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SFGG won their third straight Northern California Series tournament, this
time beating Olympic Club 43-19 in the final.
"We had a fairly easy pool, especially compared to the other teams," said SFGG Head Coach Jone Naqica. "I thought we were looking good but so was Olympic Club."
Naqica has a large corps of talented players to draw from, and it seems a different one has a strong performance in each game.
With Mose Timoteo. Mile Pulu, and Volney Rouse leading the squad, the youngsters were able to show what they can do.
"I have confidence in the boys, and I use that to give them confidence," said Naqica. "They have the ability to put any team away, and they showed that in the second half against Olympic Club. I thought Tim Maupin [of St. Mary's] had a great game, and Danny Barrett, coming back from an eye injury, was good, as well."
Olympic Club, with USA 7s player Colin Hawley bolstering their efforts, scored early in the final and led 19-17 at halftime. SFGG stormed back to win 43-19, but it was still a good day for O-Club.
"We are starting to play better," said Head Coach Matt Sherman. "But it's been the summer of hamstrings."
Several players have been out with hamstring injuries, so O-Club has not had their best squad out there, yet. They did welcome back Rikus Pretorius this weekend and get Dustin Muhn back next week.
Muhn is slated to be co-captain of the team, along with Alex Menke, a Stanford grad who has emerged this summer. Dan Tomasi has played well at prop.
"We have climbed into contention and we are playing better and playing with more confidence," said Sherman.
Now they just have to get over that SFGG hump.
SFGG, Olympic Club, Sacramento, and San Jose will join Seattle-OPSB, Eastside, Chuckanut, and Valley in the Pacific Coast finals July 20 in Seattle.