Hello Fellow Ruggers –
It’s the last week of October and Wisconsin’s rugby community has a lot to share this week …
WISCONSIN’S WINNING TEAMS
Wisconsin’s nationally known as a strong rugby state and this year is no different. Several local Union member teams are keeping our state at the top of the Midwest and league standings with their successful fall seasons. Here’s a brief rundown based on available and updated standings for teams in the Union:
Sr. Men’s Division 1 – The Milwaukee Barbarians are second overall in the Midwest Division 1 standings after defeating top-ranked Metropolis Saturday, 25-24. Updated standings available here.
Sr. Men’s Division 2 – Madison’s Wisconsin Rugby Club has racked up another undefeated Fall with a current 8-0 league record to stay on top of the Men’s D2 Midwest standings. The WRC has two more league games in November before the league’s winter break. (Current standings are unavailable at this time online.)
Sr. Women’s Division 2 – The Midwest women’s Division 2 league has wrapped its fall season and both Wisconsin teams are topping the West league standings, arguably the nation’s most competitive D2 women’s conference. The Milwaukee Scylla turned in a perfect 6-0 season to take first, while Madison’s Wisconsin Women rallied to finish second overall with a 4-2 record. Both teams will complete their league seasons in April to earn qualification to the playoffs. Updated Midwest standings are here.
Sr. Men’s Division 3 – In the Wisconsin/Chicago Area Midwest Men’s Division 3 league, Wisconsin teams have taken all three top spots. Green Bay and the Milwaukee Barbarians both earned 6-0 undefeated records, with Green Bay just edging Milwaukee, 30-28, in overall points for first place. Additionally, the Oconomowoc Men are sitting in third place with a 4-2 record. Updated standings here.
Sr. Men’s Division 4 – The Milwaukee RFC has claimed top honors in the state’s Division 4 league with an undefeated 4-0 record, while the Fox Cities Gargoyles finished second with a 3-1 record. Current standings are here (scroll down to bottom).
Collegiate Men’s Division 1 – The University of Wisconsin Men’s top side is currently second overall in the Big Ten Universities Rugby Conference. The Badgers have a 4-1 overall record, sitting just two points shy of first-place Indiana University. Standings are available here. In the Big Ten’s Developmental League, the Badgers second side has placed third overall with a 4-1 record as well. D-League standings are here.
Collegiate Women’s Division 1 – The state’s two Division 1 women’s teams – the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, have completed Midwest league play and finished fourth and fifth place overall, respectively. The two teams met in September in Madison, with the Badgers claiming a 41-12 win against the Panthers. No website standings are available for this league.
Collegiate Men’s Division 2 – The UW-Whitewater Men continue their winning tradition this fall and are currently first in the WIIL Rugby Conference North Division with a undefeated 6-0 record. With just one loss to Whitewater, the UW-Stout Men are in second place in the league with a 5-1 record. Current standings are available on the WRFU website.
NSCRO (Small College) Men’s Division 3 – The UW-Stevens Point won the WISCARFU Conference Championships this past weekend in Chicago, defeating UW-Parkside 60-10 to earn the title. The Point men will move on to the NSCRO Central Region Playoffs Nov. 8. More info and regular season standings here.
USA VS. ALL BLACKS IS HERE!
The much-anticipated international match between the USA Eagles and the New Zealand All Blacks at Chicago’s Soldier Field is finally here this Saturday. Thanks to the local event planning committee in Chicago, we’ve got more info on fun events happening this weekend for you to explore. Be sure to check out http://usavallblacks.com/events. See you at Soldier Field!
GIRLS STATE RESULTS
Perennial Wisconsin powerhouse Divine Savior (DSHA) won the 2014 Wisconsin Girls High School State Tournament this past Sunday. DSHA just edge Catholic Memorial 15-10 in the final to clinch top honors. The final Wisconsin Girls Rugby standings are:
1. Divine Savior
2. Catholic Memorial
4. Divine Savior Junior Varsity
6. Fond Du Lac
7. Kettle Moraine
8. Oak Creek
More information and great features on the Girls HS League can be found here.
WINTER TRAINING MOTIVATION
Is your team’s season nearly done? Now’s the time to plan your winter offseason training. Have a great fitness or training resource to share? Let us know.
Last week, we shared the short video series from the IRB’s Total Rugby YouTube channel on preseason training called Flab 2 Fit, featuring a male athlete. Those links are here - IRB Total Rugby Flab 2 Fit Season 1 – Part 1, Parts 2 & 3, Parts 4 & 5, Parts 6 & 7.
This week, check out Flab 2 Fit Season 2 featuring a female athlete – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.
This week's referee assignments are available here on the WRFU web site.
Scores from matches officiated in Wisconsin are posted to our website here.