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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

DI Recap: Big Matches In The Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, & More


The Chicago Lions racked up another big win in the Midwest and now sit near the top of the table with a perfect record. Their latest win was a 54-5 win over Cincinnati. JP Eloff led the way for the Lions with many conversions, a couple of penalties, and a try. Eloff is coming back from injury and is hoping to regain the form that put him in the larger Eagles conversation a few years back.

Arguably the biggest match-up in the region was the showdown between Metropolis and the Kansas City Blues at Swope Park. In the end it was Metropolis winning 33-13. Michael Mercer got things going with a penalty for the Blues in the 4th minute before Eagles prospect Lemoto Filikitonga scored a try three minutes later. Jojo Tikoisuva would hit the first of many conversions on the day.

Things didn't go the way Metropolis when Joel Yogerst sent to the bin in the 13th minute but instead of Kansas City taking advantage it was Metropolis that would score via Adam Diffley to take a 14-3 lead. Sean Kelly would score tries on each side of the half to push Metropolis's lead to 26-3. Alipate Takiveikata extended the lead to 33-3.

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It took awhile for the match to grab another try but Matt Wirken would get the Blues on the board again before Erik Hartley scored a late try for the Blues.

The Chicago Griffins are also climbing up the ladder with another win. They beat the Milwaukee Barbarians 22-17 last Saturday. The last match saw Columbus beat Palmer 44-29.

Pacific Northwest

DI rugby returned to the Pacific Northwest this season and through several matches ORSU are the early leaders with a 5-0 record and an 11 point lead in the table. OSRU's latest win came over rivals Snake River 17-13. Tyler Thompson got the scoring started for ORSU in the 6th minutes. However, it wouldn't last as two penalties and a try from Eric Zwiefelhofer put Snake River up 13-5. ORSU got within one thanks to a try from Dane Barclay and then took the lead five minutes from the end with a try from Brendan Hobbs.

In the other two matches from the division the Eastside Axemen beat Chuckanut 36-29 and Valley met up with the Eastside Tsunami (if you know the score, let us know!).


Schuylkill River and the Norfolk Blues maintained their perfect record with wins in the Mid-Atlantic over the weekend. It wasn't easy for Schuylkill River as the barely got by the Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies 38-34. Kyle Travelet put Schulkill River on the board first before a try from Robert Barberi and a penalty from Patrick Foley put the Brumbies in front. The lead would switch back to Schuylkill River thanks to a try from Robert Pletcher but then a try from Eric Cowell put Baltimore in front 17-14 at halftime. In the second half Richard Casey and Travelet had more tries with a Matthew Chiaramonte penalty. John Sharkey would make things closer for the Brumbies but the penalty came of Chiaramonte would put the match away.

Norfolk also had a close match beating the Potomac Exiles 29-26 on a late try from Anthony Kowalski. The match was at 24-23 in favor of the Blues with just ten minutes to go but a yellow card to Christopher Bloks allowed the Exiles an opportunity to take the lead at 26-24 when Matthew Quigley hit a penalty. That set up Kowalski's late heroics.

The other two matches in the region weren't as close. The Pittsburgh Harlequins won for the first time on the season with a 48-15 win over Raleigh. Rocky Gorge continued their strong season with a 49-0 win over NOVA. 

1 comment:

  1. Anyone DII recap? with Rocky Mountain included.