Surfside Sevens 2015: What a Weekend!
The bags are packed, banners folded and goalposts broken down, but Surfside Sevens 2015 will go down as the biggest and best “scorin’ at the shore” since the tournament was founded in 2004.
A record 84 teams descended on Stone Harbor, NJ over the weekend to compete in youth, high school, college and club divisions. The weather was perfect with bright sun and a steady breeze blowing off blue waters and white sands—the perfect setting for summertime sevens rugby.
Sevens rugby at the shore.. and a lot more!
Along with great rugby, there was delicious food and drink courtesy of Maui Wowi, Eat a Pita, the Philly-Whitemarsh BBQ Pit, Mr. Softee and Funnel Cakes. Boathouse Sports was on hand with high-quality rugby apparel. Friends for Friends lent a hand at the concessions tent. There was even Santa Claus, as old St. Nick took time out of his summer vacation with Mrs. Claus to pay Surfside Sevens a visit!
Rugby competition took place over two days. Most divisions participated in pool play and finals on Saturday at the Stone Harbor recreation fields. Pool play for the American High School Sevens Championships (AHS7s) took place Saturday in Wildwood and Wildwood Crest; finals were Sunday at Stone Harbor.
In the Men’s Club Cup final, Downingtown defeated Shockers 12-10. In the Women’s Club final, it was NJ Blaze over Phoenixville White Horse 35-15 for the Cup.
Yung Heathensz prevailed over South Jersey II 15-10 in the Men’s Very Open Cup final. On the women’s side it was Morris Women over WORU 34-5 for the Very Open Cup.
The Men’s Very Very Open Cup went to Troop Old Boys, who topped High Life 29-7.
Madison Motley took the Cup with a 19-14 victory over Heat Elite in the Men’s College final.
High School Divisions - American High School Sevens Championships
In the AHS7s, Doylestown defeated Media Blue 15-7 in the U13 final and MD Exiles Gold took care of MD Exiles Black 31-5 in the U15 final. In the HS Girls Cup final it was Doylestown over the NJ Blaze 24-5. The Boys’ Cup saw West Chester defeat Conestoga 24-14.
In the Elite division finals, MD Exiles Black defeated NJ Blaze White 24-0. The tournament finished with an elite showcase all-star game, which saw Teal vanquish Black 26-10.