The Barbarians — the Milwaukee rugby team competing in USA Rugby Division 1 — today travelled to Lemont, IL to continue their campaign to the National Rugby Sevens Championship at the Firehouse 7s.
Following up on their third-place finish at the Minnesota Sevens — the first of five National Qualifier events (see below) — the Barbarians again showed consistency and enthusiasm in the early rounds.
After 3 matches, the Barbarians were seeded 2nd going into the Playoff Rounds with a 3-0-0 record, 13 tries and PF/PA rating of +65.
They defeated the Chicago Griffins 24-12 to advance to the finals, losing to the Chicago Lions 26-12 in the championship match.
Milwaukee rugby team tied for 2nd place
After two weeks of play, the Milwaukee Barbarians are now tied for second place with 1823 (Columbus, OH) in the Midwest Qualifier standings.
|Lions (Chicago, IL)||24||2||253||102||39||151|
|1823 (Columbus, OH)||19||2||260||140||40||120|
|Barbarians (Milwaukee, WI)||19||2||228||119||36||109|
|WRFC (Madison, WI)||14||2||182||108||30||74|
|Youngbloodz (Minneapolis, MN)||14||2||167||94||27||73|
|Griffins (Chicago, IL)||14||2||160||151||26||9|
|WMU (Kalamazoo, MI)||9||2||106||231||18||-125|
|Rhino (Chicago, IL)||8||2||73||204||13||-131|
|Wolfpack (Woodbury, MN)||5||1||50||98||8||-48|
|Carps (Cleveland, OH)||0||1||38||51||6||-13|
|Wolfhounds (Cincinatti, OH)||0||1||47||80||7||-33|
|Gazelles (Grand Rapids, MI)||0||1||29||97||5||-68|
|Crash (Bloomington, IN)||0||1||0||84||0||-84|
The roster for the Firehouse Sevens included:
- Albert, Nick
- Bartlett, Rob
- Duklas, Ryan
- Hergert, Trevor
- Herrera, Ignacio
- Petfalski, Jerry
- Reagles, Mike
- Smyth, Kevin
- Vigder, Nick
- Wagner, Charlie
- Williams, Sean
- Kucharski, David
- Hickey, John (Coach)
- Cunningham, Joe (Manager)
Midwest Sevens Qualifier Series
USA Rugby holds a National Rugby Sevens Championship each year in August. To be eligible for the championship, teams compete around the country in a series of Qualifier matches in their geographic region.
Two teams are selected to represent the Midwest at the National Sevens Championships. The selection process is called the Midwest Sevens Qualifier Series. It consists of a set of events held across the Midwest at locally organized rugby sevens tournaments.
The 2013 Midwest Sevens Qualifier Series is held with the participation of the following tournaments:
- June 15th Minnesota 7s – Elk River, MN
- June 22nd Firehouse 7s – Lemont, IL
- June 29th Lakefront 7s – Milwaukee
- July 13th Rock & Roll 7s – Cleveland, OH
- July 20th Rock Hard 7s – Grand Rapids, MI
The official 2013 standings are updated following each event and published online. The complete Rules and Regulations for the Series are also available.