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At the 24th Monterey Tournament, played at Pebble Beach, California - the tournament that defined top flight club rugby in the United States, - witnessed mostly parity but also few upsets. In the final, perennial winners B.A.T.S. (Bay Area Touring Side), defeated the upstart San Jose Seahawks 18-0 for the 1982 title. The B.A.T.S. fifteen went through the event without ceding a point.
As usual, the tournament started with an excellent dress up dinner on the Friday night. The organizers continued the long-standing tradition of starting the games on time, providing an attractive and informative program, and offering plenty of food and drink for the spectators.
The teams represented the top Northern California teams (16), top Southern California fifteens (8), and eight other invited squads coming from Canada (2), Hawaii, Dartmouth College from New Hampshire, and four othert teams to total 32 participants.
San Jose posted the major upset by defeating three-time National Champion Old Blues of Berkeley. The contest saw a narrow 10-9 win by the Hawks.
In an all four Northern Cal semifinal, B.A.T.S. beat Sacramento’s Capitol RFC, avenging an earlier loss in NoCal club play. The score was 16-0.
Old Blues took third place with a 6-0 whitewash against the Sacramento side.
B.A.T.S. outplayed San Jose in the final, turning around a sour loss earlier in Pacific Coast Club Championship league.
Capitol scrum-half, Reggie Pagalihi was named the MPV of the tournament. B.A.T.S. players also won awards with Mike Smith winning best back, and John Jelaco, the best forward.
The spirit of competitive rugby ended with the game to decide the wooden spoon or last (32nd) place in the 1982 event. Two sides without wins (0-4), Cal Poly and Dartmouth, fought tooth and nail, with the Big Green winning.