Barbarians complete rugby 7s season with 4th place finish at regionals.

The Milwaukee Barbarians capped off their summer sevens campaign on Saturday at the Midwest regional championships in Cincinnati, OH.

Pool stage

The Barbarians began the day well in pool play with victories over both Cincinnati (17-10) and the Chicago Blaze (17-5).

The final pool stage match was against Metropolis. Despite being held scoreless, the Barbarians’ defense kept the Minneapolis outfit to just 3 tries, well below their average this season.

The final 17-0 score left Milwaukee as second in the pool and 4th overall. It earned them a ticket to their first Cup semifinals this season. 

Cup stage

In the Cup semifinal, the Barbarians met a well-organized Chicago Lions team. Clinical on both offense and defense, the Lions went ahead early and never looked back. The Lions won 36-7 and went on to win both the Championship and take the first Midwest seed to the National finals.

In the Cup consolation match, the Barbarians never recovered from the semifinal. Despite clearing the bench, Milwaukee was on the wrong end of a 36-7 scoreline.

In addition to winning 3 championships in Wisconsin this season (Leinie’s 7sLighthouse 7sHarborfest 7s), the result in Cincinnati places the Milwaukee rugby team 4th in the Midwest.

“The guys really did a great job working hard in practice, especially over this past month,” said Head Coach Ryan Duklas. “We’ve had a goal all summer to be peaking around the Midwest Championships and that’s exactly what they did. Although we just missed our goal of making it to Nationals, I think we surprised a few people today and I couldn’t be more proud of all the players for the effort they put in.”

Roster

Head Coach: Ryan Duklas

  1. Matt Drzewiecki
  2. Robert D. Bartlett
  3. Levi Van Lanen
  4. Nick Vigder
  5. Adam Regini
  6. Trevor Hergert
  7. Stuart Roche
  8. Bryce Counsellor
  9. Brian Klein
  10. Anthony Sims
  11. Kyle Cwiklis
  12. Taylor Young

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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