Pelham takes record four teams to NYC Cup; all advance deep into tournament

The Pelham Rugby Club at the NYC Cup.

Pelham brought four teams June 9 to the NYC Cup, the largest flag rugby tournament in North America. Pelham, the only program with multitple teams invited, had  one team in the elementary division and three in the middle school division.

While Pelham did not take home any hardware, all of the teams advanced beyond the pool stages. The elementary team made it to the semifinal before losing by one try. In the middle school division, Pelham White went undefeated in pool play and eventually lost the semifinal in sudden death overtime. Red also went to the semifinals, losing by one, and Black lost in the quarters.

Pelham has always placed well in this tournament. The club won the middle school division in 2008, the elementary division in 2009, the plate for the middle school division in 2010 and the shield for the middle school division in 2011. This year’s competition was the toughest with 35 teams in the middle school division and 25 from elementary schools.

Top try scorers were Patrick Zahradnik for the elementary team, and Luke Persanis for the middle school team (he’s led his team in trys four years running).


White: Luke Persanis, Morgan Collins, Jake Soifer, Dan Biskup, Cian Burns, Kees Huisman, Matt Biskup, Whit Johnson, Nick Roll, North Westall and Xavier Worsely.

Red: Quinn Scanlon, James Cahill, David Monaco, Jean Vigroux, Woods Johsnon, Sofia Imperato, Tamio Shibasaki and Adam Razick

Black: Cameron Ward, Chris Davis, Duffy Doyle, Aiden Sisk, James Bristow, Jack Fronce, Alejandro Kahaner and Quinn Jenkins

Elementary: Elliot Brandler, Grant Roll, Guy Eustace, Jack Morrell, James Hupprich, Julia Davis, Nick Hibbler, Patrick Zahradnik, Peter Monaco and Jacob Cautela and Max Laval.