(random aside - Stars have a facebook thread going on right now concerning Rocky III and Rocky IV. We also had our warm weather players from FAU and FIU in action today. Both took home BIG wins with FAU over FGCU 44-5 and FIU over University of Miami 107-0. The best part? Getting a text from a players thanking Stars for giving her the confidence to go out so hard today!)
From Coach Eyal Hakim:
What an amazing weekend !! So happy for the group of phenomenal women that I had the pleasure of working with ! A huge thanks to Liz for setting things up !! I also want to say how proud I am of my five Florida players who really stepped up to the plate with this tough competition Kristin, Christina, Codi, Kimberly and Gracie. A huge thank you to each and every one of you who made this tour possible ! This is the start of something great !
And my own assessment from January 24th:
So proud of what #starsrugby7s has accomplished in the last 2 days. Our teams assembled players from Australia, Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Milwaukee, Oklahoma, Missouri, Dallas, New Mexico, Florida and Pittsburgh, most of whom had never met before, to take on an elite Canadian touring side in a scrimmage, the Japan national side in another scrimmage and our Open side took 6th place in a tournament of 24 teams, including teams that made appearances at 2013 7s Nationals!
Everyone elevated their games and improved with time. Our Elite team didn't have the wins we planned today but live to play in Cup Quarterfinals tomorrow at 920am against the Canadian MapleLeafs (a mix of current 7s players like Mandy Marchak, Brittany Waters, Arielle Dubissette-Borrice and Magail Harvey with some of their developmental girls). Here's to more tries, more Stars bonding, and #usa7s tomorrow!
Thanks so much to all our sponsors and all our players that have dedicated their time and focus to this team. Thanks to our superfans Todd Streeter, Joseph C Somerville III, Ty Elkins, Sean Borman and John Tinsley as well as our Aussie/NZ contingent! Shouts out to the Peru and Mexico men's national teams too!
Most of all to our coach Eyal Hakim who has worked some magic in just 2 short days.
It's been a blur being back home and I think it's safe to say all the Stars are suffering rugby 7s withdrawl. Life just isn't the same outside the HRH suites! Planning for the next tour is already in the works.... some big announcements in the coming weeks! STARPOWER!