After a few weeks of recovery from the Lakefront 7s, we’re finally able to dedicate some time to posting 7s updates from around the state and around the region. July is the busiest month for 7s, and there’s a lot to cover so we’ll jump right in.
The first Saturday in July featured the Legacy 7s Midwest qualifier in Brighton, MI and the final sevens event in Wisconsin, the Lionhunter 7s in Oconomowoc.
- Legacy 7s — Brighton, MI
- Metropolis took top men’s honors at Legacy 7s with the Lions winning the Women’s bracket.
- Lionhunter 7s — Oconomowoc, WI
- On the men’s side, Wisconsin Rugby Club defeated Milwaukee RFC 26-17. T.T.T.S Rugby won the women’s bracket, but we were unable to confirm the score nor the opponent in the final (please drop us a note if you know this information).
The second weekend in July featured tag rugby in Fond du Lac, WI and Midwest qualifier 7s in Rockford, IL.
- Forest City 7s — Rockford, IL
- In a repeat of Legacy 7s, the Metropolis Men and Lions Women each won the qualifier brackets.
- Fond du Lac Youth Rugby Tournament — Fond du Lac, WI
- The Fond du Lac event mirrored the results of the Lakefront 7s. In the 7th-8th grade bracket, Waukesha defeated Green Bay while Fond du Lac won both the 5th-6th and 3rd-4th grade brackets.
Certainly the biggest news of July was the Rugby 7s World Cup in San Francisco, though there was local rugby in Wisconsin in both Oshkosh and Green Bay.
- Rugby 7s World Cup — San Francisco, CA
- New Zealand were the big winners at the World Cup taking both the Men’s and and the Women’s championship. The Eagles finished 4th in the Women’s side and 6th on the Men’s side (see also the tournament recap).
- Pigfest Tens — Oshkosh, WI
- At the first 10s event of the season Green Bay defeated Wisconsin Rugby Club in the final to capture their first hardware of the season. T.I.T.S. beat UW Oshkosh for the Women’s title and Oshkosh won the Old boys division.
- Titletown Tag Rugby Tournament — Green Bay, WI
- Fond du Lac continued their dominance of the 3rd-4th and 5th-6th grade brackets with a third pair of trophies this year while Green Bay captured their first tag trophy in the 7th-8th grade bracket.
The only thing on our radar this coming weekend is the Cin City 7s in Cincinnati, OH. As a Midwest RFU Qualifier Championship, the top 2 teams from both the Men’s and Women’s brackets will advance to the National Club Championships.
On the Men’s side, Metropolis has won all three events leading up to Cin City and the Lions have consistently been runners-up. It will be an upset if either teams gets knocked out of the top-2 spots. Wisconsin fans will be rooting for the Milwaukee Barbarians.
For the Women, it’s a 3-way race between the Lions, Metropolis, and Cincinnati with each having a good chance at heading to Nationals.
|Rank||Team||Total PTS||Team||Total PTS|
|1||Metropolis Rugby||36||Chicago Lions||34|
|2||Chicago Lions||33||Metropolis Rugby||32|
|3||Cincinnati Wolfhounds||26||Cincinnati Rugby||31|
|4||Chicago Blaze||22||Grand Rapids Rugby||21|
|5||Milwaukee Barbarians||21||Chicago North Shore||20|
|6||Chicago Lions II (UQ)||20||Legacy Academy||15|
|7||Metropolis Rugby II (UQ)||19||Columbus Rugby||15|
|8||Cleveland Academy||18||Circle City Tempests||10|
|9||Columbus Rugby||11||Chicago Lions II (UQ)||8|
|10||Cleveland Rovers||10||Cincinnati Rugby II (UQ)||7|