New England 10s Report
Monday Jul 13, 2009 in Grassroots Rugby Tournaments
Acton, Mass. - The 31st Annual New England 10’s Rugby Tournament was played at a maximum capacity of 38 teams in both men’s and women’s divisions, competing on four rugby fields in beautiful NARA Park in Acton, Mass.
All 38 teams were vying to win a set of custom rugby jerseys awarded to the men’s and women’s winners of the Cup Division (courtesy of tournament sponsor Ball’s Out! Rugby).
Cup Division Winner (Men): Mystic River RFC
Cup Division Winner (Women): Beantown RFC
Plate Division Winner (Men): South Shore RFC
Bowl Division Winner (Men): Rutland RFC
Bowl Division Winner (Women): Portland RFC
In the morning, each of the 38 teams competed in round-robin pool matches to determine the rankings for playoffs in the afternoon. In the afternoon, the top teams from the morning round-robin moved onto the Cup Division playoffs, while the remaining teams moved forward to compete in the Plate and Bowl Division playoffs. Note: All of the 75 individual match scores from the round robin and playoffs are included at the end of this summary.
In the Men’s Cup Division Final, Mystic River RFC brought home the tournament title for the 3rd time in four years by winning a hard-hitting match against their Division I rivals the Boston Irish Wolfhounds 21-0. In the final, Mystic’s David “Sliver” Barry ran the offense to perfection from flyhalf to nail down his bid as the Tournament MVP and to bring home the Cup Division trophy for Mystic.
Mystic breezed their way into the finals with a 57-0 win over Providence RFC in the semifinals, while in the other semifinal the Wolfhounds had an easy time with a New Haven RFC team that was still breathing hard from their last-minute, one-point win in the quarterfinals, winning 31-0).
Over in the Women’s Cup Division Final, Beantown RFC showed class in repeating as champions for their 10th straight year in the tournament. Beantown beat a tough Falcons team and an experienced Hartford club on their way to the final.
In addition to their Cup trophies, Mystic and Beantown they also took home a set of custom New England 10’s rugby jerseys (courtesy of tournament sponsor Ball’s Out! Rugby).
In the Men’s Plate Division Final, South Shore RFC was able to outlast a strong Mystic River II team 12-5. To reach the final South Shore beat Charles River RFC in a tight semifinal 12-0, while Mystic II beat Boston Legal in the other semi 26-7.
In the Men’s Bowl Division Final, Rutland RFC finished off a great day of rugby with a big win over Old Gold II 17-14. Rutland made their way into the finals by beating Springfield RFC on kicks after their semi ended tied 12-12. . Old Gold II notched an easier win over Seacoast RFC 24-7.
In the Women’s Bowl Division Final, Portland RFC regained the Bowl Division title by beating Worcester RFC 24-10. Portland last won the title in 2007 then narrowly lost the 2008 final by a point. In the semis Worcester handled Northeastern RFC 22-0, while Portland also blanked Seacoast RFC in the other semifinal 24-0.
Tournament acknowledgements: The more than 700 players, referees, and spectators, host team Old Gold RFC, the Town of Acton for their beautiful NARA Park, and sponsors Heineken USA, Ball’s Out! Rugby, Taylor United Van Lines, and Tom English’s Cottage.
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