Fresh off winning the Subaru 7s, a tournament which featured seven teams playing in the upcoming USA 7s CRC, the University of Delaware comes into the tournament June 2 feeling pretty confident.
(Details on the USA 7s CRC, how to get tickets, and who is playing, can be found at www.usasevenscrc.com)
Delaware has been working extremely hard, training for 7s under Bjorn Haglid, Biddy Boyle and Chris Ryan since the 15s season was over.
With Pat Mullarkey putting in an MVP performance at the Subaru, and Chris Mullen also a real danger, the Blue Hens have put together a dangerous outfit. Added to that squad is Jimmy Kowalski. A freshman sensation last season Kowalski missed the entire 2012 15s spring season with a broken jaw. He has been working toward getting healthy for 7s since then, and is ready and fit.
“We’ve got a good feeling,” said Haglid. “And we’ve developed depth. Even with some of the well-known names, we don’t have superstars. A lot of teams do seem to rely on one or two go-to guys. We’ve got a full 12. In fact, we’ve got 14 and we’re going to have a tough time picking a squad of 12.”
Haglid will also be eager to get Glen Thommes back. The lock/flanker is a big guy with pace. He is with the USA U20s in Canada at present, but is expected back soon.
Delaware has a relatively favorable draw for the CRC. They take on defending champs Dartmouth in the opening game, a match that, if they lose, won’t scuttle their chances to move on, and a game where they can pounce on the Big Green if they start slowly.
After that the Blue Hens play Florida in the first game after the national anthem, and then rivals Maryland, a team they defeated 31-17 in the final of Subaru to win the title.
It’s a good group of games for a team on a roll. Come CRC time June 2, watch out for Delaware.