The International School Manila (ISM) Bearcats mauled their way to three division titles in last weeks PSL finals. It was all green, gold and white as the Bearcats took out the Varsity final, Junior Varsity and U15s divisions respectively.
For the Varsity match, ISM ran away 27 points to 5 over British School Manila. ISM Captain Sam Hobbins showcasing speed, skills and great footwork to lead his team to the 2018/2019 Championship. A extra special victory for the Bearcats after electing to rest key players before their departure to this weekends IASIS Championships.
The rugby program at ISM continues to show positive signs of junior development. Both their U15s and their Junior Varsity teams went on to to secure two grand final victories in addition to the Varsity championship.
In the U15s, the British School Manila Rugby program is led by coach and former Philippine Volcano Benjamin Mudie. Mudie, has the assistance of current U19 Volcano Jason Shirmer and have both been passing on their knowledge allowing the BSM rugby program to show signs of a steady improvement. The Lions went close to causing an upset in the grand final after a strong first half performance finding themselves in the lead only until the very last play. In a valiant effort from both teams, it was the Bearcats however who fought through with a try after the whistle taking out a close victory 24 to 19.
In the Junior Varsity grand final, another closely fought out match saw the Bearcats pull off a last gasp effort to take out the match 27 to 24 over Faith Academy. The match living up to the spirit of grand finals going down to the final whistle and once again in the last play of the game.
For the Youth League it was the Santos Knight Frank Mavericks who ran away with the U11s Championships while the Station International Bulacan Bombers causing the upset of the day winning 41 to 17 against ISM in the U13s final.
In the Girls competition, Miriam College's experience showed as they defeated the newly establish British School Manila girls team and the Subic Sharks. The British School Manila Girls program also reaping the benefits of development as they entered their first team for the Schools Competition.
“Overall another a great season for the competition, the more kids enjoying the game the better the development for Philippine Rugby. It was great to see BSM and Faith Academy pushing ISM to their limits, those matches could have gone either way. To also have three girls teams participating is very good to see. Congratulations to all teams, we look forward to the years end where it all kicks off again in November” shared Jovan Masalunga, Competitions Manager for Philippine Rugby.
Philippine Rugby moves directly to the launch of their 15s domestic season, where it will host 3 divisions, a colts division (U19s), a women’s division and an open men’s division. Competition kicks off February 9, at Southern Plains Sports Field and will feature local Luzon based Rugby clubs vying for the 2019 Philippine Premiership Shield.
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Varsity Champions - The ISM Bearcats
Former Ph Volcano Benjamin Mudie breaths new air to the BSM rugby program
ISM U15s with the Trophy
ISM Gold taking out the Junior Varsity Division
Station International Bulacan Bombers with the U13s Trophy
U18 Junior Volcano Satchi Gonzalez finding space for the BSM Girls
The U11 Champions - the Santos Knight Frank Mavericks