Barbarians survive second-half push by Black & Blue in season opener.

The Milwaukee Barbarians kicked off their 2016-2017 campaign on Saturday with a spirited match against local rivals the Milwaukee Black & Blue.

The Division 3 match started in windy and wet conditions which kept both teams playing cautious, high-percentage ball until prop Jake Elsner rumbled over for the first try of the match at the 12-minute mark. 

The next 25 minutes saw both teams open up as the surface dried and improved under ever-sunnier conditions. But the defenses were also up to the challenge as no tries were allowed during long phases of attack and defense, and just a single penalty kick was scored.

Finally, at the 38th minute center Wes Seay broke the stalemate with a well-earned try. After a successful conversion by flanker Zach Price, the match broke for half-time with the Barbarians ahead 15-0.

Offenses come alive

In the second half, the offense on both sides starting firing.

For the Barbarians David Gray, Daryl Bagley, and Jack Carter scored their first try of the season and Seay dotted down for his second. 

For Black & Blue, substitute Michael Johnson made a big impact with a pair of hard-won tries at the 60th- and 70th-minute marks.

At the  whistle, the Barbarians won the day with a final score of 39-12.

“We have a group of extremely talented young rugby players and a terrific coaching staff that is just starting to gel together,” said Asst. Head Coach Joe Birdsall. “It’s a very fun and exciting time for everyone!”

On deck

The Barbarians will play the return fixture against the Black & Blue on Oct. 15 at Minooka Park. Their next match is this Saturday, Sept. 17 versus the Wolfpac: kickoff is 2:00PM in Fond du Lac.

Roster

  • #1 – Bagley, Daryl
  • #2 – Abt, Jared
  • #3 – Elsner, Jacob
  • #4 – Brown, Jordan
  • #5 – Carter, Paul
  • #6 – Price, Zach
  • #7 – Gray, David
  • #8 – Fendryk, Randy
  • #9 – Kloiber, Thomas
  • #10 – Albert, Zachary
  • #11 – Talbot, Jason
  • #12 – Seay, Wesley
  • #13 – Setum, Zachary
  • #14 – Chini, Todd
  • #15 – Mross, Alex
  • #16 – Nirschl, Benjamin
  • #17 – Rudy, Michael
  • #18 – Ruys, Adam
  • #19 – Melnick, Brendan
  • #20 – Drobot, Steve
  • #21 – Carter, Jack
  • #22 – Hickey, John

Match Stream

MINEVENTSIDESCOREDETAILS
12′TR scoreMIL35 – 0#3 – Elsner, Jacob
12′IJ subMIL35 – 0Off: #5 – #5 – Carter, Paul
On: #18 – #18 – Ruys, Adam
13′PK scoreMIL38 – 0#6 – Price, Zach
23′TC subMILBB8 – 0Off: #6 – #6 – Backhaus, Steven
On: #17 – #17 – Wall, Nicholas
27′TC subMIL38 – 0Off: #9 – #9 – Kloiber, Thomas
On: #20 – #20 – Drobot, Steve
38′TR scoreMIL313 – 0#12 – Seay, Wesley
39′CV scoreMIL315 – 0#6 – Price, Zach
42′TR scoreMIL320 – 0#7 – Gray, David
43′CV scoreMIL322 – 0#6 – Price, Zach
48′TC subMIL322 – 0Off: #14 – #14 – Chini, Todd
On: #22 – #22 – Hickey, John
55′TC subMILBB22 – 0Off: #17 – #17 – Wall, Nicholas
On: #20 – #20 – Johnson, Michael
57′IJ subMIL322 – 0Off: #3 – #3 – Elsner, Jacob
On: #16 – #16 – Nirschl, Benjamin
57′TC subMIL322 – 0Off: #4 – #4 – Brown, Jordan
On: #17 – #17 – Rudy, Michael
60′TR scoreMILBB22 – 5#20 – Johnson, Michael
60′CV scoreMILBB22 – 7#10 – Weyenberg, Lucas
65′TC subMILBB22 – 7Off: #11 – #11 – Mueller, Ben
On: #18 – #18 – Haynes, Alan
67′TC subMILBB22 – 7Off: #3 – #3 – Ziegler, Ryan
On: #16 – #16 – Francksen, Philip
68′TR scoreMIL327 – 7#12 – Seay, Wesley
68′TC subMIL327 – 7Off: #7 – #7 – Gray, David
On: #19 – #19 – Melnick, Brendan
69′CV scoreMIL329 – 7#6 – Price, Zach
70′TR scoreMILBB29 – 12#20 – Johnson, Michael
74′TR scoreMIL334 – 12#1 – Bagley, Daryl
74′TC subMIL334 – 12Off: #11 – #11 – Talbot, Jason
On: #21 – #21 – Carter, Jack
79′TR scoreMIL339 – 12#21 – Carter, Jack

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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