Article by Bridget Kapinus | Originally published at usarugby.org
This past Saturday, Rockford hosted the third and final Midwest Qualifier before the Midwest Championships, set to begin July 28th in Cincinnati. Though not as large as the previous two qualifier tournaments, Firehouse 7s and Legacy 7s, the competition proved just as fierce.
In the men's bracket, both the Lions and Metropolis fielded two sides with the Chicago Blaze, Milwaukee, Cleveland Academy, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland rounding out the ten team competition. Metropolis' A side dominated Pool A with an unsurprising four wins and 132 points versus their opponents. Milwaukee then barely edged out the Chicago Blaze for the second playoff spot with two just two wins. Over in Pool B, the Lions A dominated the large Ohio based teams with over 150 cumulative points and Metropolis B coming in a close second.
The championship game ended in a strong Metropolis A side defeating the Lions A side 24-10 to take first while Milwaukee beat out Metropolis B for solid 19-10 third place finish.
Over on the women's side, the day's games resulted in quite the interesting result. Six teams enter the qualifier with the Chicago Lions fielding two sides against Chicago North Shore, Cincinnati, Grand Rapids and Metropolis. The Lions B Side as well as Grand Rapids and Metropolis fell to the bottom of the pool. The Lions A side, Chicago North Shore, and Cincinnati all one four games putting them into a three way tie for first. Rather than continue into a playoff round, as each team had already played five games, officials were forced to determine standing based on number of tries scored. Not surprisingly, the Chicago Lions A side came out ahead with 27 tries and a first place finish. Following them, North Shore narrowly beat out Cincinnati with a total of 19 versus 18 tries.
All qualifier teams now have a bye week to recover before heading into the Midwest Championships (Cin City 7's) on the 28th where the top two men and women's teams (and National Qualifiers) will be decided.