danielle Walko-Siua (Notre Dame College & OBNY), 7. Miranda Wakimoto (BWRFC), 8. Tiana Stroughter (NYRC), 9. Sarah Buonopane (Beantown Rugby), 10. Deanna Nash (BWRFC), 11. Lisa Roselin (NYRC), 12. Kat Phelan (Beantown Rugby)

Coaches: John McGeachy and Tom Feury

Women 2

1.Amanda Ghannam (OBNY), 2. Claire Stingley (Beantown Rugby), 3. Ravyn Santiago (Life University & OBNY), 4. Margo Smith (Village Lions), 5. Alexandrea Hawkins (Norwich University & OBNY), 6. Francesca Sands (Norwich University & OBNY), 7. Tara Harten (Village Lions), 8. Lisa van Eerde (BWRFC), 9. Sophia Peduzzi (Beantown Rugby), 10. Tess Feury (Penn State & NJ Blaze), 11.Kat Ramage (Dartmouth & NJ Blaze)

Coach: Gary Lee Heavner

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