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Champions Crowned at 2022 Tennessee State Olympic 7s Rugby Championship

Updated: Dec 5, 2022

Men's and women's competition have new winners


On November 19, 901 Rugby Club (formerly known as Germantown Rugby) and Father Ryan Rugby won their respective divisions in the Tennessee state Olympic 7s Rugby Championship.


The tournament was hosted at the Hendersonville Rugby Complex home of Sumner County Rugby. Sumner County coach and Treasurer, Tom Brennan said in a press release from Main Street Preps, "This was the biggest 7s tournament we have ever hosted, with over 700 people between the players, coaches, and fans at the complex. It was a great day of rugby even though the temperature barely reached 40 degrees."


See more details on the state championships below.


Men's State Championship

901 Rugby Club fought hard to earn their 4th consecutive 7s title. In pool play, they faced Sumner County Rugby and won on a scoring try in the final seconds of the game. They also beat the Brentwood High Brumbies but lost to Father Ryan in pool play. Even with the loss, 901 Rugby advanced to the knockout stages.


In the playoffs, 901 got another shot at Father Ryan. In their second attempt, they defeated Father Ryan in the championship match for the second straight time to claim the 2022 championship.

Source: Kevin Roedel

Women's State Championship

Father Ryan's Lady Irish had a historic run to their championship win. After being started in 2021, the Lady Irish have quickly become one of the best women's high school clubs in Tennessee.


In tournament pool play, the Lady Irish faced formidable opponents in Soulsville, Riverdale, and ICRON. Getting out of the pool play, the club then made it to the final match where they faced the #1 seeded club, Columbia Central. The Lady Irish defeated the top-seeded team by two points in the final match to claim their first 7s state championship.



In a social media post after the victory, Father Ryan Rugby said, "After a fantastic season for both teams, your Lady Irish Ruggers were crowned 2022 Olympic 7’s State Champions, while your Irish Ruggers were state runners up in the boys competition. Hard work, dedication, and heart were on display yesterday as Father Ryan claimed its 7th state title and the first state title for our newly formed Lady Irish Rugby program. We are so proud of all the players for their efforts and we are so thankful to everyone who is involved in making our program happen. Thank you to all the parents, friends, coaches, and players for an amazing sevens season. We can’t wait to be back in the spring to begin our 15’s season."


 

All-in-all, the Tennessee state 7s championship tournament was a success. Great rugby was played and clubs from around the state showed that there is great rugby talent in Tennessee.


Will 901 Rugby and the Lady Irish continue their championship play in the upcoming 15s season? Comment with your thoughts below.

 

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