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Thursday, 07 July 2011 22:20    PDF Print Write e-mail
Whittling Time for Eagles
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Probably by the end of next week, USA Head Coach Eddie O’Sullivan will name his squad to play Canada twice.

 
Written by Cody Secker    Thursday, 07 July 2011 21:39    PDF Print Write e-mail
OPSB Headlines Can-Am 7s
Sevens - Club Sevens

When the Can-Ams Summer Sevens tournament kicks off this weekend in Bellingham, it will be a matchup of some of the best teams Canada and the USA has to offer. Some will be looking for revenge from last year and others will have that infamous target on their backs and constantly looking over their shoulder

One of those teams being both the hunter and the hunted is Old Puget Sound Beach (OPSB). OPSB looks for nothing more than to maintain their solid tournament play. They are going to have a great chance to do so with a full and healthy squad, something they had to work around in Vancouver, BC. The former two-time defending champions lost in the final to Valley High (BC) 20-17 and are looking to get one back. Should these two match up in the divisional final it will make for a great match as both sport some of the best Sevens players in their respected countries.

Hosts Chuckanut Bay, playing in the Division B pool, will also have their hands full with teams like the Raccoons and Hoggs, both of which have strong returning squads. Chuckanut has looked fairly dominant this year and look to stay competitive this weekend with a full squad and the advantage of sleeping in their own beds.

On the U19 side, it looks as though the home team will once again be the team to beat. Defending champion Chuckanut Bay will once again bring a squad that not only brings a lot of speed to the table, but experience as well. However, the Bayside Young Sharks will be looking to dethrone their Bellingham counterparts and bring the trophy back to the other side of the border.

As for the women’s side, the Emerald City Mudhens (Seattle) will once again be looking to defend their title and make up for their disappointing loss in Vancouver against Burnaby Lake. For the Mudhens, it will be doing the fundamental things consistently and keeping containment on their opponents, something that killed them in Vancouver, BC. First things first though as pool play, which includes runner up from last year Bayside and 3rd place finisher Portland, will give them nothing but trouble.

 

 
Thursday, 07 July 2011 18:34    PDF Print Write e-mail
AA Surprises?
RUGBYmag Premier - Exclusive News

Could there be some surprises in the All American selections?

 
Thursday, 07 July 2011 21:33    PDF Print Write e-mail
Midwest U19 7s Tournament Set
School Age - Boys

The Midwest U19 7s championships are set for Saturday in St. Charles, Ill.

The tournament is a formalization of a trend going on throughout the country - the growth of U19 7s.

Eight teams will face off for this weekend's tournament.

 

POOL A

POOL B

Sycamore Spartans

Renegades

SC Predators

New Trier

Columbus, Ohio

Plainfield

Elgin

Penn H.S.

Match No.

Pool

Qualifiers

Time

Field

1

A

Sycamore Spartans v Columbus, Ohio

9.00am

1

2

B

Renegades v Plainfield

9.00am

2

3

A

SC Predators v Elgin

9.22am

1

4

B

New Trier v Penn H.S.

9.22am

2

5

A

Sycamore Spartans v Elgin

9.44am

1

6

B

Renegades v Penn H.S.

9.44am

2

7

A

SC Predators v Columbus, Ohio

10.06am

1

8

B

New Trier v Plainfield

10.06am

2

 

 

22 Minute Break

 

 

9

A

Columbus, Ohio v Elgin

10.50am

1

10

B

Plainfield v Penn H.S.

10.50am

2

11

A

Sycamore Spartans v SC Predators

11.12pm

1

12

B

Renegades v New Trier

11.12pm

2

13

 

7th Place Final 4th Pool A v 4th Pool B

12.00pm

1

14

 

5th Place Final 3rd Pool A v 3rd Pool A

12.00pm

2

15

 

3rd Place Final 2nd Pool A v 2nd Pool B

12.30pm

1

16

 

Championship Game 1st Pool A v 1st Pool B

12.30pm

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Thursday, 07 July 2011 18:32    PDF Print Write e-mail
Tough Selection Job for Magleby
Colleges - All Americans

Alex Magleby, All American coach. Photo Ivy RugbyFriday All Americans head coach Alex Magleby will be choosing his team to face New Zealand Universities, and it will be a tough job.

The former Dartmouth All American and 7s and 15s Eagle told RUGBYMag.com that the level of rugby ability in camp is the highest he’s ever seen in an All American assembly. The players have shown up in shape and ready to work.

“It’s a tribute to the work done by all those college coaches out there,” said Magleby, who has only one of his Dartmouth players, Nate Brakeley, on the squad. “We don’t do it here. They do it every day during the college season. Our job here is to put the players in a training environment that is more challenging than the games, and develop international rugby players.”

Magleby said making the Eagles should not be the goal of these players; being a great Eagle should be.

“We talk about being a podium player, which means being one of the top three in your position in the world. A swim coach will look at his team and figure if he has 70 percent of his team on the podium, he will win the meet. I want the USA to have 70 percent of their players podium players. It’s an audacious goal, but I want players to think beyond just making the Eagles.”

Magleby said all the players, including the small number of DI (as opposed to College Premier Division) players have impressed and slotted in just fine, thank you. He will treat all three games in this three-week series as test matches. He will select to win.

“Right now we’re concerned with playing our game on Saturday and nothing more than that,” he said. “We know New Zealand Universities will be a strong team, but really we need to focus on ourselves. The guys are doing a really good job taking everything in, and working hard. We have a lot of leaders on this team, and they are a great group to work with.”

 


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