The 10th annual Subaru 7s showcased some of the up and coming stars in the area. 30 teams converged on Wilmington Delaware on Saturday May 21st to play some rugby, win some trophies and others the cash.
Penn State men won over a determined Navy 24-10 to take the men’s college division title and $1,000 cash. Princeton women came back from behind to beat Penn State women 19-15 and get crowned the women open champs and also $500 cash. Subaru of Cherry Hill donated the money for the winning teams. Temple beat Delaware in the Plate final, 26-17.
In the high school/U-19 divisions, Cardinal O’hara beat Unionville to take the championship crown. For the U-19 girls divisions, Hempfield girls retained the championship for the second year in a row.
Four newly developed middle schools played some touch rugby. Parents and school officials were in love with the game and the response from their students. Navity Miguel ‘B’ was crowned the winner, but all the kids enjoyed grilled dogs and burgers together afterwards. All that could be seen was smiles by these future rugby stars.
Eight college teams in two brackets showed the high school teams some fantastic rugby. 5 CRC teams were in attendance: Penn State, Navy, Army, North Carolina and Temple. The semis saw Navy playing Army to a tie at end of regulation, 19-19. In the added 5 minutes, Navy put two tries in at the corners for the win and advancement to the finals. The other game was Penn State against University of North Carolina. UNC took the first half lead only to find themselves being pressured on their own goal line and then giving up try. PSU then put on two more tries to move onto the championship round.
Tournament Director Bjorn Haglid called the tournament “a great day for rugby. The maintenance crew had performed a great job on getting the fields ready due to the four continued days of rain leading up to the event. The weather and field conditions couldn’t have been better.”