Midwest Takes A Short Break Before Final Spring Matches

Within competitive matches beginning this spring as early as mid-March, this weekend saw a brief lull for men’s teams giving them the chance to recover and regroup in time for the last matches of the season. In the women’s bracket, the top DI teams headed south for the final round of the Gold Cup

THUNDERBIRD CUP
Thunderbird Cup teams took a well-earned break this past weekend with only two matches being played (one in each division). Next weekend the competition resumes with a nearly a dozen games.

Detroit Tradesmen vs Chicago Lions
The Chicago Lions headed north to face off against the reigning Midwest DII champions, the Detroit Tradesmen. In a closely fought test match, the Tradesmen were able to kick things off with an early two try lead. However, continued persistence by Chicago resulted in a victorious final score of 36-28 with captain Andy Rose taking home the Man of the Match honor.

 
Cleveland Rovers vs Toledo Celtics
In an Ohio team showdown, the Cleveland Rovers took on the Toledo Celtics. Despite both teams having only a few matches under their belts thus far in the season, the competition remained fierce throughout with the final score ending at 52-34 in favor of the Rovers.

 

GOLD CUP
Midwest teams Chicago Women and Detroit headed down south this past weekend to show their skills against the Red River's best, the Austin Valkyries and Houston Athletic.

Saturday's first match showed the showed the Austin Valkyries team able to break the Chicago defensive line and exploit overloads for a well-earned victory 65-5 victory. Immediately after, Detroit fell to Houston after a number of injuries and thinning reserves.

On Sunday, Detroit took advantage of some costly Austin errors to take an early lead. However, despite a continued hardline defense by Detroit, Austin was able to distribute the ball to their speedier back-liners to win in the second half.

Chicago was able to rebut Houston's advances as well during the first half dotting down two tries of their own but dwindling subs and Houston's faster wings proved too much to overcome with the game ending at 51-10.