|Team (Rank Change)||Win||Loss||Draw||Streak||PF||PA||+/-||BT*||BL**||Points|
|Metropolis (Minneapolis, MN)||3||0||0||3W||127||69||58||3||0||15|
|Lions (Chicago, IL)||2||1||0||1W||117||69||48||3||1||12|
|Griffins (Chicago, IL) (+4)||1||2||0||1W||75||107||-32||2||0||6|
|Barbarians (Milwaukee, WI) (-1)||1||1||0||1L||58||51||7||2||0||6|
|Wolfhounds (Cincinnati, OH) (+1)||1||2||0||1L||67||103||-36||1||0||5|
|Dragons (Davenport, IA)(-1)||1||1||0||1W||55||63||-8||1||0||5|
|Blues (Kansas City, MO)(-3)||1||0||0||1W||29||19||10||1||0||5|
|Scioto Valley (Columbus, OH)||0||3||0||3L||58||105||-47||1||1||2|
* A bonus point is awarded for each match in which the team scores 4 tries or more.
** A bonus point is awarded for each match in which the team loses by 7 or less.
Week 3 of the Men's Midwest Division 1 competition had just 3 matches and the script went exactly as we predicted last week.
Cincinnati started strong on the road against the Lions and went ahead 12-0 early on. But a dangerous tackle (lifting and driving to the ground) at 23 minutes by the Wolfhounds halfback Matt Paki led to a red card. The Lions took advantage of extra man for the rest of the match and finished with a comfortable 43-19 win. The bonus-point win gives the Lions a firm grip on second place. Despite the loss, the Wolfhounds move up one place to fifth as an erratic bye schedule sees a wide variety in total games played across the division.
Scioto Valley were denied their first win of the season in a barn-burner on their home pitch against the Griffins. With a final score of 29-27, the Griffins jump a full four spots to 3rd place.
The Barbarians travelled to Minneapolis for a highly anticipated match against the 2013-2014 Midwest D1 champs. The fiercely contested match — which included a penalty try for the Barbarians — ended with a 36-26 victory for Metropolis. The third-straight bonus-point win for Metro puts them in the pole position with 15 points. The Barbarians received a bonus point and drop to fourth place.
Week 4 preview (20-Sep-2014)
The Barbarians travel to Cincinnati to take on the Wolfhounds in a 4th vs. 5th place matchup. With Maki — a key starter for the Wolfhounds — likely receiving an 8-day suspension and thus being unavailable, the hosts will be understaffed. Prediction: the Barbarians will return to their winning ways.
The Lions travel to Minneapolis in the first of a pair of tough matches (next week, they host the Blues in Chicago). The Lions are currently in second place but have yet to win on the road. Prediction: expect Metropolis to leverage their home field advantage and cruise to a comfortable win.
The Blues come off a 2-week hiatus and travel to Columbus to take on Scioto Valley. We expect the well-rested side to be strong in both attack and defense against the winless hosts. Prediction: bonus-point win for the Blues.
In the last match of the weekend, the Griffins host the Dragons who are coming off a bye week and will be well-rested and ready to travel. As we noted previously, Palmer are playing well home and away, while the Griffins in 3rd place have been less consistent. Prediction: the Dragons will pull out a narrow victory.
- Wolfhounds (Home) vs. Barbarians
- Metropolis (Home) vs. Lions
- Scioto Valley (Home) vs. Blues
- Griffins (Home) vs. Dragons
Scores, Week 3 (13-Sep-2014)
- Lions (Home) 43 - 19 Wolfhounds
- Metropolis (Home) 36 - 26 Barbarians
- Scioto Valley (Home) 27 - 29 Griffins
Scores, Week 2 (6-Aug-2014)
- Griffins (Home) 31 - 48 Metropolis
- Palmer (Home) 36 - 34 Lions
- Wolfhounds (Home) 36 - 17 Scioto Valley
Scores, Week 1 (30-Aug-2014)
- Metropolis (Home) 43 - 12 Wolfhounds
- Lions (Home) 40 - 14 Scioto Valley
- Barbarians (Home) 32 - 15 Griffins
- Blues (Home) 29 - 19 Dragons