Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wisconsin's First Youth Tag Rugby Festival

The first-ever Youth Rugby matches in the state of Wisconsin were played this past Saturday at North Middle School in Menomonee Falls. Youth rugby players divided into two divisions: grades 3-5 and grades 6-8, and participants in each division included teams from Menomonee Falls, Waukesha, and Fond Du Lac. In all, over 40 youth participated on a warm and sunny day. The Menomonee Falls Burgundy team won the 6th-8th grade division, and Waukesha took top honors in the 3rd-5th grade division.

Menomonee Falls Head Coach Dan Zeroth noted that, " It was great to see the players, especially the 3rd-5th graders, pick up the game so fast. They were able, in a short amount of time, to grasp concepts about teamwork and new rules in only a few practices."

Zeroth also came away impressed with the older division of youth players. "The 6th-8th grade teams were just as impressive, with some dynamic passing, back row moves, and impressive runs. The future of rugby in the State of Wisconsin just got brighter. Today we played simple flag rugby, but the impact that this will have on the high school, college, and club teams, will be tremendous for years to come."

Just looking at the attached picture leads us at WGR to wholeheartedly agree.

What's more exciting is the fact that there's much more to come.

Youth rugby players have the opportunity to play again in August as the Wauwatosa Recreation Department hosts an event on Saturday, August 6th. For more information on the August matches, please contact Dan Chanen at 414-773-1042.

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