Connect with us

GSPN

GUAM MEN’S RUGBY READY TO RUMBLE IN THAILAND

Guam heading to Thailand for rugby competition

PRESS RELEASE – The Heineken Guam Men’s Rugby team flew out early Saturday morning to join United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Kazakhstan in the Asia Rugby Championship’s Division 2 rugby tournament to be held in Hui Hin, Thailand on May 15 and 18.   

Guam stopped in Manila on Saturday May 11 to play the Philippine Residents team at Southern Plains field.  In a seesaw, and at times testy, game the Residents took an early lead but a good series of plays saw Chris Sgro score to give Guam the lead. A second try to Paul Eustaquio had Guam dominating at the half but two tries by the Residents in the second half saw them come out on top 22 – 18.

Guam’s first match of the Championship will be against UAE on Wednesday May 15 while host Thailand will play the pre-tournament favorites Kazakhstan.  It should be noted that Kazakhstan are a former Top 5 team in Asia and UAE were in Division 1 in 2017 (returning to D2 only because they withdrew from the D1 tournament in 2018) so this year’s competition will be intense.  The winners of the first round matches face off on May 18 for the Division 2 Championship and automatic promotion to Division 1. First game losers play off for third place bragging rights but both return to Division 3 for 2020.  

The Guam team is expecting tough competition this year but old hands Rob Leon Guerrero,  Brian Ramiro, Paul Eustaquio, Randy Mendiola, Chris Sgro, Vinson Calvo and Earl Pascual are expected to be up to the challenge and lead the younger brigade to perform well.   Guam has not played UAE before so it is looking forward to the opportunity to surprise them with a robust and passionate style of play.

Coach Tony Penn is pleased with the preparation of the team “There is a lot of natural talent and pride in playing for our island on this team.  The boys are really up for the challenge this tournament brings. Returning to Division 2 was a well earned reward for these players and shows that we are not out of place at this level of competition.”  

“I am extremely grateful to Coach Penn who brings his vast experience in New Zealand rugby to support our national program.  He continues to be a tremendous resource in getting the best out of our relatively small and young player pool. We also appreciate the help of Heineken and are proud to wear their logo on our playing kit in this important Asia Championship.”  said Stephen Grantham, Guam Rugby Union President.

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

August

September 2020

October
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
Events for September

1st

No Events
Events for September

2nd

No Events
Events for September

3rd

No Events
Events for September

4th

No Events
Events for September

5th

No Events
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Events for September

6th

No Events
Events for September

7th

No Events
Events for September

8th

No Events
Events for September

9th

No Events
Events for September

10th

No Events
Events for September

11th

No Events
Events for September

12th

No Events
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
Events for September

13th

No Events
Events for September

14th

No Events
Events for September

15th

No Events
Events for September

16th

No Events
Events for September

17th

No Events
Events for September

18th

No Events
Events for September

19th

No Events
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
Events for September

20th

No Events
Events for September

21st

No Events
Events for September

22nd

No Events
Events for September

23rd

No Events
Events for September

24th

No Events
Events for September

25th

No Events
Events for September

26th

No Events
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
Events for September

27th

No Events
Events for September

28th

No Events
Events for September

29th

No Events
Events for September

30th

No Events

Foody’s 5 Fun Facts

E Sports Athlete Willy Hong

Polls

Who had the most impressive first win in the UFC?

View Results

DID U KNOW?

Frank ‘The Crank’ Camacho was a competitive youth golfer in Saipan with dreams of making it to the PGA.

COMING SOON …

ALL SPORTING EVENTS HALTED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS ISSUE

QUICK HITS

Jamal Agnew changes positions this year with the Detroit Lions from cornernack to receiver.
The 2019 All-Pro return man will retain his special teams duties for the Lions.
Agnew is half CHamoru with his mother hailing from Saipan. #bibamarianas 📷 (AP/Carlos Osorio)

More in GSPN