Guam - 10 men's teams and 4 women's teams will take to the
Wettengel Field in Dededo for this weekend's Tru Grit Rugby Tournament. There
will be 2 teams from Japan competing along with some U-19 teams taking part in
the tournament for the first time. The skill level at the tournament will be
top notch with all the teams vying for a chance to walk away Cup Champions.
Jesse Perez with Da Doks told KUAM Sports, "Adding the U-19
is the upcoming new talent into the sport and there is going to be a lot of
great talent. There are some big boys to some small speedsters so it's a wide
variety. Especially with the Japanese coming in it's going to be a lot of good
competition. With the Japanese teams they are really good with their hands and
most of them are not as big as us or as aggressive so they are really good with
ball handling and they can hit gaps really well, basically they are good with
The sport has grown over the last 10 years with several local
players making it at the collegiate and national level. Tournaments like these
allow our players here at home to develop their game against one another as
well as our off island competitors.
Shannon Siguenza with the Guam Rugby Club added, "We just
finished our 3rd season of girl's tackle rugby and the skill level that the
girls were able to show in just the short amount of time was really amazing and
it was really good work by all the coaches. It was good dedication by the rugby
community. In my 5 years of playing rugby we had one team that was split into 2
to play the tournament and then now we have 4 women's teams and that's not
actually all of the people or women that play rugby. These are just the women
that are able to come out and make time for the tournament this weekend."