Falling For Sevens

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Falling For Sevens

Back in the day when I was a young lad chasing the oval ball the fall meant usually one thing: a break. The 15s season started in January and ran through May (because my team was usually in the playoffs) and after that you would take a couple of weeks off before 7s training started. 7s lasted through the summer with Nationals in mid August and the Tri Tip 7s rounding things off just after Labor Day. After that? Rest, relax and recover. Start some light training on your own in October while steadily ramping up the intensity and preseason training would officially start in November, lasting through December so by January we were ready to start 15s again.

Not so much, these days. The West Coast 7s has just completed as well as the NSCRO 7s. More and more collegiate 7s events are turning up as the colleges take to the pure game. As a referee society, we now need to realize that there is no more off season – rugby is a year round affair. I gotta tell ya, it is kinda awesome.

International 7s Rugby in San Jose

Speaking of 7s in the fall, the Silicon Valley 7s is coming up on November 4th and 5th at San Jose’s Avaya Stadium. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet you can do so at http://www.sevensrugby.com/rugbyclubs/northern-california-rugby-referee-society/. Each purchase made via this link will send a little money back to the Society, up to $7/ticket. The money collected will go to a full sized portrait of a shirtless Society President Paul Bretz that will hang in his office.

More on the Silicon Valley 7s below.

Pelican’s Generally Annual Flock Up

It is time for the flock to gather at the NCRRS AGM to be held this Saturday, October 28th at the East Bay Sports indoor training facility. We will be using this facility for all of our development meetings and training sessions for the 2017/18 season. The address is:

East Bay Sports – Livermore
6474 Patterson Pass Rd
STE A
Livermore, CA 94550

925.455.8300

http://eastbaysports.net

Please be sure to attend if you are planning to be a member of the Society this upcoming season. We will be discussing several important topics as well as electing a new Board of Directors, which will most likely look exactly like the old board of directors (Ave! Bossa nova, similis bossa seneca!*) but we still need to vote.

Remember that if you do vote and don’t like the direction of the Society you can always blame it on the bossa nova, but if you don’t vote then you aren’t even invited to dance.

A full agenda and details can be found at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W5D66bYnZNf-FyIthbyrZRKE4ffDAbJB1qcnXXcUUu4/edit

Please let us know you are coming so we can get the food. We need an accurate accounting of participants. https://goo.gl/forms/2raGjYJnddNCcQCp1

* Here comes the new boss, same as the old boss

Silicon Valley 7s Preview

The Editorial Board here at Hail Pelicus has worked tirelessly to research each individual team at the Silicon Valley 7s. While there will be many familiar faces there are also a few debutants and even those whom we think we know well will have some surprises in store, so here is a preview of all 12 teams in the tournament.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: We procrastinated until our deadline was a few hours away so are actually just making all of this up.)

 

Pool A:

Samoa: A far cry from the title winning side of 2009-10, Manu Samoa is looking to revive their program under legendary coach Gordon Tietjens, who guided the All Blacks to so many titles. Look for their traditional hard charging style but with more discipline as Sir Gordon puts his stamp on the team.

Fun Fact: If you call Samu Manoa “Manu Samoa” he will punch you.

Ireland: A sevens debutant on the international stage Ireland is looking to build upon the success of their All Black vanquishing 15s side to break into the World Sevens Series and what better place to do it than in the very same country that the historic victory took place in? (So what if it was 2000 miles away – it is still the same country.) Look for Ireland to play to a lot of contact and one-off running as they make the switch from 15s to 7s.

Fun Fact: To speak with a perfect Irish accent just repeat the phrase “whale oil beef hooked” over and over.

Canada: A well-established World Sevens Series team Canada reached a milestone with their first Cup victory over hated rivals the United States at the 2017 Singapore 7s in the final. They will be using this tournament to keep their core sharp while also blooding a couple of young hopefuls.

Fun Fact: Canadians must avert their eyes when speaking with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to avoid being lost in the deep, limpid pools of his enchanting blue eyes.

England: Rugby was born in England and they haven’t forgotten it. Even though 7s was born in Scotland, the English, in true historical fashion, decided it was theirs as well. The English finished runners up for the 4th time on the World Sevens Series last year and are keen to make a breakthrough to the title this year. They will be fast and fun to watch.

Fun Fact: As part of the RFU’s outreach program for the last several years the England 7s team has farmed out their jersey designs to The Foundation for Recovering Color Blind Methamphetamine Addicts.

 

Pool B:

Fiji: The Lords of Sevens, any time a Fiji team enters a tournament they are considered one of the favorites. The Olympic Champions had a bit of a letdown (for them) after the excitement of Rio as they fell to 3rd in the standings. The most fun team to watch (unless you are playing against them) look for their trademark no-look, over the shoulder, one-handed offloads that are inspiring countless imitators who are ruining amateur rugby.

Fun Fact: More of a titillating fact, Fiji is the only country in the world whose name contains 3 consecutive tittles – those dots over the ‘i’ and the ‘j’.

Australia: One of the Southern Hemisphere powerhouses, Australia is always a tough ask to beat and a joy to watch. An off year saw them slip to 6th in the World Series Standings (behind the Yanks!) and they will be looking to rebound starting immediately.

Fun Fact: Australia has three a’s in its name yet all three are pronounced differently.

Japan: The Brave Blossoms shocked the rugby world with their World Cup win over South Africa back in 2015 and their 7s team repeated that upset with a shock defeat of the All Blacks at the Rio Olympics, but these are rare highs in a valley of lows. They have remained in the bottom half of the World Sevens Series standings with an occasional upset win but never any consistency. Look for them to take this tournament very seriously to work on their game.

Fun Fact: The reason a lineout throw must travel 5 meters before touching the ground is down to Japan, who while playing an international against a much taller team, decided that rather than throwing the ball up high and jumping for it (a losing proposition) they would roll the ball into the lineout and scrap on the ground for it. It was a hugely successful technique but displeased the masters of world rugby who changed the law.

China: Another team that is looking to get into the World Sevens Series China will take a tournament such as this very seriously. This is their chance to play against the established nations so watch them let it all hang out.

Fun Fact: 98% of the materials used to construct Avaya stadium came from China.

 

Pool C:

Tonga: With a large Tongan population in the Bay Area look for the Tongan fans to be loud and proud when their team takes the field. They will look to replicate the success of their island neighbors Samoa and leverage this event into a full World Sevens Series invite. Always fun and fast, the power and pace of Tongan rugby will be on full display.

Fun Fact: Tonga is the only true kingdom in this tournament and that includes England, which is part of the United Kingdom, a constitutional monarchy.

USA: The home team has high expectations coming into this event after ending the last season with a highest ever finish of 5th place, ahead of more traditional rugby nations like Australia, Scotland, France, Wales and Argentina. Blessed with some of the best pure athletes on tour very few teams can match America’s speed and strength – especially when Perry Baker and local product Danny Barrett take the field. Other Hometown Heroes we hope to see are Folau Niua from East Palo Alto and Matai Leuta of CSU Monterey Bay and the San Jose Seahawks. Coach Mike Friday has the team poised to challenge for the title this year but they will need to beat teams like Fiji, South Africa and New Zealand consistently to do so.

Fun Fact: The Silicon Valley 7s Tournament Director was born within 10 miles of where Avaya Stadium sits today.

Chile: After years of looking up to Argentina and Uruguay in South American rugby, Los Cóndores look to be finding their stride in 7s. Another squad on the outside looking in for the World Sevens Series, a good showing at the Silicon Valley 7s is imperative.

Fun Fact: Chileans are keen students of geography and, as an homage to the contours of their nation, like to attack in long, narrow channels.

New Zealand: The reigning champions for the World Sevens Series can never be taken lightly no matter who shows up. The Kiwis rebounded nicely after a disappointing Olympics where they were nearly eliminated in the pool rounds to reassert themselves on the Series and it seems that whenever a player is injured, replaced or retires there is a younger, better version ready to step up and take his place. The All Blacks are must watch 7s.

Fun Fact: The logo of the Royal New Zealand Air Force is the kiwi, a flightless bird, which tells you everything you need to know about the New Zealand sense of humor.

 

Disciplinary Action Reporting – Process For Reporting Incidents
The various competitions all have their own disciplinary chairs and this will make it difficult to centralize the communication and data. To help Scott Wood has developed a form that will centralize the process, regardless of the competition. The link to the discipline form is https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mmUNg11uVOSkIsUtHifSqQzalhWbwohk_J6AmPyrucQ/viewfor

1. Copy the link and have it available on your smartphone. If you have an iPhone add the link to your home screen.
2. When needed fill it out and click submit. The discipline chair of the competition you refereed will receive a notification about the incident.
3. He/she may contact you latter for more details.
4. If you have any questions as to how to use the app please refer to the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Uz0_gTaOnY

 

This Week’s Photo

The referee crew for the 2017 West Coast 7s event featured some outstanding referee performances this past weekend. Of notable mention was Andrew Stockton, who at a young 19 years of age, officiated the third/4th place final.

http://pelicanrefs.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2017-West-Coast-7s.jpg

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Sizzling Summertime

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Sizzling Summertime

The tail end of summer is always the warmest time of year here in Pelicanland.   It is generally the only time of year it is comfortable in San Francisco while the rest of us bake in our Indian Summer heat.   This year was not only no exception but was a bit much as records broke all over during an end of August heat wave.   Temperatures of 106 F were recorded in San Francisco and 110+ F were common across the rest of our nesting sites.

Whew!   That’s hot.

The traditional End Of Summer has always been the Tri Tip 7s in San Luis Obispo (more on that below).   This year, however, was slightly different.   You can blame Obama, or climate change, or the rise of American fascism or any number of other things, but the hard truth is that the Tri Tip 7s did not signal the end of summer this year.   That came on July 23, 2017, a day that will live in infamy, for on this date the San Francisco Giants fell more than 30 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Yup, that’s it.   End of summer.   Pull out the sweaters, unpack the Halloween decorations and pack the kids off to school.

Yes, it is sad and unexpected, but the facts are the facts.   How could summer possibly continue in the face of such a tragic event?   Short answer: it can’t.

International 7s Rugby in San Jose

Do you know the way to San Jose?  The international 7s community does so you had better get your Waze app set up to find the best route to Avaya Stadium on November 4th and 5th where 12 top international sides will compete in the First Annual Silicon Valley 7s.    The USA will be joined on the field by Canada, Japan, Fili, Tonga, New Zealand, Ireland, Samoa, England, China, Australia and Chile.    The Editorial Board for Hail Pelicus lobbied long and hard to bring this event here and the deal was finally struck when we were sitting across the negotiating table from the stuffed suits at United World Sports and, in unison, raised our right eyebrows.   There was no response to that devastating maneuver and the deal was ours.

Tickets are on sale now and you can purchase them through the Northern California Rugby Referee Society link.  Each purchase will send a little money back to the Society, up to $7/ticket.    The money collected will go to a full sized portrait of a shirtless Society President Paul Bretz that will hang in his office.

The link to purchase tickets is http://www.sevensrugby.com/rugbyclubs/northern-california-rugby-referee-society/.

Thank You Sir May I Have Another

It is time for the flock to once again declare their affiliation to USA Rugby. The first and most important thing aspiring and returning members of the flock need to do is pay your NCRRS society dues.    Then you should register with USA Rugby as detailed below, and then finally copy your CIPP number and add it to your profile in Whos the ref.

From our esteemed leader, the beshirt’d Pelicus Iudex Pennipes:

A lot of folks are being caught by surprise as they try and renew USA Rugby CIPP, as there was no announcement from USA Rugby regarding the requirement that all referees are now required to take two additional certification courses prior to registering for the 2017/18 season.  

I don’t want to get into the philosophical debate as to whether the changes are appropriate, or well done. Plenty of discussion at the national office as to where the ball was dropped, and who’s fault it was. More than enough yelling going on that every one involved understand that this was poorly done.

To make progress through the current CIPP registration process, and ensure that we have registered referees for September games, below are the two links necessary to take the courses.

Safesport- http://training.teamusa.org/store/details/1

  • Safesport’s focus is on sexual harassment, hazing, and bullying and is a requirement set up by the Olympic committee. You may need to create an account.  I would suggest you use the same email that you use for your CIPP.   There is a step that asks you to link your Safesport account with your USA Rugby account (CIPP).  Completing this step will ensure that USA Rugby gets your certificate. 

Concussion Management of the General Public- http://playerwelfare.worldrugby.org/?documentid=module&module=21

  • Concussion management is a requirement established by World Rugby.  You may need to create an account.  I would suggest you use the same email that you use for your CIPP.   There is a step that asks you to link your World Rugby Passport  with your USA Rugby account (cipp).  Completing this step will ensure that USA Rugby gets your certificate. 

 

In previous seasons coaches have been required to have the certification.  The requirements have been extended to referees.  The courses take roughly 15 minutes to review and answer questions.  Once completed a certificate will be generated and code issued noting your completion.  Keep that certificate as you may need to reference i.

(EDITOR’S NOTE:  Seriously!  Download and save your certificates!  I had to manually send mine in to membership@usarugby.org to get someone to load them manually because there are issues with the automatic transfer.)

Ask A Pelican

Hello all and welcome back to the periodic segment “Ask A Pelican”, the widely loved Q and A session with Hail Pelicus. This week’s question comes from Kenny Forehand of Lafayette, CO, who asks:

“I tried to renew my CIPP membership to USA Rugby and was surprised to find out I needed two extra certifications, I was told that it takes 15 minutes each to do the new certifications – is that true?”

Thank you for your question, Kenny.   It is always nice to get questions from outside our hallowed borders.

As for the time it takes to certify, well that is what we like to call a Trumpism, or an “alternative fact”.   The World Rugby concussion management guidelines do in fact take around 15 minutes but the Safesport sexual harassment training has about 5 modules with 3-5 videos of approximately 4 minutes each so you may be able to do a single module in 15 minutes, but not the whole thing.  The good news is that you can pause the training any time you like and then come back to it, so you can do a section a day on your lunch break if you like.

PRO TIP:  If you are doing the Safesport modules at work (or even at home) and someone asks what you are doing, do not reply “I’m studying how sexual predators and pedophiles control their victims and mask their behaviors and which methods are more successful than others.”    This may lead to unforeseen complications.

Tri Tip Tries in SLO

The Tri Tip 7s was successfully completed on September 9 and I have to admit the tournament gets better every year.   The organization is impeccable, the fields are all grass and in good shape, referees from both the NCRRS and the SCRRS get together to admire the Pelican’s superiority to the Griffin, and they even have been going on long enough to have an Old Boys division.    A festival atmosphere settles on Damon Garcia Park as teams play some seriously social rugby, except those who play socially serious rugby.    Or is it serious rugby socially?  In any case, there are some very good teams on the pitch and the rugby is at a high level even considering that most teams don’t bring their ‘A’ squad.    The players are good enough, trust me, but the underlying theme of having a good time is omnipresent and was probably best exemplified by the coach of the beaten men’s finalists the Sloths (basically Belmont Shore) coaching all day in an American Flag speedo.

The women’s division saw Chico St repeat last year’s success with another Cup victory while the men’s division saw neophytes USC win it all.  Huh?  USC?  This is a program that has been a mid level D2 college side for 30 years but they have either got an exceptional group of young athletes or a new coach dedicated to the program, or possibly both, because they took on all comers and beat some very good sides.   The final typified the way they played all day and it reminded me of the glory days of the Los Gatos 7s program.   They were mostly undersized with one or 2 big guys who took and delivered punishment, but boy were they fast and they tackled like demons.   The Sloths pounded away at them trying to use their size advantage but were cut down until the inevitable turnover and then quick as a flash the Young Trojans were racing the ball back upfield to score.   It was a pleasure to watch.

Disciplinary Action Reporting – Process For Reporting Incidents

The various competitions all have their own disciplinary chairs and this will make it difficult to centralize the communication and data.  To help Scott Wood has developed a form that will centralize the process, regardless of the competition.  The link to the discipline form is https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mmUNg11uVOSkIsUtHifSqQzalhWbwohk_J6AmPyrucQ/viewform

  1. Copy the link and have it available on your smartphone.  If you have an iPhone add the link to your home screen.
  2. When needed fill it out and click submit.  The discipline chair of the competition you refereed will receive a notification about the incident.
  3. He/she may contact you latter for more details.
  4. If you have any questions as to how to use the app please refer to the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Uz0_gTaOnY

 

On To The Game Reports!

Date: 09/02/2017
Berkeley All Blues 26 – Glendale 27
Referee: Bryant, Lee
AR: Hinkin, James
AR: Turner, Jessica

When the game started it was 100F – when the match ended it was 104. By far the hottest games I have officiated in my career. Glendale started off strong with an early lead and went into half with a lopsided score. Their strong pack is used as much for attack as it is a restart and was clearly dominant throughout the match.  Berkeley regrouped and was able to score with organized ball movement and support in the backs.  Great way to kick off WPL season.

(EDITOR’S NOTE:  This year we are starting a Report Of The Week feature to highlight the best and most well-written match reports.   At the end of the season we will tabulate the results and the winner will get the Pelicus Scriptoris Award at our Annual Banquet.  This week’s winner is Lee Bryant.   Congratulations, Lee!   Keep up the great work!)

This Week’s Photo

Pelicus Pedem Referre, Pelicus Iudex Pennipes, Domina Iudex Pennipes, Jordan Bruno and his SO taking the trolley downtown to the bars of San Luis Obispo for 50¢.  (Special Bonus Joke Alert!)  Fifty cents!  I had to get change from the innkeeper because all I had were dollars, and when I asked her if she had any quarters she said “No, we are sold out.”

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Fit To Be Tied

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Fit To Be Tied

It has been a while since the last Hail Pelicus has been issued so here we are at midsummer for a check in. As many of you know, Hail Pelicus has been going through a massive growth period and is now being read and enjoyed on all 9 continents, which is more difficult than it sounds. The editorial staff took a long needed break and concentrated on some 7s and all of the internationals going on. What a great way to spend the summer. My only problem was with ties. You see, in most referee societies, the NCRRS being no exception, if a referee adjudicates a game that ends in a tie, said referee owes the whole society a beer. There are usually enough during the 15s season that there are a couple of cases of beer at our monthly meetings and the rule does not stop with 7s. The summer can get rough when you factor in the number of games and the fact that you can’t get saved by overtime. If a game ends in regulation tied, you gotta pay up.

The summer started off auspiciously enough for me. At the Marin 7s every pool game I refereed ended in a tie, so naturally I was given the final. As expected, the teams were separated by 7 points with about a minute left when the trailing team scored under the posts for an easy conversion to tie the game. I was starting to think of what assets I could sell off to pay for the inevitable bar bill, plus idly wondering if anyone had ever gone through a whole tournament with nothing but ties, when a blissful, joyful, entirely unexpected THUNK brought me back. That happy noise was the sound of the conversion kick hitting the crossbar and ricocheting back towards the stunned kicker. Final score: 21-19. Whew!

As the summer progressed this strange scourge of drawn matches spread to other refs and other tournaments. There must have been another 8 or 10 ties that I personally witnessed and I didn’t see every tournament this summer. When we have our AGM this year I am making sure that I am either not driving or staying in a hotel nearby. I recommend the same for the rest of the society.

And then, of course, there was the Lions tour. The British and Irish Lions spent some time in the antipodes taking on the World Cup Champion All Blacks. These are always highly anticipated events and, from a rugby standpoint, was a smashing success. The tourists had a few early bumps as they got to know each other and learned how to play together, but once the test rugby started it was fantastic, hard hitting stuff. New Zealand looked the better overall side (unsurprising considering you have a well-oiled machine going against an all-star team that has been together for a few weeks) but the Lions defended and attacked with passion and were not overmatched. The first test was narrowly won by the All Blacks and the second test, with the infamous and fully deserved red card, was narrowly won by the Lions. This set up a winner take all final test and what a game it was. The All Blacks uncharacteristically not taking their chances led to a thriller that came down to the wire and a referee decision. There are many opinions on that offside at a knock on call and mine lands squarely in the middle. Romain Poite made the mistake when he blew his whistle too soon, ending any chance of New Zealand gaining an advantage, and announcing a penalty. After a TMO review and several confusing moments in the end he got the call correct – accidental off side. I am sure I will get numerous angry comments on this containing many correctly spelled words as people try to argue for the penalty or, even more bizarre, for NZ taking out the Lions jumper in the air and I will read them all, difficult as that sounds. While it is true that throughout history, rugby players, especially forwards, have had difficulty with the English language (going all the way back to the ancient Greeks), I have become skilled at deciphering these crayon scrawlings. Usually it boils down to “YOUR A IDIOT!”

The end result is that Romain Poite now has to buy a beer for all of the referees in New Zealand, England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. He may be some time getting the order in.

David “Bunny” Williamson: 4 June 1946 – 29 June 2017

The Northern California Rugby Referee Society, the entire Nor Cal rugby community and all of USA Rugby lost a legend recently.

From his wife Helen Marcus:

It is with great sadness that I write you of Dave’s death early Thursday morning at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley. He was taken there Wednesday by the paramedics after a fall in his bedroom caused fractures in his spine and hip. We met with a palliative care doctor and discussed his options for treatment. Although Dave’s preference was for “comfort care” rather than any extraordinary intervention, he was open to exploring having a pin put in his hip to stabilize him. It would have been a long recovery process. Instead his heart stopped, likely in response to the stress of the fall. Marcus and Shaylene came immediately. Tyler flies in Sunday. It will be good to have them all together.

Dave’s instructions upon his demise are to hold a rock & roll party at the Faculty Club. I’ll let you know as plans take shape.

Dave graduated CAL in criminology after rowing for 4 years. He then headed to Hastings Law School. However his legal education was interrupted by two years in the Navy stationed in San Diego. In 1971, he restarted at Hastings and signed up for the law school rugby team in his second year. As a tall, graceful, athletic man, he was a perfect second row, despite his moniker of “Bunny”. The team quickly became a focal point for him and his college sweet heart and ultimately wife, Helen, who also played second row for SF Women’s Rugby team. After graduation and passing the bar, he joined PG&E’s law department where he initially handled environmental cases and later construction litigation. A seemingly patient quiet lawyer at work, he came alive on the Hasting Rugby team on and off the field, as a fire-eating player and a boisterous singer at the post match parties. Rugby, he declared, was a lot more fun than rowing!

The team adopted its nickname “The Floating Rhinos” after a 1977 tour to England and Wales, thereafter becoming known as the Hastings Rhinos. The team, matured into the HOBS (Hastings Old Boys) and played together many years both locally and on tour to Canada and Catalina. Dave’s interest in refereeing coincided with the old boys era, when he began to ref more than play. His family interests broadened upon becoming the father of two boys, Marcus and Tyler, who later played rugby. As an active referee, he progressed up the grades until age and the requirement of stronger legs and better athleticism caught up with him, when he turned to referee coaching.

In the late 90’s Dave became one of Northern California’s and USA Rugby’s stronger Performance Reviewers. Most referees aspiring to the National Level had to travel to “Pelican Land” to have Dave complete a review/grade on the referee’s performance. In addition to being a performance reviewer, Dave was tasked by the Pacific Coast Rugby Football Union to chair the referee’s society (from 2000-2004). Dave continued to regularly complete Performance Reviews until referee coaching became popular with the IRB, now World Rugby.

Retiring from coaching at the national level in 2009, he devoted countless hours to the coaching of young referees, coaching Berkeley High boy’s rugby team, filling duties as Development officer at the monthly NorCal Referee Society and organizing the Rugby NorCal high school referee system. His death on June 29, 2017 is a sad day for Rhinos, Pelicans, referees, family and friends. He will be missed.

Rugby NorCal and the Northern California Rugby Referee Society (NCRRS) have partnered to create the David Williamson Referee Scholarship as a way to honor the great David Williamson who put in so much time over the past many years to continue to develop young referees among our ranks.

Six For Sevens

After the best Northern California Sevens Series I can recall the 6 representatives have been determined to go to Tacoma and fight for a spot at the USA Rugby National Championships. Congratulations to (for the women) All Blues, Life West and SFGG and (for the men) Life West, East Palo Alto and Olympic Club. This was the most even and hard fought 7s season we have had in a while; demonstrated by the lack of blowouts. On the women’s side they are crippled with a lack of depth (only 4 teams entered) but the #4 side San Jose played some good rugby and have massively improved over the last year. While they don’t have the horses to compete with the top sides yet but they have some solid young athletes coming through and I expect them to win some games next summer.

The men’s side was even more balanced as any team really could have gone through. Throwing out Sacramento Lions who either showed up late or didn’t bother showing up to the tournaments, every team was stacked. SFGG was especially stacked… and it turns out they were illegally stacked as a couple of Fijian gold medal winners made it into their side, but after realizing they were not registered properly and forfeiting their games they still played the games and kept their commitment. The #4 team was again San Jose Seahawks, a team on the cusp with a solid game plan and some excellent players. How close are they? They beat Life West in the first tournament and EPA in both of the qualifying weekends yet lost out to EPA by 2 points for the final spot. How did EPA do it? They beat Life West and Olympic Club. In fact, nobody came through without a loss, including SFGG with their golden Olympians. When all of your top teams are evenly matched like that it is fun stuff. The bounce of the ball, one missed tackle, that last little bit of fitness – it can decide a game and a series. It was great stuff.

Disciplinary Action Reporting – Process For Reporting Incidents

The various competitions all have their own disciplinary chairs and this will make it difficult to centralize the communication and data. To help Scott Wood has developed a form that will centralize the process, regardless of the competition. The link to the discipline form is https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mmUNg11uVOSkIsUtHifSqQzalhWbwohk_J6AmPyrucQ/viewform

1. Copy the link and have it available on your smartphone. If you have an iPhone add the link to your home screen.
2. When needed fill it out and click submit. The discipline chair of the competition you refereed will receive a notification about the incident.
3. He/she may contact you latter for more details.
4. If you have any questions as to how to use the app please refer to the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Uz0_gTaOnY

And now on to the games!

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Editorial Staff here at Hail Pelicus would like to thank Roberto Santiago and Lee Bryant for their summer write-ups. We can’t even complain about the brevity of the reports because nobody else, including myself, really bothered. We are, in fact, considering offering Roberto a position as the Official Hail Pelicus Meteorologist. I guess the summer really is a slow news cycle.)

Date: 06/10/2017
Marin 7’s 0 – TBD 0
Referee: Santiago, Roberto

Good time had by all

Date: 06/17/2017
NorCal 7’s Series 0 – TBD 0
Referee: Bryant, Lee

Seeding for regional qualifier

Date: 06/17/2017
NorCal 7’s Series – TBD
Referee: Santiago, Roberto

It was warm. Always great to see everyone.

Date: 06/24/2017
Carlsberg Cup 7’s – TBD
Referee: Santiago, Roberto

Good times.

Date: 07/08/2017
NorCal 7’s Series – TBD
Referee: Santiago, Roberto

Another hot day in the bay.

Date: 07/15/2017
NorCal 7’s Series 0 – TBD 0
Referee: Bryant, Lee

No report received

This Week’s Photo

Bunny doing what he loved – giving back.

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