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.