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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Club 7s Nationals Eastern Qualifiers Update

NYAC winning the Saratoga 7s title. 
Several spots have been claimed out of the East for the upcoming Club 7s Nationals in Denver. Here is a rundown of how things went east of the Mississippi.

Atlantic North

Old Blue and Mystic River have booked their spots in the Club 7s Nationals after finishing first and second in the Atlantic North 7s Series. Old Blue took home the top spot thanks to their second place finish at the Saratoga 7s over the weekend. Mystic River finished third to barely edge out NYAC for a spot.  NYAC actually won the Saratoga 7s but where in too big of a hole to climb out of unless either Mystic River or Old Blue stumbled mightily. That didn't happen and the two strong sides from the Atlantic North will look to be two of the favorites in Denver.

Mid-Atlantic

Schuylkill River will head into next weekend's Mid-Atlantic Championships with momentum despite having to settle for a draw at the Slug 7s in Columbia, Maryland. The Exiles were perfect on the day with big wins over Rocky Gorge, Norfolk, and the Baltimore-Chesapeake. In the semi-finals they beat Washington Irish to set up a meeting with Norfolk who finished second in their pool behind Schuylkill River. NOVA finished as the top seed in the other pool but lost a tight match to Norfolk in the semi-finals. Because of the lightening the final was not able to be held and Schuylkill River and Norfolk were crowned co-champions.

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Heading in the Mid-Atlantic Championships next week Schuylkill River and NOVA look like the teams to beat and both have an inside track on the two spots to the Club 7s Nationals but Rocky Gorge could sneak in if results go their way.

South

There was only one tournament in the South over the weekend. The Oklahoma Elite have earned a spot in the South 7s Championship next week thanks to a win over the Atlanta Renegades at the Music City 7s. They were perfect in pool play and then beat Nashville in the semi-finals. Other teams from the South headed to Charlotte next week include New Orleans, Miami, Naples, Charlotte, and Atlanta Old White.

Midwest

The Chicago Lions moved one step closer to returning to the Club 7s Nationals after they won yet another tournament. This time it was the Ducks 7s. The win gives them 36 points in the standings, six ahead of their rivals the Chicago Blaze. Unfortunately for the Blaze they finished in fourth at the tournament behind Milwaukee meaning they have called further behind.

The Chicago Lions beat Metropolis in the final 19-12. The Lions previously beat The Blaze 27-24 in the semi-finals and were perfect in pool play. For Metropolis it was a strong showing that sees them move up the table.

The East part of the Midwest has a tournament this weekend before the Midwest championships the following weekend. 

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