Sunday, July 26, 2015

Blues, Barbos for Des Moines

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Kansas City Blues Elite topped the table at day’s end in the final leg of the three-tournament national qualifying series at Cook Park, Denver on Saturday. The Blues Elite were champions of their own Heartland 7s Tournament a fortnight ago  and placed second at the Denver 7s on June 25, thus earning the first of two berths from our (Frontier) region at USA Rugby clubside nationals in Des Moines the weekend of August 8/9.
Blues beat all-comers save for a one-point loss to Glendale Raptors, 14-15, in pool play and defeated a young, feisty and bursting-with-potential GOATS Rugby (coached by former Aspen pilot, Niko Waqalaivi) in the championship match, 33-19.


Denver Barbarians managed to claim the second nationals berth after finishing in third place at yesterday’s 7s feast. Barbos just outpointed GOATS and Glendale Raptors on the series points table to punch their ticket to Iowa for Nationals next month. Bit of high, hot drama heading into yesterday’s finals fixture as the Denver side under-performed. losing to KC, 14-21, in their semi, while the surprising Omaha crew popped Glendale, 21-17, in their semifinal. Barbarians then downed Raptors to take third, placement that ensured that the Men in Green would advance should Kansas City triumph the title game. And triumph the Blues Elite did, opening up a double-digit lead in the first half and then closing for the win and the top seed from the Frontier Region.


Yesterday’s 7s competition featured the best half dozen sides of the Frontier Region, a geography extending from the Rockies to the Mississippi and Dakotas down through New Mexico. Each side in the contest represented a premium in seven-a-side expression, The clubs have formed from their respective academic structures and exhibit dedication and commitment required of the fast-paced, code that will by on worldview in the Olympic Games next year in Brasil

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