DHSA fell behind before scoring some timely tries, fighting their way back for a trip to their 21st state finals apperance, where they’ll face a familiar foe in CMH.
DSHA defeated Hamilton 22-17 | DSHA opened the scoring early but a pair of tries in the first half gave Hamilton a tenuous lead for almost the entire game until sophmore Mary Foy snuck past the Hamilton defense after a well-placed kick down the sideline. Until that point, Hamilton’s defense had be stout, holding up two DSHA tries. Hamilton junior, Rachel Rank had two tries in the game. DSHA moves on to the state final, of which they’ve played in every sngle one. This will be their 21st appearence. Hamilton will play in the 3rd place game, a title they won back in 2018.
CMH defeated Green Bay 67-0 | It was a wet and rainy game for the remaining spot for the state finals. Green Bay was playing in their first 15s playoffs and CMH was looking to be in their 10th straight (11th overall) state final appearence. With the win, CMH will face DSHA for the 10th straight time in an attempt to win their team’s third state title. Green Bay will now play in the third place game and will attempt to be the first team to finish as high as third in their first 15s season.
Stevens Point defeated Kettle Moraine 74-0 | Stevens Point got revenge after losing to Kettle Moraine in the state’s 3rd place game in the last edition of the state tournament (2019). Stevens point moves on to the 5th place game against the Bruisers. Kettle Moraine will play DSHA B for the 7th place title.
Bruisers defeated DSHA B 22-5 | The Bruisers couldn’t find their way past DSHA’s A-side earlier in the regular season; although, it was a close match. They were able to find their way past the DSHA B side in sloppy match in the rain.
Madison defeated Hamilton 75-0 | In a developmental game, Madison combined with Stevens Point to play a Hamilton side comprised mostly of underclassmen and a few upperclassmen new to rugby. Madison was able to use the game to tune-up for their 9th place game against Muskego. Hamilton and SPASH used it to gain valuable game-time experience for their up-and-coming players.
Photos courtesy of Annie Weiss & Brian Frain, DSHA; SPASH; Green Bay; Jake Dieman, Hamilton