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Recap: Club 7s Qualifiers

  • 17 Jun 2019
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Last weekend saw three Competitive Regions (CRs) and one Geographic Union (GU) held club 7s qualifiers for the women. The CRs have different set-ups in terms of how they name their representatives to the national championship, ranging from series and standings points, to others relying on two tournaments to name the nationals-bound teams.

FRONTIER

Four teams assembled for the first qualifier in the Frontier region, which includes teams from the Rocky Mountain and Mid-America GUs. The tournament occurred in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Challenge, a USA Rugby Regional Cup Tournament in Denver. The local side, Rocky Mountain Magic (Colo.), brought two teams, the second side dubbed “Black Magic,” and Utah’s Peaks Rugby and Missouri’s KC Jazz completed the lineup.

Rocky Mountain Magic, comprised of players from teams like Glendale and Denver Black Ice, took top honors and outscored opponents 139-10.

ROUND ROBIN RESULTS

Rocky Mtn Magic 42-0 Black Magic

Rocky Mtn Magic 21-5 KC Jazz

Rocky Mtn Magic 50-0 Peaks

KC Jazz 21-12 Peaks

KC Jazz 19-12 Black Magic

Black Magic 33-10 Peaks

FINALS

1st: Rocky Mtn Magic 26-5 KC Jazz

3rd: Black Magic def Peaks

MIDWEST

The Midwest holds three series tournaments and uses those standings to seed the CR championship, which names the reps to nationals. The first qualifier occurred at the Forest City 7s and drew eight teams. Chicago North Shore, under the direction of new head coach John Coumbe-Lilley, finished first while the Chicago Lions and Cincinnati finished second and third, respectively.

The next series tournament occurs June 22 at the Firehouse 7s in Lemont, Ill.


Photo courtesy Chicago North Shore Facebook

NORCAL

Northern California is a GU so its qualifiers will send teams to the Pacific North CR championship on July 27 in San Francisco. There, the NorCal teams will play Pacific North leaders (like Washington Athletic and ORSU) for berths to the national championship.

NorCal held its first qualifier in San Jose and saw sides do battle. Nationals regulars Life West and Berkeley each put in two sides, and were joined by SFGG and San Jose.

Life West 58-0 SFGG

Life West 44-0 All Blues B

Life West def Life West B

All Blues 21-7 Life West B

All Blues 38-5 SFGG

All Blues def All Blues B

Life West B 33-12 Santa Rosa

Life West B 5-0 San Jose

All Blues B 38-5 Santa Rosa

All Blues B 42-0 San Jose

SFGG 24-12 San Jose

SFGG 24-5 Santa Rosa

San Jose 22-14 Santa Rosa

Final: Life West 24-5 All Blues

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Photo: Alex Ho (hoiho.net)

SOUTH

The South is holding two tournaments to determine its reps to nationals and Atlanta has the early lead for a berth. At the Rusty Knight 7s in Orlando, the Harlequins beat Phoenix 38-7, Orlando 33-5 and Tampa Krewe 33-0, before facing Phoenix again for the final. The Ros Chou-coached team ended with a 28-0 win and title.

The next South qualifier will occur July 20 in Raleigh, so there is a lot of 7s rugby to play until then.


Photo courtesy Atlanta Harlequins Facebook
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