With such a strong underclassmen group of players, we look to the relitively light upperclassmen group to pass the Kong next year in a big way. A huge thanks from coaches to the players for rising to the challenges presented!
Petaia "Ili" Ma’aveave, Center – his game sense and intensity make him a threat on attack and defense. Ili was chosen for the NCRC All-Tournament 7’s team. As a graduating senior next year, we anticipate it being Ili’s best season yet.
Sophomore Props Jakob “Squanto” Mathisen and Will “Salad” Fulton. As anyone in 15’s rugby knows, securing two powerful front rows is critical to a team’s success. These two skilled athletes have the strength and ball handling to excel beyond being the cornerposts of the team.
Sophomore Jacob Pati, Center, played high school rugby for Budd Bay, WA., and has been an absolute force this year attacking the line and setting the pace of the game. Keep an eye on this athlete!
Sophomore Thomas Janicki, Flanker, was looking for someone to hit after football – He found rugby. His work rate, explosive speed, ability to learn the sport, and positive character are second to none!
Husky Rugby Welcomes Coaches Will Wheaton, David Carpenter, and Michael Hoff. Tyler Siceloff spent a year as Huskies HC before moving on to other pursuits – thank you for your contribution Tyler! Will Wheaton joined the club in Fall 2018 and is now acting Head Coach, and will be assisted by two coaches this Fall: David Carpenter (UW Attack Coach 1984-1991), and Michael Hoff, Forwards Coach.
Wheaton has brought in Saracens guest coaches Mona Fale Sa’u and Ryan “Kirk” Youngman (Husky Alumni, and now a signed Seattle Seawolves player). We’ve also had guest coaches from the Seattle Seawolves - JP Smith: Scrum/Fly half, and Brad Tucker: Flanker. It’s exciting times with the Seawolves success and rugby growth in Seattle and the region.
The Huskies also anticipate continued assistance from forwards coaches Louie Henson (Saracens/Seawolves) and Henry Hall (Saracens), and thank them for their help so far. The current squad of Huskies is young and motivated to learn, setting the stage for a powerful side over the next couple years. Each session with the guest coaches has had a noticeable impact on the subsequent games.
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