Saturday, May 21, 2016

Club Playoff East Regional Update

Muddy conditions in Pittsburgh. 
The East Regional is set for a big day two after a few surprises on day one. Here is a rundown of what happened.

Men's DI

The Atlantic North showed their strength on Saturday as both Old Blue and Mystic River advanced to the regional final. The two teams have already played twice this year splitting the season series. Mystic River beat Metropolis 28-3 in their quarterfinal. Nate Osborne kicked an early penalty for Metropolis but tries from Alatasti Tupou, Jared Collinson, Vinny Daley, and Michael Armstrong gave them the win.

The quarterfinal between Old Blue and Rocky Gorge was closer with Old Blue winning 27-19. Old Blue went ahead with a try before Gorge pulled back a penalty. A from Old Blue put them in front 12-3 before Gorge answered. The teams then traded scored in the second half with Old Blue leading 20-13 at one point before Gorge narrowed it to 22-19 with seven minutes remaining. Old Blue scored a final try to pull away.

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Women's DI

It will be either Raleigh or Chicago North Shore in the national final after they beat two Boston sides in the regional semi-finals. Raleigh beat Boston 12-5 in a close match. It took until near the break for either team to score first when Jennifer Larrimore scored for Raleigh. That was soon followed up by an effort from Chelsea Garber. Boston were in the match and looked to have life when they scored a try from Deanna Nash with 10 minutes to go and Raleigh had a woman sent to the bin with five minutes to go but they couldn't grab that final score.

Chicago North Shore beat Beantown 29-8. Nobuko Takaki and Gabrielle Whittinghill put the North Shore up 14-0 with just 15 minutes played. Emily Jones have Beantown their first points but a try from Yuliana Garcia gave North Shore a 19-3 lead at the break. That was extended in the second half thanks to a try from Brittany Kilmek. Jones and Colleen Canniff traded late tries.

Men's DII

In Men's DII play the Detroit Tradesmen beat Charlotte 44-10 and the Village Lions beat Wilmington 21-5 to advance to tomorrow's regional final. The Tradesmen were well in control of the match from the start with a 20-0 lead at halftime. That would be extended to 27-0 shortly after the break. Adam Saad was all over the pitch for the Tradesmen kicking conversion and kicking penalties for 17 points in total. In their match the Village Lions led 21-0 before Wilmington scored a second half try.

Women's DII

Defending champions Wisconsin blasted Charlotte 67-19 in their match while Harrisburg edged Burlington 18-15. In the Harrisburg-Burlington match Cortney Kolak gave Harrisburg a lead with a penalty before Jacilin Meehan scored a try for Burlington. Michelle Kirk would add a try to put Harrisburgh up at the half 8-7. The match wouldn't be decided until late. Down 15-13 with time running out Elizabeth Cook scored to give Harrisburg the win.

Men's DIII

The Bremer County Bucks and the Fairfield Yankess are into the regional final after wins on Saturday. The Bucks beat the Savannah Shamrocks 36-17 and the Yankees beat Rocky Gorge 39-12. The two teams will square off tomorrow to see who makes the national final. The Bucks-Shamrocks match was close at the half with the Bucks holding just a 19-12 lead. They were able to extend their lead to 31-12 on the back of a couple of tries from Jeremy Newman before they traded late tries with the Shamrocks.

In the Yankees-Rocky Gorge match Fairfield ran out to a 22-0 lead just after halftime and were in control of the match the entire way. The closest it got was 29-12 and that was wit only ten minutes left. Rocky Gorge had reached this point on an appeal to U.S.A. Rugby. They had defeated Reading in the Mid-Atlantic final but U.S.A. Rugby rules stipulate that as a second side they most compete in contiguous divisions. Since Rocky Gorge first team was promoted to DI that meant that it wasn't contiguous. However, Rocky Gorge appeal ruling that they had applied to be DII status but were denied by the Mid-Atlantic. The ruling was that they had tried to keep the rule but had been prevented and their appeal was granted.

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