Spring schedule includes National Championships.

The Barbarians are excited to announce an exciting Spring 2024 schedule.

The highlight of the schedule is of course the Super Regional qualifier for the National Club Championships on May 4th and 5th.

The division 2 side qualified for Super Regionals on the back of an undefeated regular season (7-0-1 record) and finishing as the runner-up in the Midwest Championship.

The venue for Super Regionals has not yet been finalized. Despite this, the club has already begun preparations and division 2 captain Tom Fossell has a confident outlook:

Wherever it ends up being held, we’ll be ready.

— Tom Fossell

With this in mind, the Spring schedule is a match or two shy of prior years. And notably, the four stand-alone matches are back-to-back, double-headers at our home pitch in Brown Deer Park:

  • April 13th
    • 1PM – D2 vs. Lincoln Park
    • 3PM – D3 vs. Marquette University
  • April 20th
    • 1PM – D2 vs. Blaze
    • 3PM – D3 vs. Chicago Riot

After returning from Nationals, the Spring season concludes with a fun day of rugby at the Tequila 10s tournament on May 18.

Club and match secretary Jared Abt commented on his process for Spring scheduling:

I wanted to keep the troops close to home and together so we can be as prepared as possible as a club for nationals.

— Jared Abt

A good problem

The double-headers in April reflect the need for more division 3 matches as the number of active players has grown rapidly over the last few seasons. Fossell addressed this also:

The player base has grown immensely since an all-time low during COVID, and we’re working hard to get enough game time for all the players this Spring.

— Tom Fossell

“Jared has worked really hard to fill our needs. It’s been a struggle, but it’s an awesome problem to have,” continued Fossell.

Head Coach Joe Grams also weighed in on the schedule.

This spring we’re going to hit the ground running to prepare for nationals . We plan on jumping right into our typical mid-season style training sessions and will focus on progressing as a cohesive unit, building on our strengths, and addressing our weaknesses.

— Joe Grams

New players welcome

Preparations for the National Club Championships are on-going, but it’s still a great time for new players to take the leap and come out and learn the game.

With both indoor and outdoor training scheduled, along with fun nights of tag rugby, we encourage anyone interested in the sport to send us a note and attend a training session.

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Full Match Schedule

Training schedule

The full training schedule can be found here.

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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