Midwest Teams Face New Competition in Thunderbird Cup

The Thunderbird Cup continues to produce enthralling matches.

Detroit Tradesmen vs Cincinnati Wolfhounds (Premier Division)
Continuing on with what has thus far been a successful spring season, Detroit hosted the Cincinnati Wolfhounds in an extremely physical matchup. Despite all efforts on the part of the Wolfhounds, though, Detroit was able to keep them off the scoreboard with a 36-0 victory. 

Palmer College Dragons vs Green Bay Celtics (Premier Division)

Green Bay made the trek to Palmer Saturday to face off against the Dragons despite only having 15 players. And while the first thirty minutes was solid back and forth battle, an early injury to the Celtic's scrumhalf left the team short a crucial player versus a strong Palmer side. In the end, Palmer won out 60-12.

Detroit Tradesmen D3 vs Akron Rugby

Following the D2 side match, Detroit's D3 side took on a strong Akron team at their home pitch. The score was neck and neck for the first chunk of the game before Detroit finally gained momentum putting up a total 36 points against Akron and ending the game 36-15.

Pittsburgh Rugby vs Canton Maddogs

In Pittsburgh, the Canton Maddogs pulled out a major 41-38 victory over Pitt City Rugby Club. Although reserves were short with only 18 players in total, Canton was able to establish an early lead. And while Pitt was eventually able to pull ahead with a four point lead, a last-minute try put the Maddogs ahead by three points to win the match.

Chicago Blaze vs Chicago Lions D2

In a preview of the D2 fall season, the Chicago Lions headed south to Lemont to kick off against the Chicago Blaze. Both sides demonstrated a fast game play with the Lions running in two tries for an early lead. The Blaze retaliated with some quick line breaks and strong packie runs, but in the end the Lions were able to pull ahead for a hard fought 38 - 29 win. 

Bremer County Bucks vs Eastside Banshees

Bremer County Bucks hosted friendly league rivals the Eastside Banshees for a showdown in central Iowa. Though their last match up resulted in a victory for the Banshees, this time there the Bucks came out victorious with a 57-27 win.

Fox Cities Gargoyles vs Northwest Woodsmen

Fox Cities hosted the Northwest Woodsmen in a closely contested matched Saturday afternoon. The Woodsmen ended up pulling ahead, though, to win 22-5.

St Paul Jazz Pigs vs St Cloud Bottom Feeders

St. Paul dominated the St Cloud Bottom Feeders with a 68-5 win. The relentless Jazz Pigs were able to maintain possession throughout both halves keeping St Cloud within their 22 a substantial amount of the time.  St Cloud was able to answer once, though, and prevent the shutout.