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Tigress Class of Tropical 7s Girls

The Charlotte Tigress at the Tropical 7s. Standing L to R" Katelyn England, Reese Vorster, Gabby Alegria, Jaden Gary, Lily Separ, Andrea Hooker; Kneeling L to R: Maddie Hughes, Lennox London, EC Cantrell, Caroline Cook, Jemmily Rivas, Zoey Keller

The Charlotte Tigress had only the one hiccup in a run that saw them win the Girls U18 bracket at the Tropical 7s.

In a massive Girls bracket that included 13 teams, the Tigress had six pool games to play (one more than the other pool) to book a place in the final. Among the favorites, they were almost unseated early on as they tied Gorilla Rugby 24-24 in the opener. With four freshmen on the team it was perhaps not unexpected that they didn't all know quite what the level would be.

But they slowly began to improve, edging Panther 7s Red 19-12 to move to 1-0-1, and then it started to click. They shook off the jitters and cut down the penalties and stopped giving up points.

Throughout the rest of pool play the Tigress didn't allow a point, shutting out Maui 15-0, Alaska 39-0, Rogue Ridge 45-0, and Fallbrook 30-0. It was a stunning display. That was good enough to win Pool A, as Gorilla fell to Maui, leaving Gorilla at 4-1-1, Maui at 5-1, and Charlotte at 5-0-1. 

Led by Lennox London and EC Cantrell, this group started to come together. While all but one normally play for Charlotte in league play (Reese Vorster plays for Wando normally but Wando didn't go to Tropical) you'd expect them to operate as a team, but the Tigress hadn't played at Tropical or NAI 7s as a unit; instead the players had participated in those events in various academies. 

This year, the Charlotte program decided to bring their players back into the fold, and added freshmen Katelyn England, Gabby Alegria, Carolina Cook, and Jemmily Rivas to augment the roster.

And it worked. They were exciting and skilled and their defense, after the hiccup of the opening game, was stellar.

In the final of the Tropilca 7s the Tigress met the Utah Cannibals, who were a perfect 6-0 on the weekend. The Cannibals had beaten the Celtic Barbarians 50-0, ARPTC 29-0, Badger Selects 31-5, Panther 7s Blue 22-12, and Riverdale 51-0. They gave up three tries going into the final, and three tries in the final as the Tigress edged the Cannibals in a thriller 17-14.

Maui, so close to winning their pool, took 3rd.

It was an impressive showing for a singular club, given that most of the field of teams at Tropical were select or regional sides. And it was even more notable given their shaky start, and how they turned that around; they gave up six tries in their first two games, and only two after in their final five games.

Tropical 7s Girls U18 Bracket Scores
Pool A Maui Wahine Warriors 20 5 Panther7s U18G - RED
Pool A Fallbrook Girls Rugby Club 0 30 Rogue Ridge Girls Rugby Club
Pool A Tigress 24 24 Gorilla Rugby Academy U18G
Pool B Riverdale Rugby 0 20 Badger Selects
Pool B Celtic Barbarians RFC U18G 0 50 Utah Cannibals
Pool B Panther7s U18G - BLUE 12 5 ARPTC
Pool A Maui Wahine Warriors 19 0 Alaska Youth Rugby U18G
Pool A Tigress 19 12 Panther7s U18G - RED
Pool A Gorilla Rugby Academy U18G 47 0 Rogue Ridge Girls Rugby Club
Pool B ARPTC 0 29 Utah Cannibals
Pool B Celtic Barbarians RFC U18G 12 15 Riverdale Rugby
Pool B Panther7s U18G - BLUE 14 12 Badger Selects
Pool A Alaska Youth Rugby U18G 30 0 Fallbrook Girls Rugby Club
Pool A Tigress 15 0 Maui Wahine Warriors
Pool A Rogue Ridge Girls Rugby Club 5 31 Panther7s U18G - RED
Pool B Riverdale Rugby 7 38 Panther7s U18G - BLUE
Pool B Utah Cannibals 31 5 Badger Selects
Pool B ARPTC 22 0 Celtic Barbarians RFC U18G
Pool A Tigress 39 0 Alaska Youth Rugby U18G
Pool A Gorilla Rugby Academy U18G 30 0 Fallbrook Girls Rugby Club
Pool A Rogue Ridge Girls Rugby Club 5 32 Maui Wahine Warriors
Pool A Alaska Youth Rugby U18G 0 48 Gorilla Rugby Academy U18G
Pool A Panther7s U18G - RED 30 0 Fallbrook Girls Rugby Club
Pool A Rogue Ridge Girls Rugby Club 0 45 Tigress
Pool B ARPTC 26 10 Riverdale Rugby
Pool B Utah Cannibals 22 12 Panther7s U18G - BLUE
Pool B Badger Selects 17 10 Celtic Barbarians RFC U18G
Pool A Rogue Ridge Girls Rugby Club 10 15 Alaska Youth Rugby U18G
Pool A Panther7s U18G - RED 12 17 Gorilla Rugby Academy U18G
Pool A Maui Wahine Warriors 30 0 Fallbrook Girls Rugby Club
Pool B Riverdale Rugby 0 51 Utah Cannibals
Pool B Badger Selects 17 10 ARPTC
Pool B Celtic Barbarians RFC U18G 12 34 Panther7s U18G - BLUE
Pool A Alaska Youth Rugby U18G 0 24 Panther7s U18G - RED
Pool A Maui Wahine Warriors 24 10 Gorilla Rugby Academy U18G
Pool A Fallbrook Girls Rugby Club 0 30 Tigress
11th/12th Celtic Barbarians RFC U18G 30 5 Rogue Ridge Girls Rugby Club
9th/10th Riverdale Rugby 22 5 Alaska Youth Rugby U18G
7th/8th ARPTC 7 26 Panther7s U18G - RED
5th/6th Badger Selects 24 7 Gorilla Rugby Academy U18G
3rd/4th Panther7s U18G - BLUE 19 22 Maui Wahine Warriors
Final Utah Cannibals 14 17 Tigress