USA Club 7s Rosters - Pool B
Thursday Aug 13, 2009 in Sevens Club Competitions
(Can Marco Barnard spark Old Blue? Ian Muir photo.)
The 16 teams competing in the USA Club 7s Championships have submitted their rosters and out of the 192 players as many as a quarter have international or professional 7s experience, or were All Americans.
In Pool B Belmont Shore seems to have all the cards. Despite being a perennial bridesmaid team, Shore has a former USA 7s captain in Riaan Hamilton, who helped OMBAC to the 2006 championship. They have longtime USA halfback Dallen Stanford, and capped 7s players Corey Blair, Tony Fratenglo and Pete Sio.
Nic Hawkins and Iopu Sanonu are just below that level, Ed Pitts is an All American, and Sinipati Uiagalelei hasn’t been capped in ten years, but can still play.
Manager Allen Andrews
The Chicago Griffins can’t get much love these days and aren’t held in too high esteem in a pool that includes the tournament favorites and the 2006 and 2005 champions.
Brendan Brown is an exciting player and they’ve augmented his presence with players with Super League experience and some talented college players. It will be a tough go.
Manager Ed Michals
Old Blue won a national title concentrating on using one major strike threat, and knew even then that wasn’t the way to go.
This 2009 version has all sorts of weapons. James Greenwood is back for another summer in New York (he plays in the UK) and he’s very quick. But Troy Hall can run, too, and when he’s on Euan Sadden can be as good as anyone. They’ve added Marco Barnard, who emerged this spring as a real 7s talent who can play scrumhalf, flyhalf, hooker or center. Barnard missed the World Games due to an earlier concussion, but if he’s back and in form, he’s the guy to be worried about.
Coach Sean Horan
This OMBAC side is not the one of a couple of years ago, when they had several players in their prime, and some others who had been there long enough to outthink everyone else. This team isn’t exactly like that. Jason Raven can still bring it and the former USA 7s captain is by far the most experienced player on the squad.
Brian Barnard played with the USA XVs team in 2006, while Ryan Claros had a stint with the Guam team. The rest are young but talented. Alex Ross played with the USA 7s team in London and Scotland this spring, and Duncan Kelm is new out of San Diego State and a talent. Joe Fontana is a year more out of SD State, but brings power and a high work rate. Luke Council is much the same.
It’s a hard to peg OMBAC team. It could all come together at the right moment. Or not. But it’s hard to bet against one of the greatest all-time 7s clubs.
Coach: Craig Hartley
- Alex Goff