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Rugby teams get rough in the sand

The Naples Hammerheads Rugby Team hosted its 16th annual Beerfoot 7's Beach tournament.

August 6, 2016
Jessica Salmond - News Editor (jsalmond@breezenewspapers.com) , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Fort Myers Beach got a taste of the Olympics this weekend.

The Naples Hammerheads Rugby Team hosted its 16th annual Beerfoot 7's Beach tournament Saturday, Aug. 6, on the beach outside the Wyndham Garden hotel.

Almost 30 teams from around the state competed on the beach.

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Hammerheads member Tyler Pigott of Cape Coral runs for the goal line to attempt a try.

The Hammerheads team started in Naples, but is now based in Estero. Tatum Walker, the event organizer and member of the Fort Miami team, said she was happy that the tournament coincided with the first day of the Olympics, being held in Rio de Janeiro, especially since rugby was added to the Olympic games this year.

"We have people fly back from all over for this," she said.

At the beginning of the tournament, the Hammerheads held a small dedication ceremony for the event founder Reed Jarvi, who died in January.

 
 

 

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