Western Washington 7’s Tournament
It was a challenging weekend for the Dawgs, who were playing in their new purple and white 7’s jerseys, thanks to the help of Mr. Gadbaw! Having graduated 17 seniors, 7 of whom played and/or started on the 7’s and 15’s teams last season, has completely changed the makeup of our team. We have a lot of fresh new faces filling in these gaps, but it’ll take time to develop these athletic and devoted young men.
The competition was fierce last weekend, with two very good sides coming from UBC and UVic . Long Beach State had a very athletic and skilled team as well, and of course there was Central Washington, one of the top collegiate 7’s teams in the country for the past few years.
Even with our inexperience and stout competition, at times the UW team looked great, but could not stay consistent. Our Stalwart and team rock, Jack Stimson was at his best, with spurts of passion, grit and plain old blue collar hard work from others like Josh Rayburn and Riley Poulson.
Even at 1-2 on day one, we were able to squeeze into the cup quarterfinal rounds, but a disappointing loss to WWU, knocked us out of the tournament and a chance to play in the plate final for 5th place.
We’re utilizing 7’s as a development for our players as opposed to an actual 7’s season. We hope to play upwards of 25 guys in the 5 tournaments we’re attending. Sevens is the perfect avenue for preseason training, with lots of fitness, simple passing, catching and skill development. We’re looking to prime these guys to do something special again in our 15’s season and we look forward to everyone’s support both on and off the field.
This upcoming weekend we’ll be playing at the Oregon St. tournament, which will be an 8 team, one day tournament on Saturday 10/4.
Also, remember to follow the HuskyRugby club on social media (twitter and facebook). We’re hoping to have live updates during tournaments and matches throughout the year.