Local TV station TMJ4 visited the Lakefront 7s rugby tournament and festival today to checkout our the 35th anniversary of the event. In addition to some great team footage, TMJ4 caught up with tournament director Erik Schleicher who shared his thoughts on how rugby is for everyone.
It’s not as rough as everybody says it is.
Rugby is for everybody. The little guy. The big guy. The hipster guy. The cool guy. The fat guy. We don’t discriminate.
Indeed, you’ll find all shapes, sizes, and ages at the Lakefront 7s festival.
Thanks to TMJ4 for making the trip to the Lakefront!
The High School Girls final was a defensive battle with only a conversion kick separating the two teams. The Hawkettes (Des Moines, IA) met the Wisconsin All-Stars in the pairing. The final score was the lowest combined total of all the championships with the Hawkettes on top 14-12.
For the High School Boys the Wildcats (Eagan, MN) dominated their opponents most of the day. Despite allowing two tries, they put on an offensive masterclass to defeat the Red Dogs (De Pere, WI) 36 – 14 in yet another Minnesota-Wisconsin matchup.
In the morning Men’s Open bracket, the Krakens (Lake Michigan, IN) put in a comprehensive display on both sides of the ball and cruised to a 24 – 7 victory over Viejos Leones (Chicago, IL).
The afternoon Men’s Open bracket was much closer with Wisconsin Rugby Club (Madison, WI) scoring 3 tries. However, the Swords (Chicago, IL) dotted down one more try and kicked a few extra conversions to capture the championship with a 28-17 victory.
In the Men’s Competitive bracket, Metropolis (Minneapolis, MN) defeated Savage Nation (Milwaukee, WI) 29-12 in a fast-paced final. Metropolis was well-disciplined and showed good stamina following a narrow 19-17 win over Savage Nation in an earlier pool-stage match.
In the Women’s Open Bracket, the Youngbloodz (Minneapolis, MN) met perennial tournament favorites T.I.T.S. (Milwaukee, WI). The Milwaukee side was starved for possession but made the most of their opportunities and scored twice. Despite the effort and good defense, Youngbloodz made few errors and scored 3 tries of their own to win 21-12.
In their third consecutive Qualifier finals at the Lakefront 7s, the Chicago Lions defeated Youngbloodz in a one-sided affair as the sun began set on a magnificent day of rugby.
Youngbloodz, having lost just one match to the Lions in pool play and winning the 4th seed in the knock-out stage, were the dark horse in the knock-out stage as they faced 1st-seed Griffins in the semi-final.
With a whopping 19 tries during the seeding round, Griffins were heavily favored to advance to the final. (more…)
The Women’s Competitive bracket was a proving ground for new talent at the 2010 Lakefront 7s.
Following the seeding round, the only repeat finalist from 2010 was Boomerangs (formerly Chicago North Shore) who took the 4th seed into the knock-out round with a 2-1 record. This was the second consecutive finals qualification for Boomerangs in 3 appearances at the Lakefront 7s.
The 3rd seed was awarded to La Crosse (2-1) who showed an impressive improvement in quality after failing to win a single game in 2010 with 2 sides entering the tournament. (more…)
As in the past, the Men’s Open Social division is the most heavily attended and with 32 teams this year, we created two 16-team competitions.
In Men’s Social 1, the Chicago Condors and Chicago Riot took the top-two seeds in pool play, each with 11 tries and 3-0-0 records.
Krakens were also undefeated in the seeding round averaging 3 tries per match. (more…)