Thursday, June 4, 2015

Recent Results from the High School Sevens Scene

On June 3, high school programs from the Cleveland and Akron areas gathered in Akron and Mentor to face off in some summer sevens matches. There were 12 teams in all, six in Akron and six in Mentor. Each team played three matches, and a few teams got out to a better start than others.

Both Brunswick sides, which competed in the Akron series, and Rocky River, from the Mentor series, had perfect days of competition and took all three of their wins. En route to their perfect results the pair of Brunswick teams defeated Highland, Avon Lake, Coventry and Canton. Rocky River defeated Medina, Mentor's first side and Mentor's second side, who they shut out in the process. All three undefeated sides put up big points on their opponents in most of their bouts. The only teams that kept the score close during their matches were Avon Lake, who were one converted try from upsetting Brunswick's second side, and Mentor's second side, who held Rocky River to 14 points throughout the entire match.

Mentor's pair of teams had the second best score lines from the day of competition. They each only had one blemish on their records, with Rocky River being the only team to hand them defeats on the day. While the Mentor teams can take comfort in the fact that the only team that came up trumps on them was undefeated, it would be unwise for them to discount the rest of the field. While Rocky River was blowing away competition for the most part, Mentor's wins were a lot closer. Aside from the second side's win over Shaker Heights, the other teams Mentor defeated were at most two scores shy of reversing the result.

Of the teams that had less-than-stellar days on the field, there were still some notable results. From the Akron set of matches, Canton played Coventry to a two-point finish in their favor and Avon Lake took a three-point win over Highland; but Highland eclipsed them both when they put up over 20 points on Coventry. Out in Mentor, Shaker Heights got nine points up on Lakewood, who Medina only bested by four points on the day.

Looking ahead, it would be interesting to see the sides getting shaken up a bit. Seeing the Mentor and Brunswick mini-franchises face off against one another would make for come compelling matches; and who wouldn't want to see the battle of the undefeated teams. Granted, it might have to get whittled down to one Brunswick side, but seeing the team that came out between those two play Rocky River could be compelling. Having Highland and Shaker Heights, as the potential giant-killers of their groups, play one another could yield some interesting results as well.

Hopefully, there will be more matches coming soon and the teams will get mixed up to provide a variety of match pairings for the high school rugby faithful in Cleveland and throughout Ohio to enjoy.

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