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Dates confirmed for 2019 events – Vegas 7s & Lakefront 7s

2018 USA 7s Champs - Photo by David Becker/Getty Images

If you’re like us, rugby 7s season begins in the Spring with a trip to Las Vegas for the American leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The date for USA 7s changes year-to-year but we’re happy to report that the dates for the 2019 series have been confirmed: the Las Vegas leg will be held March 1-3 and will feature the Men’s Eagles.

But it is the Women’s Eagles who will kick off the 2019 series in just a few months on October 20-21, 2018.

The full schedule for the series is listed below.

The date for the 2019 Lakefront 7s rugby tournament and festival has also been set. The annual tournament will be held in Milwaukee on June 29, 2019. (more…)

July rugby results – 7s, 10s, and midwest qualifiers

2018 Pigfest Tens

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.

July 7

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).

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Waukesha and Fond Du Lac split trophies in tag brackets

2018 8th-9th Grade Tag Rugby champions - Waukesha

At the 2018 Lakefront 7s, Waukesha defeated Green Bay to take the top tag-rugby championship in the 7th-8th grade bracket (see full results below). The win earned Waukesha their second trophy of the day: they also captured first place in the 1st-2nd grade bracket.

Fond du Lac also won 2 championship trophies at the 2018 Lakefront 7s in the 3rd-4th and 5th-6th grade brackets.

In the 5th-6th championship match, Fond du Lac defeated Oshkosh in thrilling fashion. Tied after the regular-time had expired, it took 7 overtimes to declare a winner with Fond du Lac coming out ahead 11-10.

Milwaukee rugby community collect 955 pounds of food to support Hunger Task Force

2018 food drive results

Following their rugby festival, the Lakefront 7s has donated nearly 1 tonne of non-perishable food items such as peanut butter and dried noodles to the Hunger Task Force, a Milwaukee-based non-profit and Wisconsin’s leading anti-hunger organization.

“Nine hundred and fifty-five pounds is a record for us. Although we narrowly missed our 1000-pound goal, we collected 44% more food than last year!”, said food drive coordinator Kurt Kinderfather.

This is the third year the Lakefront 7s has coordinated a food-drive to coincide with their rugby festival — the largest summer-rugby event in North America. In 2017, 665 pounds was collected. The 1000-pound goal for 2018 was based on increased participation of corporate sponsors as well as allowing event attendees to use peanut butter to pay for parking(more…)

Milwaukee RFC claim 5th trophy with pair of shut-outs

Men's Competitive Champs — Milwaukee RFC

Heading into the 2018 Lakefront 7s, Milwaukee RFC held the record for the most championships in the modern era with four trophies since 2009. This past weekend they extended their record to five.

The day started well for MRFC with a 38-7 victory over Wisconsin Rugby Club (Madison, WI) in the first match of Pool A in the Men’s Competitive bracket. But they hit a bump in the road in their next match versus the Blues (Kansas City, MO) who won handily 24-7.

The loss made the 3rd pool match for MRFC a crucial one. Not only would they have to win the match but they would also need a huge point differential to win the necessary 4th-seed tie-break in a 12-team bracket. MRFC took this seriously with a well-deserved and comprehensive 54-7 win versus Des Moines (IA). The 47-point differential was just 3 points better than the next team with a 2-1 record (the Milwaukee Barbarians).

After narrowly making the playoff bracket, MRFC met the Heathens, a traveling side from Iowa. Having found their rhythm, MRFC continued to dominate and secured their first shut-out of the day with a 33-0 win.

In the other semi-final, the Blues met the Gazelles (Grand Rapids, MI) and racked 54-0 shut-out of their own to set up a pool-stage rematch versus MRFC.

In the championship match MRFC dominated both territory and possession to keep the Blues at bay. With few errors and constant pressure on defense, MRFC controlled all phases of the match. At the whistle, MRFC took the championship with a final score of 27-0. (more…)

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