The Montauk Rugby Club was ousted from the Northeast Division II regional tournament Saturday as the result of a 32-20 loss to the host side, Princeton, which the next day defeated Montclair, N.J., for the championship and the right to advance in postseason play.
“They were a better team than we were,” Rich Brierley, the Sharks’ coach, said Tuesday. “Their backs were pretty good, and though our guys know how to tackle, our lack of defensive experience showed in some instances.”
John Glennon, Erik Brierley, and Connor Miller scored Montauk’s tries. “Connor would have had two,” said Brierley, “except on one occasion he ran out of the back of their try zone, which you’re not allowed to do. It wasn’t all that well marked.”
Montauk will spend the off-season “recruiting and rebuilding for the fall,” its coach added. “We’ll play touch every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Herrick Park beginning next week.”
New Academy Coach
The Ross School announced this week that Phil Williamson, a former tour player who lives in Sag Harbor, has been hired as the head coach of Ross’s Tennis Academy.
Williamson, who played in eight U.S. Opens, two Wimbledons, and in one Australian Open between 1987 and 1997, represented Antigua in Davis Cup play and in other national events. Recently, he has coached nationally ranked juniors at the Grand Slam Tennis Center in Bedford, N.Y., where he serves as the senior head pro. Since 2001, he has served as a staff coach for the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program. He was certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association as a “high performance coach” in 2007. Williamson was to have started in his new job Monday.
“The student-athletes of our tennis academy are very lucky to have such an accomplished player as Phil on their side,” said the academy’s tennis director, Vinicius Carmo.
Mark McKee announced this week that the first session of the East Hampton Kiwanis Club’s six-week baseball instructional program, known as T-ball, will be held Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the John M. Marshall Elementary School. The program, he said, “is for boys and girls ages 5 through 8.”
Mother’s Day Run
The Montauk Youth Association is to benefit from a 3-mile Mother’s Day run around Fort Pond on Sunday. All the proceeds are to go to “a local family in need.” The race is to start at the Circle at 8:30 a.m. Registration will be from 7:30. The suggested donation is $10.
Radio station WPPB (88.3) will benefit from a golf outing at the Noyac Golf Club on Wednesday. Bonnie Grice, Brian Cosgrove, Ed German, Ann Liguori, Michael Mackey, and other WPPB staff members will be on hand. The day of golf, which is to begin at noon, following a brunch, is to end with cocktails, dinner, and an auction “in the beautiful clubhouse. . . . Non-golfers, spouses, and partners are invited.”