Pacific North Recap: Regional Championship Weekend

Pacific North Champions Crowned

PRP Championship Match: Life West Gladiators vs. Belmont Shore Rugby at Treasure Island:

Life West Gladiators and Belmont Shore Rugby grappled for the final that saw plenty of action and tremendous effort.  Life West struck early but allowed Belmont Shore to put up 24 unanswered points behind a glorious strip-and-run by eight-man Matthew Masoe that went a thundering 65 meters.  Life West switched on late in the first half, but still trailed 24-15.  The second half brought more defense with each team maintaining a solid line.  Belmont Shore took advantage of a Life West penalty to add three points, but if was the Gladiators that found the cog in the Shore defense, earning the two-point 29-27 lead that held until Life West was able to seal the victory near the end with their third second-half try to bring the final to 36-27.  Life West will face off against Austin Blacks on May 18th for the West finale.

Glendale Merlins faced off against Old Mission Beach Athletic (OMBAC) for 3rd place.  OMBAC was on a mission after last week’s loss and found some redemption in a decisive 50-24 victory.

Women’s Division II Championship: Emerald City Mudhens vs. Sacramento Amazons:

Sacramento Amazons put on an offensive effort, racing to a 17-6 half time lead over the Seattle-based Mudhens.  Emerald City was unable to find a solution to the Sacramento equasion as the Amazons exploited gaps in the stalwart Mudhen defense. Putting up 40 second-half points in a 57-9


Men’s Division II Championship: Olympic Club Rugby vs Boise United:

The hosts of the finals, Boise United D2 fell to the Northern California representatives, Olympic Club Rugby 38-29.  Olympic had a 20-point lead going into half time and the deficit proved too much for Boise to erase, albeit with a gallant effort.  Olympic Club will represent Pacific North in the next round of eight, stepping closer to nationals.

Men’s Division III Championship: Napa Valley Rugby vs. Budd Bay Buffaloes:

Napa Valley had a field day against Budd Bay Buffaloes in Boise.  The Wine Thieves completed the California sweep of Pac North with a 92-0 slaughtering of the Buffaloes, like a scene from a Kevin Costner movie.  Napa Valley skipper Cody Beckley noted; “the score was a result of the all the boys putting in the hard work.
Coach established a good game plan and we were execute it well. “ 

Next stop for the champions is Austin, Texas for the quarter-finals.