Via USA Rugby …
12-3-2006 – MIDWEST WINS ITS FIRST MEN’S ALL-STAR 15’s TITLE
BOULDER, Colo. – The Midwest territory’s all-star team upset the reigning champion, the Mid-Atlantic all-stars, in the Tier A Championship final of the USA Rugby Men’s All-Star 15’s, held in Kissimmee, Fla., on Sunday, to secure the Thunderbirds first outright All-Star title in the history of this event.
The Mid-Atlantic actually scored first on a No. 8 pick about 22 meters out to get the game rolling, but the Midwest answered with a try by Jim Pelton at 23 minutes to tie the game up. The Midwest’s scrumhalf and tournament MVP David Williams converted and just before half made a penalty kick to put the Midwest up by five.
Both MARFU and the Midwest each converted one more penalty kick early in the second half, while the Thunderbirds’ Phillip Eloff scored the only other try of the match with 20 minutes left in the game. Williams converted that kick as well, and the Midwest finished with a seemingly easy 20-8 victory.
“I honestly feel speechless,” the Midwest Head Coach Paul Bergman said. “This win has been a long time coming and the entire team deserves credit for this victory. Everyone in the program has worked so hard and it’s really nice to finally bring this one home.”
That gives the Midwest a 2006 sweep of the senior all-stars, since our Midwest Women also brought home the title in June.
And I’m looking for scores for the developmental team games …