The new 2017-18 North American League (NAL) for Underwater Rugby season is about to start in just two weeks in Newark, NJ a city just 40 minutes from New York City. This time hosted by the New Jersey Hammerheads club, the first round of the new season hopes to be the milestone of the new ladies tournament during NAL events.
After the unfortunate events of the 18th NAL that had to be cancelled due to hurricane Irma, the Canadian and US clubs are eager to resume UWR playing soon.
The new season brings changes to the NAL rules on which the most important is the “guest rule” on which club teams can only have a max. of 2 guest players (reduced from 3 from the previous season) The amended rule encourages teams to keep developing local talent.
The 19th NAL tournament will be also the first participation of the U-21 candidates as a team looking forward to their preparation for next year’s 1st CMAS UW Rugby Championship in Germany.
The NAL events are open to foreign teams and also individual players through a “mix team”
For additional information contact Daniel Naujoks at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the FB event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1497057320368881/
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The US National Underwater Rugby team coaches have been elected this past Sunday September 17th. The election process began a coupe of moths ago through a process involving all the active UWR clubs in the US through the selection of representatives from each club to be part of a National Coach Election Committee and the USOA Underwater Rugby Director Rolexi Pinzon.
The National Coach Election Committee had the objective to elect the coaches for the next men and women U-21 teams that will participate next year on the 1st CMAS Underwater Rugby World Championship for Juniors – Germany 2018. Also the Committee elected the coaches for the men and women elite teams that will participate on the 11th CMAS underwater Rugby World Championship – Austria 2019
The National Coach Election Committees are proud to announce the election of their national Coaches:
Jose Luis Echeverry was re-elected as the USA Elite Men’s Team National Coach. Jose has an extensive history in the sport as a player as well as coach. Jose participated as a player on the World Championships of Denmark 2003, Colombia 2015 and was the USA Head coach during the WC Colombia 2015. He is the co-founder and Head Coach of the New Jersey Hammerheads.
Juan Sevillano was also re-elected as the USA Elite Women’s Team National Coach. Juan has and extensive history as an Underwater Rugby player including the World Championship Colombia 2015 on which he was the Women’s National Coach.
Mateo Galeano as the new U-21 Men’s Team National Coach. Mateo Galeano was the team Manager from the previous U-21 USA team that participated for the first time overseas on the 12th. Open UWR European for Juniors in Norway. Mateo will take Filip Mundt’s place as the head coach for the U-21 Men’s team. Mateo is an active player from the Boston Narwhals Team and former USA National team player (Elite and U-21 teams)
Juan Pablo Riomaña was elected as the new coach for the U-21 Women’s Team. Juan Pablo will work in a join effort with Mateo Galeano to put together the first U-21 Women’s team looking forward to next year’s U-21 World Championship. Juan Pablo is an active player from the New Jersey Hammerheads and former USA U-21 team payer. Juan Pablo is one of the top 3 scorers of the North American League 2016-17.
Everything was ready for the 18th North American Underwater Rugby Tournament in Islamorada Florida scheduled for this weekend Sept 9-10. But suddenly Hurricane Irma had different plans for the state of Florida and the UWR community in North America.
Organized by the Florida Keys Krakens the tournament was going to be a milestone in several aspects for our sport in the US. A woman’s UWR clinic was scheduled as an initial step for the preparation of a ladies team looking forward the next UW Rugby World Championship in Austria 2019. A record of 3 teams registered to a tournament by the same club, the first women’s tournament in the US with 4 teams and the participation of all active USA clubs. And last but not least a record of UWH ladies registered for the first time to give UW Rugby a try as a new sport.
Unfortunately everything had to be cancelled just a few days before the start of the tournament due the to the path of Hurricane Irma. Late on tuesday night a conference call took place between the organizers and the club representatives to take a decision on how to approach the cancellation and how it will impact the 2016-17 NAL League.
2016-17 Final NAL Standings
The 18th NAL tournament was the 4th tournament scheduled for the 2016-17 season after the rounds played in Newark, NJ (USA), East Haven, CT (USA) and Montreal, QB (Canada). The NAL committee decided to end the 2016-17 NAL season with the standings after the 17th. NAL. Rescheduling was out of the options since the following tournament 19th NAL tournament was already set and organized by the New Jersey Hammerheads for October 21-22, 2017.
With the cancellation of the18th NAL the winner of the 2016-17 NAL Season is the NUWR club from Newark, NJ with 11 points. The first runner-up was Boston UWR with 10 points, and the second runner-up Club CAMO from Montreal with 5 points.
The points from the NAL tournaments that took place in the US also gave the NUWR team the first place for US teams with 8 points, followed by Boston with 6 points and the third place to the Florida Krakens with 3 points. With these results the NUWR team has the first option to participate on the 2017 Champions Cup in Berlin scheduled for November of this year.
The 2016-17 NAL top scorer award goes to Flip Mundt (Boston UWR) with a total of 24 goals scored. First runner-ups are Bryan Mosquera (NUWR) and Cesar Florez (CAMO) with 21 goals followed by Juan Pablo Riomaña (NJ Hammerheads) with 18.
For all 2016-17 standings click here
New NAL season starting in October
The start of the 2017-18 NAL season brings many challenges and we hope to carry on and make a successful start with record club participation as well as making the Women’s Club tournament a reality. Registration is already open for the 19th North American Underwater Rugby Tournament – Newark 2017 scheduled for October 21-22 at the Ironbound Recreation Center in Newark, NJ and organized by the New Jersey Hammerheads.
A club representative conference call is scheduled for September 23rd. To set the parameters of the following season. The NAL committee hope our friends from the Florida Keys Krakens UWR to be safe after the events of hurricane Irma.
19th NAL tournament registration information available here
During the weekend of August 5 and 6th The East Haven Makos Club from Connecticut hosted the first UW Rugby clinic for juniors as a start for the preparation of the next national teams to represent the US on the first CMAS UW Rugby Championship for Juniors scheduled for November 2018 in Germany.
The first “Road to Germany” clinic was organized by the current U-21 coach candidates Mateo Galeano and Juan Pablo Riomaña with the close collaboration of the East Haven Makos head coach Jose Bedoya. Mateo Galeano was the organizer of the first international participation of a US Junior’s team on an official CMAS event last year during the 10th Open European Championships for Juniors, as well as a player of that team. Juan Pablo Riomaña was one of top scorers of the USA U-21 team last year and an a very active player. Jose Bedoya is the head coach of the East Haven Makos, the powerhouse of young talent in the US. More than 50 percent of the players that participated on the European Championships last year have been part of East Haven Makos teams.
The clinic had the participation of around 30 young players from Massachusetts, New Jersey and Connecticut between the ages of 14 to 23 year olds. Also part of the clinic had the local participation of local kids and future Makos’ stars younger than 14.
The next UWR clinic for juniors is scheduled for mid September. Details and dates to folllow.
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.
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.
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
- NUWR A (USA)
- Boston Narwhals (USA)
- CAMO (Canada)
- East Haven Makos A (USA)
- New Jersey Hammerheads (USA)
- NUWR B (USA)
- Florida Krakens (USA)
- East Haven Makos (USA)
- USA Women (USA)
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
17th North American UW Rugby Tournament – Montreal 2017 (May27-28)
18th North American UW Rugby Tournament – Islamorada 2017 (September 9-10)
19th North American UW Rugby Tournament – Newark 2017 (October 21-22)