The New East Lake Erie Hawaiians End Successful Season
After 37 years the East Lake Erie Hawaiians are winners again. First entered as a novelty team in the sevens tournament accompanying the USA v Canada International in Saranac Lake in 1980, the ELEH team defeated Monmouth in one of the first remote broadcast by the fledgeling ESPN network.
The Originals in 1980
Lack of competition in the upstate division of the Empire Summer Sevens Series forced Buffalo to compete in the downstate division this summer. This came at a high cost of time and money. Each downstate tourney involved an 800 mile round trip and an overnight stay.But you do what you have to do.
Monmouth Tourney, Monmouth NJ - Pool play ended in a three way tie and Buffalo lost out on points differential, forcing them into the non-championship bracket which they won, taking 5th place points.
Tri State Tourney, Danbury CT- Lost to home team Danbury in the final
Hell's Gate Tourney, Randall's Island NYC - Lost to NYAC in the final
Blazing Sevens Tourney, Morris NJ - Defeated home team Morris in a repeat of last summer's final to become the 2017 Empire GU Sevens Champions
In addition, Buffalo placed a second side in the Syracuse Salt City Sevens and the Buffalo Sevens, taking second place in both those tournaments.
The New Hawaiians in 2017