As the EGU 7s series heads into its final weekend, your Village Lions sit atop the table in both the men’s and women’s divisions.

There are tight races in each of the four divisions, with Village Lions heading up both the Women’s and Men’s divisions through the first three rounds.

In the Empire Women’s division, the Lions lead the way with 55 points, followed closely by Queen City 7s and NYRC in second at 53 points each.

Standing at 45 points, the Lions lead the Men’s division, with Syracuse in second (42 pts) and White Plains in third (38 pts).

“Consistency,” offered Men’s coach Koma Gandy Fischbein. “We have a hard-working group of athletes who show up and work hard every week and every tournament to improve their individual skills and grow together as a team.  The consistency, numbers and attitudes at training have been outstanding all season and have positively contributed to our ability to go into the final tournament as the top seed.”

“Sticking to our game plan,” Koma continued. “We have gotten to this point by playing solid fundamental rugby and working together as a team.  Our defensive structure has improved every weekend, and when folks have had injuries, our finishers have stepped up and done the job. I feel very confident about our ability to perform this weekend and be proud of our result.”

Women’s coach Morne Pretorius shared, “The Empire GU 7s series has the Village Lions Leonas compete against some of the strongest East Coast women’s rugby programs. This year the Leona’s once again faced stiff competition from NYRC, Queen City, Morris, Uticuse, Rochester and Danbury.

This year our 7s squad included a number of new and familiar faces – with players combining well to bring a broad set of skills and speed to the squad.

Early on our focus was to rid the squad of their 15s habits and develop our 7s pattern of play. At our first tournament at Rockaway the team put in a strong showing going 2-3, losing two games by 5 or less points.

Continued focus on our patterns of play, strategy and technique paid off at the second tournament in Danbury where we went 3-2 and ended second on the day after fighting back from an early loss.

At our last tournament, the Village Lions went 4-1 and ended second on the day after some skillful play. The team continued to improve and their energy, commitment and ferocity on the field made them difficult to deal with.

This weekend we travel to Syracuse as the top rated women’s team with a lot to fight for and hope to ending our season on a high!”

Both squads head up to Syracuse this weekend with their minds set on a strong finish at the Syracuse Salt City 7s.

The final 7s training session is tonight, July 11, on Randall’s field 74 from 7:30-9pm.