Teams across the Midwest continued, or in some cases kicked off, their fall campaigns over the weekend. With games spanning across multiple divisions there was plenty of action to catch.
Midwest Women’s Division I:
Detroit Rugby, got their new season off to the ideal blowing by their opponents, Chicago Rugby, 32-12. Detroit’s back line was a class above Chicago’s as four of their six tries came from their backs.
The other game in Division I saw the Minnesota Valkyries, move by Wisconsin Rugby and secure a 32-12 win. The Valkyries were led by their outside center Stephanie Alliev who was able to dot down three tries on the day.
Midwest Women’s Division II:
In a much-anticipated game, the 2017 Women’s Division II National Champions, Milwaukee Scylla fell to the Palmer College Dragons, 18-17. The Dragons roared to an early 15-0 lead before Scylla were able to get the deficit down to 3 points. A penalty then rebuilt the Dragons lead to 6 before it shrunk to one, thanks to a in the 60th minute. The final 20 minutes remained scoreless and Palmer held on to squeak out a well-earned victory.
Midwest Men’s Division II:
Men’s Division II play kicked off over the weekend. The first weekend saw the Indianapolis Impalas, taking on Lincoln Park Rugby D2. In the end, it was Lincoln Park D2 that won, 33-29. It was as a try at the death from, Zoby Boghani that left the Impalas feeling numb. The Impalas were quick off the mark going up 17-0 in the first 20 minutes. However, three tries in ten minutes was enough bring their half time deficit down to three points. The teams swapped scores in the second half, with Lincoln Park ultimately having the last laugh. Elsewhere the Chicago Lions D2 fell to Metropolis Rugby D2 24-17 as two tries in the final stages saw Metropolis take their first lead of the game.
Men’s Great Lakes Division II:
There was nothing close about the opening round of games in the Great Lakes pool. The lowest margin of victory came in the Pittsburgh Forge, Syracuse Chargers game. The Forge were able to steer themselves to victory, 46-7. Cleveland Crusaders had similar fortune against the Rochester Aardvarks, winning, 60-0. The final game of the weekend, in the Great Lakes, saw Buffalo Rugby dispose of South Buffalo Rugby, 84-17.
Midwest Men’s Division III:
The third division of men’s play in the Midwest saw a draw this weekend. 80 minutes was not long enough for the Illiana Misfits, to separate themselves from the Chicago Westside Condors, 26-26. The Misfits were in the lead early getting ahead 19-7 until three tries in eight minutes saw the Condors take the lead. It was a try in the 77th minute that saved the misfits from a total collapse. Another close game ensued with the Chicago Riot outlasting the Peoria Pigs, 29-26. The biggest win of the weekend from this pool saw the Rockford Ravens beat the Lake County Gladiators, 49-24.
The Pittsburgh Forge put in a dominant display, romping in ten tries against their opponents the Greensburg Maulers, winning, 62-12. Another impressive display saw the Cleveland Crusaders D3 side, put away, their intercity rivals, the Cleveland Rovers D3, 54-30. The closest game in the eastern pool came between Akron Rugby and the Canton Maddogs. Akron was a too good for their opposition, and came away victorious 19-5.
The Iowa City Ducks, and Des Moines Rugby, squared off to try and establish an early buffer in the race for the title. It was the Ducks who were left with the early advantage after they established a 32-3 lead. Des Moines launched an attempt at a comeback, but it was too little too late; the Ducks winning, 35-17. The win was in large part due to the boot of David Jensen who contributed 15 points.
In the Minnesota pool the St Cloud Bottom Feeders asserted their dominance over the Eastside Banshees D3, 64-21. It was the bounce back they needed after losing to the Mankato Marauders, by 85 points last weekend. The Marauders continued their winning ways this week, taking down the Rochester Rogues, 29-25.
Points were flowing in the southern pool this weekend. All of the games saw over fifty points scored. The Lexington Blackstones and Columbus Rugby D3 were locked in the tightest battle in the pool. The Blackstones emerged victorious 41-36. Louisville showed that rugby in Kentucky wasn’t to be taken lightly when they saw off the Columbus Rhinos 69-12. The Columbus Castaways blanked the Queen City Tree Frogs, 57-0. White River Rugby rounded the weekend off with an impressive come from behind victory to land a, 31-22, win over the Westside Outcasts.
Men’s Division IV:
Cedar Rapids was able to see off Iowa Falls, 35-12. Nick Shanahan was instrumental in the Cedar Rapids victory, recording two tries.