While High Schools in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota were holding their State Championships this past weekend, summer rugby began.
In Appleton, WI at the Leinie’s 7s, the Milwaukee Barbarians (shown above) sent two sides and both went undefeated in pool play and the semi-finals to set up intra-squad final. Attendance was lighter than prior years with the High School championships on the same day.
The University of Wisconsin were also playing 7s this weekend at the Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia, PA. In pool play, Wisconsin drew their first match vs. St. Joseph’s, defeated Mount Saint Mary’s 19-15, and fell to eventual champions Lindenwood 31-12 (see all Wisconsin scores). In a rematch, Wisconsin ran out of gas when they met St. Joseph’s again in the Plate Quarterfinals and lost 29-12.
On the Tag rugby side, programs have been recruiting all Spring and will begin practicing this week and next (find a club here).
There are new clubs starting in Oconomowoc and Little Chute, and the Parks and Recreation department in Sussex are funneling kids to the Menomonee Falls program.
There is also a schedule change: instead of two tag tournaments on July 21st, there will only be one in Green Bay with the Brookfield event now cancelled (see full summer schedule here).
On deck this week is another Men’s tournament — the Lighthouse 7s — in Fond Du Lac on Saturday June 9. With 10 teams registered, there is still room for two more (contact Kevin Lackas for more info).
The tournament starts at 9AM with the captain’s meeting at 8:30. Lighthouse 7s features cash payouts for the top three teams, concessions throughout the tournament, a 50/50 raffle, and a social afterwards at Slim and Chubby’s pub.