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2012 Swamp Stomp

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South Florida's Third Annual Swamp Stomp October 2012

The third annual Swamp Stomp hosted by the South Florida Rattlers saw an expanded tournament this year made up of six teams from the southeast region. Reigning champions the Tampa Generals participated with their usual solid team of core players. Seeded third out of six teams, the Orlando Clash brought another tough squad. The South Florida Rattlers returned even stronger this year with a much larger team of ten local players and visiting DC player Paul Hopkins. The Brooks bandits brought two teams, the Blue and the Gold squads. They came with hopes of pushing Tampa from their spot as reigning tournament champions. And finally, the Augusta Rolling Maddogs entered the fray, traveling the farthest to compete in the Swamp Stomp. 

The tournament started with the Rattlers showing all their might toward the Augusta Rolling Maddogs, pushing an early lead into a decisive victory 40-27. The second game saw the fifth-seeded Brooks Bandits Gold upend the third-seeded Orlando Clash 46-30. Game Three saw sixth-seeded Augusta end their pool play with a loss to the top-seeded Tampa Generals, 39-10. In Game Four, the two squads from the Brooks Institute went head to head with the second-seeded Blue squad easily defeating the fifth-seeded Gold squad 49-20. Game Five was an old school matchup with the host South Florida Rattlers getting a schooling from the cross-state rival Tampa Generals 43-22. Game Six was another in-state matchup with the Bandits Blue squad handing a similar schooling to the Clash 47-20.

The final games on Saturday were crossover match ups. Game One pitted the Generals against the Bandits Gold squad with Tampa controlling the game early and cruising to a 53-26 victory. In Game Two the Bandits Blue squad treated the host Rattlers to a disappointing finish on day one defeating the Rattlers 44-16.

Day two started with the consolation game between the Orlando Clash and the Augusta Maddogs. The Clash hit hard and ran out to an early lead and cruised to a 42-27 victory earning them fifth place. Augusta came to the tournament looking to test their mettle and learn where they need to improve and went home with a better knowledge of where they are as a team.

The second game on Sunday was the closest and best game of the tournament. The host Rattlers pushed hard and battled the Bandits Gold squad for all four quarters, they swapped the lead several times eventually succumbing to the more experienced team. Final score 38-34, Brooks Bandits Gold.

In the championship game the Tampa Generals took on the Brooks Bandits Blue squad. The first quarter was a clinic in Rugby 101. Play was basic, hard, steady rugby with little to no mistakes. Eventually the Generals' relentless pressure, experience and familiarity with each other allowed them pull ahead for a 14-9 lead. The second quarter was much of the same, with Tampa expanding their lead by two to end the half with a 26-19 lead. The third quarter saw the Bandits fight hard and keep Tampa on their toes fighting to a tie for the quarter and a score of 39-32. The final quarter was hard hitting and the Tampa Generals once again retained their title with a final score of 54-45.

Final standings were 1st place Tampa Generals; 2nd Brooks Bandits Blue Squad; 3rd Brooks Bandits Gold Squad; 4th South Florida Rattlers; 5th Orlando Clash and 6th Augusta Rolling Maddogs. 

The Swamp Stomp All-Tournament Team consisted of Tournament MVP, Cody Kingsland from Brooks Bandits Blue squad; Best Low Pointer, Levoy “Joe” Bennett from Brooks Bandits Gold squad; Best Mid Pointer, Ronnie Adams from Brooks Bandits Blue squad; and Best High Pointer, Louis Irving from Orlando Clash.

December 18, 2012 — 11:00am