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SFGG Wins Plate, NOVA Bowl

Sunday Aug 16, 2009 in Sevens Club Competitions

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Mile Pulu happy to run. Dobson Images.

San Francisco Golden Gate won the Plate at the USA 7s Championships on their home field at Treasure Island.

Buoyed by some vocal crowd support, Golden Gate rode a superb game from Jone Naqica and some crucial big plays from Danny Barrett, Thretton Palamo, and others to take some consolation for their 7s efforts.

SFGG took on Atlanta Old White in the final, and it was Atlanta that scored first, working a turnover in their own end and going the length of the field.

David Winiarczyk got the movement started, fed Leslie Mango for the big run, and Mengo’s pass to David Ngamau didn’t first go to hand, but Ngamau knocked it backwards, gathered and scored under the posts.

Down 7-0 SFGG replied. Thretton Palamo got his team going forward with break through the AOW defense, and then a bouncing pass to Naqica allowed the halfback to rush in on the loose ball, and race in under the posts.

Then the ball went out to Barrett, who showed a good turn of pace running into the corner to make it 12-7. In the second half, SFGG added on a try from Seta Palamo, who just finished off a movement that used all the players. Atlanta replied though Caleb Tanui to make it 19-14 with time winding down.

But the impact subs made an impact. Plenty of defense and good work from Thretton Palamo – who is at his best getting go-forward in his own territory, set up Andrea Asquega for a huge breakaway.

Down 26-14 Old White got one more, with Richard Kanda scoring. But it was too late, and SFGG held on.

Plate Final
Tries: Naqica, Barrett, S. Palamo, Asuega
Convs: Naqica 3

Atlanta Old White 21
Tries: Ngamau, Tanui, Kanda
Convs: Winiarczyk 2, Waikamakama

In the Bowl Final, NOVA overcame their obvious disappointement in going 2-1 and not making the Cup Round, and defeated Boston 26-7.

In a game that got pretty scrappy, NOVA won thanks to their pressure defense. Andrew Hosier dropped a sure try chance early but made up for it with a solid game overall. Hamish Smales scored the opener, taking a loose ball and rushing in for the try.

Moments later Josh Stallings scored off a Boston scrum five meters from their own line. Stallings blitzed in on Kyle Marshall, forced a drop and dove over for the try.

In the second half Stalling scored again, this time after PJ Komongnan went on a long, weaving run. Just as Komongnan had every Boston player looking at him, he offloaded to an onrushing Stallings for the try.

Anwar Salaam raced in for the fourth. Derrick Wavomba’s try would be scant consolation for Boston.

For NOVA it was bittersweet. A good tournament where they beat the Chicago Lions, among others, and finished 5-1, was affected by their failure to get the right points difference to overcome SFGG or the Lions. The Bowl was all they could get.

Bow Final
Tries: Smales, Stallings 2, Salaam
Convs: Wintermantel 3

Boston 7
Tries: Wavomba
Convs: Marshall

- Alex Goff

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