Race for National Sevens begins with solid performance by Milwaukee rugby team.

To represent the Midwest Territory in the USA Rugby National Sevens Championship, teams must compete for points in a series of Qualifier events throughout the region. The two teams with the top records will play against other teams from across the nation in August for the National Championship.

The first Midwest Qualifier was held today in Minnesota. Hosted by the Youngbloodz — one of the premier Sevens programs in the region and Midwest representative in 2011 and 2012 — the Milwaukee Barbarians made the long trip to start their 2013 Qualifying campaign fresh on the heels of two dominant performances in local Wisconsin tournaments.

After 5 rounds of play, Milwaukee rugby finished 3rd at the event and accumulated 9 points. The Chicago Lions and Columbus took the top two spots with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The roster inluded:

  • Rob Bartlett
  • Mike Desoto
  • Trevor Hergert
  • Ignacio Herrerra
  • Jerry Petfalski
  • Mike Reagles
  • Kevin Smyth
  • Charlie Wagner
  • Sean Williams
  • John Hickey (coach)
  • Joe Cunningham (manager)
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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