Guam ruggers play today in Jakarta

RUGGERS IN INDONESIA: Guam Women's Rugby Sevens Team is competing in the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy in Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia. The two-day qualification tournament, featuring the region's best female rugby teams, runs from Aug. 10 to 11. Guam, opening up play today, will take on Chinese Taipei at 2:42 p.m. Contributed photo

Guam Women's Rugby Sevens Team left Thursday to complete in the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy in Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia. The nine-team tournament, featuring several strong rugby squads, kicks off Saturday. 

With the teams split into three separate pools, Guam, in Pool A, is paired with India and Chinese Taipei. With promotion to the 2020 Asia Rugby Sevens Series on the line, Guam will have to play their best. 

"The Women's Sevens Trophy tournament is very competitive," said Stephen Grantham, Guam Rugby Football Union president. "Korea is eager to get back up to the top eight. That said, the Philippines, India, and Guam all have realistic shots at winning promotion.” 

Guam, in its first match, will play Chinese Taipei at 2:42 p.m., (Guam time) Saturday, Aug. 10.

In their next match, also on Saturday, Guam will play India at 5:16 p.m. (Guam time).

“The match against India will be crucial as only the top team in each pool go through to the playoffs,” Grantham said. “We will need to beat all three of these teams.”

The playoffs, on Sunday, will be determined by pool-play results.  

The games, on the GFRU FaceBook page, will be livestreamed. 

“Our Ladies have been preparing for a few months now, and we expect a strong showing from them,” Grantham said. “I would encourage our supporters to watch live on the Guam Rugby Facebook page and enjoy the action.”

Playing for Team Guam are: Olivia Elliot, captain; Rosae Calvo, Kayla and Kimmy Taguacta, Vina and Vana Terlaje, Paige Surber. Patrisha Manlulu, Hazel Ochavillo, Nikkie Paulino, and Tori Starr.

Paul Claros and Peter Baggetta are Team Guam's coaches. Erica Quichocho, team manager, will help keep the team focused and game-ready.

The Guam Rugby Football Union, recognizing those who helped make the trip possible, thanked Mid Pacific Distributors Inc. (Heineken), Community Corp. and Rigalu Foundation.

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