Gael's take 2nd in the country in the 2013 Sevens National Championships in Greensboro, NC
The Gael's sevens Rugby campaign for 2013 started officially the week of with a pool of 28 players. We participated in our First Tournament which was the San Luis Obispo's Tri Tip Sevens tournament. Our Gaels ended up taking 3rd place by losing to Belmont Shore Men's club in the semifinal. Our Record that weekend was 5-1. We then played in the first Qualifier in Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where the Gales again went 5-1 with our only loss being to CAL in the semi's and the Gaels taking an overall 3rd place. We then Played in the Battle of the Bay October 26th & 27th where the Gaels went a perfect 6-0 and in doing so automatically qualified for the National Championships. We then went down to play in Long Beach in the California 7's Rugby tournament where the gales again went a perfect 6-0 for the weekend. This proved to be a great warm up to the tournament in Greensboro as the team really began to run on all cylinders. Due to a few last minute injuries to both Mason Colombo (Knee) and to Mark Bowers (broken bone in his foot) we added a few new players to the roster of (15) which were Tommy Wallace (Freshmen) and Dylan Audsley (Sophomore).
In Greensboro the Gales were faced with Middle Tennessee State University, Arizona State University and Oklahoma University in pool B. We dominated Middle Tennessee state 49-0, beat Arizona State 19-5 and then beat Oklahoma University 40-0 to go 3-o in Pool play and going into Sunday's Cup quarter Final as a #3 seed. We played Lindenwood University in the quarterfinal match and beat them in a very physical game and then moved on to play Central Washington in the semifinal match who upset Life University earlier in their quarterfinal game. We knew we could compete well with Central as we did in the Battle in the Bay and it was almost déjàvu as the gales went up 17-0 in the first half. Central Washington game back in the second half but it was too little too late and our boys did not let their foot off the pedal and the score ended up 34-17 to reach the final. We played probably one of the best sevens teams I have seen in a long time which was Arkansas State University and their size and speed was too much for our guys and we ended up losing 32-12. Our record in 5 tournaments was 27-3 which is outstanding. Mark, John and I are very proud of all the players who led up to this success especially many of the new comers which were a mix of freshmen and sophomores. For the seniors such as Colby Stevens, Lloyd Evans, Bubba Jones, Augie Heath, and Joey Reavey it will be an experience they will never forget. We now move onto 15's. Go Gales.