On 27 June 2015, exactly one month before the kick-off of the 10th CMAS Underwater Rugby Championship in Cali, Colombia, the U.S. men’s and women’s teams had their fifth joint practice.Under the supervision of national coaches José Luis Echeverry (men) and Juan Sevillano (women), the thirty male and female players engaged in a full day of swimming drills, strategic maneuvers, and test matches.“I feel, the work we did with the team over the last six months is paying off”, says coach Echeverry, “we’re rotating well, getting stronger, faster and more coordinated. We’re getting ready for Cali.”Coach Sevillano adds “the women’s team has made excellent progress in a short period of time. The players live in all corners of the country and had limited time to getting used to playing as a team. We’re not expecting miracles at the World Championships, but we’re there to play some good games.”At the end of a long day at the Ironbound Aquatic Center in Newark, New Jersey, Adrian Breitenbach, the women’s team coordinator from the hosting New Jersey Hammerheads concludes, “we’ve had an intense day, great matches between the women’s and men’s teams and look forward to our last month before it’s showtime.”The last national practice for the US selection will be held on July 11, 2015 in East Haven, Connecticut. And two weeks later, the teams will join the world’s best teams to play for the gold medal. One can already feel the excitement.
For the third time in a row The NJ Hammerheads from Newark NJ won the North American Underwater Rugby Tournament this time in Montreal Canada, hosted by Club Camo during the weekend of May 30-31.
The tournament had the participation of 5 teams from the US and Canada. Club Camo as the host club from Montreal, and for the first time Toronto UWR participated with two teams giving the oportunity to experienced players in one team as well as recretional and new players on their second team. From the US the NJ Hammerheads came to Montreal to defend their recent title obtained during the past NA UWR tournament in Newark, NJ. and last but not least the Orphan team or ROW team (Rest of the World) the mixed team with participants from Boston, Connecticut, Florida and NJ.
The tournament began with a round robin on Saturday on which the Hammerheads got first place of the group undefeated, Club Camo ended in second place and Toronto Raccoons came on third place. The Saturday schedule also allowed for a last training between team Canada and team USA before their participation on the World Championship in Cali Colombia this summer.
Sunday games began with a triangular to decide 3rd, 4th and 5th place between the Orphan team, Toronto Raccoons and Toronto Seals.
The 3rd place was decided in a very closed and strong game between the Orphan team and Toronto Raccoons, on which Toronto beat Orphans by 4-3, same score than on their previous group game.
The final game between Club Camo an the NJ Hammerheads was a very exciting and strong game. During the group round the NJ Hammerheads defeated Camo by a clear 4-0, but Camo got organized to play the final in a different way and try to win the title on which Camo has been runner ups for the last two NA Championships.
The final game was very extremely intense and even during the first half on which the Hammerheads got a lead for 2-1. After half time Club Camo tried to tie the game but the Hammerheads kept their strong defense until two penalties were awarded to Camo. At the end the Hammerheads defeated Camo by 5-3 retaining the North American Championship title.
The award for the best team defense was given to the NJ Hammerheads as well as the top scorer team.
The top scorer player was Justin Bees from the Orphans team with 12 goals, followed by Daniel Naujoks from NJ Hammerheads and Marco Cardona from Camo with 9 goals. Mike Picot from the Orphan team goth 4th place with 8 goals and Gord Lemon 5th place.
All the 10th NA UWR results and standings here!
The North American UW Rugby tournament was established by Canadian and US teams four years ago as a way to promote and develop the sport between US and Canadian Clubs, after the failed attempt to participate in the 9th World Championships in Finland. Now happily after the 10th edition of the North American UW Rugby Tournament, participation on the Word Championship will be a reality for the US men’s and women’s team since their last appearance in 2003, and for team Canada this will be their first international participation.
The 11th edition of the North American Underwater Rugby tournament is scheduled for October 17-18, 2015, to be held in Brantford, Ontario. The organizers hope to have many more teams with the East Haven Makos (Connecticut), Quincy Narwhals (Massachusetts) and newly formed teams as the San Francisco Giant Sea Basses and the Santa Barbara Chachalots (California).
Teams are ready to participate on the 10th edition of the North American Underwater Rugby Tournament, the weekend of May 30, 31st in Montreal, Canada, hosted by Club Camo.
Five teams from Canada and the US will participate on this tournament. Club Camo from Montreal as the host team, Toronto UWR and Club Liberation from Ontario, a mixed team from Quincy (MA) and the East Haven Makos (CT) and the NJ Hammerheads from Newark, New Jersey as current and defending champions.
This is the first time two teams from Ontario will participate on the North American tournament outside of their hometown as a good sign of growth. The host team Camo will be a trong contender and candidate to win the championship as most of his players are part of team Canada that will participate this summer on the World Championships in Colombia. Club Camo will try to regain the championship after two runner up places after the NJ Hammerheads on the last tournaments. Players from Quincy UWR and the East Haven Makos are participating as a mixed team just as the past tournament on which they got the third place. The NJ Hammerheads will try to maintain their championship title that they got during the last two NA UWR tournaments in Toronto and Newark.
This tournament will also serve as the last competition and preparation event for teams Canada (men) and USA (men and women) before the World Championships. The following North American UW Rugby tournament is scheduled on October 17-18, 2015 in Brantford, Ontario.
Hosted by Newark Underwater Recreation and thanks to the City of Newark, the first ever Underwater Rugby tournament in Newark, New Jersey was a complete success. The two day tournament had the participation of teams from the US and Canada, and UW Rugby players from as far as Seattle, Toronto, Montreal, South Carolina and Norway. Five teams played a round robin during Saturday and final games on Sunday. The host club participated with two teams Newark Hammerheads A, and Newark Hammerheads B, The East Haven Makos from Connecticut, Club CAMO from Montreal and for the first time the Women’s Team USA.
The Host club teams Hammerheads A and B played the inaugural game with a clear victory of team Hammerheads A 10-0. The round robin ended on saturday evening with The Newark Hammerheads A undefeated with 12 points, followed by Club Camo from Montreal, Hammerheads B in third place, the East Haven Makos in fourth and the final spot for the Women’s team USA on their first tournament as a team.
Sunday pool time served as the third and final round for the Men’s team USA and the first official practice for the women’s team. Right after this, the final games of the tournament were played.
The game of third place was between the local Hammerheads B and the East Haven Makos. The Hammerheads B who played a very strong game the day before during the group round, defeating the Makos by 7-6, lost the final game 3-6 giving the third place to the East Haven Makos.
The final game was between Hammerheads A and Club Camo. As great rivals the game was very close and strong 0-0 during all the first half and most of the second half until about the 8th of 9th minute when the Hammerheads took advantage of a few mistakes that turned into a very quick 3-0 lead and final win for the Hammerheads A.
The Newark tournament showcased several milestones for underwater Rugby in the US. The first Underwater Rugby tournament in the NY/NJ area, first UW rugby tournament to have electronic referee signal system , cameras, large screen and livestream.
The Newark Hammerheads will defend their title on the 10th North American Underwater Rugby Tournament – Montreal 2015 on May 30th-31st.
1st – Newak Hammerheads A
2nd – Club Camo
3rd – East Haven Makos
4th – Newark Hammerheads B
5th – Women’s team USA
The past Saturday March 7th the East Haven Makos UW Rugby club hosted the 2nd try-outs for the men and women National teams. Candidates from Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and DC met with coach Jose Echeverry (US men’s coach) and Juan Sevillano (US women’s coach) to review exercises, tactics and play several friendly matches with the East Haven Makos.
This was the first meetong for the women’s team under the direction of coach Juan Sevillano.
The next team USA tryouts will held on April 11th-12th during the Newark Underwater Rugby Tournament in Newark, New Jersey
The second edition of the CanAm UW Rugby Championships ended with the victory of the Quincy Narwhals from Boston during an undefeated weekend. The team from Boston came back strong after their absence from a couple of tournaments of the North American league.
After the successful first edition that had as one of the highlights the participation of Club Orcas from Colombia with three teams, this time CanAm was expecting participation of three Colombian teams including Orcas, Quelonios and Pirañas but at the end such teams declined the invitation. However the tournament had the international participation of Team Canada (mixed team from Camo Montreal and Club Liberation from Toronto) as part of their preparation for the 2015 World Championships to be held in Colombia.
Participants on the 2015 US National team tryouts
Four teams participated as representatives from the US. Quincy Narwhals from Boston, New Jersey Hammerheads and NUWR from Newark New Jersey and the ROW team (rest of the world) team with players from different areas of the US without a club including Wisconsin, Illinois, DC and California.
The game for the 3rd place was played by Team Canada and the NJ Hammerheads, with the victory of the Canadians for 7-2 over a weakened NJ Hammerheads who played the same Team Canada earlier that same day defeating the Canadians on the round robin 3-1.
The final game between Quincy Narwhals and NUWR was a very intense and interesting game which was only decided on the last seconds of the game. Quincy had 11 players between experienced and new players including an experienced Swedish player and took advantage of the number of players to defeat NUWR. The team from Newark had only 7 players but made the size en depth of the pool to play in their favor as well as the speed and fitness of their players.
The game was tied 1-1 by half time and just 2 second before the end of the game one last attempt from the Boston ended on a last second goal for Quincy to win the tournament.
The tournament also served as the first event for the US National team tryouts for the 2015 World Championship to be held in Cali, Colombia. The US men’s team tryout had the participation of 24 players under the direction of US National coach Jose Echeverry.
1- Quincy Narwhals
2- Newark NUWR
3- Team Canada
4- New Jersey Hammerheads
5- Row Team
1- Daniel Lopez – NUWR 12
2- Filip Mundt – Quincy 7
3- Mike Picot- Quincy 6
Mateo Galeano – NJ hammerheads 6
Tim Burke – Quincy 6
The top US Underwater Rugby team, the New Jersey Hammerheads will participate in the 2014 Champions Cup in Berlin, the most important Underwater Rugby Club tournament in the world.
The Champions Cup was originally named the “Masters Cup” in 1987 by the German Club F.S. Duisburg. It is a yearly tournament that invites the champion team from each country. In 1999 the tournament was renamed “Champions Cup” and in 2004 the women’s tournament was held for the first time.
The New Jersey Hammerheads are already making history being the first team from the US participating in this top level tournament. During 2014 the NJ team finished 3rd. on the Canam UWR Tournament held in Milwaukee early in february. Later on March the Hammerheads got second place at the 7th North American UWR tournament in Montreal on which Club Camo from Montreal got the first place. Recently the NJ team won the first place on the 8th NA UWR tournament held in Toronto last October after winning on a couple of exciting games to their long time rivals Club Camo. The main objective of this participation is to gain expericence with the highest level clubs in UW Rugby today, as Molde from Norway (the current and 4th consecutive winner of this tournament), Bamberg (Germany), Orcas (Colombia) among others.
2014 will be a record year for the Champions Cup. A total of 14 men’s and 12 women’s teams representing equal number of nations will participate to fight for the gold.
Finally after several consecutive championships from Montreal’s UW Rugby team Club CAMO, the previous runner-ups, the New Jersey Hammerheads took the Championship title in a very exciting final game after winning all the group games, the semifinal and final games during the weekend of October 4th-5th. in the city of Toronto, Canada.
A total of 4 teams participated in this event, CAMO (Montreal) and Toronto UWR (Toronto) from Canada, the NJ Hammerheads (New Jersey) and the new team SF Giant Sea Basses from San Francisco California, USA .
Toronto UWR, a new canadian club with a few players from Club Liberation (Brantford, On.) was the club host for this tournament. For the first time, the city of Toronto hosted a tournament with a new venue for UW Rugby at the Riverdale Collegiate Institute.
The tournament was played as a round robin where the New Jersey Hammerheads and Club Camo won their games against Toronto and the New San Francisco teams. The first game between the favorites CAMO and the NJ Hammerheads ended with a close victory 3-2 of the american team from New Jersey over the previous champions, Club CAMO.
On the final game despite the advantage on number players from Club CAMO (11) over the Hammerheads with only 9 players, The club from New Jersey got an impressive victory over Camo for 4-1
Rafael Brunet (Camo) got the top scorer award with 10 goals followed by Mateo Galeano (New Jersey) with 9 and Cesar Florez (Camo) with 8.
The New Jersey Hammerheads won the best defense and best top sorer team awards.
All the teams are looking forward to the next tournament in the US, the Canam UW Rugby Championship to take place in Milwaukee Wisconsin on February 6-8, 2015
Club CAMO the host team from the 7th North American Underwater Rugby tournament retained their Champion Title after winning all the group games, the semifinal and final games during the weekend of June 4th-5th. in the city of Montreal.
A total of 4 teams participated in this event, CAMO (Montreal) and Club Liberation (Brantford) from Canada and the Quincy Nahrwals (Boston) and the NJ Hammerheads (New Jersey) from the USA .
Club Liberation from Ontario despite losing all their games came with a full 12 player team, most of new players from the Toronto area for which this was their first tournament experience. Ontario now has a new team in Toronto and the is the first province in Canada with two teams.
The Quincy Nahrwals came to the tournament with a total of 9 players, being a mixed team with experienced, international and a couple of new players. Quincy had a very strong group round, winning two out of three games losing only with the host team CAMO. In the semifinals Quincy lost against New Jersey, having to play for third place against Club liberation.
The New Jersey Hammerheads participated with only 7 players and one of them was completely new to the sport. The Hammerheads won only one game during the group round but in the semifinals against the Quincy Nahrwals they had a great comeback. During the group game the NJ hammerheads lost 3-5 against Quincy in a very well played and even game, but in semifinals New Jersey won a spot into the finals winning 6-1.
Club CAMO with won all the group games and during the final game against New Jersey they took the advantage of being locals and having 12 players to win the tournament. The game was very strong and even and by half time the score was a 2-1 lead for CAMO. During the 2nd half, the defense of New Jersey got exhausted due to lack of players and the game finalized with a clear victory 9-1 from Camo.
Marco Cardona (Camo) and Max Van Recham (Quincy) got the top scorer award with a total of 13 goals.
Club CAMo won the best defense and best top sorer team awards.
All the teams are looking forward to the 8th North American Underwater Rugby Tournament to be held in Brantford or Toronto the 4th and 5th of October (to be confirmed).
Participant teams will include the newly formed Toronto Ontario UWR team and the San Francisco Bears UWR team
The 2014 edition of the CanAm Midwestern Championship was an excellent success. For the first time CMC’s featured Underwater Rugby as a new and exciting sport on this edition and hopefully in the years ahead.
Played on the diving pool from the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center, despite the length of the playing area, the pool was an excellent venue for the sport with 16 feet deep and goals at the bottom against the wall.
The Underwater Rugby competition featured both club and mixed teams from the US including the New Jersey Hammerheads, The Orphans (mixed team from Florida, DC, and TX), Team X (mixed team from CA, WI, MI) and international participation from Team Orcas from Medellin Colombia, participating with 3 teams (Orcas A, Orcas B with junior players and Orcas C with mostly experienced players)
The tournament for the six participating teams was design on one division with two Round Robins for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and final games played on Sunday afternoon based on the positions from the Round Robin final chart.
Orcas B team, a mostly junior player team from Colombia, improved their performance after the first round robin, finishing the second round robin games with better scores in all the games. Team X the mixed team with both new and experienced players from California, Wisconsin and Michigan ended up on 5th position. The Orphans Team with players from Florida, Texas and a few players from Colombian clubs got fourth place.
The New Jersey Hammerheads got third place against The Orphans team. During the two round robin games, they tied 1-1 and lost on the second game 1-3 against the Orphans team. But on the final game New Jersey won 3-2 in very exciting game, taking the bronze.
The final game was played between Orcas A and Orcas C teams from Colombia. Orcas C defeated Orcas A in a very close and exciting final game by 1-0.
All the teams were really happy with the organization, the pool and the venue. Each team got a great number of games (11 games during the 3 days of tournament). And the underwater Rugby Community in the US and Canada is looking forward to participate in future CanAm Tournaments.
The final rankings below:
FINAL TOURNAMENT POSITIONS
1st Place – Orcas C (Medellin, Colombia)
2nd Place – Orcas A (Medellin, Colombia)
3rd Place – New Jersey Hammerheads (NJ)
4th Place – The Orphans (FL, TX, DC)
5th Place – Team X (CA, WI, MI, MA, QB)
6th Place – Orcas B (Medellin, Colombia)
1ST Place – Orcas C – 7 goals against
2nd Place – Orcas A – 11 goals against
3rd Place – New Jersey – 12 goals against
TOP SCORER TEAM:
1ST Place – New Jersey – 42 goals
2nd Place – Orcas C – 40 goals
3rd Place – Orphans – 36 goals
TOP SCORER PLAYER:
1ST Place – Daniel Lopez – New Jersey – 19 goals
2nd Place – Julian Muriel – Orphans – 14 goals
3rd Place – Juan Tejada – Orcas C – 10 goals
Ramiro Barona – Orphans – 10 goals