Sunshine State Games 2014

In what’s become one of the more exciting 7s tournaments of the summer, the Sunshine State Games will kick off Saturday, June 7 at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch. Teams from around the state, including Miami Rugby Football Club, University of South Florida, University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University will compete in a series of 7s matches.

Sarasota Rugby Club is hosting the 10-team event. There is a mandatory captains meeting at 10 a.m. with the first match kicking off at 10:30. All rosters must be turned into Tim Beury of Sarasota.

Ten teams will compete in the men’s open division. Each pool match consists of two seven-minute halves with one-minute halftimes. All championship matches feature two 10-minute halves with three-minute halftimes.

There’s hardware at stake, too. The tournament winner receives a team trophy and gold medals for each player on the 12-person squad. Silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the second and third place teams, respectively.

University of Florida is the defending champions and is coming off a fifth place finish at Todd Miller 7s a week ago. USF lost to Orlando in the final at Todd Miller 7s and is an early favorite to capture gold at the Sunshine State Games.

Come join us for an awesome day of rugby in a beautiful venue. For more information, please contact state director Martin Gardner at 954-292-2774, or event manager Michael Washington at 727-724-3082 ext. 241.

Teams

FAU

University of South Florida

University of Florida

Neptune Rugby

Miami Rugby Football Club

Epic Faile

Hammerhead Rugby

Tampa Krewe

Sarasota Rugby Club

St. Pete Pelicans

Event Location: 

Premier Sports Campus

5895 Post Boulevard

Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34211

Venue Directions:

Directions from I-75: Take exit 217 toward Bradenton/Arcadia. Head East on FL -70E/Oneco-Myakka City Rd. (4.8 miles). Turn left onto Post Blvd. and Premier Sports Campus will be on the right.

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About Stephen Sheehan

Stephen is a recent graduate from the University of Florida's graduate program in sport management. Prior to obtaining his master's degree, he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from UF in May 2013 and has been involved in sports writing dating back to his high school newspaper. Following graduation, Stephen worked as a Content Editor for an Internet Marketing company based out of Miami. Ultimately, he decided to pursue his true passion—sports—and came back to grad school. Over the past five years, he worked for several publications, including Bleacher Report, The Independent Florida Alligator and several websites, including Foxboroblog.com, FanRag.com and FantasyFootballHelpers.com. Stephen's writing and content production background combined with passion for sports, particularly the game of rugby, makes him a unique asset to any sports organization. He is a ready-born leader, an engaging communicator and an ambitious young mind ready to forge his own path in the sports world.

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