The Collegiate All Americans are not necessarily in the Men’s 7a National All-Star Championships to win, but don’t tell the players that.
The All Americans finished Friday 3-0 in Pool Play, scoring 77 points and allowing only 26.
“It was a good day,” summarized scrumhalf Don Pati. “We had some mistakes. That second game we started good but they made a good comeback. We made some mistakes on our end and we need to fix that.”
All the players are just happy to be playing, but perhaps Pati more than most. He is just back from injury and really only had been running for two weeks before attending the All American camp.
“This is the first game I’ve played since my injury, and it’s great to be able to put in the minutes,” he said. “Right now we’re looking toward tomorrow. We want to be more consistent – not be so up and down and take care of the little things.”
Talk has been rife within the All American camp.
“Everyone is pretty excited about the idea of playing in the Pan-Am games or even the Olympics,” said wing Tim Stanfill. “Mixing with the different athletes at the OTC has been good. We had the USA Developmental women come in, then the volleyball players came in and the BMX guys. It’s great to be a part of it.”