Pacific North Crowns its Champions

The Pacific North held their championships over the weekend to determine who would represent the Pacific North in Dallas.

Pacific North Championships
This round of the Pacific North Championships, at beautiful Treasure Island San Francisco, gave us who would earn the right to travel to nationals in Fort Worth Texas. 

The Division II matchup featured San Jose Seahawks vs Eastside Tsunami.  San Jose came out swinging, scoring 3 tries in the first few minutes, keeping Eastside off the board for 20 minutes.  Eastside responded with 3 tries of their own with a conversion putting them ahead 15-17.  San Jose regained the lead with a late try and went into the intermission at 20-17.  In the second half, the Tsunami wave was relentless, jumping to a 20-36 lead.  At 60 minutes, the Seahawks began their final descent in an attempt to gain the lead and put the contest away, coming to within 4 points at the 72 minute mark.  Eastside's defense stayed strong and seized the victory 33-36. 

At the Division III showdown it was Diablo Old Gaels vs Bend Roughriders.  Just as in Division II, the northern California side immediately drew first blood within 2 minutes,  eventually jumping to a 17-0 lead midway through the first half.  Feeling the pressure, the Roughriders circled the wagons and answered big, led by #13 Levi Penter, who put up two tries by the half and Bend took the lead 17-19.  In the second half, Penter completed his hat trick plus one, and Bend's defense held fast keeping Diablo at bay until the final 5 minutes.  In the end, the clock was the strongest defender as it ticked to full time just as Diablo put up a pair of converted tries, but ultimately fell short 31-33.

Over on the Women's side, it was all Northern California as Sacramento Amazons dominated Emerald City Mudhens early.  Within the first 10 minutes, the Amazons were up 12-nil and by half had gained 36 points.  Amazon #13, Ofolangi Mailangi personally doubled the Mudhens with 2 tries of her own.  Mailangi capped off the day with a hat trick at 64 minutes and the rest of the team held the Mudhens to 4 unconverted tries en-route to a 20-56 defining victory. 

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Going into today's games, who would face each other was still unknown, as there was a three-way tie at the top of the standings.  All three teams were playing on the road, with everything at stake.  San Francisco Golden Gate (SFGG) showed the how determined they were to reach the final with a 14-53 beat-down of Olympic Club.  SFGG came out swinging quickly scoring in 5 minutes and never letting off the accelerator.  Olympic Club did not have any answers to SFGG, and failed to put up any points until the 61 minute mark.  Olympic Club earned a penalty try in the final minute, but SFGG responded with a 5 pointer of their own as time expired. 

Although a convincing win and statement for SFGG, they were still not in the clear, as they needed Santa Monica Dolphins or Life West to play spoiler against Old Mission Beach Athletic (OMBAC) and Belmont Shore, respectively.

Life west at home is no easy task.  It was a close game, with the Gladiators fighting hard, but ultimately falling to the favored Belmont 19-34.  With this bonus point win, Belmont Shore secured their ticket to the final dance.

The final scenario showed OMBAC travelling to Santa Monica.  The Dolphins showed they could easily play the spoiler, as they kept the heavily favored OMBAC scoreless for most of the first half.  OMBAC went into halftime on a couple converted tries only in the last 4 minutes of the half.  Santa Monica put 7 on the board at 55 minutes, but failed to add any more.  OMBAC held fast and ultimately came out on top, 7-26.