Kettle Moraine continued their buildup to the Midwest Championships on Wednesday against another top twenty team in the country, Brookfield. Playing in brutally cold and windy conditions, both teams showed poise and teamwork in a back and forth match that reflected the combined experience of two really talented, veteran teams. Both sides looked to play some good rugby and push the pace of the match to build momentum into the regionals next weekend.
In the end, Kettle Moraine just seemed to have Brookfield's number this year, as they were able to grab a tight 17-14 victory over their crosstown rivals. Andrea Mertins had 2 tries, Lauren Becker 1 and Megan Klemm the conversion for the Knightmares. Brookfield's inside center had the most memorable try of the day on a smoothly run skip and loop around the outside center.
Next week Kettle Moraine takes on Minnessota's Armstrong in the opening round of the Midwest Championships. In the second division of the tournament, Brookfield faces off against one of Indiana's older teams and the hosts of the tournament, Carmel.
In addition to this Wednesday's match, Brookfield had traveled up to Fond Du Lac for a match on April 17th. Brookfield came away with a 24-7 victory.