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Lakefront 7s COVID-19 Update #2 – golf fundraiser replaces June 27 rugby tournament

The heath and safety of the rugby community is one of our top priorities at the Lakefront 7s. That’s why we previously made a commitment to follow all state and local recommendations and mandates regarding the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

On February 14th we received our permit to hold the Lakefront 7s as scheduled on June 27, 2020 at Veterans Park. Yesterday we received the following update from Milwaukee County Parks who manage Venerans Park:

As always, your health and safety remain our top priority. We continue to monitor local, state, and federal public health guidance to ensure we are making decisions that best support the health of our community. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, gathering size limits, social distancing recommendations, and lower staffing levels Milwaukee County Parks is cancelling all rentals through July 31st.

As such, we must officially cancel the 2020 Lakefront 7s. Registration has been closed for 2020, and all existing registrations will be refunded in the coming days.

We are continuing to explore other options for a tournament later this summer (pending safety issues of course).

However, we have decided to continue our annual Papa Joe Golf Outing & Fundraiser.

The golf event has been moved from its normal day on Friday to Saturday, June 27, 2020. Social distancing and other safety measures can be maintained during golf. So please do mark your calendars and join us for a fun day with the Milwaukee rugby community.

Lakefront 7s COVID-19 Update #1 – Event proceeding as scheduled for June 27, 2020

Athlete safety is the primary concern for all of us here at the Lakefront 7s and Milwaukee Barbarians Rugby. As such, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely.

We have spent the last few weeks consulting with our vendors, sponsors, and other stakeholders, and carefully reviewing state and local guidelines and mandates. Based on this research, we have decided that the Lakefront 7s will proceed as currently scheduled.

Critically, we have been in touch with the venue owner (Milwaukee County) and our insurance carrier and have received their approvals to hold the event on the original date of June 27, 2020.(more…)

Deathicorns win first Women’s Super Social division

2019 women's super social championship deathicorns

The Deathicorns (Chicago, IL) have been crowned champions at the 2019 Lakefront 7s in the first-ever Women’s Super Social bracket.

The Deathicorns were undefeated in pool play (2-0) and met the American AF (Milwaukee, WI) in the first semi-final. Deathicorns were victorious with a 22-5 scoreline.

Turds (1-1 record; Knoxville, TN) met Platteville (Platteville, WI) in the other semi. The 19-7 victory for American AF improved their record to 2-1.

Due to a scheduling error, the final between Deathicorns and Turds was not played. Deathicorns were awarded the Cup Championship based on their 3-0 record.

St. Louis derby caps first “super” social division

2019 mens super social championship b-53 bombers

The Kings and B-53 Bombers — both from St. Louis, MO — met in the first-ever Cup Championship for the Men’s Super Social Bracket.

The Kings were 3-0 in pool play (3-0) defeating Barky Selects (Gunbarrel, CO), Chiefs (Oswego, IL) and Bar-barians (Milwaukee, WI) along the way. In the first semi-final, they defeated Marquette (Milwaukee, WI) 24-12.

The Bombers had a similar path to the championship match with victories over Black & Blue (Milwaukee, WI), Fatbois Lite (Hungryville, USA), and Krakens (Lake Michigan, IL) in the pool stage and a 21-14 win vs. the Freeborn Felons in the second semi-final.

The Cup Championship could barely have been a closer affair. The Bombers would win the day with one more try than the Kings, but excellent kicking accuracy by the Kings meant the 24-21 scoreline was razor-thin.

Barbarians defend Men’s Open/Social title

2019 mens social championship barbarians

The Milwaukee Barbarians (Milwaukee, WI) – playing as the Racing Sausages — have successfully defended their 2018 Men’s Open/Social championship.

Having gone 3-0 in pool play, the tournament hosts faced the top-seeded Dream Thiems (Green Bay, WI) in the first semi-final. In a close 19-12 match, Milwaukee defeated Thiems by just a single converted try.

On the other side of the bracket, the South Side Irish (Chicago, IL) and the Condors (Chicago, IL) battled for a place in the championship. The Irish punched their ticket with a dominant 24-7 victory over their cross-town rivals.

In a classic Milwaukee vs. Chicago match-up, the Barbarians and Irish competed fiercely in another nail-biter with Milwaukee getting the edge. At the final whistle, the 19-12 score gave the Barbarians their second consecutive championship in the Men’s Open/Social division.

All-Blues final for Men’s Competitive division

2019 mens competitive championship kc blues

Boasting up to four sides at prior tournaments, perhaps it was not surprising that the Blues (Kansas City, MO) finished pool play undefeated with BOTH the first and second seeds.

In a repeat of the 2018 competitive final, 4th-seeded MRFC1 (Milwaukee, WI) met in Blues 1 in the first semi-final. Unlike the comprehensive win by Milwaukee last year, this match was a tight one. At the final whistle, Blues 1 narrowly defeated MRFC1 24-19.

On the other side of the bracket, Blues 2 dominated the Celtics (Green Bay, WI) with a score of 26-7.

In the all-Blues final, the first XV were victorious 34-7.

Chicago North Shore wins Women’s Open Championship in tight final

2019 women's open champions north shore green

North Shore Green (Chicago, IL) took home the Women’s Open Cup Championship in thrilling fashion and only giving up a single try in 5 matches. Having gone undefeated in pool play, North Shore Green defeated their second side 19-0 in the semi-finals to earn a spot in the championship.

On the other side of the bracket, KC Jazz (Kansas City, MO) also cruised through their pool and semi-final matches without giving up a single point. As second-seed in the playoffs, they defeated the Dragons 33-0.

The championship was a tight match between two quality sides. At the final whistle, North Shore edged out KC 12-7. The win is the first successful defense of their 2018 title and North Shore’s fourth win at the Lakefront 7s since 2009.

In the Plate competition, the Hawkeyes (Davenport, IA) defeated WWRFC — the other 2018 Women’s Champion (Madison, WI) — and debutantes Big Duck Energy to claim the championship.

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