The Stampede are home after a long weekend tournament in Tampa. With a record of 3-2, the team took second place with their only losses coming from the top ranked team in the country and the defending national champions. In spite of their losses, the team made great strides toward their ultimate goal of success in the postseason.
The theme of this tournament was growth-- both as individual players and for the team as a whole. “Each time we took the court, we were working on specific situational scenarios and set plays. We have certainly made big strides since the beginning of the season.” said Stampede athlete Jeff Butler.
Newest player on the roster, Thomas Moylan, had this to say, “We put our best foot forward and played as a unit with many moving parts. I'm proud of our performance and look forward to seeing what we do in the future.” Follow The Stampede in their next tournament as they head to Birmingham, Alabama on February 2-4.
The Texas Stampede have punched their ticket to the Tampa Invitational Wheelchair RugbyTournament finals. The team have built a 3-1 record over the past 2 days highlighted by a strong performance against the Ability360 Heat.
Saturday’s match up saw the 5th seed Stampede take the #1 seeded heat to a 2 point overtime thriller. “We really have improved this tournament” said Coach James Gumbert. “To see the boys push a team like the heat to overtime shows we are on the right track”.
Sunday’s final features a rematch of Saturday’s game against the heat. Stay tuned for updates and scores. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year, tryouts bring new faces and new potential to the USAWR program. It's a hard hitting, grueling four days of rugby meant to test the physicality, mental toughness, and game knowledge of each player. The new faces on this team help fill in the gaps needed to bring home the gold at the 2018 World Championships in Sydney.
The United States has the largest and most competitive player pool in the world. With over 40 teams and 600 athletes, selecting just 16 individuals in a given year can be difficult. Tryouts are an emotional rollercoaster for everyone involved. Some players will never be back, and some will be future stars, but everyone brings their best game and skills. In the end, we can be certain that each player has truly earned their spot.
It is incredibly humbling to be selected to compete and train with the other 15 athletes that comprise the 2018 USAWR training squad. I'm confident that we are in a position to win in Sydney, and retake our top spot in the world.
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