Thursday, April 27, 2017

DI Club East Coast Recap: Regular Season Wraps Up

It's time to to take a look at club play on the East Coast.


The top four teams in the Mid-Atlantic were settled prior to last weekend but the order outside of Rocky Gorge was only finally settled after a couple of interesting results. Rocky Gorge have had a stellar season and they locked up first place a long time ago. However, their 27-18 win over the Norfolk Blues had playoff implications as it meant that Norfolk finished the season in fourth place and will have to play Rocky Gorge again in the playoffs. That said, the fact that Norfolk was able to keep it close for most of the match--Norfolk had a 13-5 lead at halftime--should give them some hope heading into their semi-final.

The other semi-final will pit Pittsburgh against Schuylkill River. It was Schuylkill River that moved the most as they beat the Harlequins 22-5 to leapfrog them in the standings. Lucas Austin and Ben Janssen (twice) had tries for the Exiles. Gareth Jones added a couple of conversions and a penalty. Pittsburgh and Schuylkill River will meet again in the playoffs this weekend.

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The only other result in the region saw Baltimore-Chesapeake beat Wilmington 57-24.


The playoff matches are set in the Midwest. Columbus had the top spot prior to the weekend and a couple of teams had a chance of making it into the top four but in the end Metropolis, the Chicago Lions, and the Chicago Griffins round out the top four. Columbus will play the Chicago Griffins and Metropolis will play the Chicago Lions next weekend in the semi-finals.

Columbus rounded out their strong season with a 43-29 win over the Cincinnati Wolfhounds. They once again had a strong contingent of former Ohio Aviators on their roster. They will be one of the favorites to make it to the national championship match if they can survive the Midwest playoffs.

One team that had a shot at making the playoffs but in the end were disappointed was the Kansas City Blues. They couldn't keep Metropolis off the scoreboard in a 70-30 loss. It was close around halftime at 27-20. The Chicago Lions and Chicago Griffins played to a 21-10 win for the Lions. That win ensured that they had the third seed.  The final result in the region was a 25-25 draw between Palmer and the Milwaukee Barbarians.

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