Here's a tip of the cap to some non-qualifier tournaments happening all over the country this weekend.
Bloodfest 7s- In Austin, Texas the Austin Huns RFC will be hosting the 17th annual Bloodfest tournament. Proceeds will benefit the Central Blood Texas and Tissue Center. There are 48 teams registered and these teams are separated into pools depending on their skill level. The four pools are men’s open, men’s social, men’s super-social, and women’s open. In the men’s open, El Azul is the favorite coming off a 3rd place finish in the Las Vegas 7s last weekend. In the men’s social, New Orleans Cobra Kai RFC and NYRFC Big Dogs seem to be the favorite, despite traveling from far distances. The women’s favorite is hometown team Austin Valkyries. The men’s super-social pool is mostly for guys that want to get a run in that weekend and are not as competitive as the other pools.
Rockaway 7s- Taking place in Queens, NY is among the largest east coast 7s tournaments with a total of 58 teams registered – 24 men’s open teams, 10 women’s teams, eight men’s social teams, eight U18 teams, four U15 teams, and four U13 teams. The Rockaway Fish Heads are the hosts of the tournament, and they tend to put together a solid squad mostly consisting of Xavier grads that makes a deep run in the tournament.
Midnight 7s- The first ever Midnight 7s will take place at the Atlanta Silverback Sporting Complex. There are 30 registered teams that will be playing on two newly laid turf pitches. The Atlanta Renegades are hosting the event and they are looking to field a strong team. There are three divisions – Men’s premier, Men’s social, and boy’s high school/U19. The winner of the premier league will win a $1000 prize offer.
Fountain City 7s- This annual Kansas City event is a warm-up for a couple of qualifier teams, the Kansas Blues and Kansas City United, and a competitive event for everyone else. Omaha joins the roster of teams competing this year and are expected to challenge the Blues and United. The Blues are the overall tournament favorite, having made it to Nationals last season.
Tatunka 7s. Out in the Pacific Northwest Budd Bay Rugby Football Club will be hosting the Tatunka 7’s Tournament at Evergreen State College. There will be three divisions of competition, men’s competitive, men’s open and women’s open.
In Annandale, Va., the Washington Rugby Club will be having the Pick 7s tournament. The men’s bracket will feature 9 premier squads and 21 social teams while the women will see a slightly smaller turnout of 6 premier teams and 4 social teams. Both genders have a strong field of MARFU teams. The NOVA women have entered two squads in the premier division making for an interesting outcome.
At Clemens Memorial Park, in Hatfield Pa., the North Penn Rugby Club will be hosting the North Penn 7s. Last year, Downington defeated Towson in the men’s cup while NOVA knocked off the Scion Sirens to win the women’s cup. With the NOVA women choosing to enter the Pick 7’s this year, the women’s bracket will crown a new champion this weekend.
Cottage Grove, Wisc. will host the Madtown Rugby 7s in conjunction with the Cottage Grove Fireman’s Festival. Wisconsin’s first ever 7’s tournament, Madtown Rugby 7’s is calling all rugby supporters to be on hand. Men’s and women’s teams range from collegiate to senior level clubs from around the state. The UW Madison women are the team to watch in the female competition. Fox Cities Gargoyles and the hometown Wisconsin Rugby Club are expected to lead the men’s field.
The second stop in the Iowa 7s series will take place in Dubuque, Iowa. In its inaugural season, the Iowa 7s series only allows Iowa clubs to participate. Iowa City, Des Moines and Bremer, who all finished in the top three at Iowa 7’s #1, are expected to head up the field at Iowa 7’s #2.
Rounding out the this weekends action, is the Highland 7s located in Itasca, Ill. Hosted by the Lincoln Park Rugby Club, the competition will feature Men’s and Women’s divisions as well as High School Boys and Girls.
With action across the country, rugby 7’s enthusiasts are in store for a great weekend. Check back with us this weekend for updated information on the outcome of the tournaments.