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Ronins Win Pacific NW Regional to Qualify for Nationals

Westside Ronins earned a spot in the Regional Qualifier for the Pacific Northwest in San Francisco, CA. The Ronins faced off against Olympic Club and Life West first side for pool play.

The first qualifier match started slow for the Ronins. Handling errors kept Olympic Club within striking distance at the end of the first half. Some stout defensive efforts kept Olympic Club without a score and Ronins sealed the match 22-0.

In the second pool match, Ronins took aim at a talented Life West side. Ronins were not intimidated and brought the same defensive effort to keep Life West wanting for a try. Through some smart play, Ronins managed to win the game 12-0 and took the top seed of the pool.

In the semi-finals, Sacramento would be the challenge in front of the Ronins. It was a one sided affair though, as the Ronins found their stride and defeated them handily 32-7.

Life West White knocked off Washington Athletic Club in the other semi-final to earn a rematch against the Ronins. Life West had some good fortune early on with plenty of possession jumping out to a 19-0 lead. A late score in the first half by the Ronins put them back in the fight. In the second half the Ronins put their grit to the test and powered past Life West 26-19. A score at the end of the game gave Life West an opportunity to tie the match with a conversion kick. The kick was short and the Ronins won 26-24 in a come from behind win.

This tournament win qualified the Westside Ronins for USA Club 7s Nationals in Kansas City, Missouri August 10-11. The Ronins earned the top seed and their first Pacific Northwest Regional 7s Championship with the win.

Ronins Defend Siggy 7s Cup

The Westside Ronins took the field as the defending Siggy 7s tournament champions with their spirits charged for a run to nationals. This was the first time the Siggy 7s tournament was a regional qualifier event. The host Ronins were excited for the challenge with 3 teams competing across the 2 mens pools. 

The Ronins top side made it through pool play with three wins, while Ronins Koula managed to advance with a win, loss and tie. This pit the two sides against each other in a smashing semi final match up. Ronins knocked off Ronins Koula with clinical offense and a stubborn defense. 

This meant that the Ronins squared off against the Washington Athletic Club in the final. Ronins started off hot and jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first half. After some solid defense throughout the match, the Ronins proceeded to push their advantage to 28-0 before the final whistle. 

With the successful championship, Ronins won the tournament prize of $1,000 for the club. In addition to that, Westside Ronins donated 10% of the proceeds from the tournament to Siggy’s Memorial Foundation.