After several months without seeing official action in the field, the National Women’s Sevens Selected He traveled to the city of Montevideo to begin his preparation for the 26th edition of the Valentín Martínez tournament, which will be held on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November at the Carrasco Polo Club. Organized by South America Rugby and still without a confirmed fixture, next to Argentina will be Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Regarding the details of their stay, the entire delegation underwent a previous PCR test and with negative results in its entirety, they left by bus for the Uruguayan lands to settle in the Ibis Styles hotel and carry out the corresponding isolation. The squad can only leave the concentration for training, which will be in the afternoon at the Carrasco Polo Club.
Good background of the national team in this contest, which had it runner-up last year and which allowed it to compete for a place in the qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Buenos Aires, Catamarca, Córdoba, Misiones, Neuquén, Santa Fe and Tucumán will be the provinces represented by the players in this traditional event.
Declarations of Thomas Bongiorno – Head Coach.
“The feelings of being able to play a tournament in this 2020, from me, the staff and the players, the truth that was received with enormous joy. We were waiting for the moment and sincerely when they told us that it was going to be Valentín Martínez, it was all happiness ”.
“The team selection was not easy, they were all predisposed and wanted to be in this tournament. There were some protocol and administrative issues that we had to consider when setting up the team that was traveling. But despite that, we have put together a competitive team, with girls who have shown themselves uninterruptedly since the issue of the pandemic began, committed, with physical evolutions and a lot of interest in participating in this competition “” The objective is mainly to enjoy again of being on a court. See the players in action. Recover lost time. That is why we came to Montevideo 25 days before, to work on contact and management issues. We are working on that. Also in the group, to strengthen the team. In terms of results, we believe that it may be a consequence of the work we have done in these almost nine months of inactivity ”.
Taking into account the final positions of the previous Valentín Martínez Nin – the last female competition disputed – the two zones of four teams each, will be formed as follows:
Zone A: Brazil, Paraguay, Chile and Uruguay
Zone B: Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Costa Rica
On the first day, the zone matches will be played at 10 o’clock, while at the end the quarterfinals will begin and there will be matches to define each of the final positions. All teams will play six games each.
The final is scheduled for Sunday at 4:45 pm.
The Valentín Martínez Nin began 27 editions ago as a youth tournament and grew to become one of the largest youth sporting events in South America, with regular participation from club teams from neighboring countries. Rugby and women’s hockey were added opportunely.