FRIDAY NIGHT SEVENS SESSION?
USA Sevens referee guru Pat McNally will be in the Bay Area this weekend for the Pacific Coast qualifier.
If there is interest Pat would be willing to hold a round-table session on refereeing the summer game, and he has some videos of IRB Sevens action to stimulate discussion.
Let us know if you would invest this Friday evening into such an occasion.
SUMMER SEVENS: TWO PLACES AT ONCE
Whoever made the decision of when to hold the Pacific Coast sevens qualifier obviously didn’t consider it important that there’s another tournament that needs to be covered by the same Society on the same day. Not to mention that, by playing the two events on different days they could have given each NorCal team that many more games to fine-tune their performance.
What we are left with is a difficult position for the society and for the assigner – we need to insure good coverage of both events.
IF YOU CAN HELP OUT AT CUBBERLEY PLEASE LET ME KNOW. WE NEED AT LEAST NINE REFEREES THERE THROUGHOUT THE DAY. In the past we have relied on enough showing up, but we ask that you RSVP – if there are not enough, we’ll have to strip the team of five personnel from the qualifier.
IF YOU ARE NOT SURE WHICH EVENT YOU’LL BE REFEREEING AT, BUT YOU ARE WILLING TO DO EITHER, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
The only NorCal ref who will be doing the Nationals is Aruna Ranaweera, so he is automatically in for the Qualifier. Others will have to wait and find out later this weekend depending on availability to cover at Cubberley.
PACIFIC COAST U19 ELITE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CAMP
Report by Don Pattalock
Feather River Junior College, Quincy, California
Referee: D. Pattalock
Touch Judges: Phil Ulibarri, Ray Schwartz
#4: Sam “Brick” Reagle
Frank Merrill’s dream camp was held over the week of July 12 – July 19 in Quincy. Approximately 35 U-19 athletes were in attendance for this week-long development camp. Headed up by Trinity College’s Tony Smeeth and Nigel (?) from Wales; with supporting coaching from Rob Holder, Jay Hanson, John Everett, Nigel Carter, Norm Boccone and Mike Smith; the players were subjected to an intense development camp. The final match was the culmination of the week’s work.
It was the story of 2 halves: PC White charged out with wide passing, hard charging centers and were rewarded with a 25-5 halftime lead. The second half found the PC Red notching a score immediately after the kick off. This try sparked the PC Red and they continued their dominance of the second half, taking the lead 26-25 with 5 minutes left to play. A late tackle by PC Red’s captain 5 meters out from their try line saw PC White quick tap and score the final try of the match. 30-26 was the final. Great game, great players, great time had by all.
THIS WEEK’S PHOTO
Borrowed from the web, a beautiful tableau to soothe the soul.
Thank you to Flickr.com, who reserves all commercial rights to the image.
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