The Northeast Olympia Development Academy is back from the Tobago 7s after winning the tournament and finishing 2013 with a solid run of results.
The ODA did not win their pool, losing as they did to English professional club Esher in pool play. But, after beating Canada's Dog River Howlers in the semis 21-12, they avenged their loss to Esher with a 21-12 victory to take the title.
In both the semifinal and final, the Northeast fell behind 12-0 before storming back. Jared Collinson saved his best for the big games, scoring two tries in each of the last two games. The Middlesex power-runner was one of the standouts, as was John Kokinda, who led the team from the front and in the breakdowns.
Derek Lipscomb of Old Blue also showed well, as the ODA followed up on their win at the New York 7s and their strong showings in the Serevi RugbyTown 7s and World Club 7s Championship during the summer.
Certainly several of the players are beginning to make a claim for higher honors.
"We have some really good players in this program," said Northeast Coach Stephen Lewis. "And what I've said to the guys is, we just need to keep performing. I was really pleased with how they adjusted through the tournament and also how they came back after falling behind."
Lewis said the players were asked to be more direct against Esher's aggressive defense, and they responded well.
Northeast ODA 31 Barbados 0
Try-scorers: Vota 2, Collinson, Granby, St. Claire
Northeast ODA 10 Northern (Trinidad) 7
Try-scorers: Lipscomb, Vota
Northeast ODA 42 Tobago 0
Try-scorers: Walsh 3, Vota, Collinson, Lipscomb, St. Claire, Feldman
Northeast ODA 17 Harvard (Trinidad) 5
Try-scorers: St. Claire, Granby, Lipscomb
Northeast ODA 7 Esher 26
Northeast ODA 49 Invictus (Trinidad) 0
Try-scorers: Lipscomb 2, Rafferty 2, Vota, McMahon, Keehn
Northeast ODA 21 Dog River Howlers 12
Try-scorers: Collinson 2, Granby
Northeast ODA 21 Esher 12
Try-scorers: Collinson 2, Kokinda