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There are no more qualifiers left, and all the bids to Club 7s Nationals have been earned, if not accepted. Saturday saw seven teams win their way into Nationals, as four regional qualification series came to an end. Assuming no team other than SFGG passes on a bid, and East Palo Alto gets NorCal's ticket to Nationals, the table at the bottom of this article outlines the 16 men's participants for Nationals Aug. 9-10 in Seattle, Wash.
In the West, the Denver Barbarians beat the Kansas City Blues 24-10 in the final of the Omaha, Neb. qualifier to claim the regional title. Denver and the Blues had already punched their tickets to Nationals by advancing to the final. The Barbos, Blues and Glendale entered the final tournament tied atop the series standings, and whichever two finished highest in Omaha would advance. The Blues beat Glendale 24-12 in one semifinal, and the Barbos beat Omaha 26-10 in the other. This marks the second time in three years the Blues have advanced to Nationals and the 14th time in a row for Denver.
Belmont Shore beat Santa Monica 40-0 to win the final SoCal qualifier in San Diego Saturday. With the win, Belmont takes the SoCal Series and the region's top seed to Nationals. Santa Monica advances as SoCal's No. 2.
The Northeast had a five-tournmanet series this summer, and though Old Blue didn't win any of the three qualifiers in July, the New York team did enough to take the regional title. Old Blue secured first place in the series with a third-place finish in the final qualifier Saturday in Cheshire, Conn. New York Athletic Club finished second on the weekend and in the series, also advancing to Nationals.
Northern California also had its series finale Saturday, with SFGG emerging as the champion. It's unconfirmed, but likely, that the East Palo Alto Razorbacks, which finished second Saturday and in the series standings, will take SFGG's place at Nationals, as the NorCal chacmps are opting to compete in the World Club 7s event in Limerick, Ireland instead.
Schuylkill River and the Maryland Exiles had already clinched bids to Nationals ahead of the weekend, but the Mid-Atlantic final in Columbia, Md. would determine the regional champion and seeds for the championships. Schuylkill beat the Exiles 43-0 in the tournament final to claim the title and the the region's top seed to Nationals.
|Southern California 1||Belmont Shore|
|Southern California 2||Santa Monica|
|Northern California||East Palo Alto Razorbacks|
|Pacific Northwest||Seattle Saracens|
|West 1||Denver Barbarians|
|West 2||Kansas City Blues|
|Mid-Atlantic 1||Schuylkill River|
|Mid-Atlantic 2||Maryland Exiles|
|Midwest 1||Chicago Lions|
|Red River||Austin Blacks|
|South 1||New Orleans Royale|
|South 2||Atlanta Old White|
|Northeast 1||Old Blue New York|
|Northeast 2||New York Athletic Club|