Bingham Plate championship in the bag

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The Nashville Grizzlies tore through the competition in Dublin, Ireland, leading to their big win of the Bingham Plate Division Championship in the Mark Bingham Cup Competition.

Eleven Grizzlies combined with players from team World Barbarians (Barbies) to beat the Sydney Convicts 2, 22-0, in the final match.

The team, led by Barbies’ Coach Gus Ventura, won their first six matches during the past week leading to the final big win. The Grizzlies’ Joel Campbell and Michael Kiggins each scored their first international try. Vince Vogelsang was named Man-of-the-Match versus the Ironsides (25-0).

Injuries were plentiful during the matches. Grizzlies President Jim Schmidt took a knee to the eye, Jon Glassmeyer received seven stitches above his eye and Todd Hughes was sidelined with a pulled ligament in his knee. Stan Schklar and Vogelsang both received a hit to the ribs. All are now doing well, according to the Grizzlies website.

The Mark Bingham Cup is the International Gay Rugby Association and Board’s (IGRAB) biennial tournament of member clubs from around the world. More than 850 players and fans are registered to attend the event.The Bingham Cup is named in remembrance of Mark Kendall Bingham who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Bingham played for the San Francisco Fog, one of the nation’s leading gay and bisexual rugby teams.

Win Record:
Grizzlies/Barbies vs Amsterdam NOP,  55-0
Grizzlies/Barbies vs Kings Cross steelers (London), 6-0
Grizzlies/Barbies vs Muddy York (Toronto), 48-7
Grizzlies/Barbies vs Boston Ironsides, 25-0
Grizzlies/Barbies vs Dallas Diablos, 19-5
Grizzlies/Barbies vs San Francisco Fog, 16-0

Click here to view photos from the tournament.