Dublin Falcons Football Take First & Second Place in 2nd Annual Western States All-American Thanksgiving Tournament

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Teams from all over Northern California competed in the Western States All-American (WSAA) Thanksgiving Tournament. The WSAA Tournament is a two-game guaranteed format with a third game for the championship held in San Jose, CA. The Dublin Falcons Varsity & Jr. Novice teams had placed 1st and 2nd, respectively.

Dublin Falcons Football (http://www.dublinfalcons.com) Varsity and Jr. Novice squads competed in the heavily competitive Western States All-American “Thanksgiving” Tournament (http://www.westernstatesaa.com) over the Thanksgiving 2011 weekend in San Jose, CA. The Varsity squad (13-15 year olds) took 1st place in their division, while the Falcons Jr. Novice squad (6-9 year olds) took 2nd place, announced Shana Trias, Dublin Falcons President. This is the second year in a row in which the Dublin Falcons Varsity Football squad had taken first place in a Tournament.

Western States All-American Thanksgiving Tournament had over 30 teams from Northern California competing for the coveted 1st and 2nd place trophies.

“This year, the Dublin Falcons Varsity team made it to the playoffs and played in the Conference Championship game. It was a very successful year and the players had a great experience and learned a lot about football and life lessons. The goal of our program is to prepare the players for the next level of football - high school. Competing in the WSAA Thanksgiving Tournament, and winning 1st place in our division is a real motivator for our boys for next year,” said Head Varsity Coach Harold Trias.

“Our team practiced hard and played even harder all season,” continued Trias. “To come off from winning the California Classic last year, to winning the 2011 Thanksgiving Tournament, our players are in fine shape for next season. For the Varsity players moving on to high school ball, the local High Schools, particularly Dublin High, will be very fortunate, as they will receive players who come with years of football experience, discipline, work ethic, comprehension, and more importantly, love and respect for the game. It’s evident that the Dublin Falcon program is becoming the premier football program in the Tri-Valley Area.”

For the first time in years, The Dublin Falcons Varsity squad had many first time players. This posed an extra challenge for the Defensive and Offensive Coordinators, who worked together to develop a highly competitive team.

“Execution and a never say die attitude is how we win games and won this tournament,” said Varsity Defensive Coordinator, Coach Michael Forshey.
“Considering we had 15 first year players, which is not typical at the Varsity level, our players gave more than what was expected. They watched, they listened and they learned. They showed up and they played Dublin Falcons Football. That how we make a winning team,” said Forshey.

The 9 year and under team faced opponents who were bigger, stronger and had more players. Winning 2 out of 3 games, taking 2nd place was an accomplishment for the Dublin Falcons youngest football players.

“The Dublin Falcons Junior Novice Team entered the WSAA Thanksgiving Tournament coming off an undefeated season. “We won are first two games against bigger and stronger opponents, but at the end of the day, it was our speed and confidence that continued to come through for us” said Head Coach Steven Gaio.

“Our first loss in two seasons came at the hands of the Bay Area Spartans in the Championship game. Even though we had some key injuries, the Spartans were a very good team”. The future is bright for are Junior Novice Dublin Falcons, and we will be back next year,” said Gaio.

Registration for the 2012 Dublin Falcons season will start Jan. 9, 2012. Early Bird registration can be found on the Dublin Falcons website, http://www.dublinfalcons.com

The Dublin Falcons program was originally founded in the 1968 as the Dublin Knights. In 2007, the program became the Dublin Falcons, a franchise of the Delta Youth Football League (http://www.deltayouthfootballleague.org.) The Delta League has been known to have players in their program advance to play competitive football in College and in the NFL. The Dublin program has since expanded to cover the Tri-Valley area (Dublin, Pleasanton, Castro Valley, Livermore, Danville, and San Ramon). Comprised of four football and cheer squads, The Dublin Falcons program provides more than teaching the game of football and cheer, it teaches our youth trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. For more information, contact Shana Trias, President at (510) 714-1439 or email connfurn(at)aol(dot)com.


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