Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ohio Representative Sides Run Riot on Regional Competition

As April creeps to an end, the rugby community finds itself smack in he middle of the Midwest's grand experiment. As the Select sides rest up for the final round of the competition, one thing is abundantly clear. Ohio has the upper hand in the Midwest, so far.

The Midwest revived the regional Select Side competition in an effort to create top-tier competition between the LAUs and crown a champion in its men's and women's divisions. After the tryouts and coach appointments took place, the match dates were set out so the teams could face off against one another.

When this tournament was in its idea phase, perhaps the brain-trust behind it envisioned a slew of tightly-contested matches that went down to the final whistle. What it got, at least on the East side of the region, were some blow-out matches that saw the Ohio sides handing out beatings to its opposition. The women kicked off the slate of weekends with a sweep of the Allegheny and Michigan unions, respectively. The ladies from the Buckeye State only gave up ten points en route to their successful opening weekend. The final scores saw them best the Allegheny women, 29-10, and blank the Michigan women, 39-0. The second weekend of the series put the men center stage in the state's capitol. If the women were solid in their play, the men were nothing short of dominant. Suffice to say, the men put up over one hundred sixty points and only yielded three. That breaks down to a 78-0 routing of the Allegheny Union and an equally impressive 84-3 victory over the Michigan Union.

It all comes to a head in the Midwest Mecca - Chicago, Illinois - on May 5. When the weekend comes to a close two Midwest Championships will be handed out; and, by the looks of it, the Ohio sides seem to be favorites to bring back the hardware.

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