Men’s Midwest Premiership:
It was a solid hit-out for the Lions in their first game of the 2018-19 season. Gaining a bonus point victory over a solid Cincinnati Wolfhounds outfit, 36-12.
The Detroit Tradesmen marked their first game back at the Division I level with an emphatic victory over Columbus Rugby, 41-5.
It was a close game for the first half, between the Kansas City Blues and the St. Louis Bombers, as after 37 minutes the score line read 5-3. However, when Chris Campbell scored on the stroke of halftime, momentum swung to the Bombers and they ran away with the game. The match ended, 40-20 in favor of the Bombers
Sheer domination from one of the favorites to win it all this year, Metropolis. In total they ran in 12 tries, against the Milwaukee Barbarians on the day. They have set an ominous tone for the rest of the season. At the final whistle the scoreboard read 72-3.
Midwest Women’s Division I:
It was all one-way traffic in Minnesota, as the Valkyries proved to be a class above their guests, Detroit Rugby. Abigail Smith had herself a day to remember, crossing for four tries in the Valkyries 48-14 win.
Chicago Rugby hosted Wisconsin Rugby, and the result never seemed to be in question. After Wisconsin opened the game with a 3-point lead, Chicago bounced back and scored 21 unanswered points, eventually winning 28-18.
Men’s Division II:
The second division of Men’s play in the Midwest saw a mixed bag of results with some close encounters, and some blowouts. Metropolis D2 added to the list of blowouts beating the eastside banshees 34-8.
Wisconsin and the Green Bay Celtics played out a nail biter . Wisconsin scored five tries with five different players to squeeze out a 27-26 victory, in a game that came down to the waning moments.
The Chicago Lion’s D2 side produce a brilliant victory over the Southside Irish, 47-20 and Lincoln Park rugby drew with the Chicago Blaze, 26-26.
Women’s Division II
What started as an evenly contested first half between the Cleveland Iron Maidens and the North Buffalo Ninjas quickly changed. Tied 12-12 when teams headed to the sheds at half time, the Iron Maidens played a dominant final 20 minutes to pull away, 45-22.
It was a dominant performance from the women out of Western New York. Buffalo were led by Nicole Faulise, who scored two tries in the first half, on their way to a 54-0 victory over Akron.
In their first ever game, the women of the Pittsburgh Forge put in an impressive performance coming from behind twice to walk away with the goods against South Buffalo, 37-24.
Only game in this division this weekend saw an emphatic win for Columbus, as they opened their season with a bang, disposing the Indianapolis Hoydens, 111-7.
Palmer College Dragons vs. Chicago Lions: 12-12. It was a dramatic return to the pitch for the Chicago Lions, playing their first match in nearly a month. They drew with one of the favorites in the Midwest the Palmer College Dragons, 12-12.
The Milwaukee Scylla rebounded after a tough opening round loss to the Palmer College Dragons in the most emphatic way possible, putting up over 100 points on the Menagerie in their 103-0 victory.
Men’s Division III
It was a competitive match between the Lake County Gladiators and the Northwest Woodsmen, but the Woodsman were able to pull away and capitalize on the opportunities afforded to them, 32-14.
Chicago’s riot lived up to their name this weekend when they took down the Illiana Misfits 38-15.
The Chicago Westside Condors tamed the Chicago Dragons this weekend, 100-7. Loose head Prop Luigi Sosi scored 4 tries, flyhalf Jorge Perez scored 25 points including 10 C and 1 T
The Fox Valley Maoris were just too good for the Rockford Ravens and walked away with a comfortable, 65-12, victory.
Joseph Wollerman scored all 16 of the Cleveland Crusaders D3’s points, against Akron. Akron brought the game to within 3 in the 60th minute, but that was the closest they got. Crusaders D3 outlasting Akron 16-10.
The Canton Maddogs opened the scoring with a try in the first minute, but the Cleveland Rovers scored 31 unanswered points to set up an insurmountable lead. At the final whistle it was 36-19.
Similar to the Rover’s game. The Pittsburgh Forge D3 scored the first points of the match, but the Preseque Isle Scallywags would go on to score 30 unanswered points. Inside center Jordan Herberle scored 20 of his teams 30 points in their, 30-14, victory
Joseph Perenic bagged a brace for the South Pittsburgh Hooligans as they sacked the Greenburg Maulers, 29-10.
Eddy Tapia and Zak Randles both scored two tries for Des Moines, as they went on to beat the Omaha Goats, 50-11.
Bremer County Bucks were filing on all cylinders this weekend when they took down Clinton Muddy River, 78-0.
Hooker Tom Doyle led the way for the Rochester Rogues, against the Eastside Banshees D3 side, dotting down for a double in their 26-12 win.
Michigan was down to the Toledo Celtics, 17-24, in the final stages of the game but a 70th minute try drew them level, and a penalty in the 78th gave them the buffer they needed to secure the win.
The Detroit Tradesmen D3 side launched a 2nd half comeback scoring 28 points, unanswered, to win their opening match against local rivals Detroit rugby, 33-17.
Traverse Bay Blues won the opening game of the season against the Capital Area Crisis, 37-19, in large part due to Jack Bristol crossing for two tries.
In a shootout, it was the Flint Rogues who were able to hold on against a threatening Tri-City Barbarians side, 47-43.
Fort Wayne displayed a comprehensive effort with a total of twelve tries scored against Michiana Moose, notching up their first win of the season 76-3.
The result between the Grand Rapids Gazelles and the Kalamazoo dogs was only ever going to go one way. The Gazelles galloping home, 57-0.
Westside Outcasts vs. Lexington Blackstones: 5-37. Flyhalf Daniel Cook, was the catalyst in the Lexington Blackstones’, 37-5, victory over the Westside Outcastes scoring 22 of the teams 37 points.
Led by Shane Kelley and his two tries Louisville were just too much to handle for Queen City, 43-0.
Tom Buchanan set the tone with a try in the early passages of the game. Buchanan’s try started a 31-0 scoring run for the Cincinnati Kelts, which resulted in a 36-10 margin of victory over the Columbus Rhinos
Men’s Division IV
Columbus Castaways D4 vs Lancaster Men of Stone: 0-48. James Beard, the Lancaster Men of Stone’s fly-half led the way scoring three tries against the Columbus Castaways D4 side, en route to a 48-0 win.
The Dayton Flying Pigs D4 also showed off their defensive muscle shutting out the Columbus Coyotes, 27-0.
The Chicago Silverbacks were no match for the Chicago Blaze this weekend, falling 12-46.
Chicago Riot D4’s side couldn’t emulate their Division II side and to the Indianapolis Impalas D4 side, 52-14.
The St. Cloud Bottom Feeders D4 were too strong for the Metropolis D4 side knocking them over, 31-22.