ATLANTA OLD WHITE starts Summer with Renegade 7s WIN
By Evan Lappen. In a tune-up before the Men’s Sevens qualifiers begin in the South, 15 teams descended on Atlanta, Ga. for the Renegade 7s....
By Evan Lappen.
In a tune-up before the Men’s Sevens qualifiers begin in the South, 15 teams descended on Atlanta, Ga. for the Renegade 7s. Enduring the heat, the Atlanta Old White took home the top prize by beating the Legion of Doom, 27-7. The Atlanta Renegades ran a superb event and hope to host a qualifier next year.
The clubs were broken into four groups with the Atlanta Renegades A side, Montgomery, and Augusta in Pool A; Birmingham, Legion of Doom, the Gwinnett Griffins, and the Renegades B side in Pool B; the Atlanta Old White, the North Atlanta Exiles, the Athens Men’s Club, and the Atlanta B.R.A.M.A.S. in Pool C; and the Savannah Shamrocks, the High Country of Atlanta, the Atlanta Slackers, and the University of Georgia in Pool D.
The Atlanta Renegades A side, Legion of Doom, Atlanta Old White and the Savannah Shamrocks emerged as pool winners and advanced to the semifinal round. Legion and the Old White dispatched the Renegades and the Shamrocks, respectively, to meet the final.
In the tournament championship, the Atlanta Old White dominated the Legion of Doom, a mixed player squad from Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama, 27-7, to pick up its first win of the summer. The Old White will use this victory as a launching point to challenge for the South Championships in July. The next stop for Atlanta will be Birmingham Vulcan 7s on June 25th.
“The pool play was tough, but once we got into the playoffs, the competition was higher,” Atlanta Old White 7s coach Ronn Omondi said. “In the final, we had watched Legion play pretty much all day, so we knew we had them beat. They had athletes, but we knew if we didn’t let them have any continuity, we could beat them. Within the game, it was tight and hotly contested, but we finished our attacks and made sure to play in their face consistently on defense.”
Omondi said that his 7s philosophy is chemistry on offensive, but on defense, it’s effort. “Being able to close out a team without having the ball and turning defense into offense. Capitalizing on the opportunities we created through our defense. Gerson Blaise, Mike Sanders, and Jamie Gasparella played great.”
There are eight qualifiers scheduled for the South, however, the Georgia Rugby Union’s will only hold one qualifying tournament in the region. The Atlanta Old White will host that qualifier, the Hotlanta 7s, on July 9th.
In the women’s division, it was the Mother Tickets of Atlanta, the Atlanta Harlequins, University of Georgia Pterodactyls, and a mixed Ft. Bragg/Harlequins team playing for the trophy. The finals featured the Atlanta Harlequins versus the Ft. Bragg/Harlequins mixed team and the Atlanta Harlequins won the championship game taking the cup.