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Rugby Ohio Crowns Four Fall HS 7s Champs

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Rugby Ohio Crowns Four Fall HS 7s Champs

Brunswick cone the Girls Competitive bracket. Ric Kruszynski photo.

Rugby Ohio completed its fall 7s series with four separate brackets this past weekend.

According to Rugby Ohio, 530 athletes participated in the Fall 7s season over four weeks, playing in Social and Competitive brackets.

Matches were played on Sundays, with teams getting in a handful of games and that was it. This past weekend was the championship event.

"There was energy, enthusiasm, and, above all, good play and sportsmanship," said Rugby Ohio Boardmember Robert Voth. "We saw new teams from all around Ohio, a positive sign for everyone involved in Rugby Ohio that our sport is catching on in all corners of the state."

Photos by Ric Kruszynski and Allison Bradfield.

Results:

Boys Social
1st Place - St Ignatius B
2nd Place - Anthony Wayne

Girls Social
1st Place - Parma
2nd Place - Brunswick B

Boys Competitive
1st Place - Dayton
2nd Place - Hilliard

Girls Competitive
1st Place - Brunswick
2nd Place - Mentor

This is the first year that any of the boys teams from Southern Ohio chose to participate in the Championship tournament.

“It was a surreal season," said Dayton Head Coach Matt Tracey. "With everything that happened in Dayton it was like there was a magic about what we did. Like we were playing for something bigger. So proud of these guys coming together as one team."

Dayton beat Hilliard 29-12 in the final.

For the Brunswick girls,  Head Coach Dan Prater said it was all about unity.

"We knew we had some strong individual talent coming into this year but also a lot of younger players and rookies to the game," said Prater. "We leaned hard on our captains to keep everyone focused and Molly and Louisa came through perfectly. Our biggest strength as the season went on was not our speed, aggression, or skill but the ability to work as a cohesive team on the field. Even when our starters came off there was no drop in performance from our bench players when finishing games. Overall this season exceeded expectations and we're very excited about upcoming 15s season.”

Hosted nicely at Notre Dame College, with NDC Men's Rugby working hard to make the day special, championship day featured over 450 players, with 42 matches played. Rugby Ohio General Manager Standish Fortin named the All Tournament players. For girls, two players received this recognition—Kaelin Davis from Brunswick and Mackenzi Gredence from Mentor. For boys, Dayton scrumhalf Elijah Reynolds was honored.