Sunday, May 28, 2017

Olympic Club Perfect On Day One In Amsterdam

The Olympic Club Rugby team jump started their 7's season by going 3-0 on the first day of the Amsterdam 7's. With this result, the Olympic Club moves into a new single day tournament that will be held on Sunday between the 12 pool winners. The Olympic Club will pay the Oxfam Crusaders from Great Britain and a international All-Star team playing under the banner of Nyenrode University in the Netherlands in their Sunday pool with the winner of the small round robin earning a spot in the Cup Semi-Finals.

The Olympic Club started the day against the Netherland Seven's Academy, a team comprised of age-grade Dutch national team players. Olympic Club slow, but Dustin Muhn would come off the bench and help the team shake off the jet lag and pull away from a feisty team of youngsters looking to prove themselves against older opponents. A final score line of 22-14 would see Olympic Club start the day off on the right foot.

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In the next match Olympic Club would take on the RFC Oisterwijk Oysters from Netherlands. Lead by big performances from Alec Gletzer and Colin Hawley, the Dutch side was not match for the speed and athleticism of the OC, with Olympic Club scoring early and often on the way to a 31-7 victory.

In there last match of the day, Olympic Club faced the Esher Lions of the National League 1 in England. Both teams sat at 2-0 and the winner would clinch a pool victory. Esher opened the scoring in the first minute, making the score 5-0 before the Olympic Club could even touch the ball. The O Club, however, would answer back and score the next two tries to lead 14-5. Esher would score again before half time to make it a 14-12 game. The second half was an exciting one. Alec Gletzer would kick off the scoring, rumbling down the sideline following a nice execution of phase play by the OC as the worked down the field. Esher, however, would increase the pressure and score the next two tries to bring the score to 19-22 in favor of the lions with almost no time to play. The OC would recover the kick-off after giving up the lead and methodically work their way down the field knowing that a turnover would mean the end of the game. After swinging the ball to the sideline and being tackled just short of the goal line, Colin Hawley would pick up the ball from the ruck and dive over the try line to win the game 24-22.

Olympic looks to build on their Saturday performance tomorrow and show the largely European crowd that the USA can play some 7's as well. 

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