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

Ranking NAL 2016-2

 

13th North American UW Rugby Tournament Montreal 2016 Results

Club Camo Rugby Sousmarin hosted the past weekend May 21-22 2016, the 13th Edition of the North American Underwater Rugby Tournament that also served as the second of  a total of three rounds for the North American UW Rugby League 2016.

Six teams participated on this round of the League which was especial for the very even level of play for most of the teams, closed and exciting games, as well as a new champion club for this round after a five in a row wins by the New Jersey Hammerheads.

Camo and Toronto UWR were the clubs representating Canada. On the U S side the NJ Hammerheads, Boston UWR and NUWR participated along with the orphans team (mixed team) with players from different clubs.

 

The tournament started with an exciting match between the finalists from the previous NA tournament played in Florida earlier this year. The New Jersey Hammerheads played against the NUWR team, both clubs from Newark NJ. The known rivals ended in a very close game with a victory for NUWR by 2-1.

CAMO had a full team and as the host it was one of the the favorite teams to win this tournament. Camo ended the round robin with 5 victories, two of them on closed games against NUWR (2-1) and the NJ Hammerheads (3-2)

NUWR classified to the final game with 4 victories out of 5 round robin games. NUWR got victories over the Orphans team which had a lot of new players and a few experienced players and another victory on a closed game over Boston (2-1) and the NJ Hammerheads.

Boston had a full team and got the third place on the round robin with 3 victories and 2 defeats, qualifying for the 3rd place Game against the NJ Hammerheads that only got two victories.

In this edition a special mention to the Toronto team that showed a big improvement in their game level despite their loses and final 5th place.

FINALS

The game for the bronze was played between Boston UWR and the NJ hammerheads. The Hammerheads with a couple of players down and a few new players did a great effort but lost against Boston by 4-0 which ha d a full and very strong team.

CAMO and NUWR played the final game of the tournament. The final was a very exciting and close game with break away’s, and dangerous plays on both goals. With a couple of minutes left NUWR caused a mistake on CAMO’s defense, and the NJ team scored on an empty basket. NUWR continued attacking and got a penalty shot awarded but CAMO’s goalie saved the penalty shot. At the end the victory by 1-0 gave the team from Newark, NJ their first NA tournament championship.

Full tournament Results here

 

Final positions: 1st NUWR, 2nd CAMO, 3rd. Boston, 4th NJ Hammerheads, 5th Toronto, 6th Orphans.

The top scorer team award was for club CAMO with 32 goals on 6 games

Best team defense award was for Club CAMO with only 6 goals against on 6 games

Top scorer player award was for CAMO’s Cesar Florez with 11 goals. Second place for Edwin Alzate (NUWR) and Rolexi Pinzon (NJ Hammeheads) with 7 goals each and third place for Felipe Rodriguez (NUWR), Marco Cardona (CAMO) and Mike Picot (Boston) with 6 goals.

The 14th North American UWR Tournament is scheduled for August 20-21 in Toronto, ON. This tournament will be the 3rd and last round for the North American League UWR 2016.

RefsEspecial thanks to Timmy Burke, Philip Mundt and Cesar Florez for organizing the referee’s clinic and having for this tournament the top level referees Kajsa Lindman and Manuel Tito de Morais (CMAS referees).

US and Canadian clubs want to thank Kajsa and Manuel for their very important participation and guidance. Without a doubt the referee clinic and the experience of seeing and being referees along high level referees will make our sport better and better every day.