The 2014 Summer 7s Series drew to a close over the weekend with a day of action which did not disappoint.
The dark clouds held off leaving unexpectedly dry playing conditions conducive to some exciting rugby by all teams.
There was an air of tension as each team wanted to improve on their position in the standings in the final day, which made for some intense encounters.
The Maples National 7s Academy started by defeating the Island Air Islanders 51-0 with room for improvement, which coach Richard “Grizz” Adams will be looking for as the Central American and Caribbean Games draw closer.
Reigning champions Fidelity Ama Tsotsi made tough work of a fired-up Peter’O’Neill Wolfhounds to get them on their way as favorites to meet the national side in the final.
The Tequila Patron Barbarians were the standout performers of the early rounds with a closely fought 22-19 game against the Maples Academy that had the crowd excited. The national side got their best test in the tournament with Harry Clark, Dan O’Connor and Robbie True standing out for the Barbarians.
The Westins & Co. side recorded their biggest victory with a 33-7 win over Islanders on the back of a narrow loss to the Wolfhounds.
The stage was set for a final match-up of the Maples Academy and a select Ama Tsotsi side. With the championship already decided in Academy’s favor, some stronger players were borrowed from other teams to make for as best a test possible for the national team.
The game started off with an exceptional solo effort from Joel Clark putting the national side ahead, but Ama Tsotsi had other ideas.
The teams went score-for-score in an exhilarating game which ended up with Tsotsi coming out on top by a narrow margin.
Clark, the Academy captain, was voted player of the tournament and won the Peter O’Neill Vase, receiving it from Governor Helen Kilpatrick.
The series standings ended up with Maples Academy winning, Ama Tsotsi second and the Patron Barbarians rounding out the top three in their first year competing.
Adams said, “I’ve been very impressed by the level of competition this year and I’m excited by the group of players I have at the moment and the way they are playing the game.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how far we can go at the CAC Games this year.”