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The Midwest and West Coast featured a bevy of qualifiers this weekend. Traditional heavyweights took care of business and the Austin Huns captured their first tournament win of the summer.
The Pacific Northwest consists of Oregon, Washington and Northern California. The region is divided into two divisions with the top three teams from Nor Cal and the Pacific Northwest squaring off in a final tournament to determine who heads to Nationals.
The first of two tournaments to determine the top three in Nor Cal took place this weekend. The region does things a little differently than the rest of the country, only playing pool play games to determine the seeding. Life West came out on top, going 4-0-1. The Gladiators tied East Palo Alto 21-21 but won the tournament thanks to an early loss for the Razorbacks. Devereaux Ferris, Zach Bonte and Naima Fualaau all had outstanding tournaments for Life West.
In the Northwest, Washington Athletic Club took a commanding lead in the standings. NWAC took home the first qualifier several weeks ago and are in good position to advance to the final qualifier after another win this weekend. There is one more qualifier to iron out the other teams to qualify.
The Chicago Lions captured the second qualifier in the region after winning the Rock N Roll 7s. After falling short to Metropolis in the first qualifier, the Lions went 5-0 this go around, beating Columbus in the final.
Chicago did not concede a point in pool play but needed extra time to beat Metropolis in the semifinals. JP Eloff scored the game winner to set up a date with the Ohio side in the final. The Lions scored two first half tries to take the lead early in the game and went on to win 19-7.
Director of Rugby Dave Clancy praised the play of Matt Ziegler, Matt Wagner and JP Eloff for their clinical work on defense in the final.
The Austin Huns needed to deliver in the third qualifier in the Red River and they delivered. After falling in the final during the first qualifier and missing out on the finals all together in the second tournament, the Huns impressively defeated the Dallas Reds in the final of the Space City 7s 33-5.
The win moved Austin from third place to a three-way tie for first. Only two teams will advance to nationals out of the Red River so the final qualifier on July 22 will determine the two squads. Most likely, the tandem that make it to the finals will head to Minneapolis in August.
The Utah NDA is continuing its impressive run from last year with another tournament victory. After winning the first qualifier in dramatic fashion a couple weeks ago, the Utah side clinched a spot at Nationals with the win this weekend. The Kansas City Blues and Denver Barbarians will battle it out for the other spot in the final qualifier.