Elementary team wins two, ties two in first Chelsea Waterside flag tournament

The Pelham elementary school rugby team had a fun-filled, winning afternoon playing against very competitive opponents at the Chelsea Waterside Park flag rugby tournament on Sunday. The Pelham Rugby Club roster including twelve players, spanning all grades with new and returning team members.

Every child played every game and, as a result, contributed to the Pelham Ruby Club’s two wins and two ties.

The young players showed that they were definitely paying attention at all of their practices thus far this fall season:  brick walls for defense, passing, teamwork and sportsmanship throughout each of their four matches. It was great seeing them work as a team on the field. There were very few errors and penalty calls were minimal, which highlights that the kids are growing into young players who truly appreciate the game. Simply stated, they looked great on the field and played well all afternoon. Of course, a “thank you” to the coaching staff who work with the players on Mondays and Fridays must be reiterated.

The elementary team’s parents enjoyed the venue and beautiful weather and served as a terrific cheering section.

Nicholas Roll and Luke Persansis worked as Assistant Coaches.

In-between matches, stickers, coloring books and other items were distributed by a giant kiwi mascot to all the teams, promoting “Kiwifruit for Kids” (press release:  www.kiwifruitforkids.com/press/ ). At the end of Sunday’s tournament, all of the teams posed with the Kiwi mascot for a group photo.

– First Match:  Pelham (W) v. Manhattan 2  –  5-2
– Second Match:  Pelham (W) v. P.S. 208  –  5-3
– Third Match:  Pelham v. Manhattan 3  –  TIE
– Fourth Match:  Pelham v. Manhattan 1  –  TIE