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ON SUNDAY, the ladies from Para Todu go head-to-head against the Blue Comrades during women’s cup finals in the 1st Annual Heineken Guam Rugby Sevens Tournament at the University of Guam field in Mangilao.
Armed with no more equipment than athletic tape and mouthpieces, the hard-hitting ladies looked to lay it all on the line, tackling and pounding one another for two exciting 10-minute periods.
With 7:45 gone by in the opening half and the game remaining scoreless, Para Todu’s Kayla Taguacta picked up the loose ball, raced 60 yards downfield and, with one defender to beat, the Blue Comrades' Erica Quichocho started things off with a score for the Guam national team. Quichocho, however, would not be intimidated: She stopped Taguacta with a leveling hit within mere meters of the goal line. On the next play of the game, Para Todu’s Isabel Flores got ahold of the ball and busted it past the Blue Comrades' defense, scoring the game’s first try. Flores’ go-ahead goal proved to be the game-winner, with Para Todu shutting out the Blue Comrades 25-0.
Starting the second half up 5-0, Para Todu wasted very little time adding to their lead, as Kimberly Taguacta bolted 45 yards down the right sideline, crossing the goal line untouched for another try 10-0. The Blue Comrades couldn’t come up with an answer for stopping the Para Todu onslaught as the second half saw more answered tries from Maria Sgro (assisted by Kayla Taguacta), Olivia Flores and Kimberly Taguacta.
After the game, Para Todu head coach Paul Claros commented on the decisive victory: “We’re happy with the team win. We wanted to take the ball to them and that’s what happened. From the onset of this cup, the girls dedicated themselves to get into the gym and that was the difference today.”
Showing class in defeat, Blue Comrades coach Conrad Kerber gave praise to the champs: “The Para Todu team definitely played like the champs that they are. They showed us why they are the national team.”