Monday, July 5, 2010

Milwaukee RFC Boasts Two 2nd Place Finishes at Lakefront 7s!

July 2010: It was a proud day for Milwaukee RFC as both the Qualifer and Open sides took home 2nd in their respective divisions. Most importantly, the RFC earned a $500 check for their final appearance and a berth in the Elite Division of USA 7s to be held in Las Vegas in February 2011!

In the matches leading up to the championship the team gelled with solid wins over Traverse City 47-7, Northwestern 35-5, and 17-3 over a Louisville featuring several Eagles. The strength of the pool play victories earned the club the #1 seed going into the playoffs. (#1 MRFC, #2 Youngbloodz, #3 Lions, #4 Dayton).

A 19-5 semifinal win over Dayton paved the way for a
Championship rematch of both the Firehouse 7s and 2009 Lakefront 7s finals against a familiar 7s foe: the Chicago Lions. MRFC gave up 2 early tries and ultimately lost a nailbiter 19-12 in front of the hometown crowd; the club maintains first place in the Midwest 7s standings.

The Open competitive side also had a strong showing with pool play victories: 29-5 win over Illinois Tornados (a U-19 All-Star team), 42-5 win over Marquette, 19-3 win over CARFU (a collegiate select side).

MRFC got the #2 seed for the playoffs behind the C-Side C-Men and kicked off against Fond du Lac in the semis leading to a 24-21 win and a matchup with the C-Men for the finals. A tough match ensued against the men from Iowa ..... MRFC held the lead until the final minutes when the C-Men dotted down what appeared to be a knock on for the go-ahead try and a 19-17 loss for Milwaukee.