2012 Palmetto Tournament

Game schedule:

PLEASE NOTE, ALL MATCHES MUST START ON TIME!!

Saturday (all matches 25 minute halves except where noted). 

Field 1 (Roberts Field)
Match 1 8:45 am: Citadel 1 vs. USC (30 minute halves)
Match 3 10:15 am: Greenville vs. Augusta
Match 5 11:30 am: USC vs. Sherman
Match 7 12:45 pm: Winner Match  3 vs. Loser Match 4
Match 9 2:00 pm: Furman vs. Citadel 1 (30 minute halves)
Match 11 3:30 pm Winner Match 4 vs. Winner Match 7 (30 minute halves for Men's Championship)
Match 12 5:00 pm: Loser Match 3 vs. Loser Match 7 (Men's 3rd/4th)


Field 2 (football practice field)
Match 2 9:00 am: Furman vs. Sherman
Match 4 10:15 am: Columbia vs. Charleston
Match 6 11:30 am: Furman vs. Citadel 2
Match 8 12:45 pm: Winner Match 4 vs. Lejeune
Match 10 3:00 pm: Loser Match 3 vs. Lejeune
Match 13 5:00 pm: USC vs. Citadel 2

Sunday (30 minute halves for all four matches): 

Field 1
Match 14 9:30 am Lejeune vs. Citadel 1
Match 15 10:45 am Sherman vs. Citadel 2
Match 16 12:00 pm USC vs. Furman
Match 17 1:15 pm Sherman vs. Lejeune

Tiebreakers:

Men's Club:
In Matches 3, 4, 7, and 11, after coin toss, 5 minute sudden death periods (first team to score wins).  If after two sudden death periods neither team has scored, penalty kicks from 35 meters.  First team to convert kick with other team missing after equal attempts wins.  In all other Men's Club matches, score stands.
 
College:
All scores stand.  Citadel 1, USC, and Furman are the only teams competing for the College Championship.  Champion will be determined based on the results of the matches between these three teams--the results of the matches against Sherman and Citadel 2 will not count.  Team with the best record will be crowned College Champion.  If there is a tie in the standings, the tiebreaker is as follows: (1) head-to-head; (2) point differential; (3) total points; (4) least points allowed; (5) coin toss.

Hotel of Choice

The Clarion Inn & Suites in Greenville is our tournament hotel. It is located at 50 Orchard Park Blvd, which is off of Haywood Road. The hotel is newly renovated, and the rate includes a hot breakfast. Call 864.254.6383 to reserve your room. Be sure to mention that you are with the rugby tournament to receive the discounted rate. The Palmetto Union annual fall meeting will be held at the Clarion Saturday night. The Clarion is also less than five minutes from the location of the Saturday night social.

Tournament Officials
John Meyers is the tournament director. John Roberts is the tournament host/organizer.

Training staff
A training staff, sponsored by St. Francis Hospital, will be available to help with injuries.

Pitches
The games will be played on one varsity football practice field and the John S. Roberts Rugby Field.

Restrooms
The football stadium will be open.

Concessions
Tournament t-shirts will be on sale at the concessions stand along with burgers, hotdogs and other edibles. All food proceeds from the concessions will benefit the Greer Rugby Spartans, a high school team. Members of the squad and parents will be working concessions. They are trying to raise funds to support travel and new jerseys for next year.

Past results

Men's Clubs
Columbia (2001, 2009 champions)
Charleston (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 champions)
Sumter
St. Andrews
Augusta
Greenville (2000, 2005, 2011 champions)
Myrtle Beach
Asheville

College

USC A (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2011 champions)
USC B
Citadel A
Citadel B
Furman (2004, 2005, 2008 champions)
Clemson (2010)
College of Charleston
Lander
Coastal Carolina (2006, 2007)

Women

Furman
C of C (2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 champions)
Greenville (2010 champions)
Clemson women (2000, 2002, and 2005) Results from 2011 tourney: USC, Greenville claim Palmetto Cup

The University and South Carolina and Greenville Men's teams captured the Palmetto Tournament Cup in two thrilling finals this past weekend.

In the men's final, Charleston coasted to an early 15-3 lead.  But the second half belonged to the Griffins.  The squad, playing a forward and field possession game, chipped away at the Outlaw lead, scoring a try with just two minutes remaining to seal the 26-15 win and claim the cup from the defending champions.

The college final, mirrored the men's final but with different results.  The University of South Carolina, which ran roughshod over Saturday's opponents, appeared favored over the defending champion Clemson Tigers, who squeaked by Furman 10-8 to make the championship game.

Early on, the game played to the Gamecocks advantage and USC, using dynamic backline play, constructed a 15-3 halftime lead.  But the Tigers rallied and played much of the second half in the Gamecock end.  USC, with two players sin binned at one point, could mount no offense.

The Tigers finally broke through for a try with about five minutes remaining to cut the USC lead to 15-8 after the missed conversion.  Energized and riding the wave of momentum, the Tigers scored again with less than a minute remaining but narrowly missed a conversion that would have knotted the game as CU dropped a 15-13 decision to their in-state rival.

In the consolation game, Furman took third-place honors with a 41-26 victory over Division II rivals Coastal Carolina in a game of contrasting styles.  Furman a team that focused on fluid back play and kicking, managed – for the most part – to dictate the game-style over Coastal, a forward dominated squad.  Furman broke out to an early two-try lead.  Both teams traded trys thereafter until the final whistle blew.

All the scores:

Furman 8 Clemson 10
Columbia 15 Greenville 26
Coastal 27 Greenville II 0
Columbia 5 Charleston 73
USC 71 Greenville II 0
USC B 7 Clemson 49
Coastal 5 USC 46
Furman 60 USC B 10
Greenville 26 Charleston 15
Greenville II 17 USC B 8
Furman 41 Coastal 26
USC 15 Clemson 13

Background
Furman is proud to host the 2011 Palmetto Tournament on October 29-30. We have hosted the tournament ten times since the tournament was reorganized in 2000. Winners of the Tournament claim the Palmetto Cup. Defending Champions must return to the tournament this year with cup in hand to defend it.

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