THE Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) has named its final male and female squads for the 2016 Rugby America’s North (RAN) 7’s series this weekend in Trinidad and Tobago.Patrick King, Osei McKenzie, Avery Corbin, Rickford Cummings, Ryan Gonzalves, Dwayne Schroeder, Blaize Baily, Peabo Hamilton, Devin Hooper, Devin Hooper, Kevin Mc Kenzie, Ronald Mayers, Lancelot Adonis and Vallon Adams have been named.Robin Roberts is the team manager with Kenneth Grant-Steuart as head coach and Barrington Brown as the physiotherapist.On the distaff end, Lotoya Cordis, Collette Hope, Carren Skeete, Abioce Heywood, Sabola Gray, Tiffany Pilgrim, Natasha Andrews, Cloetta Dublin, Alicia Mentore, Sasha James, Shonette Mc Farlane and Ashanti Carrington will represent Guyana.Petal Adams is their team manager with Theodore Henry as head coach and Abiola Blair as pPhysiotherapistGuyana’s senior men’s team is currently ranked 54th in the world while the women’s team ranked 27th in World Rugby. The ranking of the teams playing in 2016 Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens Championship is subject to change over the weekend.The pool draw which was released recently, has 14 nations in the men’s event where the teams have been divided into two groups of four and two groups of three.Guyana’s Green Machine will be up against Jamaica, Turks and Caicos and Martinique in Group D.In the women’s category with two groups of five, Guyana’s team will be in Group B with the hosts, Mexico, Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.
Allie Munroe donned a red and white sweater this past summer. From Aug. 17-21, Munroe skated at the visually stunning Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Those replaced her orange Syracuse jersey and Tennity Ice Pavilion, respectively.Munroe, joined by 84 elite young Canadian ice hockey players, participated in Team Canada’s National Development Summer Showcase. “We got to dress in the Team Canada dressing room. You got treated like a professional there.” Munroe said. “Walking into the dressing room for the first time I was like, ‘Wow. This is where I want to be.’” For years, Munroe had started her shot with the puck on her side, using a dragging motion. Troy Ryan, an associate coach for the Canadian National Team, instead challenged her to start her shot with the puck in front of her body. This allowed Munroe to drive the puck forward with greater velocity. By using the flexibility of her stick as opposed to winding up, Munroe was able to get her shot off quicker than ever. This season with the Orange (0-3-1), Munroe has utilized her new shooting style to get more shots off. Munroe is currently tied for fifth on the team with seven shots in four games and has used her new shooting style to build on a promising freshman season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I was a sponge there,” Munroe said. “Taking things from different coaches and different players and applying them to my game here (at SU). Playing against the best players from Canada, that gives me a lot of experience.” Last year, Munroe recorded four goals and six assists. Her season culminated with being named to the All-College Hockey America Tournament team. Just more than a month after she was voted onto the team, Munroe was selected for Team Canada’s strength and conditioning camp. On July 21, Munroe started playing with the team. “Allie’s case represents that if you play hard here, you get a chance,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. Ryan worked close with Munroe during her time with the team. He said Munroe has a will to improve herself not seen in other players. In addition to making great strides in her strength and conditioning, Ryan specifically helped Munroe develop her new shooting technique. As Munroe began to feel comfortable with her new shot, she laughed. She was surprised no one had taught her that before. Flanagan attended the Summer Showcase and witnessed how far Munroe had come since joining the Orange last season. “A year ago Allie was saying ‘What am I doing here? This is all new,’” Flanagan said. “For her to get invited and do well, (she) understands she needs to take the next step both personally and for her team.”Flanagan personally singled out Munroe’s increased confidence in the early part of the season and has noticed her improvement. Syracuse has scored just three goals this season and needs Munroe’s improved shot to work. If her improved shot pans out, it’ll help SU recover from its poor start to the season and possibly land Munroe back at the Markin Macphail Centre. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 17, 2016 at 10:41 pm Contact Nick: email@example.com | @nick_a_alvarez