Stone Harbor, NJ - The 2012 Surfside 7s featured 68 teams playing 110 matches, with winners crowned in nine divisions. There were more people at Surfside 2012 than ever before. The crowd, estimated at over 1,000, was treated to some great rugby and lots and lots of rugby fun.
Men’s Club: CMS
In the upset of the day, CMS defeated perennial champion the Shockers 21 - 5. For their trouble, CMS took home a custom set of Boathouse jerseys.
CMS put it on New Rochelle Alumni 48-5 after narrowly defeating Downingtown 21-17 in their preliminary matches. In the semis CMS scored five tries to the Roses two before taking on the Shockers.
Before bowing to CMS, the Shockers had won the Surfside club final five times, including the last three years in a row,.
Men’s Collegiate: NJ Blaze
Scoring two late tries, the NJ Blaze defeated West Virginia 34-28 in the Men’s Collegiate Final. The Blaze defeated Villanova, Holy Family, and West Chester on their road to the final. West Virginia outlasted a scrappy St. Joe's Alumni team 22-12 in their semifinal match.
Boys’ U-19: NJ Blaze
The NJ Blaze defeated Knightswarm 29-7 in the U-19 Final. The Blaze shut out the South Jersey Devils and New Rochelle in their preliminary matches, then defeated EPRU I 21-12 to move on to the final.
Boys U-15: Downingtown
Downingtown proved to be the most skilled of all the U-15 teams, outscoring their opponents 124-12. Doylestown placed second in the U15 Division with a record of 2-2.
Men’s Very Open: Mason Dixon
The Mason Dixon Pirates came from behind to narrowly defeat High Life in the Very Open Final. The newly formed division proved a perfect combination of good rugby and socially acceptable fun. The Very Open Division started and finished early. Both the Pirates and the High Life breezed through pool play before meeting in the final.
Men’s Very Open, 5th Place: Jersey Shore
Some good rugby took place in the "Very Open" social club division as Jersey Shore defeated the NE Philly Irish 25-nil in the final. Jersey Shore lost two tough matches in the preliminary rounds before defeating the Delmarva Outlaws and NE Philly.
Men’s Very Very Open: Troop Old Boys
Troop Old Boys won the Very Very Open Division in dramatic fashion by holding on to tie the Lost Boys in the final
The Troop started the day defeating Team Pelican and the Fossils by a total margin of 69 points. The Lost Boys were much less dominant, defeating Team Pelican 12-7 then the Fossils 38-0, setting up a winner take all final of two undefeated teams.
Troop took the early lead but Lost Boys scored midway through the second half to tie it up. Troop then held on to secure the tie and the Very Very Open championship.
Women’s Club - Turf: Keystone
Women’s Club teams were separated into two brackets: Surf and Turf. The Turf Bracket consisted of The Lady Lions from Penn State, Keystone, Chesapeake and the Brandywine Riot. It was Keystone who came out on top, defeating the Lady Lions in the Final 29-0.
Women’s Club - Surf: Thorns
The Thorns went through the Surf Bracket, easily defeating the Scranton Valkyries in the final, 38-12. The Hibernian Women took third by defeating Morris Women in the final 44-0.