Wednesday, July 13, 2011




David Williamson is stepping away from the position of Referee Education Officer that he has so ably filled for these past several years.

The Pelican flock has been fortunate to have such a dedicated and innovative person in a position to help so many of us.

This means, of course, that there are shoes to fill.

Please consider: would you be willing and able to organize our monthly meetings? That is the heart of the position. We have plenty of good speakers who need only be invited and given a stage. The format of the meetings would be...yours to determine.

If you’ve been awaiting an opportunity to give back, to help out, now is your chance.

Contact David Williamson if you’d like to know more about his perspective on the position, or Bruce Carter if you’d like to consider raising your wing.


SF/Golden Gate hosted a Sevens tournament on Saturday, July 2, in order to dry-run their organization for the nationals coming up in a month, as well as to provide some good competition for the aspiring teams of the NCRFU.

Teams included: SFGG Black, SFGG Green, Sac Lions, San Mateo, EPA Razorbacks, Samoa United A and B, River City and Santa Rosa.

Referees were: Bruce Bernstein, Bruce Carter, Mike Gadoua, Eric Rauscher, Bruce Ricard, Lee Salgado and Mose Timoteo.

Mose played in six games, including the final, and very-capably refereed two more. He had the knack. If Mose ever gets tired of starring on the top super-league in the nation, he has a second rugby career waiting.

The Sac Lions went through the preliminary rounds dominating, with the only unblemished record. (SFGG Black and EPA had no loses but tied each other.)

In the first semi-final, the Razorbacks beat the Lions with Lee Salgado refereeing. Then SFGG Black took down Santa Rosa, with Bruce Ricard handling the whistle.

Final: SFGG BLACK 17 – Razorbacks 10 Referee: Mike Gadoua
ARs/IGJs (rotation): Carter, Rauscher, Ricard and Salgado

This was a re-match of the pool game which Eric Rauscher refereed to a draw.

It was a bit of a reunion: three of the Razorbacks’ players have appeared for Golden Gate in the past year, but played at fast-forward and full-contact nonetheless.

Both of these teams, along with Sac Lions, should have their sights set on the PCRFU championships in Salt Lake City July 16.
July 3rd, Dixon CA
Report by Chris Tucker:

Pelicans Present: Jeff Richmond, Rich Boyer, Rod Chance, Ray Schwartz, Nick Boyer, Chris Tucker.

Snow up in the mountains blocked the road to the trailhead Caroline & I were supposed to be using for our backpacking trip, so instead we did a couple of day hikes and behold! Sunday opened up. Just what I needed, 9 games of 7s in 98 degrees. Good conditioning. Tip o' the hat to Jeff Richmond who was the other workhorse on the crew -- he must have done a similar number of games to me. Remaining refs were either coaching or playing, and fitted their games in to give us a breather every now and then.

The setup is on two pitches, with 3 divisions -- 2 varsity and a girls division, each with 5-6 teams from around the Bay. All was organized and efficient, with games starting on time and finishing on the sound of a hooter. Props to Rob Salaber and the rest of the Dixon staff for putting on a fun event.

The games themselves showed considerable variance in style, with some clearly still mentally playing 15s, with plenty of rucking and a lot of needless kicking away of possession. But it's also clear that these players are beginning to get it, and the better teams (Islanders, Motley alumni, CK McClatchy) are showing decent structure going forward, if not yet quite figuring out the defensive aspects. But this is likely their first season playing 7s, so there's plenty of time.

Generally good fun all round, another great addition to the calendar. Those available on the 17th should definitely consider going (take a cooler.)

Saturday, July 9:
Palo Alto Summer Sevens
Todd Phillips Memorial at For Pete’s Sake
--Old boys fifteens, two or three games

Saturday, July 16:
Dunsmuir Sevens and annual Old Boys match
For Pete’s Sake Sevens
USA College All-Americans vs. NZ Universities at Stanford, Referee: Joe Androvich

Sunday, July 17:
NCRYA Sac Valley Sevens – youth and high school, in Dixon
--Need about a dozen refs

Saturday, July 23:
Palo Alto Summer Sevens

Sunday, July 24:
North American debut of the IRB Refereeing Sevens course At the Doyle Family Rugby Clubhouse at Stanford

Saturday, July 30:
Nevada Sevens in Reno
Marin Highlanders HS Sevens in Corte Madera

Sunday, July 31:
Treasure Island Touch Tournament at Sheeran Field

Saturday-Sunday, August 6-7:
USA Rugby Club Sevens Championships at Sheeran Field, men and women

Saturday, August 20:
Sacramento Lions Sevens – two pitches, all day

Saturday, September 11:
Tri-Tip Sevens in San Luis Obispo

Happy Sponsor
Three Bruces and friends accost the Nesquik Bunny at Sheeran Field Saturday:Bruce Bernstein, Eric Rauscher, Bruce Ricard, Lee Salgado, Bruce Carter.


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