SFGG Women played the All Blues and, technically, won by forfeit. The All Blues were short handed, so brought in several WPL players. The result was a hard match which the All Blues won, 17 – 0. We played well, including another good game put in by Flanker TYRA NORLANDER. DELANEY CHAPMAN, playing at Number 8, was named Man of the Match.
The Women remain in 2nd place for the coming playoff schedule – stay tuned for details.
High School Varsity Gold played their final "Top 5" league game against Marin Highlanders on a warm sunny afternoon in Kentfield. Marin managed to keep the score close through two thirds of the game, but in the final third, SFGG demonstrated their fitness to stretch the final score out to 45-19. The team benefited from the return of Jeffrey Breisz at #9 from a shoulder injury.
Given the bonus point victory, SFGG are currently in the top spot on the league table, although McClatchy have the opportunity to tie SFGG on points in a make-up game this weekend and potentially win the tie breaker for 1st given their win over SFGG earlier this season.
As the team looks ahead to the Las Vegas tour over Easter, and then to the playoffs that start on 4/22. Special thanks to all the coaches for their hard work this season including Tony Wells, Wylie Ilalio, Kevin Dixson, Ruairi Murphy, Sebastian Ainslie and Kevin Cuadro.
JV needed to win this final league game to secure 2nd place on the "Top 5" table, which accounted for the energy and focus they displayed from the kick-off on a beautiful afternoon in Kentfield. The entire squad played very well together and are showing their dedicated team of coaches they are capable of playing some fine rugby.
Coach Jone Naqica had these comments - "We stuck to our game plan and executed really well in all phases of the game. It was nearly a perfect performance from the whole Team. We accomplished our Team Goals...which was to play aggressive defense, play with structure and attack with pace. Players that stood out were Prop Dalton, Lock Cathal, #8 Ian for their hard running and Defense. Scrumhalf Mark and Flyhalf Cormac manage the game with structure and tactical Kicking. Centers Sione and Jericho were dangerous in space with ball in hand and finishing pace to score. Fullback Conor was excellent in Counter attack and Defense."
Special thanks to the coaches who include Jone Naqica, Alistair Robinson and a band of former SFGG HS players including Eoin Sheeran, Nick O'Shea, Edmond Murphy, Michael Keane, Kevin Kohmann and Jack McNamara.
Our women continued their dominant play against the non-Life teams in the NorCal Division 2 league. San Jose’s Ange got an early (2”) score, but SFGG then got on the board with an ERICA EHARO try – the first of 5 that half. LINDSEY KINSLER narrowly missed the first conversion, but nailed the conversion after VALERIE ERNST’s first (of 2) tries. Next to touch down – LEX JOHNSON. The half ended with a 60 meter run ending a ROZ OKPARA classic.
After the break KEELEY SCHERER wasted little time scoring a converted try at 43 minutes. Before the game ran out, KINSLER found her rhythm and hit a long conversion for both SCHERER’s try, and for LAUREN WACK’s.
Tries by KINSLER, KRISTIN SHUM and SHO MARKUS and another by the San Jose flanker saw the final tally SFGG 58 – San Jose 10.
Next up – the All Blues, who won their game against Sacramento on Saturday. They and our team promise to provide a competitive game – come check it out,
By Austin Brewin
Both teams had been eager for this encounter between the league leaders. Life suffered their only loss to the undefeated SFGG Gold early in the competition. The game was played at an intense pace, with some outstanding defense by both teams. Just a minute after the start, VOLNEY ROUSE opened the scoring with a 35 meter penalty kick. Life got momentum after the restart, moved the ball near the SFGG goal and spent the next 7 minutes attacking from inside the 20. The SFGG defense stood firm and kept Life off the board. SFGG finally moved the ball down the field with DANNY LAPREVOTTE taking a quick tap on a penalty, hooking up with NEILL BARRETT who took a tackle forcing a holding on penalty – this taken by Wing PILA HUIHUI who advanced to the 5 meter line and it was Life’s turn to defend.
At the 15 minute mark, Northern California referee Tim Lew sent one of the Life backs to the sin bin with a Yellow Card for tackling a man in the air fielding a kick.
Life defended well for the next 6 minutes, but HUIHUI picked up a ball from a ruck and beat the defenders for a try in the open side corner. ROUSE converted to finish the scoring for the first half – but not the hard physical attack and defend for each side. Man of the Match AUKUILA PEPE UAISELE was key during this first half while the scrums were feeling each other out. He was able to turn difficult ball into attacking ball and keep the pressure on the Life defense.
When play resumed, SFGG kicked off and were able to regain possession. At 53 minutes, Scrum Half COLBY STEVENS fed replacement LANGILANGI HAUPEAKUI who brushed off the defending back and raced under the posts for 5 points. After ROUSE’s conversion, SFGG took a commanding lead 17 – 0.
The intense, defense dominated game continued – ROUSE intercepted a pass as Life was pressing and streaked down the sideline untouched to add another converted try at 60 minutes.
BARRETT made a noble attempt to keep a ball out of touch and in play minutes later – in so doing encountered several Life defenders, sideline people, AR John Coppinger and the Sheeran Field west side chain link fence. This all resulted in a Yellow Card – followed by another Yellow to HUIHUI at 70 minutes for hands in the ruck. Taking advantage – Life pressed their advantage and got on the board with a converted try at 79 minutes to end the scoring SFGG 24 – Life 7.
Coach NEILL FOOTE was pleased with the effort. “It was the best game we have had in 2 years. We played to our basic pattern, used our field position intelligently, and supported well. The defense was outstanding. Centers EAE OKUSI and SONE PONE shut down that lane, and we had men in position for every threat. Lock NICK GRASS took great advantage of the new Life lineout personnel to give us ab attacking platform. Also, having PILA IONGI return to fullback bodes well as we move toward the championship and beyond. TOM ROOKE and BRENDAN DALY will be back soon. All his fans will be pleased to learn that Coach GRENT WELLS is recovering from his torn bicep – out of the cast and following his rehab instructions as best he can.
We will continue to move players around, getting some time to rest and recover next week against EPA, then have Life again on the 15th (? At Cal Maritime Academy field?)”
SFGG Green 0 lost to SANTA ROSA 50
SFGG Green, 18 men strong, traveled to Santa Rosa to endure another loss in the widely disparate Division 1. The men were ready to go, but suffered from some poor tackling and disorganized defense on the perimeters. The forwards again played well and got into solid phase play, but the turnovers overcame and the talented Santa Rosa men had a good afternoon. CHANCE had a good afternoon, but not enough. Next week calls for another long day on the road – we travel to play the Sacramento Lions.
Men D1 Gold "A" 24-7 Life West,
Men D1 Green "B" 0-50 Santa Rosa,
Women 58-10 San Jose
High School v Marin: Gold W45-19, Silver W39-17, JV W64-24
By Austin Brewin
Saturday was our first real Spring day, and our players took advantage to record 5 wins against 1 loss:
Men D1 Gold D1A won 24-7 against Life West at Sheeran Field
Men D1 Green D1B lost 0-50 to Santa Rosa at their grounds
Women won 58-10 against San Jose at Sheeran Field
High School at Marin Highlanders:
Varsity Gold won 45-19
Varsity Silver won 39-17
JVs won 64-24
Next Up: D1 Gold @ EPA Razorbacks D1 Green @ Sac Lions
Women vs All Blue
High School Bye, then tour to Las Vegas over Easter