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Thanksgiving Saturday brought over 140 teams to Randall’s Island, N.Y. for the 59th annual New York 7s Tournament. Twelve divisions saw over 2,000 players play rugby to close out the fall season. Sponsored by the New York Rugby Club, the event was live-streamed on FloRugby to bring the New York City action to the masses.
Starting at 8:00 am, rugby 7s took over Randall’s Island for eight hours on 16 fields. When the dust settled after 268 games, teams from Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, District of Columbia/Maryland, Belgium, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Québec took home the trophies.
“NY7s is a special event where teams travel from all over to participate in the tournament,” tournament director Dan Cavanaugh said. “We work to provide a great tournament for everyone, and there’s no bigger compliment than seeing the teams who come back year after year to play with us. Teams are passionate about and look forward to playing in NY7s every year. We’re lucky that we get to host the tournament in the greatest city in the world, and our focus is and always will be on making this the best tournament experience that we can for all who come to join us.”
As for the results, the Upright Rugby Rogues of Oakfield, Ont. won the club girl’s high school division and the Atlantic Girls U18 of Lafayette Hill, Pa. prevailed in the premier division. For the boy’s high school, the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union of Ottawa, Ont. won in the club division and the Canadian Misfit Rugby – Red of Toronto, Ont. beat CODP in the premier division.
Canada swept the women’s divisions Saturday. In the club group, the Nova Scotia Keltics beat the Aurora Barbarians and Phénix of Québec took out RMC in the college final. The Ottawa Irish won the social division over the NYRC Olde Love and Équipe Québec Women of Montreal, Québec triumphed in the premier final against Scion Rugby Academy.
In the men’s divisions, the Beltway Elite of the Capital Rugby Union won the five-team round-robin premier group over the Northeast Academy and Connecticut’s Bulldog Rugby conquered Atlantis, 28-3, in the collegiate division. The hometown Pacific Island Warriors beat the Village Lions in the club grouping and the massive 32-team social division ended with the Belgium Barbarians taking the trophy back to Europe versus the Godsquad.
The competition was high all day long and only was topped by the sportsmanship and respect of each team that played. “When we were giving out the trophies, many which were sponsored by our lead sponsor HKETONY, I was impressed with the sportsmanship and attitudes of the teams who received the Cup Runner-Up trophies,” Cavanaugh said. “While it is disappointing to lose in a championship match, their positive attitudes, congratulations of the winners, and excitement when receiving their runner-up trophies truly embody the spirit of NY7s.”
New York Rugby Club would like to thank everyone that help put on the enormous event. “We had a lot of people from across NYRC who stepped up in a big way to help make the day so successful,” Cavanaugh concluded. “We’d never be able to have 250+ games in a day without them and their dedication to making this such a special day for so many teams. This was also the first year we partnered with FloRugby to live stream three of our premier fields. They did a great job with high-quality streams, having commentators for the matches and providing more exposure for teams and the sport as Rugby Sevens continues to get more attention nationally.”
Here are the results of New York 7s: