Monmouth 7s: Northeast 7s Qualifier & Interviews With Coaches

June 20, 2016

Monmouth 7s: Northeast 7s Qualifier & Interviews With Coaches


Photo: Monmouth Rugby Club – Pat Moroney

Doug Coil

The Monmouth Sevens, Showdown at the Shore Tournament,was held this past Saturday at Thompson Park in Lincroft, New Jersey and is the first tournament of the Northeast Sevens circuit. This was the fourth year for the tournament and is a showcase event for rugby in New Jersey and the Northeast.

In addition to the Northeast Sevens Men’s Qualifier bracket, there were several other brackets for the Empire GU Rugby Summer 7s Series. The brackets are listed below.


      • ­Men’s Elite/NRU 7s Qualifier
      • Women’s Elite/NRU 7s Qualifier
      • Men’s Open/Empire GU 7s Series
      • Women’s Open/Empire GU 7s Series
      • Men’s Social
      • High School Boys Open/Empire GU 7s Series ­
      • High School Girls Open/Empire GU 7s Series

Northeast Sevens Men’s Championship Series

The Northeast Sevens Men’s Championship Series will consist of four tournaments. Each team will compete for a chance to represent the Northeast competitive region at the USA Rugby 7’s National Championships. The Overall winner of the series will be determined by the team with the most series points. The Top two teams will represent the Northeast at the USA Rugby 7’s National Championships August 13-14.

The four men’s qualifier tournaments are

  • Monmouth 7s – June 18, Lincroft, NJ
  • Newport 7s – June 25, Newport, RI
  • Hell Gate 7s – July 9, New York, NY
  • Saratoga 7s – July 16, Saratoga, NY

Points for each tournament

Cup Winner (1st place): 6 points
Cup Runner-up (2nd place): 5 points
Plate Winner (3rd place): 4 points
Plate Runner-up (4th place): 3 points
Bowl Winner (5th place): 2 points
Bowl Runner-up (6th place): 1 point

Attendance Points

A. For each tournament one (1) point will be awarded automatically when a team
submits their tournament day CMS roster via email to the Tournament Director
and Series Director by Friday night and then checks in on-site at registration.
B. Teams that appear at all of the tournaments will receive an additional three
(3) points.

Teams: CT Bulldogs, Long Island, Mystic River, NYAC, Old Blue A & B, Village Lions and White Plains

In the Monmouth 7s Men’s Qualifier, Old Blue A won the tournament 29-14 over Mystic River. The CT Bulldogs beat NYAC for 3rd. In the Semi-finals Old Blue A won 19-5 over NYAC. In the other semi-final, Mystic River won 31-15 over the CT Bulldogs.

Northeast  Sevens Women’s Rugby
For the second straight year, the top Women’s Clubs from the NERFU Series &  EMPIRE Series tournaments will meet in Saratoga Springs on July 16th for the Northeast Sevens Championships. The top two teams will advance to Nationals on August 13-14.
The NERFU series will be comprised of 3 nominated tournaments with points being awarded for both participation and a Top 4 finish. At the conclusion of the 3rd tournament a NERFU Champion will be crowned, awarded to the team with the highest points earned.

Teams will not be mandated to compete in all 3 tournaments, however, bonus points will be awarded to those teams that do. In addition, each tournament will continue to crown winners as usual, independent of the series.

The three women’s NERFU qualifier tournaments are

  • Worcester 7s – June 18, Worcester, MA
  • Newport 7s – June 25, Newport, RI
  • Springfield 7s – July 9, Springfield, MA
DJCoil Rugby: Coach Interviews
During the tournament, I interviewed the coach of the host Monmouth Rugby Club and the Northeast Sevens Men’s Qualifier Coaches for DJCoil Rugby. These interviews and others are on the DJCoil Rugby You Tube Channel.
Pat Moroney, Monmouth Rugby Head Coach

Pat Moroney

John Broker, Head Coach CT Bulldogs

John Broker

Jerry Mirro, Head Coach Long Island Rugby & Stony Brook Rugby

Jerry Mirro

Josh Smith, Head Coach Mystic River Rugby & Northeast Academy Coach

Josh Smith

Tom Rooney, Head Rugby 7s Coach New York Athletic Club

Tom Rooney

Justin Hundley, Player Coach – New York Athletic Club Rugby

Justin Hundley

Dom Wareing, Old Blue Head 7s Coach & Northeast Academy Director of Coaching

Dom Wareing

Mike Mackay, Head Rugby 7s Coach White Plains Rugby

Mike Mackay

John Greally, Village Lions Rugby 7s Head Coach

John Greally

Monmouth 7s Final Rankings

Men’s Northeast Sevens

    1. Old Blue Cup Champion
    2. Mystic River Cup Runner Up
    3. Bulldogs Plate Champion
    4. NYAC Plate Runner Up
    5. Village Lions Bowl Champion
    6. Long Island Bowl Runner Up
    7. Old Blue B Shield Champion
    8. White Plains Shield Runner Up

Empire GU Men’s Sevens

      1. Monmouth Cup Champion
      2. Princeton Cup Runner Up
      3. Brooklyn Plate Champion
      4. Morris Plate Runner Up
      5. New York Bowl Champion
      6. Hudson Valley Bowl Runner Up
      7. Brooklyn 2 Shield Champion
      8. Village Lions II Shield Runner Up

Men’s Social

      1. Union Cup Champion
      2. White Plains Cup Runner Up
      3. Trenton Scar Plate Champion
      4. New York Plate Runner Up
      5. Monmouth II Bowl Champion
      6. Princeton 2 Bowl Runner Up
      7. NJST Shield Champion
      8. Monmouth III Shield Runner Up

Empire GU Women’s Sevens

      1. Old Blue 1 Cup Champion
      2. Old Blue 2 Cup Runner Up
      3. New York Plate Champion
      4. Monmouth Plate Runner Up
      5. Village Lions Bowl Champion
      6. Brooklyn Bowl Runner Up

Women’s Social

      1. Morris Cup Champion
      2. Union Cup Runner Up
      3. Suffolk Plate Champion
      4. New York 2 Plate Runner Up
      5. Monmouth 2 Bowl Champion
      6. Brooklyn Bowl Runner Up

Empire High School Boys

      1. Winged Foot Cup Champion
      2. RidgeCup Runner Up
      3. New York Plate Champion
      4. Xavier Plate Runner Up
      5. Play Rugby 1 Bowl Champion
      6. Play Rugby 2 Bowl Runner Up
      7. Monmouth Shield Champion
      8. Little Lions Shield Runner Up

Empire High School Girlss

    1. New York Cup Champion
    2. Play Rugby 1 Plate Champion
    3. Play Rugby 2 Bowl Champion

Team Photos: Two team photos were available

Northeast Sevens Cup Champion: Old Blue


Empire GU Men’s Seven’s Series Champion: Monmouth


Monmouth 7s Contact Information:
­ Tournament Director: Nick Lynch
­ General Information:
­ Website:,

When the tournament ended, there was an After Party for teams at the Monmouth Rugby Clubhouse, The Wilde Rover, at 153 Shrewsbury Ave, Red Bank, NJ.

Northeast Sevens Information: See Facebook page or  web page.

Empire GU Rugby: See Facebook page or web page.


Schedule & Brackets

DJCoil Rugby: Web page, Facebook, You Tube Channel, Twitter

DJCoil Rugby Preview article: Monmouth Rugby 7s June 18th


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