The sixth annual tournament was held by Great Falls Youth Rugby to benefit the spinal cord injury Adaptive Sports programs at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network on November 17. This event has great importance for Gary Coetzee, president of Great Falls Rugby who himself is a spinal cord injury survivor.
According to Great Falls Connection, “The event is a youth tournament for all age groups U7 through High School. A number of D.C., Maryland and Virginia youth, middle school and high school teams registered. The HS Varsity bracket was the most competitive, with teams from Gonzaga HS, Springfield, Maryland Exiles, DC Warriors, Vienna, The Roosters (Bethesda HS Club), Frederick Md., and a DC Barbarians team. The whole-day event, played across 3 separate fields at the same time in the village, hosted a total of 30 teams across the different age groups, and 48 games of rugby (7-a-side format). Busy day.”
The Club President said, “Thank you all so much for making our MedStar rugby tournament a huge success. It was probably our best year yet. Admittedly the milder weather helped: we’ve had terrible luck in the past, with all the hard work and generosity of ‘our family’ this one was a keeper!”
As per Great Falls Connection, “Special thanks go to Nando’s Restaurant in Reston who donated a huge amount of chicken, rice, and peri-peri sauce. Great Falls Youth Rugby is further grateful for the continued support of the community, including sponsors Cuisine Solutions and Indigo IT. All this participation, activity and support allows Great Falls Youth Rugby to make an annual, meaningful donation to the Adaptive Sports programs at MedStar. Congratulations to the Gonzaga HS boys for winning the Varsity Bracket, pipping a good Roosters outfit. Great Falls won the JV and U15 divisions, and the Western Suburbs group the U13.”