The Ohio Rugby Sevens Invitational Rugby Tournament is May 28th at Mechanicsburg High School Field. Admission is free with the event starting at 9AM with a new game every 20 minutes until the two championship games at 4 PM.
This one day tournament will feature eight teams competing in Olympic style rugby sevens. Four of the nation’s top collegiate programs from Ohio State University, Notre Dame, Penn State and the University of Michigan will compete for the College Cup while teams from Columbus, Louisville, Kalamazoo and Cincinnati will compete for the Men’s Division Cup.
A seven-a-side match is only 14 minutes long with 2 minutes for halftime, so you see three matches each hour. Each match has a lot of great action, contact and scoring packed into 14 minutes. This is the game that will be increasingly familiar to American audiences because it will be played for the first time in the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in 2016.
The game of rugby sevens has received a lot of coverage since being named an Olympic sport. NBC Sports has covered two major tournaments in the US in the past 10 months. The game has also grown in collegiate and club circles because of the speed of play and the ease of hosting a multiple game tournament like this across a weekend or a single day. The 3,000 seat stadium will be a large enough venue for the crowd and intimate enough to make everyone feel close to the fast paced and high scoring games.
The tournament is named for Terry Larrimer a prominent Columbus attorney. Terry played for Princeton, Michigan, SudAmericano, Ohio State and the Scioto Valley Rugby Football Club and several select touring sides. This tournament celebrates his passion for the game and a cause that he grew to champion with equal enthusiasm—finding a cure for cancer. All proceeds for the game are being donated to the Columbus Foundation where a scholarship has been established in Terry’s name.
For more information contact Woody Hudson at 614-578-7649 or woodrow_Hudson@fccourts.org.