TONIK PALO ALTO SUMMER SEVENS
This Saturday, July 8, will be the first of two prize money weekends at the Tonik Summer Sevens. In fact, Palo Alto is now has the largest purse of any rugby tournament in the USA.
This Saturday is the Tonik Cup, with $7000 in cash distributed among the winners of the various divisions.
On August 5, All Pacific Airways of Fiji, in conjunction with the Marist Old Boys USA, will be offering $7000 in prizes to winners as well.
In between these two events is the Pacific Coast qualifier on July 22.
Last time in Palo Alto, we had nine referees. That was enough to cover games on three pitches but not enough to provide TJs or in-goal officials. Please try to make yourself available this Saturday!
WHO WANTS TO GO TO THE NEW YORK SEVENS?
We are expanding our network of exchanges, including Sevens exchanges.
Pete Smith was at Cape Fear this weekend, and Mike Gadoua will be at the Newport (Rhode Island) Sevens at the end of the month.
We have two slots for exchange referees at the New York Sevens, which is played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. That will be November 25 this year.
Having begun in 1959, this is one of the legendary tournaments in American rugby. It attracts high-level teams from around the world.
If you would be interested in this exchange, please let us know.
EAST MIDLANDS BECKONS
Only three referees have nominated themselves for the East Mids exchange. There is room for one or two more and a referee coach/evaluator. Significant others are, of course, also welcome.
The group at present is David Miller, Sam Reagle, Teresa Schwartz and Bruce Carter. They will depart Wednesday, September 13 and return Tuesday, September 26.
If you would like to go, please respond. The NCRRS will pay for the airfare and the good folks of the EMRRS will pay for most everything else.
EAGLES SOAR IN THE LAND OF THE PELICANS
The USA crushed Barbados Saturday down on the Farm.
This sets up a key game with Canada in Newfoundland August 12. The winner is into the 2007 RWC while the loser has to play Uruguay in the repechage.
PELICANS AND PELIDACTYLS
The Bay Area Pelicans RFC of St. Petersburg, Fla, has an old boys team.
They are called the Pelidactyls.
We like it!
PELICANS IN THE NEWS
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THIS WEEK'S PHOTO
You’ve probably seen Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite Valley before, which thunders down beautiful and majestic onto the valley floor.
It seems less imposing but nonetheless scenic from this angle, as seen from the Pohono Trail, which the Senate trod last week.
For the Senate