South Recap: Weekend Tournaments Crown Winners Which Advance to East Finals

The South Championships, held this past weekend in Savannah, Georgia, crowned the South’s winners which will advance to the East Final.  Each division, Women’s Division II, Men’s Division II, and Men’s Division III, played a three-game tournament, two semi-final games Saturday, followed by the South Finals Sunday afternoon.

Division II Women

In the first of Saturday’s two semifinal matchups, the Atlanta Harlequins defeated the Knoxville Minx 33 to 10.

This game was followed by the Fort Miami RFC’s 48 to 12 stomping of the Savannah Shamrocks.

In Sunday’s South Final, the Atlanta Harlequins captured the USA Women’s Division II Championship following their 40 to 0 shutout over the Fort Miami RFC.

Division II Men

In game one of Saturday’s semifinal contests, the Southern Pines RFC defeated the New Orleans RFC 42 to 14.

This game was followed by a much closer Atlanta Old White 33 to 25 win over the Miami Tridents.

For Sunday’s South Final, the Atlanta Old White beat the Southern Pines 23 to 8, giving Atlanta the South Men’s Division-II Championship.

Division III Men:

In the first of Saturday’s semi-final matchups, the Asheville Iguanas defeated the Pensacola Aviators 54 to 7.  Asheville’s tries included Payton Marshall, Jacob Vertel, Nathan Vertel,  Jacob Vertel, Brittain Arndt, Phillip Matt, Tyler Vanston, and Evan Couzo.  Also, Jacob Vertel successfully converted seven of Asheville’s tries.  Pensacola’s only try was scored at the 47’ mark of the game.

Saturday’s second semi-final featured the Savannah Shamrocks 17 to 3 defeat of the Palm Beach Panthers.  Savannah’s tries were scored by Jeremy Ansbach and James Richardson.  Liam Globensky converted a penalty kick and both tries.  Following a Savannah penalty, the Palm Beach successfully kicked for points at the 35’ mark.

In Sunday’s South Division-III Championship, the Savannah Shamrocks sealed the title following a 26 to 10 win over the Asheville Iguanas.  Savannah’s tries were scored by 15’ Matthew Papier, 26’ Tonu Fonmanu, 40’ Eric Geckas and 78’ James Richardson, with three conversions by Liam Globensky.  Asheville’s David Lindsey (8’) scored the Iguanas’ only try, with a penalty kick and try conversion earned by Jacob Vertel.