Gary Gold and his Men's Eagles team practiced in Fort Lauderdale, FL before journeying to South America for the Americas Rugby Championship tournament. On Saturday, Jan 26, Head Coach Gary Gold, Team Manager Chris Hanson, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Huw Bevan, flyhalf A.J.
Florida’s high School champion is going to be a little bit closer to being picked with the state semis this coming weekend.
After the regional playoffs produced two winners, the top two from each region play off in a crossover semifinal Saturday. Jupiter is at Orland and Jacksonville is at Cardinal Gibbons.
It's playoff time in Florida for Boys HS rugby.
Four teams from Region 1 and four teams from Region 2 will compete in two rounds to determine a Region winner. However, each region finalist still gets a shot at the state title.
The Region 1 seeds are:
Don't look now, but Cardinal Gibbons is 3-0 in Florida HS action.
The single-school team has beaten St. Thomas Aquinas, Boca Raston, and, most recently, West Pines to lead its league. It's a good start, said Coach Eric Aumann.
Here are the boys HS games for the weekend.
Check back for scores.
Watch out for Phoenix v Arrowhead in Arizona ... Phoenix has started well.
Gibbons v West Pines in Florida is a game of two undefeated teams.
In a result that was something of a surprise, given previous meetings between the two teams, St. Thomas Aquinas of Florida beat the Okapi Wanderers 27-18 to win the Florida Youth Rugby Boys HS state championship Saturday.
What's happening around the country in Boys HS Rugby? Time for a nationwide rundown:
The Florida state High School final will be a rematch of the South Florida regional final, as both the Okapi Wanderers and St. Thomas Aquinas teams won semis on Saturday.
Okapi Wanderers won the Florida Region 2 Boys HS championship Saturday, scoring on the final play of the game to edged St. Thomas Aquinas 26-24.
In a game that was certainly closer than Okapi expected, St. Thomas could not be shaken, and in fact led with time almost up.
The Florida HS playoffs continue this weekend after a day of surprise results last week.
In Region 1, Naples is at Orlando, and Westside is at Tampa. Those are region semifinal matchups that were decided a week ago. Tampa has beaten Orlando twice and Naples twice. Meanwhile, Naples and Orlando have not played each other, but Orlando has dominated in their pool.
The playoffs have arrived in Florida, with the various regions coming together in crossover matches.
The Tampa Krewe made something of a statement in Florida Youth Rugby action with a convincing 33-3 win over Orlando.
Tampa is now 6-0.
Fullback Nice Heikkinen was player of the game for Tampa, while senior and captain Stephen Walters was excellent on his goalkicking and led from the front.