In the championship match of the High School Boys Elite bracket, Mystical Canucks and Iowa Hawks played a tight match with little to separate the two teams. In the end, Mystical Canucks won the contest 21-12.
In the championship match of the Women’s Open A bracket, Sabres and Wisconsin Women’s RFC battled through an epic, nail-biting final. A single unconverted try gave WWRFC the edge in the match and ultimately the championship.
In the championship match of the Men’s Competitive bracket 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.
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).
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.
Highlights of the 2018 Lakefront 7s.
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…)
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…)
Hailing all the way from Los Angeles, CA, the Sepi’s 7 team travelled to the Midwest to attend the Lakefront 7s for the first time.
Sepi’s 7 sailed through pool play with wins of 31-12, 31-0, and 28-5 over Reaper 7s (Minneapolis), Fox Cities (Appleton, WI), and Blaze (Chicago, IL).
In the fist semi-final, Sepi’s 7 put on an offensive clinic against NMU Moosemen (Marquette, MI), running up final score of 45-5. On the other side of the bracket Milwaukee RFC met local Wisconsin rivals Oconomowoc. This match was a bit closer, but MRFC won comfortably 28-12.
But as with most finals at the 2018 Lakefront 7s, taking the championship would be no walk in the park. Sepi’s 7 and MRFC traded scores until the full-time whistle sounded and the visitors from Los Angeles raised the trophy with a narrow 21-14 victory. (more…)
The Milwaukee Barbarians — tournament hosts and playing under the ‘BAR-barian’ moniker — swept the Men’s Open “A” bracket at the 2018 Lakefront 7s.
Despite having 5 teams entered in the event across all the Men’s brackets, the Barbarians cruised through pool play with a 3-0 record and an impressive point differential of 96: more than enough to capture the first seed!
In the first semi-final, the Barbarians met 4th-seeded Scorpions (Cape Girardeau, MO) who were making their Lakefront 7s debut and also went 3-0 in pool play. The match would be the closest contest for each team all day with just a conversion kick separating the two. At the final whistle, the Barbarians won 21-19 to advance to the championship.
The other semi-final saw Krakens — a Michigan-based touring side who have won the Men’s Open bracket 4 of the last 10 years — meet Lake County. The superior defense of the Krakens carried the team to a confident 19-7 victory.
The final was a close-contest with neither side willing to give much on defense. But in the end, the Barbarians out-scored Krakens two-tries to one seal the championship. (more…)