An exciting finish to the 2018 TROPICAL 7s brought the second year of the tournament to new heights. 50 teams from around the world came to the sunshine of Florida to compete across nine divisions -- and this year's champions have been crowned.
There were many highlights from the 2018 edition of the Tropical 7s. In only its 2nd year, the number of participating teams increased from 25 in last year's inaugural tournament, to 50 teams this year including 19 international teams.
In the U18 Boys Elite Championship, the Zambezi Steelers (Zimbabwe) got past Florida's Jupiter Sharks, 26-5, becoming the first African team to win at the Tropical 7s. The champions (pictured below) went undefeated through the tournament and the match of the final can be seen on the Tropical 7s YouTube channel:
Celebrity referee Jillion Potter (pictured above celebrating with the University of Florida Gators who won the University Womens Open division), was a great presence at the event in her role as referee. Potter is a long-time USA Eagle and captain of the 7s team that played in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She handed out trophies to all of the winners and runner-ups.
In what was arguably the most competitive division of the 2018 Tropical 7s, the Guelph University Gryphons from Canada beat Life University in the University Elite Womens Division (in an exciting 24-12 final score), in a group that also included Lindenwood University, all former national champions in their respective country.
"We congratulate not just the champions but all of the participants at the 2018 Tropical 7s," said Tournament Director John Siner. "We are thrilled that so many teams had such a good rugby experience, which has brought this event to a new level. Next year will be event stronger so we are very excited about that."
LIST OF WINNERS
The list of 2018 Champions includes:
- University Womes Elite - Guelph University (Canada)
- University Womens Open - University of Florida
- University Mens Elite - Brock University (Canada)
- University Mens Open - Jupiter Sharks (Florida)
- U18 Girls Elite - Toronto Reds (Canada)
- U18 Girls Open - Canadian Misfits (Canada)
- U18 Boys Elite - Zambezi Steelers (Zimbabwe)
- U18 Boys Open - Palm Beach Phoenix (Florida)
- U16 Boys - Palm Beach Phoenix (Florida)
- U14 Boys - South Florida Lightning (Florida)
All match results from the tournament and final standings can be found here:
MATCH RESULTS & STANDINGS
Highlights and full video replays of all matches that took place on Fields 1 and 2 can be found on the Tropical 7s YouTube page:
Photos, video and commentary from the final day of Tropical 7s can be found on our social media platforms:
Thanks to all of the 25 teams who participated this year. And thanks as well to all the great partners we worked with for the 2018 event:
Dates for next year have already been set and the 2019 Tropical 7s will take place on 19-20 April 2019 -- again on Easter week at the beautiful Omni Championsgate resort.