The guy with the long braids, I am assuming you mean the guy that had the cornrows? That was a stand out tourny for him, and i am not surprised you would remember him. He smashed people there. This year we played novice, due to the new rules of amatuer a = amatuer, and amatuer b = novice. And we ended up missing semis by 6 @#$@#$ points!! it is a long story, but a guy on a team had a hit on his ear piece/strap, and he was the last one left to pull and hang the flag. We were all in the deadbox watching and the ref looked at the hit, called 3 refs over to look at it, the head ref shrugged his shoulders and wiped it off. We argued but you know how that works. Once it happens it is pretty much done. The team that guy plays for came in second in our division and kept us out of semis. We weren't happy.
We play 10 man, but not as seriously as 5 man. We are working at getting Hyper Sport Works (our factory sponsor) as big as we can, that way we can offer a killer sponsorship and get the best people in the area. I am sure you know that getting 12 guys that play hard and think fast, is a hard task. And we don't wanna jump into the nppl head first, and get smashed.
We are playing the global series this year!!! We are hearing good things about the reffing, and fields, so we are gonna try it out. We will be in the Am B bracket.