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Berks County RFC - Inspiring Berks County Youth to fall in love with Rugby, the fastest growing sport in America! Berks County Rugby Football Club exists to play, promote and grow the sports of rugby union and sevens rugby to the youth in the greater Reading PA region.
At Berks County Rugby Football Club everyone is welcome. Designed to develop both beginners and experienced players of all skill levels, we train boys and girls grades 5th - 12th (Youth U13, Junior U15 and High School) to play one of the most challenging and enjoyable sports in the world: RUGBY! Rugby has a place for all body types: small and fast, big and strong, tall or short. Although rugby is wildly popular around the world, relatively few people in the U.S. are familiar with rugby, so we start from the beginning so everyone can learn. Even though it looks like chaos to begin with, after a few weeks of practice and a game or two, even beginners “get it” and have a lot of fun!
Prior to the Fall 7's Season Berks had over 30 players register. This gave Berks the opportunity to create two teams to play in the Fall Season. The season kicked off at the Blackthorn College Showcase where the two teams actually played each other. One team went 3- 1 after falling to Bishop Shanahan for their Second game. The other team went 1-3 , beating Doylestown Rugby.Next was the Marywood University Tournament held at Marywood University which is towards Scranton Pennsylvania. Again Berks Entered two teams. The first Berks Team played 3 games going 3-0 and Won the championship game, ending the day at 4-0. The second berks teams went 2-1 , then played for 3rd place where they beat Saint Joe's A side. Matt Fernandez had the honor to be named tournament MVP.
This was a packed summer for the High School Boys team. Berks combined with Media Rugby to play in The CRC's held in Philadelphia. Then Winning Dragon's Breath 7's held by Doylestown. The team also went onto Win the Delco 7's. Following the Delco 7's Berks played in the E-Town 7's where they met West Shore in the Finals and unfortunately were defeated. Next the High School team traveled to Surf Side 7's held in Stone Habor. The Boys met Mount Saint Mary's Developmental team in the finals and fell 28-19. To wrap up the summer the team took an overnight trip to Canton Ohio to play in the Hall of Fame 7's tournament. The team returned as defending Champions and went onto Win the tournament again for the second year in a row.
In the second year of the high school program at Berks County Rugby the boys battled all season against other clubs as well as Single School teams to earn a spot in the Pennsylvania State Semifinals. After Earning a spot in the playoffs the High School team played Downingtown , this was a home game. Despite the terrible Conditions the High School team defeated Downingtown and moved onto the State Finals. Unfortunately Falling to West Shore United ,after beating them in the regular season, at Penn State Berks in the State Semi Finals for Club Division 1.Very Proud Boys.
The Berks County Juniors stormed back from an 8 - 0 half-time deficit and score 27 second half points to take the state championship with a 27-16 win over the Doylestown Juniors.
Stephen Preval dotted down 3 try's and MVP Zak Elgogari led the team around the field on offense and defense.
Berks County Youth Rugby finished their undefeated season with a dramatic come from behind victory over Conestoga Youth Rugby in the state championship! 19 - 15. A great accomplishment for this second year team!
The Berks County Junior team ended their inaugural season with a loss the the eventual State Champion Media Junior Rugby. The thrilling game had Berks dominating time of possession but eventually falling 19-12. An amazing first season of rugby for these great athletes.
We are very grateful that Eagle Impact Rugby Academy (EIRA) will be hosting a Player I.D. camp here in Berks County. EIRA is high performance team that allows players to play at high levels of rugby with more exposure. If selected from the I.D. camp players will then be invited to the ERIA Winter Camp held in Arizona. If selected from the Winter Camp they will be placed onto a team that will travel abroad and play at a very High Level. The team is run by birth year.
Florida Tropical Sevens
Utah NAI 7's
Ontario Tour 15's
Do you want to see what rugby is all about? Come join us at our free youth rugby clinic for 5th, 6th and 7th graders. New players are encouraged to attend! Berks Youth Rugby is looking for our second RugbyPA State Championship and we need the athletes to come out and join us!
Please register here www.123formbuilder.com/form-4352639/event-registration-form
The Berks Junior team won the Coventry 7's tournament on Sunday going 4 - 0 on the day and outscoring their opponents 101 - 22. Great team win!
This past weekend the Berks High School rugby team traveled to Canton, Ohio to play in the Hall of Fame 7's.. There were 8 HS teams entered from Ohio, Indiana and PA. Berks took the title going 4 -1 on the day.
Tournament MVP - Stephen Preval - Berks Rugby
We had many standout performances but Stephen played every minute of every game and was a force on offense and defense.
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