Dolphins 7s Take Home Qualifier, Club Shines
The Dolphins 7s took the Cup in the National 7’s qualifier hosted at their home pitch at Webster field.
In the championship game vs OMBAC SMRC hit first and fast.
In the first minute Mathieu Lesgourgues stripped OMBAC and took the Dolphins in for their first try of many. Danny Thomas followed with the conversion.
OMBAC standout and PRP MVP, Zach Pangelinan followed with a score in the corner but OMBAC failed to convert.
Off the score, SMRC’s Brian Regal took the kickoff and dragged 3 OMBAC players 15m and popped the ball to Lesgourgues for a 50m try. Danny Thomas converted.
Following the score, Josh Prickett took SMRC’s own kickoff the length of the field, and offloaded to Brian Regal for his first score in the corner. SMRC failed to convert.
After several phases, Zach Bonte shifted and stepped his way for another SMRC try. Danny Thomas successfully converted.
SMRC led 26-5 at the half
The second half started with a bang after just a few phases, SMRC’s Ollie Marchon dipped and weaved through OBMAC’s defensive line before turning on the gas and touching down for an 80m try. Danny Thomas followed up with a conversion.
After the Marchon try, OMBAC defense started locking SMRC down . Phase after phase, SMRC pushed and held possession, until finally Danny Thomas hit pay dirt dotting down a try in the corner. SMRC fails to convert.
Final Score: SMRC 38 OMBAC 5.
The Santa Monica 7s program is coached by Marc Stcherbina and is managed by Myles Pritchard.
In other play, Santa Monica’s 2nd side, the Barracuda ended up taking the Bowl Bracket and Belmont Shore beat LARC to take 3rd in the Qualifier.
SMRC women won their bracket by beating upstart ICEF (who had beaten SMRC Women earlier in the day). At the end of a tie game, ICEF thought they had it won following a long try, only to have it called back. The SMRC women answered on the next play, winning with a try in the corner.
SMRC’s 3rd side, “The Fighting Kelp” led by Nate Hall, nearly gave SMRC a sweep after going all the way to the championship game only to fall just short of Back Bay, winners of the Social Bracket.
The weekend was a huge success, and was the largest turnout Santa Monica has ever seen for a sevens tournament, both from team participation and fan support.
We’ll see you next year!