2nd annual Monterey 7s Tournament
By: Larry Freitas
1st place: St. Mary’s (A)
2nd place: San Jose State
Summary written by Larry Freitas who volunteered to ref in the tournament:
May 5, 2018, was the second annual Monterey Bay 7’s Women’s Rugby Tournament, hosted by CSUMB. This is the second year in a row that the tournament has been played, and this time a few newcomers were added to the lineup: San Jose State and Saint Mary’s College. The rest of the schools involved were Cal Poly, who sent two squads (St. Mary’s did as well), Santa Clara, and the host team Cal State Monterey Bay. Sevens is unlike 15-a-side rugby in that the games have seven-minute halves, and there can be a number of tries scored because of the wide-open play involved. For this year the surprise team had to be San Jose State, who struggled to field 15 players all season long, as injuries had taken their toll. It’s a renewed program, much like that of CSUMB some five years ago. Both schools had rugby teams in the late 90’s into the early 2000’s. The winner of the tournament was the Saint Mary’s A side, who dominated San Jose State in the final game of the day. The Spartan women finally were overcome by the very well organized Gael side.
Saint Mary’s is a rugby club that is only four years old and has gone from being a weak program to one that has grown in size and strength. A victory for CSUMB had to be the one over Santa Clara in the final games bracket giving the home side a third-place finish. Santa Clara could not quite match CSUMB’s number of tries, falling short by one.
I can see this tournament becoming a major end-of-season celebration to the long rugby season, with training sessions starting just a month into any new school year, with a few fall matches, and after a four or five-week break in December and January, a continuation of the 15’s season well into March. It’s an excellent way for those in the second division of the Northern California Rugby Football Union’s colleges to wind up the year.
– LD Freitas,
Norcal Rugby Union Referee Society
By: Larry Freitas