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10th Annual Columbus Collision

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The 10th Annual Columbus Collision took place December 10th and 11th in Columbus, Ohio at Franklin Park’s Big Run Athletic Complex. This year the tournament was a round robin style tournament with six teams from the Heartland region, teams were Ohio Buckeye Blitz, Indy, Pittsburgh, Grand Rapids, Chicago and the newly developed Adaptive Sports Ohio (ASPO) team, coupled with a few guys from the Ohio Buckeye Blitz team (Playing as Ohio II). Congrats for the guys and girl from ASPO on getting the first tournament under their belt.

The teams in the Heartland are moving forward, teams seem to be developing, Grand Rapids is up and coming, Chicago is rebuilding with the addition of a couple players and the addition of Kevin Crombie to Indy, they have a more balanced line up and looking good. Saturday’s games went as planned, Ohio II getting beat by Indy, the Blitz took care of Grand Rapids 51-26, Chicago took of Pittsburgh who was playing a couple players down. Indy beat Grand Rapids and Chicago 43-35 to finish the day undefeated, Ohio Buckeye Blitz beat Ohio II 61-13 and would finished the day by beating Pittsburgh 43-35. Grand Rapids finished the day by getting there first tournament victory beating Pittsburgh.

The second day of action brought some closer games than on Saturday, Grand Rapids showing their improvement took care of business against the Ohio II team, Chicago was to much for the Buckeye Blitz winning 37-31. The Indy versus Pittsburgh game stayed close until Indy over powered them to win by 7, Chicago beat Grand Rapids and in their second game Pittsburgh had enough left to beat the Ohio II team. The final game was Indy versus Ohio Buckeye Blitz, this game stayed close, the Buckeye Blitz brought the game to within a goal, but that was as close as it would get, Indy was just to much and eventual won 43-37 to end the weekend undefeated.

The final standings were Indy taking the title, Chicago came in a strong second, Ohio Buckeye Blitz third, the much improved Grand Rapids end up fourth, Pittsburgh fifth and the Ohio II team rounded out the tournament in sixth. It was a great weekend of rugby in the Buckeye state. The all-tournament team was named, Best Low Pointer went to Brett Harbage from the Blitz, Best Mid Pointer went Indy’s Kevin Crombie, Best High Pointer went to Shawn “Chops” Vogelgesang and the tournament MVP went to the always hustling Jake Jordan from the Buckeye Blitz. Congrats to all the all tournament team selections and to Indy for taking the championship trophy home.

A special thanks to the Columbus Parks and Recreation for the gym and support all weekend, Buckeye PVA for sponsoring the tournament, the referees, especially Aaron and Kerin Banfield for organizing and Aaron for teaching the referee clinic, hopefully we will have more referees in the Heartland region in the near future.

Submitted by: Brett Harbage

January 6, 2012 — 1:15pm