Barbarians capture 3rd championship at Kenosha rugby sevens tournament.

On Saturday the Milwaukee Barbarians captured the Cup Championship at the Harborfest Sevens Rugby Tournament with 34-0 shutout against MRFC in the semifinals and comprehensive 33-7 victory over the Kenosha Mammoths in the final.

Milwaukee’s second team also brought home some hardware as Plate Champions (consolation bracket). 

The win marks the third championship for the Milwaukee rugby team this season following similar results at Leinie’s 7s (Appleton, WI) and Lighthouse 7s (Fond dub Lac, WI).

Midwest Qualifiers

In addition to these local events, the Barbarians also compete in a series of three Qualifier tournaments where teams from across the Midwest vie for a chance to represent the region at the National Club 7s Championship. The first 2017 Qualifier event was held two weeks ago at the Madtown 7s (Madison, WI). 

The Barbarians finished 5th overall at the Madison qualifier with a strong Chicago Lions defense presenting a roadblock to one of the coveted top-four positions. After three pool matches (including the Chicago Lions A and B sides), the Barbarians missed qualifying for the Cup bracket by just a two-try scoring differential.

On deck

The Barbarians continue their summer sevens campaign this Saturday at the Lakefront 7s — the tournament they host at Milwaukee’s Veterans Park. The Lakefront 7s is the largest summer rugby event in the nation, and the Barbarians will face stiff out-of-state competition including historically competitive teams such as the Blaze (Chicago, IL), Metropolis (Minneapolis, MN), Griffins (Chicago, IL).

Harborfest 7s Roster

Coach: Ryan Duklas

Cup Roster

  1. Tom Fossell
  2. Nick Vigder (C)
  3. Anthony Sims
  4. Joe Grams
  5. Tim Grams
  6. Kyle Cwiklis
  7. Zach Price
  8. Matt Drzewiecki
  9. Bryce Counsellor
  10. Alex Mross
  11. Robert D. Bartlett
  12. Brian Strenk

Plate Roster

  1. Khaled Salem
  2. Liam Hanley
  3. Mike Konvalinka
  4. Todd Chini
  5. Wikus Loots (C)
  6. Michael Orgas
  7. Lukas David Torres
  8. DeAnté Coleman
  9. Gavin Loescher
  10. Ben Bastian
  11. Alexander Mackie
  12. Kaleb McDonald
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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