Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bowling Green State University to host MAC 7s

BOWLING GREEN, OH - On Saturday, April 18, the Bowling Green State University Rugby team will host the Mid American Conference rugby championships in Doyt Perry Football Stadium.
BGSU hosts 2015 MAC 7s Tournament
Kickoff for the event and the first BGSU match will come at 10:00am and conclude later that day with the championship match at 6:00pm. The MAC champion will then have an automatic bid into the National Collegiate Championship at the University of Denver on May 23 - 24 in Colorado.

The full playing schedule can be found at BGSU Men's Rugby Web site or on the team's Facebook page.

Matches will be played every 20 minutes and featured the fast-paced "sevens" version of rugby that TV viewers are able to catch with increasing frequency on NBC. The NBC connection is logical as that network is heavily involved with the Olympics and rugby is slated to reappear in that event in 2016 after an absence of 92 years.

In "sevens" the number of players is reduced to seven from the normal fifteen and the matches consist of two seven minute halves. The playing field is kept the same size and the wide open spaces result in a very offense heavy game featuring a rapid pace and long scoring runs.

In addition to "regular" Mid American Conference schools Ball State, BGSU, Central Michigan, Miami, Northern Illinois, Ohio University and Western Michigan, the conference also includes Dayton, Cincinnati and Louisville.
Match schedule for the
2015 MAC 7s Tournament

Bowling Green has had a very successful season so far with victories over so-called "power conference" schools such as Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Purdue and Oklahoma. In fact the Falcons have already punched their ticket to Denver with last weekend's 33-17 victory over St. Bonaventure in a mixed conference tournament in Cleveland. The tournament featured teams from the Big Ten, the MAC, the Empire and Keystone conferences, as well as independents such as Notre Dame College.

The Falcons are led by an interesting cadre of youth and international students, most of whom were attracted to BG's academics with the school's rugby program as the tipping point in their decision to become Falcons.

On the international side are scrum half Mitch Sora - a PLA scholar - and Griffen Palmer, who are both from Canada, as well as Australian Alex Garnaut. Sora is the club's President, while Garnaut, who interestingly never played rugby before coming to BG, is the team's Captain.

On the youth side are former Wisconsin high school teammates Cole Shaffer, Sean McFarland and Adam Regini as well as Clevelanders Ted Kilgore, Ryan Steinmetz, Alex Cranmer and Eric Osborne, Virginian Nick Ross and Chicagoan Mario Mockus - all sophomores.

On the veteran side are junior Mike Powell, from Pennsylvania, and senior Frank Viancourt.

Admission to the event is free for BGSU Students with ID and high school rugby players, $3 for all others.

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