Delaware, St. John’s College Prep and Hempfield win at the Subaru Sevens
Twenty-eight teams traveled to Wilmington, Delaware for the 11th Annual Subaru 7s Tournament sponsored by the Delaware Rugby Foundation (DRF). The tournament was featured as the EPRU Match of the Week.
The college division, including a total of 12 teams and 7 teams who will be participating in the Collegiate Rugby Championships (CRC) on June 2nd was won by the University of Delaware. The CRC teams in the Subaru 7s included Delaware, Maryland, Temple, Army, Navy, Penn State and North Carolina State. In the semi-finals Maryland won over North Carolina State 24-12 in a well contested match and Delaware trounced Penn State by a score of 29 to nil. Delaware then defeated Maryland in the finals by a score of 33-17. The MVP for the college division was Patrick Mullarkey of the University of Delaware.
Andy Newcombe, President of the DRF, awarded the University of Delaware team with the Subaru 7s Tournament trophy and a Subaru-sponsored check for one thousand dollars.
In the Boys/U19 Division a total of 12 teams participated. In the Cup Division, St. John’s College Prep defeated Saliesianum's first team by a score of 12-7. In the Plate Division, Team SWAG overpowered St. Augustine, NJ 17-5. In the Bowl Division, Vaux (Philly High School) trampled Saliesianum II 26-5. This was Vaux High School’s first year playing in the Subaru 7s and is the first city of Philadelphia team to be sanctioned in the Varsity Rugby program.
In the Girls/U19 Division, Hempfield Girls repeated their win from last year. The Hempfield Girls have won the tournament 3 years running.
All proceeds go to fund the after-school programs for middle school children in the State of Delaware and to promote the growth of high school rugby in Delaware
According to Andy Newcombe, this is a "high caliber rugby 7's tournament benefiting the development of youth rugby in Delaware." The tournament is ran from 9:00am to 5:30pm at the Alapocas Run State Park
Last year, Penn State men won over a determined Navy 24-10 to take the men’s college division title and $1,000 cash. Princeton women came back from behind to beat Penn State women 19-15 and get crowned the women open champs and also $500 cash. Subaru of Cherry Hill donated the money for the winning teams. Temple beat Delaware in the Plate final, 26-17.
In the 2011 high school/U-19 divisions, Cardinal O’hara beat Unionville to take the championship crown. For the U-19 girls divisions, Hempfield girls retained the championship for the second year in a row in 2011.