Milwaukee rugby clubs travel to Grand Rapids for Midwest finals.

The 2 premier Milwaukee rugby clubs, the West Side Harlequins and the Black & White, will travel just under 700 miles this weekend to play a cross town rivalry game in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

More than bragging rights will be on the line when the teams meet on Saturday in the Men’s Midwest Division 2 semifinals. The victor will gain promotion to the Men’s Division 1 competition, have the opportunity to play the winner of the eastern division for the Midwest Championship and finally will represent the Midwest in USA Rugby’s National Division 2 playoffs.

This weekends game is a recognition of the development of rugby in Milwaukee as both clubs have stood out as powerhouses in the region finishing the regular season with impressive stats. The West Side Milwaukee Harlequins totaled over 326 points and the Black & White 279. These achievements are a product of the strong physical talent and expansive, exciting styles of play demonstrated by both clubs.

The greater Milwaukee area boasts 4 men’s and one women’s clubs. In addition, there are numerous university men’s and women’s teams and over a dozen youth programs.

The sport offers the athletes a unique challenge both physically and mentally and is able to accommodate enthusiastic participants of all shapes and sizes. Rugby has much to offer on the field and off for players and spectators alike. Watching rugby has been compared to watching 80 minutes of Sport Center highlights: a non-stop, action-filled adventure.

In the current economic environment, the free admission to local matches makes rugby one of the best sporting entrainment options in the Milwaukee area.

Vic Drover
Vic Drover

Vic has a long history in and around the sport of rugby both in Canada and the US. He has played for and started numerous clubs (Vandal's RFC, Strathcona Druids, Suffolk Bull Moose, West Side Harlequins, Milwaukee Barbarians, Hamilton Girls Rugby), and served many roles over the years at all administrative levels. Vic joined the Harlequins in 2007 and remained an active club member through the transition to the Barbarians. These days, he spends his rugby time playing tag rugby and touring with the Old Boys, keeping the club website updated, helping organize the Lakefront 7s, and fundraising.

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