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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Lady Dragons prevail

THE Cebu Lady Dragons flew high after clinching back-to-back women's division titles in the 6th Annual International Cebu 10s Rugby Festival yesterday at the Cebu International School pitch.

The Lady Dragons took home The Fluster Clucks Cebu Ladies Invitational Trophy with a 17-0 beating of South Korean club Seoul Sisters.

Hayes Monica Bolofer broke away from the Sisters defense to score the first try of the match.

Cebu Lady Dragons' team captain Aiumi Ono scored the second try of the match with an impressive 70 yard run. Mae Ann Ubaub then sealed the win with another try near the end of the match.

“The team was basically adjusting because there are a lot of new players,” said Ono, a member of the Philippine Lady Volcanoes.

“The team had a huge improvement since we competed in Manila. Last year we beat them by a huge margin but this year they were better. They were more aggressive, they got more bigger and also got a lot faster. They were really tough competition.”

The Lady Dragons went unbeaten in the group stage. They drew with Seoul Sisters, 0-0, in the group stage. The Lady Dragons blanked Manila Monsoon, 10-0, while the Sisters defeated Manila Mayhem, 10-5.

In the men's division, the Alabang Eagles also retained their The Emerald Isle Dragon's Cup with a 28-14 victory over New Zealand club Christchurch High School Old Boys Assassins.

The Eagles, who had players from the Philippine Volcanoes, breezed through the group stage and finished as the No. 1 seed.

The defending champions beat home team Cebu Dragons in the semi-finals, 14-0, for another trip to the finals. The Assassins, on the other hand, edged out the Manila Nomads, 5-0, in the other semi-finals match.

The Cebu Dragons salvaged third place honors and lifted the Aionio Dragon's Balls with a 14-5 win over the Nomads.

Papua New Guinea squad Paradise Hunters crushed Sweden's Trellborg Penguins, 7-0, for the EMIA Dragon's Claw or fifth place honors.

Myanmar's Yangon Dragons finished seventh place and claimed the International SOS Dragon's Tail with a 20-0 thrashing of Singapore team Tanglin Thunderbirds.

Chinese club Beijing Aardvarks had a 10th place finish and snagged the San Miguel Dragon's Fart with a 10-0 win over the MAAP Warriors.
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