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Lear, Malone named MVPs

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Date: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Members of the Esher Rugby Club and Apotella Angels celebrate after winning the men’s and women’s division of the  Tobago International Rugby 7s. Defence Force’s Kiano Fredericks, right, and Andre St Louis try to run by Rainbow’s Darrel Scott in the clash of the two local sides in Group A on Saturday.  Scion Siren’s Emily Azavedo (second from right) runs past Atlantis trio from left, Kelley Frank, Joya Clarke and Cheta Emba during their clash on Saturday. Photos: ANDRE DE GANNES

Seb Lear steered England’s Esher Rugby Club to the men’s Championship Division title, while Ciara Malone did the same for the United States’ Apotella Angels in the women’s division, as the Tobago International Rugby 7s tournament climaxed at the Black Rock Recreation Ground, Courland, last weekend.

Lear, who earned “Most Valuable Player” honours, was instrumental throughout in guiding the unbeaten Essex-based Esher to the final, where they beat Northern Academy (USA) 12-7 to lift the Tourism Development Company (TDC) Cup and US$3,000. 

In the lead up to the finals, Esher had wins against Curacao Rugby (41-0), Northern (12-10) and Exiles (21-5). Apotella Angels meanwhile crushed fellow US team Atlantis (USA) 19-0 in the final, thanks to a fine all-round tournament performance from Malone, who was also adjudged “MVP” at the end of the series.

Aptoella had dominated Group C, winning all four of their group matches, before beating Scion Sirens 12-10 in the semi-final. They walked away with the increased women’s division US$6,000 prize and the Department of Tourism Cup for their efforts. Leon Pantor, skipper on local team Exile, which finished fourth in the men’s division, was named the tournament’s Most Promising Player. 

The series was sponsored by bmobile, Blue Waters, Carib Brewery, SportsTT, Caribbean Airlines, Store Bay Beach Facilities, Tobago Goat Owners’ Association, Johnston’s Apartments, Division of Tourism and Transportation, TDC, Division of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport, Tobago Water, Tobago Rugby Football Club and Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs.

TEAMS

​Women’s Championship Division 
Final: Aptoella Angels 19 v Atlantis 0
3rd/4th: Scion Sirens 15 v Northeast Academy 5
Semi-finals
Aptoela Angels 12 v Scion Sirens 10
Atlantis 14 v Northeast Academy 12

Men’s Championship Division
Final: Esher 12 v Northeast Academy 7
3rd/4th: Rugby Quebec 19 v Exiles 0

Calabash Cup 
Final: Rainbow 29 v Harvard 10