Last weekend, the Guam Women's Rugby Sevens Team competed hard to help improve the island's standing at the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy in Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Winning the tournament in the nine-team format would mean promotion to the 2020 Asia Rugby Sevens Series. Anything short of the mark, they would remain as one of the bottom nine teams.
Including Guam, the lower-tier teams in the tournament were Bangladesh, Chinese Taipei, India, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Philippines and Qatar.
In pool play, they demolished Chinese Taipei in the opening match, 31-7, but ran up against a tough India team to take the 29-14 loss and drop to the lower bracket. In the second day of action, they dropped Laos 22-14 to set up a fifth-place meeting against Korea. Though they played well, they fell short, 26-17, against Korea in their final playoff match, which would have given them a fifth-place finish overall.
Despite the loss, Guam was not disappointed in their performance.
"Overall, I thought we had a much better performance today. ... Our effort and decision making was much better," said assistant coach Peter Baggetta. "As coaches, we also made some selection changes and adjusted our game plan to match our strengths and how we thought we could beat Laos and Korea ... For the most part, the women executed the game plan."
A depleted bench, however, didn't help the Guam team combat the depth on the Korea team.
"We just ran out of gas ... (we) had to ask the starters to play the entire game – both against Laos and Korea," said Baggetta. "I’m really proud of the women – their commitment to represent Guam, their families and themselves with pride and hard effort over the course of the entire campaign is to be commended."