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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Club 7s Nationals East Qualifier Update


Earlier we looked at 7s qualifiers in the West so now it's time to take a look at the East.

Atlantic North

Through three of four tournaments Old Blue sit in the top spot in the Atlantic North. Old Blue won the Monmouth 7s and the Newport 7s last month but were upended this last weekend at the Hell Gate 7s. That tournament was won by Mystic River who beat NYAC 19-0 in the final. Mystic River have finished in second and third place giving them 70 points in the standings, three behind Old Blue. NYAC are still in it at 65 points thanks to back to back second place finishes. However, a fourth place finish earlier in the year leaves them up against it to claim one of the two spots to the Club 7s Nationals.

Next week is the Saratoga 7s. Old Blue pretty much just have to show up and they'll be in. NYAC somehow need to find five points to overcome Mystic River. In the Atlantic North 22 points is awarded for a win, 19 for second place, 17 for third, and 15 for fourth.

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Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic is halfway through their Series and like many of the regions around the country the aggregate winner and second place make it to Denver. Schuylkill River sit in a good spot despite not taking home a tournament title. They finished in second place to NOVA at the Blue Ball 7s and then finished behind Rocky Gorge at last weekend's Battlefield 7s. Schuykill River were in it against Rocky Gorge until two yellow cards and a penalty try detailed their chance. Rocky Gorge won 40-26.  The Slug 7s in Columbia, Maryland is the third leg next weekend.

Midwest

The Midwest is divided into East and West tournaments priors to the Midwest 7s Championship at the end of the month. In the West the Chicago Lions are perfect through two tournaments. They took home the Madtown 7s and Minnesota 7s last month. Their cross-town rivals, the Chicago Blaze, are currently second with 21 points followed by the Milwaukee Barbarians. Metropolis are right behind but need help catching up. The final chance for they teams to get a place in the Midwest finals is July 16th at the Ducks 7s.

In the East it's 1823 that have ruled the competition. They won the Cin City 7s last month and then after a month break won last weekend's Rock-n-Roll 7s in Cleveland. They beat themselves (A team vs. B team) in Cleveland and now have 24 points heading into the final qualifier in two weeks. The Cincinnati Wolfhounds are second in the standings with another third place finish. They have 20 points.

South

The South has been fractured with tournaments in each region. This last weekend Miami won the Invasion 7s in Florida, beating Naples in the process. Nashville beat New Orleans at the Tennessee 7s in the True South. Nashville aren't going to Nationals so New Orleans claimed the points. That just added to their overall lead in the standings. Another team will also qualify for the finals in two weeks. In Georgia Atlanta Old White continued their strong form with a win.

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