Hyde Wins 7s Opener
Thursday Jun 4, 2009 in Grassroots Rugby High School
(Hyde's Darrell Harris on the run.)
June 4, 2009 - This past weekend, the Hyde/Model 7s Tournament kicked off what will be a busy schedule of U19 Summer 7s season in the Washington, DC area.
The tournament was co-hosted by Hyde Rugby and the newly-formed Model School rugby team. The Model team is comprised completely of students who attend the Model School for the Deaf and as such are the first all deaf high school rugby team in the USA. The Hyde/Model 7s tournament served as a springboard to introduce the Model students and school administration to the exciting game of rugby and plant the seed for future growth.
The tournament was comprised of 7 teams in 2 pools. Hyde I, Maryland Exiles, Eleanor Roosevelt and Model were in Pool #1 and Coolidge, Severn River and Hyde II were in Pool #2. An excellent assortment of rookie and assortment referees were provided by the Potomac Society of Rugby Football Referees.
In Pool #1, Hyde advanced as the #1 Seed in the semifinals with victories over Eleanor Roosevelt (27-10), Model (14-5) and Exiles (19-5). The #2 Seed decision was not so clear and came down to the Model team needing to win its final pool match against Roosevelt by more than 20 points.
The Model team came out fired up and racked up 22 unanswered points before giving up a single try to Roosevelt in the final minutes. It was a bittersweet first win as the Maryland Exiles advanced to the semifinals on point differentials.
In Pool #2 Coolidge, clearly distinguished themselves as the #1 Seed with victories over Severn River (20-0) and Hyde II (25-0) The Coolidge team demonstrated an ability to attack from all areas of the field that was difficult for any team to contain. Severn River made quick work of the Hyde II team (22-0) to advance as the #2 Seed from Pool 2.
Semifinal 1, saw the Hyde I team defeat a Severn River team 24-10. Severn’s efforts were impressive and pushed the boys from Hyde till the final whistle. Semifinal 2 saw an imposing Maryland Exiles side go head to head with a Coolidge team built for speed. The game did not disappoint and Coolidge advanced by a score of 15-5.
Both teams were dangerous with ball in hand, played an exciting game characterized by flair, speed and amazing footwork. In a game that could have gone either way, Hyde I defeated Coolidge by a score of 17-7.
Remaining Washington Area 7s Series Tournaments
June 6 Maryland Exiles
June 13 Washington Rugby 7’s
June 20 NOVA Battlefield 7’s
June 27 PAC 7’s
July 10 NOVA Midnight 7’s