Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The James Foley Memorial Tournament May 1st, 2021


CMHS 0  DSHA 7  (15's match, full time)   Great match.  More scores later.   

It's time once again for Catholic Memorial's annual James Foley Memorial Tournament.  Played in honor of the former Marquette University rugby player and independent journalist murdered by ISIS in August of 2014, the tournament focuses on the core values of rugby:  teamwork, comradery, moral character, hard work, fun, and toughness.

As Foley once said“There’s physical courage, but that’s nothing compared to moral courage. If I don’t have that moral courage, we don’t have journalism.”

Game Schedule Below, features a 15s match at 330pm between cross-town national powers Catholic Memorial High School and Divine Savior Holy Angels High School.

9am      Oak Creek v DSHA JV1

940am  Brookfield v Kettle Moraine

1015am Madison v DSHA JV1

11am     Brookfield v SPASH

1140am Madison v Oak Creek

1220pm  Green Bay vs Brookfield JV

1240pm  SPASH v Kettle Moraine

115pm    Green bay vs DSHA JV2

135pm    CMHS JV vs Brookfield JV

155pm   CMHS JV vs Green Bay 

215pm   DSHA JV2 v Brookfield JV 

245-330pm  Field Used for Varsity Warmups

330pm         CMHS v DSHA 15s

Read More about James Foley Here

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Midwest Girls Rugby Tournament 2021

 Top Tier:
Catholic Memorial 62  Penn HS 0

DSHA 12 Carroll 0

Catholic Memorial 65  Carroll 5

DSHA 91  Penn HS 0

Open Division& JV Matches

Perrysburg 62  Noblesville 0

Ft Wayne 5  Brookfield 44

Perrysburg 57  DSHA jv 0

Catholic Memorial JV / Amherst 30  Carroll JV 5

Noblesville 0  Brookfield 63

DSHA JV 10  Ft Wayne 15

A heavy dose of rain hampered morning matches, but the top notch rugby-only pitches at the Moose Rugby Grounds in Elkhart, Indiana held up beautifully.  As the afternoon cleared up, so did the matches.

While at least half the size of past tournaments, this was a big step in getting teams and kids playing again.  A late start allowed teams to drive in Saturday morning if needed.  For some teams like DSHA, this was their first game since Fall of 2019.  Most teams involved have seen their league schedules delayed or outright cancelled.  Many thanks to the Midwest Referee Society for support as well as that of the Midwest Youth Coodinator, Bob Cronquist..

Friday, April 23, 2021

Updated Midwest Girls Rugby Tournament 2021 Schedule

TimeWhite FieldBlue Field
11Noblesville v. Perrysburg 
12Ft. Wayne v. Brookfield 
1Penn v. Catholic MemorialDivine Savior v. Carroll
2Perrysburg v. Divine Savior JVCatholic Memorial JV v. Carroll JV 3-20 min halves)
3Noblesville v. Brookfield 
4Penn v. Divine SaviorCarroll v. Catholic Memorial
5Divine Savior JV v. Ft. WayneAmherst v. Carroll JV (10s)

Monday, April 19, 2021

Midwest Girls Rugby Tournament 2021

This upcoming Saturday three Wisconsin teams are headed to the Moose Rugby Grounds to compete against some of the other top programs in the Midwest.  

The Top tier features perennial State Champs, DSHA as well as perennial finalists Catholic Memorial HS facing off against Penn HS (on their home field) and Carroll HS.  Carroll girls have been building a strong team for the last few years, as shown in their strong numbers (they continue to field a full JV side as well).  Carrol won state championships in 2018 and 2019.  Penn won the most recent of their three state titles in 2017 and have competed at Midwest almost every year.

In the open division, Wisconsin's Brookfield Bruisers are in a pool with Warsaw and Ft Wayne.  Most years Warsaw has played in the top tier including multiple appearances at the National Girls Tournament.  The most recent of their two state titles came in 2016.  Brookfield was most recently back in action, being shutout in a 15s primer against CMHS in a good showing last Friday.

The depth of girls rugby and this event can be seen in the fielding of multiple JV sides.  Nice to see young players getting the opportunity to compete against other younger players.

Elkhart, Indiana welcomes a good number of varsity and club collegiate coaches to the event.  While the number of coaches attending has dramatically increased the last few years, this year organizers are expecting even more attending than usual due to the unusual last twelve months and the lack of other big rugby events or game film.

Stay tuned here for any late schedule changes.  Results will be posted here after the event.

Game times for the Midwest Girls Championship April 24, 2021

TimeWhite FieldBlue Field
11Noblesville v. Perrysburg
12Ft. Wayne v. AmherstWarsaw v. Brookfield
1Penn v. Catholic MemorialDivine Savior v. Carroll
2 Divine Savior JV v. Carroll JV
3Ft. Wayne v. BrookfieldAmherst v. Noblesville
4Perrysburg v. WarsawCarroll v. Catholic Memorial
5Penn v. Divine SaviorCatholic Memorial JV v. Carroll JV

Monday, April 12, 2021

WGR Spring 2021

 Rugby is resuming across the country in many different forms.

Wisc Girls Rugby has several upcoming events confirmed as return-to-play ramps up.

There are also some scrimmages among various programs outside these league events.

4/16 CMH v Brookfield                      @CMHS
        CMH JV, Oak Creek, Madison   @CMHS
4/17 DSHA v DSHA JV                     @Dretzka Park
        DSHA jv  vs DSHA C
4/24 Kathy Cup 7s Tournament    @ Pulaski                             
4/24 Midwest Tournament 15's    @Elklhart, Indiana                Teams:  Brookfield, CMH, DSHA
5/1  Foley Memorial                     @ CMH
              JV 7s, V 10s,  CMH v DSHA 15s @4pm
5/8 Wisco-7s 1                             @ Cottage Grove
5/15 Wisco-7s 2                           @ Nashotah Park
5/15 15's Matches                        TBD

6/6 Wisco-7s 3                             @ Oshkosh

Monday, March 1, 2021

New Wisconsin Ref Trainees Begin Journey


New Participants Always Welcome (click here)

WGR will help get you training and provide mentoring.  Planning now for 2021 Spring Events !

WGR is also excited to announce that the Women's Rugby Coaches and Referee's Association will be providing a Law Book Workshop to the 9 female ref trainees on March 8th.  Contact WGR to get registered!

Monday, February 15, 2021

Coaches Sought

 Dear Rugby Community;

There have been several inquiries made recently about starting girls high school rugby in various parts of Wisconsin.  It's been a reminder that the biggest challenge in getting kids to play rugby isn't finding kids who want to play, it's finding coaches to coach them.

In just the last two years, interest has been shown in the Waukesha school district, the Nicolet HS school district, Grafton, Germantown, the Racine Unified School District as well as in the Wausau area. 

If there's any connections or interest in the wider community, please contact us: wisconsingirlsrugby@gmail.com  

Wisconsin Girls Rugby actively helps fund training and provides support for new programs.

Go Girls Rugby!