FOG HOLD THEIR HEADS HIGH AT THE 2010 MINNEAPOLIS TOURNAMENT
The San Francisco Fog played its best rugby on the last day of the 2010 Bingham Cup tournament, leaving everything on the pitch in its three contested matches, as the Fog A side reached the semi-final round in the Cup bracket, while the Fog B side advanced to the championship match in the Shield Bracket, the B side’s highest standing in the Bingham Cup tournament in the club’s history. Of special note, the Fog club collectively executed arguably its best defense in the history of the Bingham Cup tournament, as only two tries were scored against both sides throughout the three-day tournament, with the Fog A side never allowing a try in all of its matches.
SHIELD BRACKET - Semi Finals
SF Fog B Side 15, Atlanta Bucks 0
The Fog B side set the tone of the day for the club, playing tremendous rugby and never looking back while scoring three tries throughout the match en route to a stellar victory that placed the Fog in the championship match.
CUP BRACKET - Semi Finals
SF Fog A Side 0, Sydney Convicts 3
The storied rivalry between the Convicts and the Fog at the Bingham Cup continued in the semi-final round of the Cup bracket, as the A sides of both clubs squared off against each other for the third time in history. The match proved to be a nail-biter, as each team executed flawless rugby and in particular elevated their defensive efforts. With both teams scoreless at halftime, Sydney prevailed with a lone penalty kick in the second half to edge out the Fog in a match that could have gone either way.
PLATE BRACKET - Semi Finals
SF Fog B Side 0, Dublin Emerald Warriors 17
Moving to the championship pitch at the Bingham Cup, the San Francisco Fog’s B Side held their own and never made it easy for the previous tournament hosts Dublin Emerald Warriors in playing for the Bingham Shield, as Dublin forged ahead towards the end of the match as the eventual champions.
The New York Gotham Knights A Side won the Cup Bracket against the Sydney Convicts by a final score of 18 to 15. It was a closely fought battle with three lead changes throughout the match, and in the final seconds, Sydney missed a penalty kick that would have sent the match into overtime had it been made. Other winners of the tournament included the Los Angeles Rebellion (Bingham Plate), Sydney Convicts B Side (Bingham Bowl), Dublin Emerald Warriors (Bingham Shield), Phoenix Storm (Alice Hoagland Crest) and Seattle Quake B Side (Bingham Spoon). Members from over 30 different rugby clubs from around the world (North America, Eurpoe, Australia) attended the well-executed tournament, which was fantastically hosted by the Minneapolis Mayhem Rugby Football Club.