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.
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.
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.
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 Iowa Hawks — Iowa’s select-side team — waited a full year to get a rematch against Mystic River (Boston, MA) in the High School Boys Cup division.
Having lost 21-12 to Mystic in the 2018 elite final, the Hawks went undefeated in pool play this year and were seeded 3rd in the Cup semi-finals. They defeated the Badger Selects 26-12 to reach the final.
But 4th-seeded Mystic River were out-matched this year and fell to the Hawks 24-5, a 3-try margin.
In the Plate Championship, A-Team — the debutantes from Ankeny, IA — were victorious over the Freeborn Eagles (Albert Lea, MN) in a close contest. With just a single try between the two, A-Team finished the day on top with a 19-14 scoreline.
The Hawkettes (Des Moines, IA) have secured their 4th consecutive Cup championship in the High School Girls division in a thrilling finale. In their debut appearance at the Lakefront 7s, the Chargers (Fort Wayne, IN) fell just one score short of upsetting the defending champions. At the final whistle, the score was just 15-12 for the Hawkettes.
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.
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…)