2013-2014 season re-cap.

The 2013-2014 season has been a high-point for this young Milwaukee rugby upstart with many things to be proud of both on and off the field. 

Success on the pitch

In our 2013 summer sevens program, we won several local tournaments and we competed at a very high level in the Midwest Sevens circuit. Of the five events in the circuit, we placed second in the first three events.

After five events, we narrowly missed one of two seeds to go to nationals in a head-to-head tiebreaker. 

On the fifteens side, we also competed well. Standout matches in my mind are both home matches: one vs. the Lions — which we won — and another vs. Metropolis (first-place in the Midwest) who only defeated us with a last-minute try. 

For our efforts we finished the season in 3rd place in Division 1 with an 8-6-0 record while also fielding a Division 4 team.

But perhaps the biggest achievement of our club — one that brought attention from the national rugby media — was the selection of one of our players to attend an Eagles camp.

Back from injury a few years ago, front-row staple Aaron Young helped put the Milwaukee Barbarians on the national map and in the minds of the Eagles coaching staff.

For a young club, these are incredible outcomes on the pitch. 

Success off the pitch

Off the pitch, we also excelled. After 3 years, our quote-unquote “merger” experiment between the Harlequins and a number of Milwaukee RFC members was legally ratified. Our by-laws were prepared and accepted by the club members and our first executive board elected.

We also went on tour and won our bracket in Savannah, and we secured a new pitch in South Milwaukee — Zablocki Park — thanks to the tireless efforts of Coach Sharpe.

In addition, we obtained a new beverage sponsorship from the Wisconsin Brewing Company and a food sponsorship from Johnsonville.

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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