Barbarians take second consecutive rugby sevens championship.

Today the Milwaukee Barbarians Athletic Club hit the road for the Lighthouse 7s: week 2 of their 2015 summer rugby sevens campaign.

Similar to week 1, the Milwaukee-based rugby outfit travelled to Fond du Lac, WI with 3 full sides. At the morning Captains meeting, the following pools were drawn:

  • Pool 1: Barbarians D1, Fond Du Lab D2, Sheboygan Silverbacks, Milwaukee Black-n-Blue
  • Pool 2: Barbarians D3, Green Bay, Milwaukee Black and White, Fox Cities
  • Pool 3: Barbarians D2, Oshkosh, Oconomowoc, Fond Du Lac D1

Seeding Round (pool Play)

The Division 1 and Division 2 sides were near-prefect in pool play. Division 1 didn’t give up a single point in their 3 matches and amassed 152 points: 58-0 over Fond Du Lac 2, 66-0 over the Silverbacks and 28-0 over the Black-n-Blue (forfeit win).

Division 2 had a good day also with comprehensive wins over Oshkosh (43-0) and Fond Du Lac D1 (40-7). But the highlight of their early play was a close 29-26 win versus Oconomowoc.

Division 3 had the pool of death draw of the day with both the Black and White (who took second place last week at the Leinies 7s) and Green Bay (Midwest finalist in the Eastern fifteens conference). They suffered two big losses against these opponents; 49-0 and 34-0, respectively.

With two losses, the Division 3 squad was not advancing to the Championship round. But with a final pool match, they salvaged the day with a confident 32-7 victory over Fox Cities.

Championship Round 1 (semi-final)

As in week 1 at the Leinies 7s, Barbarians Division 1 and 2 — each 3-0-0 in pool play — met in the semi-finals of the Championship round.

At the final whistle, the Division 1 team advanced to the final with a 38-5 victory. Ironically, the Barbarians Division 2 were the first team to score on the Barbarians D1 side all day.

Championship Round 2 (final)

The final was a repeat match-up of week 1: an all-Milwaukee final. Unlike the 33-0 shutout win for the Barbarians, this final was much closer and in fact was tied at 19-all at the end of regulation.

But the Barbarians kicked it up a notch in overtime to win the match 26-19, and thus took the championship for the second week in a row!

Consolation Final

The Barbarians Division 2 team were not done after losing on the semi-final: a rematch against Oconomowoc was scheduled for the consolation final.

Unlike the close match during pool play, the Barbarians found their groove and racked up an impressive 40-0 victory to end the day on a high note. The third-place finish is one spot higher than in week 1.

Next match

With two weeks getting match fit at local events, the stakes get a lot higher for Milwaukee Rugby in week 3 as the Division 1 and Division 2 teams head to Madtown 7s (Madison, WI) for their first event in the Midwest Sevens Qualifier Series.

The Division 3 team is scheduled to attend Harborfest 7s, a local event in Kenosha, WI.

Lighthouse 7s 2015 Roster

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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