Saturday June 6, 2014
The Gryphons traveled 6 hrs north to Des Moines, IA for their first 7’s tournament of the season with high aspirations. We piled in a 12 man van as a team and showed at the fields on Saturday am ready to go only to be delayed an hour due to thunderstorms and a day filled with heavy rain all day! We played well for 3 of the 4 matches and finished 3rd, which was below our goal of winning the Capital City 7s tournament.
We went thru pool play pretty easily and confident beating 3 teams from Iowa, the host club Des Moines (26-19), in which Frank da Tank Masotto scored 2 long tries to lead the way. Our second match against River City, IA was lopsided (48-5) with the Gryphons scoring 8 tries in the match. Our last pool play match was against Bremer, in which we won again (31-7), led by Sid, the Kid, Wood with 2 tries.
We were seeded #1 headed to the semi-finals against SE Polk, IA, a strong club that has been built up through a strong YOUTH program over the past 5 years. We held possession good to start the match, but after a few turnovers and a couple of breakdowns from the scrums, we found ourselves down 17-0 at half. With the poor weather and a couple of injuries to 2 players, we weren’t able to rebound and come back and lost 22-0 in the semi-finals.
I was pleased with our performance till the Semi’s and saw a lot of GOOD TECHNICAL 7’s played by the Gryphons. Our season is very promising and I can’t wait to get to the next tournament so we can continue to improve get our 1st tournament victory.
Players: Dan Cook, Chris Ross, David Robertson, Ademote (Mote) Thumbutu, Sid Wood, Frank Masotto, Caleb Reed, Ryan Ellison, and Blake Baty.
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