Wisconsin Women

Our state's streak of sending local teams to the USA Rugby nationals continues again this spring.

The Wisconsin Women's team (Madison) won the 2016 Midwest Championship May 8 to advance to this weekend's USA Rugby National Playoffs in Pittsburgh, Pa. It's another step towards defending Wisconsin's 2015 USA Rugby National Championship.

Wisconsin earned its second-straight Midwest title after a tough match against in-state rivals, the Milwaukee Scylla. The Scylla held a narrow 21-19 lead at halftime and both teams were tied at 30 points around 60 minutes. With back and forth scoring throughout the match, the Championship was on the line into the closing minutes, but Wisconsin rallied late for the 47-33 victory. News site The Breakdown highlighted the match and rivalry here.

Wisconsin will play the South champion Charlotte (North Carolina) Women at 10:45 a.m. CT/11:45 a.m. ET Saturday, May 21. The match will be livestreamed on http://usarugbytv.com/.

More information available on the Wisconsin Women's website here.

HS Girls Nationals single school 2016This year marks the first year that the United States will see two Girls High School National Invitational Rugby Championships - one for single schools and one for club teams.

The single school tournament will be hosted by Lindenwood University women's this weekend, Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 in St. Charles, Mo.

The Breakdown provides the complete schedule and brackets here. The matches will be livestreamed by Lindenwood University here - http://stlsportsproductions.com/national-hs-rugby-championships.html. There is also a Facebook event here for fans.

There are 14 teams competing from across the county, with three of those teams hailing from Wisconsin.

  • Broken Arrow High School, Oklahoma
  • Catholic Memorial High School, Wisconsin
  • Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Wisconsin
  • Hudson High School, Ohio
  • Kahuku High School, Hawaii
  • KC United, Missouri
  • McMinn County High School, Tennessee
  • Oak Creek High School, Wisconsin
  • Penn High School, Indiana
  • St. Joseph Academy, Ohio
  • Sebastian River High School, Florida
  • State College High School, Pennsylvania
  • Summit High School, Colorado
  • Warsaw High School, Indiana

Via The Breakdown, "The teams participating include many state champions that will be sure to provide the highest level of competition for single school teams to compete against."

SCHEDULE

  • Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Mo.
  • Saturday May 21, 2016
  • Division 1 - Quarterfinals
  • #1 10 a.m. Catholic Memorial v McMinn
  • #2 10 a.m. Summit v State College
  • #3 11 a.m. DSHA v Warsaw
  • #4 11 a.m. Kahuku v St. Joseph Academy

Semifinals

  • #5 2 p.m. D1: Winner #1 v Winner #2
  • #6 3 p.m. D1: Winner #3 v Winner #4

5th Place Semifinals

  • #7 2 p.m. D1: Loser #1 v Loser #2
    #8 3 p.m. D1: Loser #3 v Loser #4

Division 2 - Round Robin (two pools)

  • 9 a.m. Sebastian River v Penn
  • 9 a.m. Oak Creek v Hudson
  • 1 p.m. Hudson v Broken Arrow
  • 1 p.m. Penn v Kansas City
  • 4 p.m. Broken Arrow v Oak Creek
  • 4 p.m. Sebastian River v Kansas City

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Division 1

  • 9 a.m. 7th Place: Loser #7 v Loser #8
  • 10:15 a.m. 5th Place: Winner #7 v Winner #8
  • 11:30 a.m. 3rd Place: Loser #5 v Loser #6
  • 1 p.m. Final: Winner #5 v Winner #6

Division 2

  • 9 a.m. 5th Place: Kansas City v Pool A #3
  • 10:15 a.m. 3rd Place: Pool A #2 v Pool B #2
  • 11:30 a.m. Final: Pool A #1 v Pool B #1

OrSto middleschool rugby 2016

Wisconsin is seeing a greater focus on growing youth rugby at all levels across our state. Boys high school clubs are now starting to add middle school teams this spring who are learning how to safely play and enjoy tackle rugby.

In Oregon, Wis., this Monday, May 9, the Oregon/Stoughton Boys High School team played a home match against the Madison West High School Boys.

Following the match, the Oregon/Stoughton's newest players - predominantly eighth graders - welcome a two fellow middle schoolers from West to play a sevens tackle match. This may be the first-ever tackle rugby match played in our state at this age level.

Picture above are the middle school players from Oregon/Stoughton, wearing both their home jerseys and West jerseys. Oregon/Stoughton's coaches Rich Bergmann (far right) and Jon Moyer (far left) have been working to teach rugby basics and safe play to the boys.

Fellow Oregon/Stoughton coach Paul Zwicker also videoed the match and has posted part of it online here.

The Oregon/Stoughton team will get to play again this Wednesday night, May 11, at the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex against the Sheboygan middle school boys. Sheboygan will be traveling to play the Middleton High School team for a Division 1 high school boys league match and bringing along their middle school players.

coachs whistleReferee assignments for the ninth week of spring 2016 competition were updated this week by the Wisconsin Rugby Referee Society Match Assigner Brad Casetta ().

Find contact information for your referees here.

5/16/2016

  • Patriots Nicolet D1BHSB Chawn White 5:30
  • Sheboygan Grafton D1BHSB Steve Midthun 5:30
  • Middleton Marquette D1BHSB Jake Winkler 5:30
  • Appleton Oshkosh NEWB Mike Good 6:45
  • Fond du Lac Wisconsin Rapids NEWB Brad Casetta Appleton 545

5/18/2016

  • OS Rugby Waukesha D2BHSB Phil Winkler 5:30
  • Madison West St. Anthonys D2BHSB Greg Fabor 5:30
  • PEPP Nation Kenosha D2BHSB Chris Kenth 5:30
  • Exiles Southern Lakes D2BHSB Erik Goetz 5:30
  • Fond du Lac Depere NEWB Marcus Dufrane 5:30
  • GB Leprechauns GB Mavericks NEWB Brad Casetta 5:30

5/20/2016

  • Little Chute Fond du Lac NEWB Steve marvin Little Chute 5:30
  • Appleton Fond du Lac NEWB Steve Marvin Little Chute
  • DC Everest Marinette NEWB Terry Fargen 5:30
  • Pulaski Roos Crusaders NEWB Anthony Devito ARs: Alec Prochniak, John Blakeman 5:30

5/21/2016

  • Oshkosh FDL/Sheboygan D3M Brad Casetta 1:00
  • MRFC Green Bay D3M Jake Winkler 1:00
  • FDL Cayotes Rockford D2W Emily Grambsch 12:00

5/23/2016

  • Appleton River Cities NEWB Alec Prochnaik 5:30

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HS Playoffs May 25th, 26th

From Brad Casetta - Here is who I have for the Boys Playoffs Next week Wednesday and Thursday in
Neenah. There will be 4 matches each day. I need teams of 3 for all matches.

Todd Prochniak will be number 4 for both days.

Wednesday

  • Brad Casetta
  • Steve Marvin
  • Jake Winkler
  • John Blakeman

Thursday

  • Steve Marvin
  • Jake Winkler
  • John Blakeman

As you can see we are short ARs for Wednesday and REFEREES AND ARs for Thursday! Please contact Brad at if you're available to help.

USA Rugby women's 7s

Photo via USA Rugby Facebook.

The May 10 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gave front page coverage to a local rugby player fighting for a spot on the USA's Olympic sevens team.

paar janeHailing from Wauwatosa, former Brookfield Bruisers high school girls rugby player Jane Paar continues to hold her own in the extremely competitive player pool of the USA Rugby women's sevens national team.

Paar is also a graduate of the US Naval Academy and is commissioned in the Marine Corps.

She's been training at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., since 2013 with the national team.

Via the article:

"I am not the fastest person on the field," Paar said. "But I'm a hard worker and I like contact. I like tackling, rucking, getting turnover balls on the rucks (when multiple players fight for a ball on the ground).

"I don't necessarily look like an athlete but with rugby it's a lot about the mind-set. I go into contact knowing I'm going to win every time. I don't always win but I always think I'm going to win. I'm always willing to put my body on the line."

Paar isn't the only national team player with Wisconsin ties.

Former UW-Madison hockey player Alev Kelter and former UW-Milwaukee rugby alumni Katie Johnson are both competing for spots as well.