Sevens Success in Springfield

The main side started well against Saratoga in the first game of the day, quickly going 2 tries up in the first half. Unfortunately, a shaky second half saw them tying the game 12 points a piece. After the disappointment of the tie, Boston shifted up a gear in the second and third group games, heavily beating Worcester and then holding out against local rivals, The Boston Irish Wolfhounds to put them top of their group and into the Semi-Finals.

In the Semi-Finals, Boston faced another Boston-based team, The Boston Wasps. We beat them comfortably to advance into the Cup Final against yet another local rival, Mystic River.

The final was by far the most exciting game of sevens the team has had in recent memory. Boston opened the game with some outstanding sevens play, retrieving the kick off and keeping the ball alive in the Mystics 22 for what must have been a solid 3 minutes in the opening play of the game. Although they created the overlap on several occasions, a well-organized Mystic defense prevented the try a few times before Boston finally crashed over to put them ahead.

Mystic scored two converted tries either side of half time to put them ahead 14-5. Boston's Will Dolan then finished a great passage of play, started by a Mike Weinstein break through the middle, with a try in the corner to make the score 14-10. With the last few minutes to go, Boston recovered their kick off and ex-NFL convert, Shane Morales, showed some of his football finishing skills to score and put Boston in the lead. Richie Lobb converted to make the score 14-17.

In the final seconds of the game, Mystics retrieved possession and broke through the middle of a tired Boston defense. It looked like the Mystics speedster would go all the way but a fantastic chase down tackle by Devin Ibanez would save the game for Boston. A knock on by Mystic River brought about the final whistle and the first silverware for Boston's first team of the season.

After losing narrowly to the same Mystic River team in Newport, RI two weeks before, the victory was all the more satisfactory.

Just one more tournament for the Summer next week at Saratoga, where Boston's Old Boys (The Brahmins), U19's and Men's teams will all compete throughout the weekend. Make sure you come out to show your support!