Much delayed, but here is the official USA Rugby recap of the women’s 7s tournament from San Diego …
2-14-2007 – USA FINISHES 2ND IN ITS 2007 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S SEVENS TOURNAMENT IN SAN DIEGO
SAN DIEGO – The USA ‘A’ Team took on the Canada ‘B’ Team on Saturday night in Petco Park for the right to call themselves the champions of the 2007 Women’s International Sevens Tournament held in San Diego. In the end, however, the USA was unable to pull off a win, scoring only seven points compared to Canada’s 19 on the USA Sevens pitch.
“The level of competition was greatly improved compared to last year, but I was a bit disappointed in the USA’s performance. It seems that we are a team filled with Thoroughbreds and no workhorses,” Julie McCoy, the Women’s USA ‘A’ Sevens Coach said. “These women make up the best athletes on their team and they are all running around trying to win the race, but his is a team sport, and we need to emphasize that.
“The Canadian defense was well organized, and I was very impressed with their new coach,” McCoy added. “We, on the other hand, were not organized. I put this loss on myself, as I was extremely distracted by both trying to lead the team, and running our own tournament. In the end, the U.S. players lost patience with the score, each trying to win the game individually.
This women’s tournament featured the best women’s international sevens rugby North America has to offer by allowing two squads from both the USA and Canada to participate. This year, also saw China’s Women’s Sevens Team tossed into the action, and saw each team play at least three games early on Friday, Feb. 9, before going into the tournament rounds of action later in the day.
USA ‘A’ faced USA ‘B’, while Canada ‘B’ took on China for the chance to move into the final match held in Petco Park. China and USA ‘B’ ended their run at the title by losing to their respective opponents by 15 points.
It was obviously discouraging to have to play against our own team in the semifinals, but having the Chinese women there was a great addition to this tournament. They are a strong team and it was fantastic that they were able to attend,” McCoy said. “Both our players and staff learned a valuable lesson this weekend, and look forward to the opportunity to elevate our play at the Hong Kong Sevens.”
The results from the Women’s International Sevens Tournament is as follows:
Match 1: Canada ‘B’ 7, USA ‘B’ 5
Match 2: USA ‘A’ 29, China 17
Match 3: USA ‘B’ 19, Canada ‘A’ 5
Match 4: Canada ‘B’ 19, USA ‘A’ 14
Match 5: China 20, Canada ‘A’ 0
Match 6: USA ‘B’ 10, China 0,
Match 7: USA ‘A’ 19, Canada ‘A’ 5
Match 8: Canada ‘B’ 17, China 0
Match 9: USA ‘A’ 10, USA ‘B’ 5
Match 10: Canada ‘A’ 10, Canada ‘B’ 15
(#2) USA ‘A’ 22, (# 3) USA ‘B’ 7
(#1) Canada ‘B’ 22, (#4) China 7
Final: Canada ‘B’ 19, USA ‘A’ 7,
And in that other 7s event in San Diego, the Eagle men’s team won the shield and Fiji won it all.
Also worth noting, Alex Goff writes up a nice opinion piece about the weekend and the overall event here (free to read). By many accounts, a good and professional tournament. Goff thought the dancers were the only poor element:
But we didn’t like the cheerleaders, who were barely (pun intended) shy of performing lap dances. If we have cheerleaders, I’d rather see a real college cheerleading team do more rah-rah stuff. The gyrations we didn’t need. (Interesting to note that the cheerleaders performed after the kids took the field, and waited to do anything until every child was off the pitch – rightfully understanding that having both in close proximity was, frankly, a little icky. However, those and other kids were still in the park, watching the jumbo-tron.)
And I find it more than hilarious that a different media member commended the tournament for the dancers and how very American it is. At least this year, he didn’t categorize it under “Women’s Rugby”.