Skill Rugby wins South Jersey's Winter 7s Tournament
On Saturday Schuylkill River traveled to South Jersey to participate in the Winter 7s Tournament co-hosted by the South Jersey Women’s and Men’s rugby teams. This tournament was a good way to kick off the new year and get everyone excited for the upcoming spring season, as well as the 7s season beyond that. It also gave us an opportunity to mix in some younger guys with our Premier side regulars to give them first-hand experience in our system.
Our two sides went a combined 9-1 on the day with our top side winning the tournament by defeating a very tough Wilkes-Barre side in the finals. Aaron Gray and Aaron Jolcover combined to score 15 tries throughout the day but perhaps the most impressive part of our performance was the incredibly physical play of Daquan Perry and Keyon McCloud which more or less shut down the middle of the field. Matt Tyris, Joe Osinibu, and Brad Volm were also impressive off of the re-start which clearly frustrated our opponents throughout the day and Jordan Ghyzel deserves a shout out for showing some good speed throughout the day and earning himself a very impressive turf burn. Pat Boyle had a good day on the field and as usual made contributions with his vocal leadership while Brian Keown made significant contributions with his physical leadership. Lastly, our speedsters Cody Bukowski, Matt Henderson, and Kyle Kent stretched the field which created scoring opportunities for themselves and others. All told, it was a solid, comprehensive performance from the entire roster.
After the tournament Coach Jon Grasso was pleased with the performance of the team and told the guys that they have a chance to build something special if they stick together and play as much rugby together as they can. When reached for comment Director of Rugby Pat Boyle stated that “the weekend was great and we were able to check off a couple of goals. First, we were able to help support South Jersey who have been great friends of ours through the years. Second, it was a great opportunity to play rugby in the offseason and reconnect with some of our college guys who are home on break. We were able to do all of that and also win so it was a good day of rugby with great hosts. We are really looking forward to the spring and then seeing the college boys again in the summer.”
We also reached out to Aaron “Reno” Jolcover after the tournament and he said “the only thing better than one A-A-Ron is two A-A-Rons” and he added that he’s “not sure what will last longer, the memories from winning the tournament or the scars from playing on turf in 23 degree weather.” All jokes aside, our Nevada transplant had a great day on the field and is looking forward to getting back out with the guys soon.
Schuylkill’s next match is on March 9 with our D1 side taking on Old Blue and our D3 side taking on Brooklyn.