After an unseasonably warm day in Wilmington, DE, the Furies walked away from the Subaru 7s tournament with a second place finish and plenty to think about as the competitive sevens season approaches.
Showing up to the first tournament of the Summer with no coaches, no practices and a motley side, no one quite knew what to expect of the Furies. In their first match of the day against the Chester County Selects, the team managed to create turnovers and maintain possession, cruising to a shutout victory. Going into the second game, the Furies reviewed some sevens fundamentals, improved their defensive shape, and pulled out a win against a more potent Princeton attack. The field got even more competitive as the day wore on, and Kutztown put up quite a fight in a hard-hitting battle for a berth in the cup final. The Furies emerged victorious, but the tiring semifinal paired with a short rest and a longer championship match left the beleaguered Furies on the back foot against a fit and well-prepared Penn State team that took an early lead and never looked back. The Nittany Lions spread the field and capitalized on turnovers to keep the Furies from repeating as tournament champions.
A myriad of players came out to the tournament, some new to sevens, some new to rugby, and some just new to the Furies. With less than half than starting side having played for the sevens program in previous years, the team managed to come together nicely, gelling well and improving over the course of the day. Fifteens Captain Ellen Danford made an impressive 7s debut, scoring key tries and providing relentless support. Veteran players Anna Cohen-Price and Angela Cole fueled the DC attack with line breaks and great distribution respectively and both gave the defensive line some much needed consistency in the middle of the field. Kimber Rozier showed her experience, leading a young Furies side with smart decision-making, skillful execution, and a tireless work rate. Despite the result in the final, each and every player on the roster came out with a great team attitude and learned a bit more about the game of sevens, setting a strong foundation for the upcoming season.
We’re excited to see everyone out for the start of sevens practices! Next Wednesday, May 27th from 7-9PM at Jefferson Middle School