17th North American Underwater Rugby Tournament – Montreal 2017

Club Camo Rugby Sousmarin hosted the third round of the 2016-17 North American League UW Rugby Season with the participation of 8 teams from the US and Canada. Final Results HERE

Club Camo as the host club participated with 2 teams, while this event had the return to the NAL series of the first US west coast UWR club, the San Francisco Giant Sea Bass and a mixed Orphans team that included for the first time players from the Marquette Aquamen UWR Club (Wisconsin USA)

The  group seeding based on the previous NAL tournament ended up with the defending champion NUWR (USA), CAMO A, SF Sea Bass, and Toronto on group A.

Group B had the last runner up Boston Narwhals, New Jersey Hammerheads, Camo B and Orphans Team.

The tournament started with a solid victory from SF Sea Bass over Toronto by 9-0 and a strong game between NUWR and Camo A with the victory of NUWR 2-0. In the following games  SF despite losing against NUWR and Camo A, demonstrated a really nice and organized attack system that impressed the other participating teams.

On group B, the Boston Narwhals had straight victories 10-0 against all 3 opponent teams, qualifying as first of their group. The NJ Hammerheads second by winning their games over Camo B and the Orphans team.

The semifinals started with NUWR and the NJ Hammerheads both teams from Newark, NJ on which NUWR won the game with a solid 10-0 score which was not easy at the beginning since only after 5 minutes NUWR was able to score their first goal on the Hammerheads who started very strong but at the end ran out of air.

Camo A  met Boston on the other semifinal. The Canadian powerhouse with all their star players started strong but ended losing the game against a surprising Boston team that showed their solid improvement over the last tournaments. Boston beat Camo A by solid 4-0 and qualified to play the final game once again with NUWR on a third time in a row final match.

The game for third and 4th place had Camo A and the NJ Hammerheads. CAMO A started a strong game to secure the bronze medal over the 9-player NJ team that never gave up and despite being down on the score by 0-7 kept trying to play their best and got a last minute goal over Camo for a final 1-7 score.

On the final game NUWR and Boston met once again as in the previous two finals.

The current defending champion NUWR and the runner up Boston began with a very close and fast game that ended up with a 0-0 tie on the first half. The second half started and NUWR took an early lead 1-0 but Boston didn’t lose focus and quickly tied the game 1-1 by the half of the second half. The game turn dramatic on the lasts minutes with quick breakaways and counterattacks from both teams until a NUWR player received a time penalty and later on the Boston Narwhals took advantage of the extra player and scored for a 2-1 lead over NUWR. The game ended with Boston’s victory which became their first Gold medal on the North American League tournament series.

This 17th edition of the NAL tournament had the special collaboration of CMAS UW Rugby referees Kajsa Lindman and Manuel Tito de Morais, who kindly have been helping out in the latest league events.

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Kajsa Lindman and Manuel Tito de Morais CMAS UW Rugby refs

Club Camo as usual organized a superb tournament. Awards for the best team defense and best team attack was also given to Boston Narwhals.

After this round of the 2016-17 NAL Season NUWR leads the standings with 11 points from 2 first places and 1 second place. The Boston Narwhals get  closer to NUWR with 10 points in second place. CAMO A is in third place with 5 points followed by the New Jersey Hammerheads and Florida Krakens with 3 points each.

The following and last round of this 2016-17 season is scheduled for September 9-10 in Islamorada, Florida, hosted by Club Florida Krakens.

1st Place: Boston Narwhals

2nd Place: NUWR

3rd Place: CAMO A

 

16TH North American Tournament – East Haven 2017 Results

This previous weekend the East Haven Makos from Connecticut hosted the 16th edition of the North American Underwater Rugby Tournament. East Haven is a small city halfway between New Jersey and Boston two major hubs for underwater Rugby in the US and has serve several times as a meeting venue for US National team training (men, women and U-21 teams) East Haven was the host of the first attempt of a club tournament organized by Clubs teams rather than groups of random players back in 2006. The pool is kind of shallow but size in general resembles the European pools.

Nine teams met for the 2nd round of the 4 rounds scheduled for the 2016-17 Season of the North American league for UWR.

The defending Champion NUWR participated again with an A and B teams. The Boston Narwhals had most of their usual strong players and were prepared to give a good fight for the first place. Florida had their second participation in a row and were trying to improve their 3rd place from the previous round.  The New Jersey Hammerheads despite of the closeness to this pool participated with only one team with the goal of getting a better place than the 4th place from the last tournament. The host Makos got to put together a second team and participated for the first time with two full teams on a tournament being later the biggest surprise of the tournament. The NAL league this time opened the tournament to the emerging USA women team allowing them to participate individually with their own clubs and also as a USA Women’s team in a similar way the NAL League helped the U-21 team as they were preparing for the 2016 Open European U-21 Championship, All the clubs in the US have several women, but not enough yet to participate as a club team, which is the reason to help the US women’s team to prepare for the upcoming CMAS tournaments. An early start much needed if we want to improve their 2015 WC participation.

The nine teams were divided in two groups based on the previous tournament position. Group A had the Boston narwhals, Camo from Canada, the NJ Hammerheads, East Haven Makos B and NUWR B. Group B had the defending champions NUWR A, Florida Krakens, East Haven Makos A and USA Women team.

Group A finalist were Boston Narwhals winning all their games and the runner up CAMO which qualified on a close victory over NJ Hammerheads 3-2. Group B had as their first qualified team NUWR A and with a big surprise the East Haven Makos A team defated the strong Florida Krakens and qualified for their first time to semifinals.

Camo played NUWR and lost dramatically and surprisingly 0-5 while Boston beat the Makos 2-0.

The game for the 3rd Place came to a dramatic and exciting end when both teams tied 2-2 on regular time and went to a series of penalty shots. The series of 3 penalty shots ended on a tie again and then series of single penalties decided the game. The final result favored the Canadian team with the score of CAMO 2(6)-2(5) EH Makos A.

The final game between NUWR A and Boston Narwhals was also dramatic. And early lead by NUWR 2-0 was soon tied by a strong and decided Boston team, 2-2 but not enough for the end of the second half that came to an end with the score of 4-2 for NUWR A.

On a highlight, the East Haven Makos have been active participants of the past and present of UW Rugby in the US and certainly the future as well. On Saturday noon the Makos had a presentation of two full U-15 teams on a game which everyone enjoyed.

Final positions of the 16th NAL UWR tournament – East Haven 2017

  1. NUWR A (USA)
  2. Boston Narwhals (USA)
  3. CAMO (Canada)
  4. East Haven Makos A (USA)
  5. New Jersey Hammerheads (USA)
  6. NUWR B (USA)
  7. Florida Krakens (USA)
  8. East Haven Makos (USA)
  9. USA Women (USA)

FULL RESULTS HERE

On the accumulated points for the North American League NUWR A leads with 8 points followed closely by Boston Narwhals with 6 points and Florida Krakens on the thirs place with 3 points.

The top scorer player accumulated has now a triple tie for the first place between Filip Mundt (Boston Narwhals), Juan Pablo Riomaña (New Jersey Hammerheads) and Brian Mosquera (NUWR A) with 18 goals each, followed by Cesar Florez (CAMO) with 16 and James Olin (East Haven Makos) 13

The following rounds for the North American League have been confirmed as follows

Season 2016-17

17th North American UW Rugby Tournament – Montreal 2017 (May27-28)

18th North American UW Rugby Tournament – Islamorada 2017 (September 9-10)

Season 2017-18

19th North American UW Rugby Tournament – Newark 2017 (October 21-22)

East Haven Makos ready to host the 16th NA League Underwater Rugby tournament

The North American League continues with its 16th edition on the weekend of February 18-19th. This time on a new venue for the NA League, but an old timer for Underwater Rugby in the USA. The East Haven Makos from East Haven Connecticut are the hosting their first NAL event, but for many years they have participated in different ways as one of the most collaborative clubs in the US since their location is almost midway between other two centers for UW Rugby in the US, Boston and New Jersey.

The 16th NA League tournament is also the second round for the 2016/17 NAL Season which is being lead by the NUWR team from Newark NJ with 4 points, following by The Boston Narwhals with 3, and the Florida Krakens with 2.

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This edition will have the participation of eight teams (7 clubs) and the USA ladies team that is staring their preparation for the following WC in 2019. participating Clubs are:

  • NUWR A (NJ-USA)
  • Boston Narwhals (MA-USA)
  • Florida Krakens (FL-USA)
  • New Jersey Hammerheads (NJ-USA)
  • CAMO (QC-Canada)
  • East Haven Makos (CT-USA)
  • NUWR B (NJ-USA)
  • USA Ladies (USA)

Follow this event on Facebook at @USA.UWR  and @makosuwr

Team USA U-21 Successfully debuted internationally

For the first time ever, the US  sent an Underwater Rugby team of juniors to the 12th Open  European Championship for Juniors in Sandefjord, Norway, hosted by the Norwegian Diving Federation and Sanctioned by CMAS.

Team manager and player Mateo Galeano along with coaches Filip Mundt and Alexander Larvat set the first ever U-21 team to participate internationally with the goal of preparing and give these young players international exposure and get to see first hand the level of their game compared to other U21 teams as Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Turkey, Colombia, Germany

Despite the results, team USA U21 make an extremely good impression on opponent teams as well as people of the media as seen on the livestream from the US games. Commentators were really impressed with the good level of game played by the US team .

Tomas Galeano got ranked 12th in the top scorer’s list along with other US players Juan Pablo Riomaña and Alexander Hilsamer.

US U21 players:

Daniela Bedoya (Makos), Laura Bedoya (Makos), Juliana Castaño (NJ Hammerheads), Juan Jose Echeverry (NJ Hammerheads), Kervin Franco (Makos), Mateo Galeano (Boston Narwhals), Tomas Galeano (Boston Narwhals), Bryan Gutierrez (Makos), Carlos Gutierrez (NJ Hammerheads), Reuben Hernandez (NUWR) , Alexander Hilsamer (NUWR) , Eryk Kicak (Makos), Carlos Lemos (NJ Hammerheads), Bryan Mosquera (NUWR) , Juan Pablo Riomaña (NJ Hammerheads), Lesly Rojas (Makos).

Game Scores available here: http://wp.me/P241bZ-2w

 

Road to Norway fundraiser tournament

The East Haven Makos Underwater Rugby will be hosting a 6×6 fundraiser tournament to help the first ever USA U-21 team to participate later this year in the Open Junior European UW Rugby Championships in Norway.

The tournament will be held on Saturday September 10th, from 8:30am to 5:00pm at the Old High School Pool at 200 Tyler Street East Haven, CT 06512

More details on the following link and invitation below

https://www.facebook.com/events/1792297744390459/

 

 

Results from the 14th North American UW Rugby Tournament – Toronto 2016

The third and last round of the 2016 North American League (NAL) for Underwater Rugby was played this past weekend August 20-21 in Toronto, Canada during the 14th NA UW Rugby Tournament.

Club Toronto Underwater Rugby hosted the event in a new and spectacular venue just in front of Lake Ontario. The Donald D Summerville Olympic Pool.

The Rugby weekend started with a Referee’s clinic by CMAS Referees Kajsa and Manuel Tito de Morais who joined the North American League for the second time, followed by a short friendly game on Friday night.

Saturday competition began with a Round Robin between the two host teams (Toronto Raccoons and Toronto Seals), Club Camo from Montreal and two teams from the US: the defending Champion NUWR, and the runner-up club in the NAL League, the New Jersey Hammerheads both from Newark, New Jersey. The other US team Boston Narwhals cancelled their participation.

The American teams dominated the round robin. NUWR won all their games followed by the NJ Hammerheads over Club CAMO from Montreal and the Toronto teams.

After a nice day of UW rugby the event moved to the beach on Lake Ontario for a delicious picnic animated by magician Alberto who is a key player of the Toronto Club.

Sunday morning began with the semifianls between NUWR and Toronto Racoons on which NUWR confirmed their spot in the final. Club CAMO played against the NJ Hammerheads losing 2-4 so the two canadian teams would play for the 3rd place game while the two visiting teams from the US will play the final game as a re-match of the Florida final earlier this year.

Club CAMO beat the Toronto Raccons 4-2,  securing the 3rd place on an heroic game with only seven players and after being down on the score twice 0-1 and 1-2. The final game was as always vibrant but this time the victory was for NUWR over the NJ Hammerheads by 4-1.

All the results of the 14th NA UWR tournament here

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4th & 5th Place – Toronto Raccoons & Toronto Seals

 

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3rd Place – CAMO (Montreal, QC)

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2nd Place – New Jersey Hammerheads (Newark, NJ)

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1st Place – NUWR (Newark, NJ)

The 14th North American Tournament was the last round of the 2016 Season of the North American League. NUWR became the best US team of the League just over the NJ Hammerheads in second place, while Club CAMO ended in 3rd place being the best canadian team of the League.

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The new Season 2016-17 will have four rounds starting October 22-23, with the 15th North American UW Rugby Tournament – Newark 2016. Invitation to follow

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Follow the 14th North American UW Rugby Tournament from Toronto, Canada – August 20-21

During this upcoming weekend (August 20-21st) the club Toronto UWR will host the 14th North American Underwater Rugby Tournament – Toronto 2016. This event is the third and final round of the 2016 season for the North American League UWR.

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The North American League UWR comes to Toronto for a second time but now to a new promising venue right by Lake Ontario near downtown. The Donald D Summerville Pool has three pools and one of them is a 5mt diving well with its own stadium style bleechers.

Six teams from Canada and the US will compete for the 14th North American UWR tournament and the 2016 NAL Champion title.

Confirmed teams: Canada: Toronto Raccoons, Toronto Seals, CAMO Rugby Sousmarin (Montreal) USA: Boston Narwhals, New Jersey Hammerheads and NUWR

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