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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Americans Show Well At Tobago 7s

Northeast Academy women against Scion in New York
Several teams from the United States played at the Tobago 7s over the weekend with the Northeast Academy coming out with the best results with the men finishing in second place to Esher and the women finishing fourth overall. Other U.S. teams to participate in the international tournament include Atlantis, the Scion Sirens, and the Stars. Many of those teams also played in the New York 7s last weekend.

The Northeast Academy men's first match of the tournament came against the Wolves from Guyana and ended in a 59-0 win with Mike St. Claire, Connor Wallace-Sims, Eric Duechle, Jared Collinson each scoring a try a piece and Harry Higgins picking up two and Sean McGarrity three. The strong day would continue with a 33-12 win over Harvard. Rick Kirkland, Collinson, St. Claire, Duechle, and Higgins each had tries.

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At that point the pools were reseeded and the Northeast Academy was grouped with Atlantis, Aesculapians, and Team Quebec. In a rematch from the New York 7s they beat Team Quebec 33-7 on the back of efforts from Kirkland, Kyle Granby, Wallace-Sims, Duechle, and McGarrity. They then ran over Aesculapians 50-0 and Atlantis 17-0 to advance to the final. Kirkland and McGarrity continued their scoring streaks in the matches.

In the final McGarrity opened the scoring but Esher pegged a try back on the restart. The Northeast Academy were able to hit their conversion to lead 7-5. In the second half the Northeast Academy went down a man thanks to a yellow card. That advantage allowed Esher to put in a try that would hold up for a 12-7 win.

On the women's side the Northeast Academy was placed into Group E with Apotella, Nassau Renegades, the Police (T&T). They made it through group play with a 28-0 win over Nassau before losing to Apotella by two points 23-21. They then beat the Police 31-0. However, they couldn't turn it into a winning streak as a try in the last minute by Atlantis sent them to a 14-12 loss and a match against Scion for third place. Scion would go on to win that match 15-5.

The Stars narrowly missed out on a chance to make it to the final after losing to Team Quebec and Northern but picking up a forfeit win. They did pick up a notable effort as they drew with Guyana 26-26.

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