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The Portland Pounders hosted their 17th annual rugby tournament January 18-20. The weather was unseasonably warm and dry. Some great rugby was expected as the top three teams in the country were in attendance as well as the Seattle Slam and the BC Bandits. The tournament started with a bang Friday evening as the top-seeded Phoenix Fusion squared off with the third seed and hosts, the Portland Pounders. The Fusion took an early lead but they were unable to build on it. The Pounders rallied back in the second half to regain the lead and close out the game with an exciting three goal victory, 48-45. Also, in the evening the Minnesota North Stars took care of BC by a score of 57-47 and the Pounders closed things out by beating Seattle 57-40.

Saturday is a long day at the Portland tournament as teams play three games. Some pivotal games from the day included Phoenix beating Minnesota handily as they broke the game open in the second half. Minnesota was missing their Canadian import, Travis Murao, and their 3.5, Chuck Aoki, was battling some health issues. Their lack of depth also showed in their afternoon matchup with the Pounders which turned into a lopsided affair as the Pounders pushed away with a big win, 68-46. Other games of note were Phoenix over BC, 46-36, BC over Seattle, 65-57, and Minnesota beating Seattle, 54-48.
Sunday's feature game was a rematch of Phoenix and Portland. The game was tight throughout as Portland took an early two goal lead but could never gain more separation. Phoenix tied the game midway through the fourth quarter but
Portland forced a couple of turnovers to seal the victory to the cheers of the hometown crowd. The final score was 56-54.
The Pounders would like to thank everyone who helped keep the tournament
running. As anyone who has been to Portland knows, nobody goes hungry at a
Portland tournament. Lisa Johnson and Cheri Schoebel did a great job feeding
everyone. Amy Groulx and her crew got everyone where they needed to be. Gordy Johnson did a bit of everything and Trisha Suhr put all the pieces together. We are very lucky to have supportive fans and a great group of rugby players who share the responsibilities that come with a successful team and events like this one.
Final Standings
Portland Pounders
Phoenix Fusion
Minnesota North Stars
BC Bandits
Seattle Slam
March 10, 2013 — 2:52pm