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.
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 championship was a tight match between two quality sides. At the final whistle, North Shore edged out KC 12-7. The win is the first successful defense of their 2018 title and North Shore’s fourth win at the Lakefront 7s since 2009.
In the Plate competition, the Hawkeyes (Davenport, IA) defeated WWRFC — the other 2018 Women’s Champion (Madison, WI) — and debutantes Big Duck Energy to claim the championship.
Chicago North Shore only gave up 2 tries on their way to victory at the 2018 Lakefront 7s and until the championship had dominated all their opponents.
In the championship match North Shore met the Kansas City Jazz in a low-scoring affair. With two tries to one, North Shore sealed the victory to take home their first trophy since 2012 when they placed first in the Elite/Qualifier bracket.
The trophy is the third Lakefront 7s championship for the Chicago-based team: they also won the Elite/Qualifier bracket in 2010. (more…)
The Wisconsin Women’s RFC (Madison, WI) are the 2018 Champions in the Women’s Open “A” bracket.
A 3-0 record in pool play gave them the second seed in the playoff bracket. This paired them against local rivals Scylla. WWRFC took the match 19-10 but only 1 try separated the semi-finalists.
In the other semi-final the St. Louis Sabres (4th seed) met the Chicago Women for a pool-match repeat. This match was even closer than the first semi-final: each team scored two tries. But the Sabres — who has lost to Chicago in the earlier contest — advanced to the final on the back of two successful conversion kicks.
This set up an epic final that was another nail-biter. A single unconverted try gave WWRFC the edge in the match and ultimately the championship. (more…)