Saturday, August 18, 2018, Ateneo de Davao University Matina campus.
Thirteen teams from Davao, General Santos and Cebu came to participate in the initial iteration of the Kadayawan Rugby Festival, a rugby festival made up of Rugby 7’s which is a tackle league and the season finale of the Davao Tag League.
The teams were made up of Ateneo de Davao University, University of Mindanao, Holy Cross of Davao College, SOS Children’s Village, Durians Arancillio, Royal Valley Pirates, and Sto. Tomas Crashers for the tag league. As for the Rugby 7’s, there were 2 divisions, a Mens composed of the Davao Durians, and Dadiangas Generals from General Santos. The Womens were made up of the Davao Lady Durians, Dadiangas Lady Generals and the Cebu Lady Dragons.
The games started a little past 9am with the opening match played between Royal Valley Pirates and Holy Cross of Davao, for the Tag League; while the Tackle League was opened by the Lady Durians against the Lady Generals. Sometime in the early afternoon the winner for the Men’s Division of the Tackle League was already decided with the Durians having won both games against the Dadiangas Generals the only other mens team to have joined.
With the Davao Durians having dominated the men’s Division, a friendly match was played between the Durians and Dadiangas Generals. Jovan Masalunga, a current Philippine Volcano and the Tournaments and Events Manager of the Philippine Rugby Football Union who was present to officiate in the festival, took part in the exhibition game, and played for the Dadiangas, which was, for the sake of the friendly, temporarily renamed to MAAP and Friends.
By 3PM all games have been played and awarding started. Winners for the Tag League were SOS Children’s Village, securing first; University of Mindanao, second and Royal Valley Pirates for third.
Cebu’s Lady Dragons won 1st place for the Women’s Rugby 7’s with the Lady Durians in second and Dadiangas Lady Generals in third. For the Men’s it was locals, Durians that kept First Place with the Generals in second.
As for the Ateneo Rugby Club, they didn’t place this time, but it was good experience for the team; specially for one of our own Junior High School players, Andrea Mercedita L. Medrano, from 7 – Kostka, who played her first tackle rugby match with the Lady Durians.
This event was realized through the efforts of the Davao Durians Rugby Football Club in partnership with the Ateneo de Davao University Athletics Office, through Coach Airnel T. Abarra, Grade School Sports Coordinator and Ms. Michelle Mari M. Mercado, former Ateneo Grade School Rugby Varsity coach and Tournament Director for the Rugby Festival.
The Kadayawan Rugby Festival continues on the 25th of August at the University of Mindanao Matina Campus with the 5th Season of the Kadayawan Get Into Rugby Festival.