Although New York and New Jersey award separate 15 titles in the spring, the ranks thin in the fall as other sports contend for athletes’ attention.
It was tough for the Morris U18 girls team to properly celebrate its New Jersey State Championship, as its competition didn’t enter the final at full strength. In fact, Morris was supposed to play South Jersey in Sunday’s final, but the standings runner-up had whittled down to four healthy CIPPed players, and third-place Union competed in its place.
Delbarton School defeated St. Augustine 33-21 Sunday to win the Rugby New Jersey single-school Boys HS championship.
It wasn’t an easy game, and likely the toughest game of the season for a Delbarton team that hadn’t run into too much trouble in league play this season.
The Union County Mudturtles followed up their National Tier II tournament championship of a few weeks ago by winning the New Jersey State championship this past Sunday.
New Jersey crowns two champions this weekend with Union County taking on Morris, and Delbarton facing St. Augustine.
Delbarton is in to the New Jersey state final after hammering St. Peter’s 71-5 in the state single-school semifinal.
Morris' season began in friendly fashion. Berkshire United drove south from Massachusetts and enjoyed a pre-game pancake breakfast with the home club, raising $1,000 for a local autism group. But once the whistle blew, it was all business, and Morris banked a 71-5 win over last year’s national championship host.
The season is about to begin in cold regions and the Union Mud Turtles out of New Jersey can hardly wait.
Coming off a 38-19 scrimmage loss to Doylestown, the Mud Turtles have a tough Christian Brothers Academy team this weekend followed by #4 Xavier.
But Union isn’t backing down.
Rugby NJ recently completed its first Fall Rugby Sevens Series. The 4 Tournament series brought together HS 7’s teams from around the New Jersey/New York metro area. “It was a way for players to continue the 7’s they had played over the summer, and to build on the skills they’ll use in the Spring 15’s season.