Midwest Playoffs Produce National Competitors

The Midwest Championships looked to be going according to script, but then a few challengers disrupted the event for the favorites.

Cincinnati, OH- Competition for the Midwest Championship came to a head this past Saturday in Cincinnati with the 14th annual Cin City 7s tournament. After having a bye week to recover, qualifier teams faced off to determine the top two teams who will head to New York City August 11-12 for the USA 7s National Championships.

Though the competition was fierce throughout the men's and women's brackets, the advancing teams, for the most part, where no surprise. On the women's side, the Chicago Lions dominated the competition with two outstanding wins against Legacy Rugby Academy and Grand Rapids to earn their second consecutive Midwest Championship title. The competition for second place was a bit more competitive though. Despite entering championships just behind the Lions, Metropolis had been neck and neck with the newly revived Chicago North Shore 7s team all summer with both teams taking home tournament trophies. At the end of the day though, Metropolis managed to edge out North Shore to grab the final nationals spot.

Over in the men's bracket, Metropolis had been outperforming the competition all summer winning Firehouse 7s, Legacy 7s, and Forest City 7s. As such, it was no surprise that they pulled out three substantial wins and the first seed into nationals in Cincinnati. The upset of the weekend, though, was Cleveland Academy. After failing to come in the top three in any of the three previous qualifying tournaments, the brand new 7s team managed to pull together their best performance yet for Cin City 7s. After beating Metropolis in the first game of the day, they went on to beat the Chicago Blaze, Cleveland Rovers, and Cincinnati. Then, in a strange twist, the final ended in a second match versus Metropolis in which they were unable to pull off another victory. However, this still left the rookie team with a second place trophy and a bid to nationals in two weeks.