3:13 pm - Sunday December 17, 5150

The Heat Is On For Glendale

The last of three West Rugby Union (WRU) 7s qualifiers will be played this Saturday, July 21 at Dicks Sporting Goods Arena, Denver, Colorado. Glendale RFC’s 7s team will have to lay it all on the line in order to finish 1st or 2nd at the tournament. This would secure them one of two spots available for the USA Senior Men’s 7s National Club Championships to be held in San Francisco from August 10-12, 2012.

At the conclusion of the second 7s qualifier held in Kansas City, MO. two weeks ago, the league standings for the WRU were as follows:

1. Denver Barbarians 7 pts
2. Kansas City Blues 6 pts
3. Woodlands Exiles 6 pts
4. Glendale RFC 6 pts

A tournament win is worth 6 points to a team while 2nd place is worth 4 points. Third place is worth 2 points and there is 1 point for finishing in 4th place. In order to finish either first or second on the league standings, Glendale will therefore need to finish 1st or 2nd at the tournament. The Denver Barbarians are hosting the tournament and are favorite to win the event.

“It is a very interesting position we find ourselves in,” said Head Coach of the GRFC 7s program, Andre Snyman. “We started the season with a number of guys on the team who had never played 7s at a competitive level – they had only played social 7s.

“It was a concern to begin with but the senior players stepped up and led by example which helped the novice players adjust much quicker,” added Snyman.

“As the season has progressed, so the team has gained momentum. We finished 3rd at the first qualifier in Houston and 2nd at the second qualifier in Kansas City.”

The GRFC 7s team has been working extremely hard at practices and has been putting in extra training sessions in preparation for the tournament this weekend. The players are well aware of what lies before them and are making sure that they are as prepared as can be.

“The boys are determined to make it to the final which would ensure their spot at Nationals,” said Captain Dewon Reed. “We know that as long as our defense is solid, we will achieve our goal.”

Reed continued by saying, “We are playing as a cohesive unit which is why our results are improving with each tournament and I believe that as long as we stick to our attacking pattern, the results will come.”

The schedule for Saturday is not available as yet. However, as soon as game times are published, they will be posted on Glendale RFC’s website and on Glendale Raptors Rugby Facebook page. Results from all the Glendale RFC 7s games will be available on our Facebook page too.
The final team of 12 players will be chosen from the following squad later this week:

Botkin, Samuel
Fa’amausili, Iniki
Garey, Brian
Kempton, Dallas
Kindel, Richard
Malifa, Valenese
Moaalii, Stan
Pauga, Justin
Pauga, Zac
Reed, Dewon C
Scott, Spencer
Spaur, Bryce
Statler, Maxwell
Trublet De Nermont, Jean-Claude
Winbush, Bradley

Head Coach : Andre Snyman
Manager : Craig Tarr

About Infinity Park
Infinity Park is a municipally owned sports, entertainment and event venue located in Glendale, Colo. The 16-acre campus comprises most of a four-block area next to the Cherry Creek shopping district, minutes from downtown Denver. Infinity Park includes a 4,000-seat rugby stadium, an expansive outdoor park, a state-of-the-art event center, a community fitness center and an elite athletic training facility.

About the Glendale Rugby Football Club
Glendale, Colo.’s rugby clubs include the 2011 national champion Men’s Division I, Men’s DII, Men’s 7s and Women’s Premier League teams, as well as affiliated high school and youth programs.

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