Menomonee Falls (3rd-4th grade), Fox Cities (5th-6th grade) and Fond du Lac (7th-8th grade) as the champions in the Tag rugby division!
The HIPPOs division at the Lakefront 7s is reserved for players whose age is at least 35 years and/or whose weight is at least 275 lb. This is only the second year of HIPPOs competition and once again, a great time was had by all.
Most of the pool matches were competitive, and tall tales of heroism and glory were no doubt made by the ruggers who dusted off their shoes for “one last match”.
The Barbarian MAORI — the event hosts — technically won the championship with a 3-0-0 record. But frankly, every old boy still standing after 3 sevens matches deserves a trophy. 🙂
The Lakefront 7s has a casual policy when it comes to who can sign up for the divisions. Sometimes teams are well-matched, and other times not.
In the High School divisions we try to separate select sides into separate divisions. But this year only two select sides registered —the Iowa Hawks and Wisconsin’s Badger Selects. Not surprisingly, each swept their pools with 3-0-0 records and comfortably defeated their semifinal opponents.
In the final though, it was all Iowa, scoring 4 unanswered tries on their way to the championship with a 28-0 victory over Wisconsin.
The Badger Selects out of Wisconsin defeated Hamilton High School (Sussex, WI) in the championship to lift their first trophy at the Lakefront 7s.
The select side allowed only one try during pool play to finish with a 3-0 record and advance as the top seed. They would go on to defeat the Chiefs (49-0) and Hamilton (26-12) to claim championship.
Over the years, more than three thousand of matches have been played at the Lakefront 7s. So it’s not uncommon for a team to have 1 or two shutouts during any one event.
But it is exceedingly rare for a team to win a division and have perfect defense. But that’s just what Lincoln Park did on Saturday in the Men’s Super Social division. Over 5 matches they scored 183 points while giving up not one point.
The final vs. Kraken was their smallest margin of the day (24-0), impressive given that their opponents have won many trophies at the Lakefront 7s.
We look forward to hosting Lincoln Park and runners-up Kraken in the Men’s Social division in 2022 🙂
In just its second year, the Women’s Super Social division continues to build a reputation as a fun addition to the Lakefront 7s. As you can see in the scores below, 5 of the 6 pool matches were decided by 1-try margins making for well-matched competition.
Hot Girl Scrummers (shortened to Hot Girls to fit on our printed schedule) finished 3-0-0 in pool play and met KTFTO (a.k.a. University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Women’s Rugby) in a 1-match playoff.
Like most of the pool matches, the result was a narrow 12-5 victory for Hot Girls.
Pulaski is well known at Lakefront 7s for competing in the High School divisions. This year they entered a team of High School alumni in the Men’s Social division and did very well.
In the pool stage, Pulaski Roos went 3-0-0 after fighting off a scare from Fox Valley (eventually winning 17-12). They then defeated Dream Theims 28-0 in the semi-final. Ironically, the Thiem family are all Roos alumni themselves dating back from 1998 to 2019.
In the final, Roos defeated hosts Milwaukee Barbarians (31-14) to claim the championship.
The 2019 plate champion Hawkeyes returned to the Lakefront 7s to defend their title in grand fashion. In pool play, their smothering defense only allowed 12 points against in 3 pool matches compared to 103 scored.
The Hawkeyes also dominated the knockout rounds with comprehensive victories over Ononomowoc (29-7) and the Deathicorns (33-7) to claim the championship.
It’s always exciting to perform well when you debut at a sevens event. And so it was for Air Force A, though success was hard fought at every stage.
In pool play, Air Force A met firm opposition. They dropped a match to the Kings and went 2-1-0 after 3 matches. The tie-break on points for put Air Force A and MRFC through to the semi-final as seeds 2 and 3.
In pool B, the Celtics were the only team with a perfect record and took the first seed. Gorilla Rugby out of Texas, another debutant, finished as the 4th seed with points for again needed to tie-break with the other 2-1-0 teams from pool A.
Air Force and Celtics both eked out 1-try margins in the semifinals to advance to the final. After a fierce battle, Air Force A appeared to have the fitness to carry them past the Celtics for the Championship.
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.