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ALL REDS & LADY LIONS SWEEP RUBGY 7’S

Zach Pangelinan led the All Reds to a Men’s Cup while the Taguacta sisters all scored big for the Lady Lions in the Women’s Cup as Heinekin’s Rugby 7’s Tournament at the Leo Palace Resort came to a close.

By Robert Balajadia

Pangelinan Leads All Reds to Men’s Cup

The reigning GSPN Athlete of the Year and member of the USA Rugby Team gave his home island fans a big taste of how special of an athlete he really is.

Zach Pangelinan had proved to be the best player in both Friday and Saturday of the Heineken Rugby 7’s Tournament at the Leo Palace Resort and he was no short of spectacular leading his team All Reds to a cup victory over the tough La Familia squad 38-14.

“There’s nothing better than this,” said Pangelinan about playing on his home soil. “I miss playing with the boys and against the boys. I just had to take what I learned from out (in the states) and share it with the boys because there is nothing better than enjoying this game here on island.”

Pangelinan was also awarded the MVP of the tournament.

Guahan Soldier player of the game Zach Pangelinan.

Guahan Soldier player of the game Zach Pangelinan

Pangelinan’s stay on Guam was no vacation as the family is still grieving over the loss of Tina Pangelinan, Zach’s mother, just a month ago. All of Pangelinan’s family members were there in support of Zach during the tournament and his father Jimmy knew the win was for a very special someone.

“This one was for my wife, we have dedicated this game to her,” said Jimmy with a heavy heart. “I’m proud of [Zach] and he’s an every-day athlete. We as a family support one another and once the relatives know that Zach is going to play, they all say they’re going to be here and that’s a great feeling.”

Wasting no time from the official start of the game, Pangelinan took a pass and made nifty movies through La Familia’s defense, sprinting up the left side of the field for the games first try to go up 7-0 after his conversion.

La Familia responded as Paul Claros finished off a hard run by teammates Sean Leon Guerrero and Matt Sgro to tie the game at seven.

Jesse "Pumpy" Manglona sprints along the right side of the field going untouched for a try. (photo by Joey Blas)

Jesse “Pumpy” Manglona sprints along the right side of the field going untouched for a try. (photo by Joey Blas)

As clean as the Claros brothers are in the sport of rugby, for a brief moment still in the first half it was the Manglona brothers of Randy and Jesse who took the spotlight as the pair went back and fourth three times on a break away before finally punching in the try to go up 12-7 right before the halftime whistle.

The All Reds took advantage of a tough penalty in the second half as James Guerrero lowered his shoulders to bulldoze through the La Familia last line of defense to go up 19-7.

Pangelinan then put the game away with a nimble moves through three defenders to go up 26-7 with less than five minutes in the game.

Ryan Claros scored the final try for La Familia but the game was out of reach thanks to scores from Jesse Manglona.

Men’s Finals

1) All Reds

2) La Familia

3) Da Dokes

4) Southside

Tagaucta Sisters & Lady Lions Dominate Cup

The road to the women’s cup finals seemed all too easy for Guam’s best female rugby players and the Taguacta sisters all got into the act during their big 38-0 win over the Blue Conrads.

Kim Taguacta took home MVP honors as her and the Lady Lions went undefeated on both days of the tournament.

Guahan Soldier player of the game Cera Taguacta.

Guahan Soldier player of the game Cera Taguacta

Taguacta also struck first blood scoring the games first try in a matter of minutes and her second try right after halftime. She would also draw blood, literally, towards the games end taking a hard shot to the eye which opened up a cut forcing her to miss the rest of the game.

Older sister Cera Taguacta scored two tries in the game as well and didn’t let Kim’s injury distract her team admitting that her sibling has a pain threshold that Cera can’t even compare to.

“[Kim] is a pretty tough chick, she is tougher than me. I had to let the ladies know that [Kim] was fine and I needed to make sure the girls are focused on what they needed to do,” said Cera.

Kayle Taguacta added the final points of the game to go up 38-0 with the girls cleaning out the entire women’s division.

Lady Lions Bella Flore

Lady Lions Bell Flores fights through contact from the Blue Conrades. (photo by Joey Blas)

Women’s Final

1) Lady Lions

2) Blue Conrades

3) Ziggies

 

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