(WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton Barbarians RFC (rugby football club) have been the areas Rugby team since 1973.
The “Barbs” have hosted an annual rugby tournament here in Binghamton since 1990. The tournament started with 4 teams from upstate NY competing at our home field at Sandy Beach Park on Conklin Ave. As the tournament grew in the mid to late 90's it moved to Binghamton University and then to it’s present location at Otsiningo Park.
This years “RoadKill Sevens Tournament” will be the among the largest in it’s 22 year history with over 14 Men’s teams and 6 Women’s teams from across the northeast competing. Among them will be returning Champions the Binghamton University Men’s Side. Also attending will be teams from Albany, the NYPD rugby club , Rochester, the NY Central Women’s Select Side, the Binghamton University Women’s side and a Binghamton University Alumni Side.
The Tournament will be held Saturday July 14th at Otsiningo Park. Games will start at 10:00am and the Championships will take place between 3:00pm & 4:30 pm
The Tournament was first held at the Barbarians home field, Sandy Beach in 1990. Four teams competed in friendly competition. Since then, the Tournament has moved to Binghamton University, and finally to Otsiningo Park, with more teams entering each year. In 2006 the Tournament format was switched to Sevens and a Women’s division was added.
The Road Kill Rugby Tournament got its name early on in it’s history from the comments of the teams that had to travel along the highways to get to Binghamton. They said they always saw a lot of “road kill” on the way as they got closer to Binghamton and a long forgotten Rugby player was overheard saying he always liked going to the “RoadKill” Tournament. And so it was known (officially or unofficially) ever since.
The tournament will be Sevens format which means there are only 7 players per side instead of the normal 15 players. This makes for a much more exciting and higher scoring game. Most importantly it makes it easier for someone who doesn’t know much about Rugby to follow the action. The Games are fast paced and only 15 minutes long with lots of action and long break away scoring.
(You can think of it as nine ball vs. straight pool)
And as you may have heard Sevens Rugby will now be part of the Olympic Games! Just recently the collegiate men’s national sevens championship was covered on network TV by NBC. Sevens Rugby will become very popular very soon.
Each team will play between 4 and 6 games during the course of the day. Trophies will be awarded to the top teams and runners up.
There is no admission fee and the Tournament will take place rain or shine