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Scituate, Needham youth rugby teams play for state title

Posted by dinouye  May 24, 2013 04:24 PM

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The Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization will host the 2013 boys' state finals Saturday at Fort Devens.

The matchups:

* Division 1A: Scituate vs. Needham, noon

* Division 2: Andover vs. Milton, noon

* Division 1: Bishop Hendricken, R.I. vs. Belmont, 1:30 p.m.

Needham coach Diana Parkhurst is excited about her team’s rematch against defending champion Scituate.

“This is the first year we moved into varsity status here at the high school,” Parkhurst said. “But we’ve been a part of the tournament before.”

Her Rockets finished the season undefeated, and knocked off Scituate, 35-12, a week ago..

“We lost to Scituate last year in the finals,” said Parkhurst. “This is a big chance for redemption for us.”

Scituate coach Tucker Patterson, well aware of the recent history between the two squads, said “Needham is strong. But it’s rugby and anything can happen, we’re hoping to win.”

And beyond tomorrow, Patterson is excited for the future of the sport.

“It’s a growing sport in high school,” Patterson said. “Most schools are strictly club teams, and we are trying to get MIAA approved at some point down the road.”

In addition to the three state finals, a number of teams from across the state will be participating in jamboree at the site.

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