Baltimore-Chesapeake turned in a string of strong performances to win the premier division at the Atlantic Cup in Lewes, Delaware, last weekend.
The Brumbies went undefeated in pool play on Saturday, to put them into the championship game of the men’s premier division on Sunday against the Delaware Destroyers. The Destroyers, made up of University of Delaware alumni, also won all three pool games on Saturday.
Baltimore-Chesapeake drew first blood in the final, going ahead 5-0 on the 10-minute mark. The Destroyers responded with a converted try to take a 7-5 lead. However, two quick tries by the Brumbies gave them a 15-5 advantage as the first half drew closer to a close. The Destroyers responded with a penalty just before the break, to leave the half-time score 15-10.
The Destroyers came out firing in the second half, searching for an equalizing score. They came very close to finding it on a couple of occasions, but the Baltimore-Chesapeake defense held firm, before the Brumbies scored their fourth try late on to secure a 20-10 victory.
The championship game for the men’s open division was an interesting match-up between collegiate DII runners up Salisbury and Men’s DII National Champions Rocky Gorge. The two clubs are very familiar with each other, as many of Rocky Gorge’s squad learned their rugby at Salisbury.
In a high tempo final, Salisbury emerged victorious as they work toward another run at a national championship. Rocky Gorge, fielding a team that was without most of its front line players, will view the weekend as a useful exercise in terms of strengthening their roster depth as they seek to build upon last year’s successes.
In the women’s division, the Norfolk Storm proved to be too strong for its competitors, and deservedly took home the cup. The Women’s Division operated on a league basis, without a championship game, but the Storm’s undefeated run meant they were worthy winners.
In the old boy’s division, the Old Gaelic FOGG also went undefeated throughout the day, capping off a series of fine performances with a solid win in the championship game against the Jersey Shore Grey Sharks.
Meanwhile, a kicking competition was held to determine the best male and female goal kicker present at the tournament. The competition was run in a single elimination style, with kicks becoming progressively harder as competitors dropped out. In the end, Will Coleman of the University of Delaware won the Men’s competition, while Keegan Hackman of the University of Delaware Alumni team won the Women’s competition.