Rocky Gorge won the Mid-Atlantic Premier Division Pick 7s in Washington DC Saturday, defeating Schuylkill River 26-19 in the final.
Forty-two teams from around the Mid-Atlantic region gathered at the 3 pitches lining the infield of the Rosecroft horse racing track outside Washington DC.
Many of the teams were bolstered by recent acquisitions from prominent area college rugby programs such as 2013 Division II champions Salisbury and runners-up Towson, as well as IUP, Navy, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Kutztown, Penn State and Delaware.
Tournament Co-Director and Washington RFC 7s Coach Kevin Gilligan said his club started the Pick 7s as a companion to their successful, long-running Cherry Blossom Tournament and “because we were tired of always traveling somewhere else to compete in other people’s tournaments.” Unfortunately, a High School division, always a big part of the Cherry Blossom had to be scrapped due to lack of entries.
Rocky Gorge team secured the cash award for 1st place by defeating a strong Schuylkill River side 26-19 in the Men’s Premier Division final. Along the way they downed the Maryland Exiles 17-14 and Washington 29-7 in pool play, Norfolk 24-12 in the quarterfinal, and the Pittsburgh Harlequins 28-21 in the semi.
By winning the Men’s Premier Final, Rocky Gorge is guaranteed a place in the MARFU championship tournament, as long as they enter a team in the July 13 event in Richmond, Va.
Meanwhile Schuylkill River, by earning eight points, moved into 1st place in the MARFU standings.
The Women’s Premier Division was taken by the DC Furies with a convincing 27-7 victory over NOVA 1 in the final. The Furies rolled over the Exiles 33-0, Nova 2 29-0 and Philly 39-5 on their way to the penultimate prize.
Potomac Athletic Club took the Social Men’s Division with an overtime win against the Exiles 31-26. They defeated Wilmington 22-5, Richmond 31-12, and the Madison Mad Dogs 28-7 in pool play and capped it with a quarter final victories over Schuylkill River 32-7 and a semifinal over Severn River 24-17.
The most interesting jersey award among the many new kits sported on a glorious Saturday of rugby has to go to the Seven Deadly Sins in their hot Pink shirts with Sloth, Gluttony, Lust and Envy printed individually across the back. (see photo).